Posted by: cherylyoung | February 16, 2013


The Tale of Muse Winery

Jane & Peter Ellmann bought Chalet Estate
Winery in 2008. With years of hospitality,
food & beverage savvy betwixt them, the
dynamic duo had found their dream.
Peter’s homage to Jane, his life’s
inspiration, was to rename the winery
Muse grows grapes under the warm sun of the Saanich Peninsula,
north of Victoria.
We select grapes from notable vineyards in
other regions of Vancouver Island, the
Southern Gulf Islands and the Okanagan
This fine collection of high quality grapes
from varying BC appellations blend, sing
and dance together to create exceptional
varietals with character, poise and
The Ellmann’s invite you to visit Muse Winery for a taste and tour
of the vineyards.
In the summer enjoy Bistro Muse and
a taste of the Island while dining al fresco
on the terrace in the vineyard, watching
the eagles soar above.
Love what you do. Laugh often. Work hard. Make great wine.
Have fun doing it…

2011 Bacchus Noon Someplace


A playful little fräulein nymph, her joie de
vie is intoxicating and contagious.
Myth surrounds her as she has been known to
consort with the gods.
Just being in her presence brings ecstasy and
a hint of craziness.
Fond of picnics on the Rhine, she spreads her
blanket upon riverbank grasses and tempts
the palate with offerings of tart apples,
key lime and mango popsicles.
To spend a leisurely afternoon in her
company is to overindulge on raw oysters
and grilled prawns, play hooky and screw
the consequences. 
A fun loving porch wine to guzzle down
with gal pals over gossip, grapes
muse 2

2010 Chardonnay-Semillon Burgundian Beauty


Butterscotch and honey would melt in
her mouth.
Elegant, from old-world wealth, she loves
expensive minerals to drip, like ripe fruit,
from around her creamy neck.
Her legs are gracefully tapered by strong as
French oak. Her throaty voice is dense
and liquid.
She espouses purity, but her thick unctuous
chuckle lets you know she’d be yours for a
plate of seared foie gras, rich parmesan
risotto or even the opportunity to snuggle up
and lick béarnaise from your finger tips. 
Fat, sassy Burgundian Beauty to have in
bed on a Sunday morning with Eggs

2010 Fume Blanc Translation:

Sauvignon Blanc


She comes to you through a morning fog
that covers the ground as thick as smoke
shrouding and swirling around her in
veils of harem silk.
Her perfume smells of newly cut grass,
green apples and lemongrass.
Known for her crisp humour and acerbic
wit, she can easily cut through heavy
Elegant yet impish, she is a host par
She is renowned for smart dinner parties
with house specialties being Arctic char
gravlax, cream of lobster bisque, charred
scallops and mile-high coconut cream pie.
Bring on the cream.

2011 Gewurztraminer Tongue Twister


A true Alsatian tart, her bone-dry wit
captivates instantly.
Straw blonde with legs forever, a sparkle
in her eye and a blush of peach on her
cheeks, she leans into the glass and
whispers spicy tales of far off places,
where the winds smell of ginger
and lychee.
A world-traveller, she favours Pan-Asian
street food with lots of tang and heat.
Feed her duck pancakes slathered in hoisin
sauce or tum yum Thai soup crammed with
tiger shrimp and lemongrass and she’ll purr
like a kitten.
 Cougar blonde looking to tango with a
zesty bowl of Szechuan Noodles 

2011 Ortega Poetic Justice


Blithe and coquettish, this sweet tempered
lady is adored by all.
A lover of Spanish poets and European
castles on the Rhine, she is a die-hard
Her lips have the taste of big juicy red
She lights up a room with her flowery
Her lingering kisses make you think of
the Islands.
Easy and amicable, she may be invited to
any party and slips into the ebb and flow of conversation like silk.
Serve her a casual lunch of warm focaccia
bread with Asiago cheese, pan-seared
chicken breasts with salsa verde and
fresh summer berries and she will
wax poetic.
An everyday celebratory wine for whiling away an afternoon
with good friends

2010 Pinot Gris Legally Blonde


A festive giddy gal with lots of snappy
A crisp wit and a tart approach to life.
Green apple, honeysuckle and melon are
some of her favourite flavours.
Known by friends for her fruity, light-
hearted personality and fragrant summer
spirit; she plays well with others.
She is often spotted having lunch on a patio
in the summer, whiling away an afternoon
on the beach, or fishing off the dock in the
hopes of catching fresh trout for dinner. 
Crisp clean wine that pairs with figs
& gorgonzola or spicy baby
clam linguini 

2010 Viognier Piquant Vivant


Exuberant flirtatious little minx.
Apricot and peaches complexion.
A delicate balance between slightly
neurotic, a little bit exotic and a touch erotic.
On her pulse points are joyful hints of ligh
t lively grapefruit and honey.
A flouncy white summer dress, warm
afternoon, grassy meadow, large shade tree
and soft  ripe cheeses, poached cold salmon
and lemon tarts.
Ah, the delight.
 A lazy Sunday wine to enjoy with
lemony greens, quiche, ripe brie
and tart apple slices 

2009 Late Harvest Viognier Roll in the Hay


Bronze ~
2010 NorthWest Wine Summit Bronze ~
All Canadian Wine Competition2010
Soft, round and delicate, her curvy full body says shameless,
but herdemeanour is sweet tempered and easy.
Lingering on her lips are hints of honeysuckle
and ginger gloss.
She adores the fall when the fruits are ripe
and heaving with intense, rich flavours.
She will sit in the orchard, slathering butter
and mango marmalade on warm bread while
humming arias from La Boheme, dreaming
of her lover yet to come.
The snap of a twig tells her things are about
to get interesting. 
Cool floral finesse slips down nicely with
fresh cracked crab followed by vats of
decadent crème brulée  

2008 Cabernet/Merlot Close the Deal


Articulate and eloquent with expressive
rich ripe qualities worthy of a high-priced
Expensively coiffed, in tailored black
leather, stilettos and the hint of a Freudian
slip of  expensive lace. Husky, raspy voice
with subtle undertones of tobacco,
smoke and pepper.
A smooth negotiator satisfyingly
heavy-handed without beating your
taste buds to a pulp.
Loves all French food, the richer the better.
Always on her blackberry.
 Does a power lunch with steak frites or
les moules Provencal 

2009 Marechal Foch Risque Rouge


Smoldering, dark and mysterious, this
resinous bold temptress has a complex
Her full-bodied curves hug the side of the
glass and make you dream of inky nights,
leather boots and getting your fanny
slapped while straddling an oak cask.
Intense and brooding, her eyes are pools of
dark chocolate.
The velvet nape of her neck carries a whiff
of plum and cherry.
Known to consort with Dame Merlot, the
 two throw legendary salons serving hearty
wild game,  zesty pastas and pungent
earthy cheeses. 
Fearless risqué red that will go toe-to-toe
with spice, rice or loaded dice. 

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Gallant,

Valiant Grape


Our heroine is courageous and bold with
lustrous skin the colour of crème brulée,
eyes of purple plum and dark-red tresses
of soft silk.
Round and full-bodied, to nuzzle her neck
is to smell vanilla, black currant and
peppery spice.
Her noble heritage is French and you will
never get Bordeaux her tales of a
glorious past.
Well-balanced, she stands tall as an oak.
At her table you will dine well on
blackened grilled salmon, maple syrup
glazed pork tenderloin and chocolate
& raspberry soufflé. 
Plucky red that will walk up to a smoky
bison burger and challenge it to
arm wrestle  

2010 Foch Noir Voluptuous Vixen


She is a sensuous, dangerous, but oh so tasty
Alsatian plum tart.
Her well-endowed cherry bosom heaves
with luscious fruits. Intricate French
Burgundy lace hugs soft, round thighs
tapering down taut calves to tootsies
enshrined in black spike heels.
Fortified with a triple-shot espresso and a
hunk of dark chocolate, she can go the
distance against lesser mortals.
She is the warrior princess of legend.
She feasts with abandonment on succulent
wild game, bison and herbaceous
winter stews.
Slightly volatile, she’ll give your palate a
spanking, but only in a good way.
 Baby it’s cold outside, so warm up
with lamb shanks with roast garlic
and heavy cream polenta 

2008 Grande Dame Rouge Marvelous



Bronze ~
2010 NorthWest Wine Summit (2007) 
Larger than life, she sails into a room
like a
French galleon.
Her regal bearing demands respect.
Her blended family tree carries tales of
exotic trade from the port of Bordeaux
in cassis, tobacco and coffee.
She is spicy, witty and deeply complex.
Celebration surrounds her.
A peppery vintage dame, she enjoys nothing
better than a good cigar after a damn fine
meal of rare roast beef and Yorkshire
She is always found in good company, often
at a gaming table in someone’s chateau.
A special note on this Bordeaux Style blend-she is 50% Merlot,
31%Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec
and 3% Petit Verdot
.R E S P E C T this fabulous babe.
Dine with her on well-seasoned roast
leg of lamb with rosemary au jus 

2008 Malbec Don’t Cry for Me


The Countess lingered in her flower garden
inhaling scents of jasmine, violet
and lavender.
Nibbling dark chocolate, her imagination
wandered as she remembered her wild days;
her mad existence.
The memory brought deep ruby colour to
her cheeks.
There was one evening in Buenos Aires –
the man, a roaring fire, spit-roasted beef
from the sun-drenched grazing plains of
Argentina, spicy grilled sausages and
blackened fish – the rest was history.
She’d chosen freedom.
She had fame.
She had fortune.
And you know what?
That was working for her.
 Give this First Lady a massive platter
of BBQ beef ribs, lamb sirloin and
heaping mounds of kick-ass Cajun
tiger prawns 

2009 Merlot Flagrantly Delicious


Growling and howling are not beyond
this  smoky sexy lady.
Her heaving bosom is reminiscent of ripe
purple plums and black cherries.
A haughty, naughty chuckle will make
you think of moonlit nights, big bonfires
and bear rugs in front of the hearth.
She is the voluptuous tavern wench of
bodice-ripping novels serving trenchers
of roasted game, wild boar, leg of lamb
and pun gent wheels of old cheddar and
stilton to lusty sailors. 

Big bouncy red that cavorts well with

rack of lamb and dark chocolate

2009 Pinot Noir Latitude Attitude


Worthy of worship. Complex, capricious,
willful and stubborn.
She does not like to get her feet wet,
prefers to take the rocky road less
travelled and will  break your heart
at the snap of a twig.
She will reward with lingering long
kisses of blackberry, mocha and
cranberry with a slight feral edge to
her delivery.
She goes all starry-eyed when seated at a
table surrounded by crystal, fine linen
and go od china.
Reward her with fresh grilled
BC halibut and wild mushroom risotto.
A few words of advice… never look at
her sideways. 
A versatile wine that travels from
picnic to porch to black-tie podium
with aplomb 

2010 Rose Rambling Rose


Gold ~
All Canadian Wine Competition 2010
Our flirtatious strawberry blonde is a spontaneou
s skirt-up-over-the-headkind of gal.
Laughter echoes behind her as she rides her
popsicle-red bicycle down country lanes, her
pannier full of raspberries, strawberries and
big juicy melons.
She’s off to meet her giggly girlfriends
for a picnic of spicy chilled noodles and
hand -roll Mexican tortillas stuffed with
pulled pork and habanera peppers.
Sprawled on blankets on a warm summer
afternoon, the girls divulge discreet
indiscretions and howl with mirth in
the telling
.A cheeky rambling rosé meant for warm afternoon of al
frescofrolic while sloshing and noshing with friends and
interesting strangers

2008 Syrah Big, Bold & Bodacious


Our Tasting Room, Wine & Gift Shop

will reopen in April 2013.

If you’d like to buy wine, please call 250-656-2552 or order online at

Buy Wine

Click Visit Muse Winery for our map

and  more information on visiting

the winery.

11195 Chalet Road, North Saanich, BC V8L 5M1
T- 250-656-2552 E- info@musewinery



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