Wednesday 28 November 2012

The Perfect Gift

Open House Saturdays

3 Saturdays in December 1-4 pm

We think our gift baskets are very special indeed.  Wherever possible we use products from local businesses, or at the very least...Canadian made.
Gift baskets with Muse Wines and scrumptous delights are the perfect gift for friends, hostesses and clients.  

We've got free delivery in December for the Peninsula and Greater Victoria area and some fantastic wine specials so it will truly be a basket of cheer!

Meet the makers of the wonderful products we pair with our wines.

December 1st - Come taste test the wonderful compotes from Wildly Delicious

December 8th - Melinda's Biscotti paired with Muse Wines

December 15th - Meet Kerry from South Island Pure Soy products - the lotions, potions and candles that make up our "Bath with a Glass" baskets. 

We'll have a great selection of baskets ready, ranging between $40- $120, or you can gather more goodies to customize for your needs.  Too much to choose from? We have Gift Certificates too.

On Special for the Winter...both our Cabernet Sauvignon and Foch/Noir, with a hint of cranberry, regular $26, on special for $19!  You might want to stock up at those prices. 

Thursday 15 November 2012

Christmas in a Box - Performance Art at Muse

Christmas in a Box   Friday Dec. 21st - 7 pm at Muse Winery

An evening of fun, lively entertainment, poetry, music and art being created before your eyes!  Join us at Muse Winery for this very special evening with Heather Burns, Carla Funk, Rose Cowles and special guest Joey Smith and Paul O'Brien.

The show combines music, painting and poetry, and showcases each of these artists, as well as accompanying band members.  In a spirit of spontaneity, improvisation and play, Funk, Burns and Cowles merge the rhythms and textures of their artistic genres into an event that is new with every performance.  Throughout the show, Funk weaves spoken word with the music, sometimes bringing words to the silences between songs, and other times reading poems while the musicians improvise. On one side of the stage, Cowles begins with a large blank canvas, and, inspired by the words and music performed throughout the show, fills it with lush colour and images.  
Audiences agree that each performance is an engaging mosaic of the visual, musical, and literary arts.  Its uniquely collaborative spirit creates a space where the audience feels as much a part of the show as the performers.  Entirely entertaining for all, and leaves you feeling sorry the show has ended.  
“Christmas in the Box”....was a unique experience that brought a sense of peace and joy in a season where it can be hard to find such moments. The music was fun and familiar and a relief from canned carols, the stories and poems ignited your imagination until you felt like you were sitting by a crackling fire in a classic Christmas card...and  the art was unfolding before your eyes like a present being slowly unwrapped  to your utter delight. I can't wait for next year.
 ­­-- Jo-Ann Roberts - Host, All Points West  CBC Radio One

We'll have Christmas treats and a cash bar
and a Craft sale table for Student Mexico Missions

Tickets are $15/student/child
$17.50 Adult or $20 at the door
Call Muse Winery for tickets- 250-656-2552 or email
or Heather Burns 250-216-5623 or email

We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday 14 November 2012

SPCC Seasonal Mixer & Fundraiser

Come Celebrate Children & The Spirit of the Holidays

Seasonal Mixer & Fundraiser

Hosted by the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Thurs. December 6th  5-7 pm

Shell Aerocentre
1962 Canso Road, North Saanich

Please join friends and colleagues and help make this Holiday special by supporting the Secret Santa’s’ Toys for Tots campaign. 
$30.00 per person for Holiday Treats & for proceeds to purchase toys

Hors D’oeuvres provided by Stonestreet Cafe & Catering &  Cash Wine Bar by Muse Winery.

Our thanks to the VIH Aviation Group (Shell Aerocentre) for sponsoring the event location
at 1962 Canso Road, North Saanich - Free Parking
Can’t make it?
No worries. Bring an unwrapped toy or sponsor in advance.
Toys and sponsorship accepted at the SPCC office located at 209 – 2453 Beacon Avenue, Sidney.

RSVP to Karina at the SPCC before December 6th.
250 - 656 - 3616 or email: Receipts issued for sponsorships of $30 or more.

Friday 2 November 2012

Winemakers Dinner-Deep Cove Chalet-Nov. 10th

Muse Winemakers Dinner

Deep Cove Chalet Restaurant

November 10th - 6 pm

Limited seating

Grapes & lavender in the Deep Cove Chalet gardens
Each year our dear neighbours, Bev & world renown Chef, Pierre Koffel of Deep Cove Chalet Restaurant, conspire with us to create an exquisite menu paired perfectly with our Muse Wines.  We start the evening gathering at the winery and relaxing over wine and hors d'oeuvres, then stroll across the road to the picturesque Deep Cove Chalet Restaurant overlooking the water for a meal to enchant gourmands & wine lovers.  Join us for an evening not to be missed.  Seating is limited, so we encourage you reserve early. 

$135.00/person all inclusive price (HST & Gratuity included as well)

All reservations are made through the winery, call 250-656-2552 or email Jane

Wednesday 24 October 2012

M. Morgan Warren at Muse- November 3rd & 4th

M. Morgan Warren at  Muse Winery
November 3rd & 4th
12 to 8 pm both days

"The Poetry of Birds" is the title of M. Morgan Warren's newest exhibition at  Muse Winery.  We invite you to come and enjoy Morgan's new selection of originals, remarques, limited edition giclees and cards
together with her new 2013 calendar, "The Poetry of Birds".
 The latter combines some of her best-loved paintings with her insightful writing to give us a new and interesting perspective on each species.

Refreshments will be served.

Sunday 14 October 2012

Saanich Peninsula Studio Tour-Oct 20-21, 2012

The Saanich Peninsula Studio Tour is on this coming weekend, October 20-21st.  The tour hours are 11 am to 4 pm, but the winery will remain open until our regular 5 pm.  Muse Winery is listed as Studio #19 on the map and we'll have plenty of maps on hand in case you want to make us a start point to pick up a copy.

We'll have Barry Tate with us at the winery for the tour.  Barry brings a huge portfolio of acrylic & giclee paintings and prints.  His style is eclectic Westcoast, so there is something for everyone. Barry lives on Piers Island and has been showing at the winery for about 15 years now.  Where does the time go!
We have 2 new artists to the winery this year, first is Sandra Fowler.  Sandra is the first LEED AP qualified artist in Canada. Sandra produces glass works for both architectural installation and free standing sculptures. Bringing the unusual into the commonplace allows people to enjoy beauty while understanding the benefits of energy from the sun &
photovoltaic sculptures.  Check out her website for details on the process.
Last but not least is Don Bastian, wood carver, furniture maker, "that wood guy in Sidney"!

Check out his website for a look at what he has to offer! He even makes Wine boxes- we think those are quite fitting for a bottle of Muse Winery Grand Dame Rouge! 

We look forward to seeing you out the for tour and rumour has it the sun will come out again by then.
 The Tasting Room will be open 11 am to 5 pm both days.

Monday 24 September 2012

Chef Survival Challenge & Feast

September 30th, 2012
The 5th Annual Chef Survival Challenge & Feast
Madrona Farm Gate- 4317 Blenkinsop Rd. Victoria.

Come and watch the hottest chefs in Victoria participate in what has been coined a 'culinary arts performance.  
Cheer on your favorite chefs as they prove their dedication to local and sustainable ingredients and the lengths they will go to protect the farmland that provides them.  This Event is over the top hilarious, and all for a good cause - farmland conservation.

The Chefs hurdle haystacks, hang, balance, monkey bar, zip line, race in boats to condiment island and forage over the 24 acres to bring you the most entertaining culinary event in Victoria!

Come and Cheer on your favorite chefs as they create their masterpieces all on camping gear in their open field style cooking demonstration.

Bidding on the chefs meals is optional, included in the ticket price is a feast for all to enjoy, the culinary arts performance, and musical entertainment.

In the spirit of the competition and the 2012 Olympics in London, this years theme is 'Olympic'. Stay tuned for details of special Olympic guests and athletes.

Agriculture, good eating and healthy living go hand in hand. In Victoria we have it all!
Muse Winery is proud to be a sponsor in this event and you'll find Muse Wines available at the event as well! 

Bring the kids to their own tent, which will feature face painting, story telling and MORE!

Go to the "Buy Tickets Now" to get your tickets to this great family event. Or pick them up at the Madrona Farm Gate; Wed - Sat  11am  - 2pm

  Tickets also available at Muse Winery

100% of the proceeds will benefit farmland conservation.

Friday 14 September 2012

Diamonds are Forever

September 28th - Viscount AeroCentre

7pm to 1 am!

3rd Annual Monte Carlo Night

Jane & Peter Ellmann of Muse Winery will be there enjoying this fantastic event put on by the Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea and hope to see you there.  It looks to be truly an evening of fun & sparkling entertainment!

A full evening including a Martini Bar, Casino Games, dance the night away to music performed by The Timebenders and jazz vocals by Melinda Whitaker, silent and live auctions as well.
Tickets are $75 (includes food) and are available at Tanners, Christine Laurent Jewellers, Holmes Realty, Marks Work Warehouse(Sidney location), Sidney Transmission

A fund raiser in support of seniors, youth & families in our community.
We hope to see you there!

Saturday 25 August 2012

Flavour Trail Weekend

North Saanich Flavour Trail Weekend

today and tomorrow

        August 25th & 26th 

We've got maps at the winery for you, the Bistro is in full swing, vineyard tours, work by local artists 
Catherine McAvity, Judy McLaren, Joanna Hadfield  in the Baachus Room.
Here's the link for you to print your own map and get going ....

Beautiful weather for a fabulous weekend tour of all the Flavours of North Saanich.  Don't miss it!

Sunday 12 August 2012

Music at the Muse

Music at the Muse

Friday Sept 7th ~ 7:30 pm at Muse Winery
11195 Chalet Road, North Saanich, BC

Join us for an evening concert featuring two wonderful local musical talents, Lisa Bosman and Heather McLeod.  They’ll be entertaining us with everything from folk to jazz in the covered Ortega Terrace next to the vineyard. 

Bistro Muse will stay open late to accommodate concert goers wishing to enjoy dinner before the show.  There will be a few added specials on the menu and a dessert special for intermission. Muse wines available for purchase as well.  Bring your friends and enjoy the Muse experience!

Please note-we've delayed the concert start time to 7:30 pm as we've had so many people wanting to make it a full evening and have time for dinner at the Bistro first. 
 Still plenty of room - don't miss out!

Concert Tickets are $18/person (food & drink not included)  available at Muse Winery.


Saturday 11 August 2012

Galiano Wine Festival Today!

2012 Galiano Wine Festival

Greetings, wine lovers!
The 2012 Galiano Wine Festival, an event to benefit the Health Care Society, will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Lions’ Park on Galiano Island.
They are celebrating their 20th anniversary and Muse Winery will be there for the various  activities to highlight this occasion.
Tickets are $35.00 and all proceeds go to the Galiano Health Care Society.
Tickets still available for sale at the Ticket Booth at the Lion’s Field from 12pm on August 11th

Note: Minors and Pets are not permitted on the Festival site

Monday 6 August 2012

Wild West

 This ranks high up on the aaaawe factor and quite possibly the "Did I just see???"

In the days of the Wild Wild West, you'd leave your horse at the hitching post and have yourself a Sarsaparilla!

We're still a little on the Wild side in a civilized sort of way, so if you're feeling parched on the Peninsula, mozey on over to Muse Winery and try a tasting flight of the best summer sippers - Ortega, Bacchus and Pinot Gris.
Bistro Muse is open Thursday to Sunday 11 am to 4 pm if you'd like to add some gourmet fare to that flight of wines.
Muse Winery is open Tuesdays to Sunday 11 to 5 pm and holiday Mondays.
11195 Chalet Road, North Saanich, BC
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Monday 2 July 2012

Suddenly Sasquatch

Peninsula Players & Muse Winery present... Suddenly Sasquatch
This musical adventure with Big Heart and Big Feet
written by Sasha Moriarty-Schieven presents the audience with the two characters of Amelia and Roderick, both being pressured by their domineering mothers to marry.  When Amelia meets the Sasquatch... mayhem ensues! 
Performances in the new covered Ortega Terrace on:
Saturday July 14, 28 & August 11 @ 7:30 pm 
Why not make it a full evening and include special dinner at Bistro Muse- 5 pm
Sunday July 29 & August 12 @ 4 pm
Complete the afternoon with a special lunch at Bistro Muse
Tickets $25 for evening performance, $20 for Sunday matinees
Check the website for full menu details. 
For reservations or call 250-656-2552
Tickets now available at both Stonestreet Cafe locations and Muse Winery. 

Saturday 16 June 2012

Summer Garden Fete

Sunday June 24th

377 Wain Rd., North Saanich, BC

1-4 pm

An afternoon of art, music & Muse Wines in Sandra & Phoebe Noble's beautiful gardens. 

This event is a fundraiser for the North Saanich Food for the Future Society and the North Saanich Farm Market.

Muse new releases,
Brad Prevedoros on guitar and work by a number of artists including Paul Harder, Judy McLaren, Heather Goulet, Stephanie Steele and Jo Hardfield displayed throughout the gardens. 

Don't miss this lovely afternoon in these beautiful gardens, and did we mention strawberries...
For more information visit

Tickets $25, $20 for NSFF Society members.  Tickets available at North Saanich Farm Market, Russell Nursery, Dig This- Sidney location. 
No host bar, provided by Muse Winery.

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Bistro Father's Day Special

You've heard the expression "A way to a man's heart is through his stomach", well Bistro Muse has some Father's Day specials for Dad that will definitely show your love!  

Bistro Muse  Father’s Day Features for Sunday June 17, 2012

Angus Beef Dip   $14.
shaved Angus beef served on a whole wheat kaiser
with horseradish dill mayo, leaf lettuce, sliced tomatoes,
red onions and a side of au jus for dipping

Pulled Pork Sandwich   $14.
a generous amount of zesty BBQ pulled pork,
slow cooked & served on a whole wheat kaiser

Winemaker's Ribs
slow smoked mesquite baby back ribs
with Texas bush sauce
half rack $13.  full rack $21.

Each feature is served with
choice of our soup or side of Muse salad

Prices do include extra charge
 Call 250-656-2552 for reservations or email

The Bistro is open Thursday to Sunday, 11am to 4:00pm, until the mid September.
Having a gathering???  The Bacchus Room & Ortega Terrace are available for events.

Monday 11 June 2012

Nesting Eagles at Muse Winery

We just got these great shots from photographer Kay Steer who was visiting Muse Winery just a few weeks ago.  This photo of one of the parents in the nest next to the vineyard was so wonderful we wanted to share it with everyone!  The eagles are visible from the Bistro terrace and are constantly flying back and forth to the nest.  We don't know how many eaglets yet but we're watching...

Thanks for sending these along for us to share Kay!

Wednesday 6 June 2012

Studio Tour June 9 & 10th

Fingers are looks like the sun will shine for the Studio Tour this year! 
We've got Tour Maps at the Winery for you to follow for this annual self-guided Studio Tour sponsored by the CACSP .  There are a total of 26 studio/venues for you to visit on the tour.  We live in a beautiful area and you'll be able to take in the scenery and wonderful art, all in one weekend!
This Arts Council does such a fantastic job on these tours, their members range past the Saanich Peninsula.  We'll have Pauline Olesen and Barry Tate from Piers Island, Mary Kennedy and David Hunwick from Victoria and Terry Venables from the Peninsula.  Artists will be bringing you their newest works in glass, acrylic and giclees, cold cast bronze and custom gold & sterling silver jewelry by Goldsmith Terry Venables. 
west coast painting Arbutus And KayakThe artists are in attendance throughout the show to answer your questions on their craft and there will be a demonstration and display of works in progress as well.
Here's a small taste of some of the work you might see, Westcoast paintings by Barry Tate, fused glass work by Pauline Olesen and coldcast bronze sculpture by David Hunwick.  Much more to see a course...Mary Kennedy's Eastcoast and Southwest inspired paintings and precious original gold & silver jewelry by Terry Venables. 
Bistro Muse will be open and in full swing, so you might like to make a lunch reservation in advance. 

For Bistro Muse reservations you can call 250-656-2552 or email

Tuesday 22 May 2012

Eine Kleine in the Vineyard

June 26th - 7:30 pm

The EK Summer Music Series ends June 26th, with the last concert at Muse Winery.  Here's a recent interview with Laura Backstrom

Listening to these talented musicians in the relaxed and magical setting of the vineyard is an experience not to be missed. 

On June 26th enjoy performances by Keith MacLeod, clarinet; Jennifer Gunter, bassoon; Steve Denroche, horn; Nancy DiNova, violin; Kenji Fuse, viola; Laura Backstrom, cello and Bruce Meikle, bass.  They will be playing Beethoven Septet in E flat major, Op.20 and Mendelssohn String Quartet in F minor.
For full concert series details please visit their website at
Muse Tickets are $27 per  person. To purchase tickets call 250-413-3134 or a downloadable pdf will soon be available on their website with a ticket order form. 

A CD recorded recently this winter in the Bacchus Room at the winery will be available for sale at the concerts as well.

Don't miss out on this last chance for EKSM at Muse Winery.

Monday 7 May 2012

Mother's Day at Muse

Mother's Day at Muse Winery

Sunday May 13th

For those who have waited over a long and cold winter for the reappearance of the sun and the reopening of Bistro Muse, Mother's Day is a perfect way to celebrate your Mother and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of nibbling and noshing through the Island Harvest buffet, prepared specially by Bistro Muse.  

We hope you'll think of Muse and the intimate and friendly atmosphere that will charm your Mom. 

We have full menu details on the website

From baskets of fresh baked muffins, crab bisque, Ortega Citrus Salmon, or Vegetarian Lasagna, the list goes on!  As always, with intimate, seating is limited so be sure to reserve right away. 

Reserve by email to or call the winery at 250-656-2552

Adults $32, Children under 12- $16  Price includes HST

Wednesday 11 April 2012

Spring Celebration at Muse Winery

Sat. May 5th 12-4 pm

We can feel the warmth when the sun shines now and we are ready to celebrate the Opening of New Season at Muse Winery.

Join us at the winery for this celebration of Spring and the launch of a new season at Muse.  This tastebud extravaganza pairs scrumptious Bistro Bites with wonderful Muse Wines.  Tickets at the door - $1 per bite or sip.   Tell your friends the party is on at Muse!  Live entertainment provided by the fabulous duo of Edie DaPonte and John MacArthur.

Mark the calendar...Saturday May 5th...12 to 4 pm!  You don't want to miss this special Season Opener tasting/pairing deal!  It only happens once a year.

See you there
Muse Winery -11195 Chalet Road, N. Saanich, BC  T-250-656-2552

Wednesday 4 April 2012

Muse Opening for the Season

Muse Winery welcomes you as we open for the 2012 season, tomorrow- Thursday April 5th!
In April the Tasting Room and Wine Shop will be open Thursday  to Sunday from noon to 5 pm.  
Bistro Muse will re-open in May, but if you've got a group that would like to come for a food tasting/pairing with wines, just give us some advance notice and we can make arrangements for you.

 We look forward to seeing you all again and as we write this blog the sun is shining recalling lovely sunny afternoons on the Vineyard Terrace.  Maybe the Easter Bunny will bring us a warm and sunny Spring!

Think of Muse when out of town visitors arrive for a taste of Vancouver Island wine and ambiance! 

Thursday 29 March 2012

WIVA - Spring Tasting at the Empress

March 30th - 4th Annual Wine Islands Spring Tasting
 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Join us at the Crystal Ballroom in the Fairmont Empress Hotel at 721 Government Street for the 4th Annual Wine Islands Spring Tasting!
Meet over 22 participating winemakers, cider makers, mead makers and distillers of Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands for an evening of discovery and fun. 
Muse Winery will be there and we look forward to meeting old friends and introducing our wines to new ones.  Bring them all out-it's a great evening!

Tickets are $25 plus HST and are available online at or from:
Spinnakers Wine Shops in James Bay and Vic West
Hillside Liquor Store - 3201 Shelbourne St.
Vintage Spirits by the Rialto Hotel - 653 Pandora Ave.
Cascadia Liquor Store - Quadra Village and Colwood
The Strath Liquor Store - 919 Douglas St.
Tuscany Liquor Store - 1660 McKenzie Ave.
Beverly Corners LRS Market Place - 102 - 2755 Beverly St. Duncan

Saturday 24 March 2012

The Muse at Culinaire Victoria

 It was a sold out crowd on Thursday March 22nd at the Crystal Garden at The Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, BC for the 3rd annual Culinaire show.  Culinaire has become a showcase venue for fine local restaurants & pubs, as well as micro breweries, cideries and a local winery we feel is pretty special too! Oh, and some Okanagan wineries as well.

It sold out almost a month beforehand, so you might want to mark your calendar for next year or follow their Tweets at or check out their website at 

Thanks for inviting us Scott!
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Wednesday 22 February 2012

First sunny day in some time so thge girls wanted a photo shoot.
Hope for more of the same this spring and come for a visit! on beautiful vancouver Island, BC Canada!
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Tuesday 14 February 2012

Ramblin Rose for Valentine's Day

We think that our Rose is the perfect Valentine's Day wine!  Her pink label speaks of love, her flavours of raspberries, strawberries and melons are a perfect romantic combination and she pairs with so well with anything spicy, or quite frankly...enjoyed au natural!  At only $15/bottle at our Wine Shop that leaves plenty for Thai takeout, or ribs on the BBQ...
This Rose has no thorns!
Happy Valentine's Day from Muse Winery

Check our Buy Wines pages to find out where you can buy our wines close to you.

Monday 23 January 2012

100 Mile Diet...No only 2!

When others struggle to stay within the confines of the 100 Mile Diet, we have to think how lucky we are here on the Saanich Peninsula.  The bounty in this photo is less than 2 miles!

This photo comes from a neighbour only a few hundred yards from Muse Winery.  All the produce in the picture is from Hazelmere Farms, just a quarter of a mile from the winery.  Five growers in our neighbourhood share and sell their produce from their farms at this roadside stand on Tatlow Road in Deep Cove. There's a wide variety of  vegetables of the season and the stall is open throughout the year. 

Thanks for the picture Jimmy and our Ramblin' Rose looks scrumptous with those lovely red potatoes, onions and squash.

What time was dinner?

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