The Accidental Garden

So we’re big composters and have been since our time living in Vancouver.  When we moved to the vineyard, we were delighted to see the large pile of pomace from the leftover grape skins after each year’s harvest and winemaking processes. Our soil has historically been...

Tucking & Suckering

Upon reflection, that title sounds a bit dirty.  I guess I do get a bit grubby as I crouch down to remove unwanted vine shoots or “suckers” from the trunks of the wines.  We don’t want these new shoots to take away any of the nutrients and attention from the main...

Tofino

Zac and I spent just over 10 days in Tofino in June, meeting restaurant clients and attending Grazing in the Garden, an annual food and wine festival hosted in the Tofino Botanical Gardens.  Roger Dosman has attended the event every year it has been running (15 years)...

A New Look

In May, we kicked off a project with Hired Guns Creative out of Nanaimo to help us update our image with a new logo, new labelling for our wines starting in 2017, and other promotional material for our website and events.  We are thrilled with the quality of their...

Tasting, Tenting and Tractors

A whirlwind has ensued since we took over our vineyard.  Putting both hands (and feet) into the business, the vines and the tasting room, it has been all-consuming.  Add to that a move of house and there has barely been time to breathe.   I do have to remind myself...

Vino!

I would like to introduce the newest family member of Alderlea Vineyards, our red heeler puppy Vino. While we have only had her a few short weeks, she has already captured our hearts and is basically calling the shots now.  Having no children, this is likely the...

Beauty in a Bottle

Week Two in my new job was largely consumed helping to bottle last year’s white wines.  The bottling line is an efficient set-up and the process moves fairly quickly, much faster than bottling our previous handcrafted wines which was a much slower process but also on...

Early Days

After only a week of self-employment, I’m already getting more sleep and having fun. This past week was taken up principally with signing, sniffing, pruning and strolling.  We had a lot of paperwork to get through with the sale of our Vancouver home, the vineyard...

Lift-off

So I guess it is no longer a dream.  Zac and I are now officially winegrowers. After more than a decade of discussion and winemaking in the garage (Montreal) and driveway (Vancouver), we are getting serious, farming 7.5 acres of white and red varietals in the Cowichan...