Weekly Show

November 10th, 2018 – A Pinot Party!

A BC Pinot Noir Celebration. With a cast of All-Stars.      THE SHOW   Everyone is talking about and buying BC  Pinot Noir these days. If you ask growers and winemakers, they are pretty much agreed that BC is perfect for growing and harvesting Pinot Noir. We truly hope you find your new best Pinot here with TRR.   The fourth annual BC Pinot Noir Celebration brings together 34 of the province’s best Pinot Noir producers to celebrate the varietal that …

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November 3rd, 2018 – Judgment of B.C.

THE SHOW Hosted by the BC Wine Institute, and curated by the best in the business, wine expert DJ Kearney, the Judgment of BC took place in Kelowna several weeks ago.   I was pleased and honoured to be part of thirty nine international/national wine judges. We blind tasted and ranked the 24 wines. 12 were traditional method sparkling wines and 12 were Bordeaux-style red blends. 6 of each were from BC and 6 were international benchmarks. After ranking the …

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October 27th, 2018- Shane Taylors “Dilettante” Garnet Valley Pinot Noir 2017

Shane Taylor’s  ‘Dilettante’ Garnet Valley Pinot Noir 2017 THE SHOW There are three different elements in today’s show title. First is Shane Taylor. Sommelier of the Year. As the winner, Shane gets  to make a small lot wine using the grape variety and style of his choice. Second is Dilettante  the wine that Shane created. If you’ve followed BC wine news, you’ll know that  Okanagan Crush Pad is on a roll. A 45,000 case roll. However, if you talk to …

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October 20th, 2018 – A Merlot Special even Miles would like!

THE SHOW   Jack : If they want to drink Merlot, we’re drinking Merlot. Miles Raymond : No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any f#*king Merlot!   Somewhere on this website  is the famous Merlot scene from the film  Sideways, spoken with outrage and indignation by the sublime Paul Giamatti as Miles Raymond, failed writer and wine snob. The film came out in 2004 and the sales of Merlot dropped like a stone. In some markets it has  never …

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October 13th, 2018- The Wickaninnish Inn and Natural Wines

Discover the Cookbook from The Wickaninnish Inn.  #1 Resort in Canada (Conde Nast) and face to face with Bella and Lock & Worth      Condé Nast Traveler this week announced the results of its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards with The Wickaninnish Inn recognized as the # 1 RESORT in CANADA. This is the third time the Wickaninnish Inn has received Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Award, taking the number one spot in both 2013 and 2014, and the second …

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October 6th, 2018- Fifth Annual Victoria Wine Festival

The Fifth Annual Victoria Wine Festival   As all festivals do, it started with an idea and a dedicated band of volunteers. Five years into its existence it’s become one of the highlights of the year in Victoria. After talking with some of the perhaps 1500 attending,  two things became apparent. The women outnumbered the men by a wide margin and I was surprised how many wine fans attending were not from Victoria. Over 300 wines were showcased and the …

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September 29th, 2018- The Four F’s!

Year Seven of The Four F’s (Food. Fishing. Fluids and Friends) As all good things sometimes do..it started with a “what if”. What if I put together some of my food and wine friends who loved fishing – and we all went fishing together but we also brought along wines we wanted to share and food we wanted to cook? Except for several years when one of them was just too damn busy,  the friends line up has been pretty …

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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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