Weekly Show

September 22nd 2018- Back to the Okanagan!

Back to The Okanagan (Roche – Desert Hills/Ursa Major – Fairview Cellars) THE SHOW  Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Bill Eggert – Owner/Winemaker at Fairview Cellars – The Golden Mile Bill will be speaking his considerable mind to start off the show. But before he starts firing off one liners and certain people start ducking,  I thought it best to talk about his wines. The names of these wines on the labels should tell you a great deal about …

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September 15th, 2018- Cowichan Valley Wine Festival 2018

Cowichan Valley Wine Festival 2018!   There are a lot of great places in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley to hold a wine festival. For several years it was called Savour and was on a dock over the water in Mill Bay. The valley is located halfway between Victoria and Nanaimo with the closest town being Duncan. The 2018 Festival may have found the perfect home at Shawnigan Lake School. It’s like holding a wine festival at Yale… except greener! We …

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September 8th, 2018-Tantalus. Adorada. Il Falcone & Colin Linden Remembers Aretha

Tantalus. Adorada. Il Falcone & Colin Linden Remembers Aretha   Il Falcone –Chef Andrey Durbach  (Courtney BC)  Andrey and Sian Durbach moved to the Comox  Valley, Vancouver Island almost  a year ago from Vancouver. They had been  running three downtown  Vancouver restaurants. High Tempo Rooms. Before he became an outstanding graduate of the CIA,  Culinary Institute of America in NYC, he had first made a name for himself in Vancouver working with Bishop’s, Il Giardino and Café de Paris.  He …

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September 1st, 2018 – Canadian Winery of the year- Road 13!

Welcoming The Winners Guests include Road 13, Fitzpatrick and Township7  Every year in Canada Wine Align, the toughest wine competition in the country, announces its list of winners. This week We welcome The Winners. After being  a top 10 winery for many years Road 13 has finally found the #1 position. In 2018, over 1800 wines from 257 wineries were in competition for the National Wine Awards.  Judging were 22 of the very best tasters in the country. After winning 15 …

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August 25th, 2018-Locals Only 3.0

13 guests for The Annual “Locals Only 3.0″The Artisans of Vancouver Island & The Gulf Islands.   THE SHOW    It was an afternoon exploring the diversity & creativity of our coastal producers. Through the interviews below we get to meet the farmers, fermenters and distillers that define our cool climate coastal appellation.     This is Locals Only 3.0 – 2018 No fancy marketing campaigns or graphic trickery.  Just an opportunity to taste clean honest products from the producers who …

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August 18th, 2018 – The BC Cider Festival!

The BC Cider Festival Year 2.  The Cider makers pour at The Pipe Shop.    THE SHOW   Its Official..I’m a Certified Cider Head. Happily, I don’t appear to be alone. Lots of us are discovering that the sweet icky cider our parents consumed has disappeared. It’s been replaced by a growing army of cider makers..from around the World and best of all – right here in BC. I had some catching up to do having missed the first BC …

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August 11th 2018-Top Drop Vancouver Part Two & and EZRA CIPES CEO SUMMERHILL WINERY & LEADER OF THE OOTN’OOTS!

  THE SHOW How much do I like the Top Drop wine series? Well, I really only needed half a dozen interviews to make a one-hour special. However, Kurtis Kolt and Jeff Curry always bring together some of the very best winemakers and owners in the World.  How they manage that, year after year, is amazing. Of course, I ended up doing almost twice as many as I needed but when you see the guest list below I think it’s …

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August 4th, 2018 – Road 13 -Winery of the year and Top Drop Part One

Road 13 wins Canadian Winery of the year and Top Drop 2018 Part One     The SHOW The phone rang at Road 13 this week. It was Anthony Gismondi from Wine Align looking for Joseph Luckhurst, managing partner and son of founders Mick and Pam Luckhurst. Joe was delighted to find out that after moving up in the Top Ten wineries of Canada year-after-year..they finally nailed the big prize. Canadian Winery of the Year. There were  1,850 entries from …

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July 28th, 2018 – Naramata Bench Releases!

  NEW RELEASES FROM THE NARAMATA BENCH:    THE SHOW   Summer 2018   Real warmth in the day. Sunrise at 6am. AND new releases from BC’s wineries.  Perhaps, the very best time of the year. We spent almost 5 glorious years on the Naramata Bench. It was everything we had hoped it would be. A mix of farms, food, wineries and really fine people. Now, when they make their annual New Wine Release trip into Vancouver and Victoria  it feels …

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July 21st, 2018- Okanagan Falls

OK Falls Welcomes The Wine World   THE SHOW   Every Spring the wine regions of BC show up on the West Coast. This week it’s Okanagan Falls.  The wineries of the region share Skaha Lake – just south of Penticton. Just a head’s UP – They throw a great Summer event called Party in the Park  July 6th in Kenyon Park (on the beach) Starts at 5PM.  What a night!!     Winemakers and Principals pouring and taking us …

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July 14th, 2018- Van Wine Fest part 2!

Hour Two of 2018 VanWineFest   THE SHOW   Last week’s show focused of Spain and Portugal. This week its friends and neighbours. BC, Washington, California, Nova Scotia and a final Spanish Winemaking Star Alvaro Palacios. Loved doing this hour.  Winemaking friends from all over sharing thoughts and opinions.   We talk about the Alberta Wine Ban and its effect. I felt it was important that I ask the question “What are you pouring here today and why?” Co-hosts were …

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July 7th, 2018- 40th Van WineFest Part 1- with The Wine Diva

  1,450 Wines. 16 Countries. 173 Wineries. 51 Events. 8 days. 25,000 wine fans. It’s Hour One of our coverage of the 40th VanWineFest at Vancouver Convention Centre. Spain and Portugal are the feature regions and they have sent their very best owners, winemakers, and wines. Many wines tasted for the first time in Canada. With the invaluable co-hosting help of The Wine Diva Daenna van Mulligen and Sandra Oldfield. This Saturday’s guests include The leader of Portugal’s “Duoro Boys” The charming Cristiano van …

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June 30th, 2018 – BC Shellfish Festival in  Courtney/Comox and Memories of Bourdain.

  12th  BC Shellfish Festival in  Courtney/Comox and Memories of Bourdain. THE SHOW   Year in &  Year out  The BC Shellfish Festival is one of the very best gatherings of Chefs in Western Canada. They come to compete, to showcase, to  meet their suppliers & their customers. Best of all, the chefs come to hang with each other and take a break from the daily grind. First and foremost the festival celebrates sustainability.  In oceans, lakes, rivers and farms. …

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June 23rd, 2018- A Tour of Saanich !

A Four Stop Stroll through Saanich : The SHOW Saanich is that gorgeous stretch of farmland on the drive from the BC Ferry Docks in Schwartz Bay, Vancouver Island  into Victoria. The idea for the show was suggested by Corey Wood, transplanted Albertan. (Corey is the tech/creative director for TRR and MulliganStew the  show and podcast) He kept reminding me that he was surrounded by growers,  farmers, and artisans who should be recognized. DeVine wines and spirits, Church and State …

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June 16th, 2018- The Wickaninnish Cookbook and Natural Wines

The World has lost a singular voice and soul Anthony Bourdain. We’ll start this week’s show by talking to George Sui who, with his Memphis Blues BBQ partner Park Heffelfinger hosted a sublime after hours gathering of Vancouver’s best chefs in the Summer of 2002. Barbara Jo (Barbara Jo’s Books for Cooks) brought Anthony to Memphis Blues..on Broadway. She also invited Rob Feenie, Tojo, David Hawksworth. Vikram Vij and others. They drank, talked , ate and smoked until 2am! George …

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