Oak in Craft Winemaking

Oak in Craft Winemaking

​Oak in craft winemaking is used to add aroma, flavour, complexity and body, which is sometimes referred to as mouthfeel. Certain commercial wines are aged in oak barrels but when you make your own wines at Steveston Winemakers, it’s done in glass carboys. So how do...
What’s causing my headaches?

What’s causing my headaches?

What’s causing my headaches? I used to think red wine gave me headaches and blamed sulphites. When we started making our own wines at Steveston Winemakers, I stopped getting headaches. But then I learned more about it and concluded it couldn’t have been the sulphites....
Craft Winemaking 101 – Free Virtual Course

Craft Winemaking 101 – Free Virtual Course

We’re excited to be offering you a free virtual course – Craft Winemaking 101. Originally conceived as a quarterly in-person event, our Craft Winemaking 101 course morphed into a virtual one because of COVID-19. Many organizations are offering free courses...
Wine Regions of the World – Canada

Wine Regions of the World – Canada

This month, we’re travelling from New Zealand to explore top producing wine regions of the world at home. Viticulture in Canada is about 2,000 years old. The regulatory body is called Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) which provides a degree of quality assurance to...
Wine Regions of the World – New Zealand

Wine Regions of the World – New Zealand

​This month, we’re travelling from Hungary to explore top producing wine regions of the world in New Zealand. Therefore, we’ll be visiting the world’s most southern wine producing country. Winemaking here, which dates back to the early 1800s, survived the phylloxera...
Wine Regions of the World – Hungary

Wine Regions of the World – Hungary

​This month, we’re travelling from Russia to explore top producing wine regions of the world in Hungary. Viniculture here, which dates back to Roman times, has survived through political, religious and economic challenges. It also survived the phylloxera epidemic in...
Recipe – Champagne Yeast Bread

Recipe – Champagne Yeast Bread

Why make Champagne yeast bread? The impetus for me to try making Champagne yeast bread was when I discovered that COVID-19 is impacting the supply of yeast. A couple of weeks ago, when I was in our local grocery store, I overheard that it would be at least two months...
Wine Regions of the World – Russia

Wine Regions of the World – Russia

This month, we’re travelling from Romania to explore top producing wine regions of the world in Russia. Viticulture here dates back a few thousand years but wars, revolutions, phylloxera and prohibition nearly put an end to it. Vodka and beer are most often associated...
Wine Regions of the World – Romania

Wine Regions of the World – Romania

This month, we’re travelling from Portugal to explore top producing wine regions of the world in Romania. When we think of Romania, wine production isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. This is because until more recently high quality and Romanian wines were...
Wine Regions of the World – Portugal

Wine Regions of the World – Portugal

This month, we’re travelling from South Africa to explore top producing wine regions of the world in Portugal.   Portugal is known mostly for its Port Wines, but has a lot more to offer and not just other wines. Stunning golden beaches stretch along the immense...