Thursday, 14 November 2013

The Art of Daniel Boot - November 15th to December 31st

The Art of Daniel Boot
November 15th to December 31st

at Muse Winery
11195 Chalet Road, North Saanich, BC

Artist in attendance November 15th 12-5 pm

Private showing - November 16th - 6 pm
Winemakers Dinner guests only - artist in attendance

Daniel (Dan) Boot is an artist who believes in the concept of “art to live in”.  For over 40 years he has been putting his artistic talents to work in the field of building design & architectural modeling and that all begins with the artist within.  We are pleased to have Dan’s paintings on exhibit at Muse Winery from November 15th to December 31st.

Join us for the Preview on November 15th and meet the artist from 12 to 5 pm.

His work will remain on exhibit in the Bacchus Room until December 31st.

Our Winter Winery hours are Friday to Sunday 12-5 pm

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Morgan Warren - Watercolour Sketches from my Nature Diary - October 27, 2013

M. Morgan Warren   "Watercolour Sketches from My Nature Diary"

Sunday, October 27th from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm in The Bacchus Room at Muse Winery

Join us at Muse Winery to take in the incredible work of M. Morgan Warren.  This one day show will be featuring some of Morgan Warren's original sketches from a diary which she has kept about the bird life in this area. She will also have a selection of remarques, giclee reproductions, cards and her new Calendar       "The Poetry of Birds 2014" with her own poetry as accompaniment to her artwork.

Bird watchers, bird lovers and nature enthusiasts will all enjoy Morgan's beautiful watercolours.

Muse Winery, 11195 Chalet Rd. N. Saanich, B.C.  Refreshments will be served.

Phone: 778-678-3581   Email:   Website:

Monday, 16 September 2013

Saanich Peninsula Harvest Feast - Sept. 21st

Saanich Peninsula Harvest Feast 

Saturday, September 21, 2013
 -5 pm
Main Hall, Saanich Fairground
1528 Stelly's X Road, Saanichton

Muse Winery is pleased to be part of the fifth annual “Saanich Peninsula Harvest Feast” which will be held at the Saanich Fairground on Saturday, September 21, 2013.  This annual community celebration of Peninsula food and farms features contributions from local farms – virtually all food has been grown or raised on the Saanich Peninsula within 10 km of the Saanich Fairground (with the exception of cranberries from Yellow Point).

The event will open with a wine and cider tasting offered by local wineries (Muse Winery will be there) and cideries. Celebrants will enjoy a hearty seasonal feast, followed by scrumptious desserts showcasing the diversity of fruit grown on the Peninsula – including magical lemon meringue pies made from North Saanich lemons. And, of course, the feast would not be complete without heavenly fresh–pressed apple juice from Farmer Phil!

This not-for-profit community event is designed to be as affordable as possible for families and seniors, in order to encourage more people to use locally-grown foods in their everyday diets. This year, the focus is youth in agriculture, and net proceeds from the event will be donated to the 4-H. Local 4-H clubs make a  significant volunteer contribution to the Harvest Feast.

Ticket prices are: Adults $25, children (12 and under), $10; a BYOP (“Bring Your Own Plate” – bring your own table setting) option is offered at $22 and $7. Tickets are on sale at Breadstuffs Bakery (Brentwood Bay), Fresh Cup Roastery Café (Saanichton) and The Roost Farm Centre (North Saanich). Get your tickets soon, as the event sells out quickly!

The dinner strives to be a “zero-waste” event through recycling and composting. Food wastes are collected during food preparation and after dinner and offered to several lucky local pigs. :) BYOP diners can bring their own kitchen dishes and clean them afterwards, or consider alternatives to paper plates, since they compost down much slower than other types, like bamboo. Your BYOP dishes should also be able to handle lots of hot food and steaming gravy.

Organizers are looking for energetic volunteers to help with setup, service and cleanup. Interested individuals should call 250-812-1312 or email

The event is supported by the Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association and the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society.  The main course will be prepared by Zanzibar Café ( Brentwood Bay). Other local restaurants and bakeries contribute by preparing the dessert menu. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m.  For more information on the Harvest Feast, call 250-812-1312 or visit

The media contact for this event is Robert Thompson  Phone: 250-652-4691

A huge thank you to Bob for all he does to help promote our local farmers, wineries, cideries and  food producers! 

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Prelude to Autumn - Sept. 8th

Prelude to Autumn

Sunday September 8th - 3 pm

We look forward to violinist & concert master Terence Tam  performing with Steinway artist & critically acclaimed pianist Lorraine Min performing at Muse Winery.
Enjoy selections from the works of Chopin, Franck, Pablo de Sarasate, Debussy and Ysaye played by these two world class musicians.  A delight for the senses amidst the beautiful vineyard setting.

Min has impressed audiences worldwide for her artistic brilliance and virtuosity. Cited by the New York Times for her "impeccable phrase-shaping" and "crystalline sound," Min's pianism continues to inspire with its indelible musicality and finesse.  

Of Tam, the Halifax Chronical Herald wrote "...Every phrase had the deceptive ease and grace of a ballet dancer combined with the weight and momentum of a figure skater.....impressive mastery of the musical ideas......he breaks through interpretation to find and to bring back to the listener a musical landscape where everything is new, the third [movement] Tam turned up the heat, blazing through the incandescent scales of the cadenza like a comet ..."

The vineyard will be alight with the sounds of music.  Please join us.

TICKETS: $20.00  Available after Aug.19th at:
                    -Muse Winery (11195 Chalet Rd, North Saanich)  
                    -Tanners Book Store (Beacon Ave, Sidney)
                    -At the door on the day of the performance
Plan a bite at Bistro Muse before the concert, we suggest reservations Call 250-656-2552

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Add Flavour with Art

Gord Langston
Adding Flavour with Art on the
North Saanich Flavour Trail this weekend
Aug. 24 & 25th  11 to 5 pm

Muse Winery
11195 Chalet Road, North Saanich

The Flavour Trail encompasses the ideal of introducing everyone to the local flavours of the community, with locally grown produce, wine, baking and we think that local art should be a part of the bountiful mix that creates flavour for the home.  We've invited a number of local artists to bring their works of art to Muse for the weekend and you'll find them in the vineyards!

Heather Gunning
 As you wander through the Bacchus, Marechal....also look for the work of Gord Langston and Heather Gunning.  Gord & Heather both have their unique flares of taking that which other might discard and turning metal into beautiful pieces of art for the home, garden and to wear.

Pauline Olesen will be bringing some of her fused glass work and jewelry to the vineyard. If you've been to the winery before, you might have seen some of her work in our Wine & Gift Shop. Here's a video clip from a recent Monday Magazine interview at her Piers Island Studio.

In the Bacchus Room, look for work from the Peninsula Plein Air Painters on exhibition and you'll find a few of those artists in the vineyard...painting...plein air of course!   We welcome works from Keith Levang, Stephanie Quainton Steel- author and artist
John Moloney, Ian & Renate Waterlow and Paul Alex Bennett.

Keith Levang

John Moloney

Paul Alex Bennet
 We've shown just a few of the beautiful works by these Plein Air painters.  We hope you can join us to enjoy the marvelous palette of work showing off captured moments and places in our area.

Last, but by no means least...sculptor Paul Harder will be bringing his newest creations to the vineyard.  He mentioned cats and dogs were his newest works, but this photo makes us wonder what kind of cat will be coming to the vineyard!?

Paul Harder

 We look forward to seeing you out at the winery this weekend.  Keep up to date on all our events on the Calendar on the website. 
Bistro Muse will be open for the Flavour Trail weekend and we do suggest reservations.  Along with the regular bistro menu there will be a few extra choices and specials.  Please call us at 250-656-2552 to reserve or Email.

For more information on the Flavour Trail you can check out their website at

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

North Saanich Flavour Trail - Friday Night Kick Off

North Saanich Flavour Trail
August 23-25, 2013

Friday night Kick off BBQ
@ Muse Winery

It's going to be a great weekend offering visitors a rural ramble full of local flavour and you are invited to kick off the weekend at the Friday night BBQ and enjoy music by Water in the Crawlspace at Muse Winery.

The North Saanich Flavour Trail begins with an evening celebrating the bounty of the Peninsula, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Enjoy a Muse BBQ alongside the vineyard and celebrate the rural life of Deep Cove with local music.  Enjoy our Harvest Spread filled with locally farmed products including Wine Maker’s Ribs, the Bistro Muse Salad, Beef or Chicken burgers with all the fixin’s, Veggie skewers, coleslaw and Berry Crumble – all for only $25 per person.
Non alcoholic refreshments and a cash wine bar also available.

Tickets will be available through Muse Winery – call 250-656-2552 to reserve.

Hope to see you at the Kick Off for all the fun!

We've got more happening the rest of the weekend at Muse- we'll have features coming up on our local artists who'll be in the vineyards on Saturday and Sunday.

To keep up to date  - on our Calendar or Follow us on Twitter 

Check out the Flavour Trail website for more info and downloadable map at

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

One Flew over the Cabernet - August 10, 11, 17 & 31st

Thespians in the Vineyard!

Join us at Muse Winery for one of the remaining performances of ...

One Flew Over the Cabernet

This year's production takes place in an insane asylum, where the inmates all believe that they are fairy tale characters.  When a new patient, a Sleeping Princess, is admitted and is awakened by the doctor, things get crazy...
Check out the YouTube for a bit of a preview of their Opening Night performance.

Tickets will be $25 for all performances.  Saturdays are 7:30 pm curtain, Sundays at 3 pm

Our Special Island Harvest Table will be offered for dinner for the Saturday evening performances with sitting available from 5 to 6:30 pm.  Please call 250-656-2552 to reserve.  You'll find the menu details on our website calendar

Choose from the Bistro Menu for lunch or a plate to share before the Matinee performances.  Please reserve ahead.    Call 250-656-2552 or email

Evening performances are August 10th,  August 17th- SOLD OUT  and August 31st

Matinee is August 11th only

Don't miss out on this unique experience of outdoor theatre at Muse Winery.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Ballet comes to Muse Winery- Sun. July 7th

Ballet Etoile and Muse Winery present

Summer Musings

Sunday July 7th 2:30 pm & 4:30 pm

We are delighted to present another first at Muse Winery...a ballet production performed on our outdoor stage.

Ballet Étoile is thrilled to present a delightful selection of beautiful ballets on the intimate Ortega Terrace at Muse Winery! Featuring fresh new works, a mesmerizing fiery tango, and the return of the popular Scott Joplin suite, this captivating afternoon has a sip for everyone to savor. Victoria’s top professional dancers sparkle in excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Boutique Fantasque and more! Surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery, this unique theatre experience is the perfect way to celebrate summer!

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of Muse Winery’s very first ballet event!

Come early and enjoy a delicious lunch or early tapas at Bistro Muse!
Call 250-656-2552 for reservations.

Performance tickets are $20/ pp and can be purchased at Muse Winery or by calling 250-656-2552.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Swing into Summer at the Muse - June 28th

Dock Side Drive at Muse Winery
Friday June 28th

We've got a fantastic night planned with the swingin' sounds of Dock Side Drive.
We kick off the evening at 6 pm with yummy Bistro Tapas in the vineyard.  At 7:30 it's swing time with the big band sound of Dock Side Drive.

Dock Side Drive (formerly "The Ford 7") is one of the West Coast’s newest swing & show bands. This dynamic band will entertain audiences with the music of the 1940s, 50s & 60s. At its core, the band features local Victoria musicians Don Leppard, Joey Smith, Anita Bonkowski, Heather Burns (rhythm section); Dave Flello, Paul Wainwright (horns); Chris Newstead, Fran Bitonti, and Angela Ireland Ford (vocals). They offer a blend of vocal and instrumental tunes that will usher you through more than three decades of song, including the music of Ray Charles, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and other favourites. You won’t want to miss the chance to see and hear this ensemble performing well-known swing, blues, jazz and show tunes! It’s guaranteed you’ll be swingin’ and singin’ along!

Dock Side Drive hosts a roster of seasoned and established musicians from the Victoria area, all of whom perform regularly both together and with other bands: “The Stomp Club”, “Canus”, “The Midnights”, and “String of Pearls” to name a few. Many of these veteran musicians have been seen on the Dixie and Swing Jazz festival circuit. Since its inception, Dock Side Drive has established a reputation as a show band that features vocalists & instrumentalists alike. They have built a repertoire of tunes, including Train Kept a Rollin’, Mac the Knife, Route 66, Blue Skies, What’ll I Do, Hit That Jive Jack, Hallelujah I Just Love Him So, Jump, Jive and Wail, and Sweet Georgia Brown.

Tickets - $35 includes Concert & Tapas
Cash Wine bar.

And of course, it's happening at  Muse Winery   11195 Chalet Road, North Saanich.
Call 250-656-2552 for tickets or email

Monday, 10 June 2013

Revved Up for the Weekend

What a weekend this is going to be at Muse and start it with a "prekend" on Thursday!

We'll have the the photographic art of Monica Reekie on exhibition in the Bacchus Room and have extended an invitation to Car Clubs and Collectors alike who enjoy Fine Art Photography of fine automobiles along with of course...fine wine to come out to Muse Winery from June 14th to 16th to show off your treasures.  
Monica will be on hand for the 3 days, no doubt with camera in hand!  

June 15th - Celebrating Strawberries
While all the A'La C'Art is underway, we also have a Special Menu offering in celebration of the local strawberry harvest.  Check the link on the website calendar for details! 

June 16th - Father's Day 
Did we forget Dad? No way!!!
We've got a special lunch menu planned for Dad for Father's Day.  
It's on the website too.  Make sure to reserve.  250-656-2552 or email

More coming next week.
We'll keep you up to date.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Island Wineries - TC May 26, 2013

We'd like to share this great article with you by Richard Watts and photographer Darren Stone of the Victoria Times Colonist who visited Muse Winery.

Monitor: Island wineries make their mark on the industry

Richard Watts / Times Colonist
May 26, 2013
Muse Winery co-owners Jane and Peter Ellmann take a walk with their dog True in their North Saanich vineyard.  Photograph by: DARREN STONE, VICTORIA TIMES COLONIST

For American visitors Robert and Kelly Moore, the small vineyard on the Saanich Peninsula felt a lot like home.
The Moores live in Washington, D.C., but Kelly originally comes from San Francisco, close to California wine regions like Napa and Sonoma. So, vineyard tasting rooms are familiar. Besides, the two make sampling unique, local flavours part of all their vacation experiences.
And in their opinion, the two whites they sampled at Muse Winery in North Saanich — an Ortega called Poetic Justice and a Pinot Gris called Legally Blonde — were worth the stop.
“It’s two for two,” said Robert.
The couple is part of a growing agri-tourism movement, where visitors seek out unique local food and drink to sample. And many, like Kelly with her California background, come with experienced palates; the wine has to pass some serious muster.
Muse proprietors Peter and Jane Ellman are not only prepared to discuss wines, they will also talk about local restaurants, locally caught fish and locally grown meat and produce. But that talk always turns to the appropriate wine pairing.
“It always comes back to the wine,” said Peter. “The wine has to be the backbone of the operation.”

Climate, soil combine to make local wines unique among peers

There are about 40 wineries on Vancouver Island, with several reportedly in the process of being sold. They are part of a local industry reliably producing wines known for their clean, crisp taste and light body.
But wine-making on Vancouver Island is still a relatively recent endeavour, according to the B.C. Wine Institute, originally started in 1990 by the provincial government and a voluntary trade association since 2006.
According to the institute, one Vancouver Island farmer made wine from loganberries in the 1920s. Another attempted to create a vineyard near Duncan 50 years later, but serious modern efforts didn’t begin until the 1980s.
That was when the provincial government financed an agricultural trial to assess which grape varieties would grow well on the Island. In the trial, nicknamed “the Duncan Project,” agriculturists grew, monitored and tested more than 100 varieties of grapes between 1983 and 1990.
Pinot Gris and Ortega were identified as promising and both continue to be widely grown. But vintners are also now growing reds such as Pinot Noir and Marechal Foch.
John Schreiner, broadcaster, journalist and author of several books on wine, including the Wineries of British Columbia and the B.C. Coastal Wine Tour Guide, said Vancouver Island wines come with a distinct flavour.
Schreiner said Island wines tend to be quite acidic. Whites are lemony, or citrus scented and flavoured. Reds tend to be leaner and thinner when compared to wines from sunnier areas like the Okanagan, where reds are fuller-bodied.
That doesn’t make either set better or worse, he said. It just means they have a different character.
“If you put the Vancouver Island Pinot Gris [white] alongside the Okanagan Pinot Gris, you will be able to tell the difference in the two terroirs instantly,” Schreiner said.
The word “terroir,” from the French word terre, for land, is loosely defined as a sense of place. It refers to the peculiar geography, geology and climate that combine to create subtle nuances in food products such as wine.
“It’s all climate and soil,” said Schreiner, adding the climate on Vancouver Island can be tough for winemakers — possibly the toughest in B.C.
For example, the growing season might not end in October, but the rains certainly arrive. In wet weather, vines suck up water and the juice in the fruit becomes more diluted.
Worse, damp weather encourages mould and grapes become useless.
Vineyards compensate for the climate by doing things like building tents early in the spring to give their vines a warmer headstart before October arrives. They will monitor sugar levels closely, sometimes testing several times a day to see when it might be the right time to pick.
Schreiner said the most successful winemakers on Vancouver Island are the ones who pay close attention to all the details. And the result is a wine taste all its own.
“Because it can be so difficult there, they really have to stretch their winemaking, so you get some really interesting wines,” he said.
Giordano Venturi, co-owner with his wife Marilyn of Venturi Schulze Vineyards in Cobble Hill, recalls a quote from a pioneering Okanagan winemaker who said it takes at least 10 years to really know a vineyard.
“Well, here I would say it takes at least 25,” said Venturi, who opened his vineyard on Christmas Eve 1993, making it the third to take root in the area, after Zanatta and Blue Grouse. Venturi calls those early days “heroic times.”
It was the first time anyone had made a commercial attempt to grow many of the grape varieties identified in the Duncan Project.
Things like wire and posts to string up the vines were not widely available. He and his wife even travelled to the mainland to uproot their first vines from a vineyard and truck them back to the Island.
“It was pretty tough back then,” Venturi said. “Now all you have to do is pick up the phone and you get all the varietals and all the root stock in a few days.”
He has also had to learn through trial and error how to get the most from his vines. He has to intensively trim and manage the vines’ canopy of leaves to get the best use of available sun.
He stays away from pesticides and herbicides, But he won’t call his operation “organic” because he believes the word is overused and meaningless.
At the first hint of rain in October, everything gets picked as quickly as possible, or else the whole crop can be lost.
Cool temperatures, a short sunny season and looming rain make the vineyard business on Vancouver Island a finicky one.
“But it can be an advantage,” Venturi said. “If you can naturally ripen the vines, it will make for incredible flavour.
“With the cool nights, the grapes will keep their acid up and with the sugar in good years, we can make some incredible stuff,” he said.
“But you have to take your risks and maximize what little bit of sunshine you have.”
Like the Ellmans of the Muse Winery, Venturi said a big part of his business has been about educating customers.
While people on Vancouver Island are now drinking more wine than when he started, it can be difficult for a small operation like Venturi’s, with fewer than 18 acres, to compete with big commercial operations in places like Chile or Europe. But local wineries can offer an advantage when it comes to education, he said.
“People can learn to appreciate what’s local and learn to see that what is produced here locally, [and what] will go best with local food.”
© Copyright 2013

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Busy May 23rd!

We're involved in 2 great events  on May 23rd, so we wanted to get out a post to everyone to let you know.

PictureWe are pleased to be a part of
BC Bites & Beverages at the Royal BC Museum - Clifford Carl Hall on May 23rd - 7 - 9 pm

Uncorked: The Teenage Years of the BC Wine Industry

Drawing on our extensive British Columbia wine label collection, join Royal BC Museum Curator Dr Hammond
for a sparkling toast to forgotten classics and the popular wines of the 1960s and 1970s. Enjoy sampling over 30 BC wines, delicious BC cheese and a snapshot of the VQA by Beth Crawford, owner of the VQA wine shop at Mattick’s Farm.

Participating wineries include Lake Breeze, MUSE Winery ( look for Peter there) , Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Averill Creek Vineyard, Symphony Vineyard and Salt Spring Vineyards.

Royal BC Museum Members: $35+tax     Non-Members: $40+tax

Tickets available at  Royal BC Museum

Happening at Muse Winery is Spring Fling 2 - from 6 to 9 pm


Sidney Meet Up invites you to Muse for a Fashion Show and Fundraiser for 
Angel Flight of British Columbia.  
Angel Flight provides free aerial transport for people requiring travel to Cancer Treatment centres.
Tickets are $30 each and available at
Visit the website for details on participants and sponsors.
Special Guest is Chris Paul (Salish Artist)

So much to do, so little time!  We hope you find time in your evening for one of these wonderful events.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Mother's Day Musings

 Mother's Day Musings  ~ May 12th


A delectable menu has been fashioned to make this an extraordinary Mother's Day treat at Muse Winery!
Make sure to reserve early so your Mother will be included in this wonderful feast!

At $32/per person including GST, $16 for children, your pocketbook will be happy, your taste buds astonished and your Mom delighted that you found our charming little vineyard ambiance to surprise her with.  

Have a peak at the MENU and reserve ahead at 250-656-2552 or email 

While the Bistro staff take care of your taste buds, we have the inspiring, refreshing work of Wendy Picken for your eyes.  Her work created in her own Mango Smile Studios is on exhibition for the month of May in the Bacchus Room.  

Bistro Muse opens this week - May 9th Thursdays to Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.  We're looking forward to another wonderful season of fine wine, great food, art, theatre and music!  Join us soon.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

WIVA Spring Tasting at the Fairmont Empress

Wine Islands Spring Tasting
Crystal Ballroom of the Fairmont Empress

March 29, 2013   
6 pm to 8 pm

Look for Muse Winery
Join us at the Crystal Ballroom in the Fairmont Empress Hotel at 721 Government Street for an evening of discovery and fun at the 5th Annual Wine Islands Spring Tasting!

Sip and sample award winning wines, ciders and meads and meet over 30 participating winemakers, cidermakers, meadmakers and distillers of Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands.

Tickets are $25 plus HST and can be purchased online, at the door (space permitting), or from any of the following retailers starting March 1st -

    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.
    Beverly Corners LRS Market Place 102 - 2755 Beverly St. Duncan

If you purchase your tickets online, make sure you have printed your PayPal receipt, and bring it with you along with ID; it will act as your ticket(s).

See you there!

Saturday, 9 February 2013

A Special Valentine's Day

A Special Valentine's Day

Tired of chocolates and roses...we've got something new and wonderful that you can give to any his or her Valentine that you will both enjoy!  

We've put together a wonderful selection of wine baskets with pairings of local delectables.

Our Purely Pink basket features Muse Ramblin' Rose paired with Mya's Crunch, Melinda's Chocolate Biscotti, South Island Pure Soy Lavender & Vanilla Candle, all for $45 and free delivery in the Greater Victoria & Peninsula areas.  

We need your order by Feb. 11th to ensure delivery on the 14th!  
Call 250-656-2552 or email 

Check out the Wine Shop for a full list of the special selections available...

Love is Blonde,  
Naughty n' Nice 
All My Love...

Happy Valentine's Day


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Feb. 6th - Savour the Islands

We hope you'll join us at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa on Wednesday February 6th for 
Savour the Islands

We look forward to a wonderful evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the gorgeous surroundings of the Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa for tastings of savoury & sweet samplings from the islands in support of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation.
Tickets are limited - $50 per person

Contact the Foundation for your tickets-ask for Lesley or Karen at 250-652-7531 or email