Weekly Show

July 28th, 2018 – Naramata Bench Spring Releases!

  NEW SPRING RELEASES FROM THE NARAMATA BENCH:    THE SHOW   SPRING!   Renewal. Bud Break. 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 Spring Wine Release trip into Vancouver …

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April 21st, 2018- Top Drop Vancouver !

Full Natural Wines  with Lock & Worth &  Bella, Top Drop 2018 and The Okanagan Wine Initiative   THE SHOW   Matthew SherLOCK and Ross HackWORTH.  Lock and Worth.  Jay Drysdale and Bella…  Want to get a sense of BC’s wine future?  Matt and Jay will be a the very front, leading the movement. Honest, single vineyard wines of time and place – priced for everyday consumption.  “We strongly believe that one should be able to drink high quality, single …

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Supreme Court Decision- Interview with Tony Stewart, Owner of Quails Gate Winery

Gerard Comeau bought beer and booze in Quebec – where it’s much cheaper and drove it back to New Brunswick. He was charged by the RCMP with illegal movement of liquor. Went all the way to the supreme court. Wineries maintained that the 1928 Prohibition Law being quoted was “unconstitutional” as written. I called it naked greed. The decision came down today..supporting the law and the government. Here’s an interview with Tony Stewart the CEO and owner of Quails Gate Winery …

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April 14th, 2018-The Artisans of Vancouver Island & The Gulf Islands

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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April 7th, 2018 – Jann Arden Returns to the Tasting Room!

Jann Arden returns To The Tasting Room. (joined by  Ricasoli, La Crema, Giant Head and Gurvinder Bhatia)   THE SHOW Gurvinder Bhatia   (Quench magazine)        The first two interviews took place at this year’s VanWineFest. After 2 One hour specials,  I grabbed my  recorder and sought out journalist Gurvinder Bhatia and  Winemaker Craig McAllister,  at La Crema. Gurvinder is well known in wine circles. As a judge, educator and reviewer. Wine Editor for Quench Magazine, columnist for The …

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March 31st, 2018 – Parksville Uncorked!

  Untapped and  Uncorked in Parksville – with special guests!!   THE SHOW   A truckload of fun. Heading for the 10th annual Parksville on Vancouver Island. Half of the weekend takes place at the Beach Club Resort and the other half at Tigh Na Mara. https://www.beachclubbc.com www.tigh-na-mara.com 10th Annual Parksville Uncorked Wine, Food & Beer Festival Join us for the 10th Annual Parksville Uncorked : Sip savour, mix and mingle while sampling some of BC’s best: – The craft brewers, …

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March 24th, 2018- Oaxaca City, Mexico!

Heading to The Home of true Mexican Cooking in Oaxaca with Susana Trilling.   The SHOW   Cheers and welcome to Year 10 of Tasting Room Radio. You can find the Podcast on iTunes, Airs at 11am Pacific every Saturday at Roundhouse Radio 983 Vancouver. Alex Chen – Canadian Culinary Championships – Gold Medal Winner   Chef Alex Chen wins GoldWe start in Vancouver at the Boulevard Restaurant at The Sutton Place Hotel with Gold Medal Winning Chef Alex Chen. …

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March 17th, 2018 – Ireland in an hour!

IRELAND IN AN HOUR! How better to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than presenting A One hour special from our  2 weeks in Ireland.     We start our tour  in the South of Ireland..through Clonakilty, Cork and we end on the historic streets of Dublin. Guests include Connor Higgins,   Michael Lawlor (Irish Whiskey Tours), Michael Reddy (Teeling Whiskey) and Willie Ahearn from The Palace Pub on Fleet St.   THE Show         Deasy’s Harbour Bar and Seafood Restaurant. Ring Village, Clonakilty Chef Caitlin Ruth   …

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March 10th, 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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March 3rd 2018- 40th Van WineFest 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 …

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February 17th, 2018 – Alberta Bans BC Wine!

Alberta Bans BC Wine. Here’s the Pushback!           THE SHOW BC/ Alberta showdown  Nobody saw it coming. We all woke up on a recent Monday morning to the news that the Alberta Government in retaliation to the BC Government’s environmental concerns about the interprovincial pipeline took the highly unusual step of banning BC Wines from sale in Alberta. That’s 30% of BC’s wine sales. That’s just as many tourism  visits every year from our neighbour. At first …

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Tasting Room Radio February 10th, 2018 – 23 floors up. A Mark Anthony Portfolio Tasting

THE SHOW   It was windy and wonderful. The invite was from The Mark Anthony Group, who distribute beautifully chosen wines to this part of the World. Would I be interested in interviewing some of their top winemakers from around the World..on the top of the Telus Building on Georgia? Yes Please. If you’re seeking new fresh wines and winemakers here’s some top level suggestions..   Dlynn Proctor – Winemaking Ambassador – Penfolds ( Australia ) Darryl Brooker – Winemaker – Mission Hill Family …

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February 3rd, 2018 – The Victoria Whisky Festival!

The 13th Victoria Whisky Festival.  Have a Wee Dram.   also… Harry Hertscheg  on wines at VanWineFest And pairing Cheese and Wine at The Savvy Series with Pam Cohen/Allison Spurrell (The Cheese Queen) And Bill Jones from Deerholme Farm on his Foraging Classes. THE SHOW   Harry Hertscheg  – Executive Director VanWineFest   Harry Hertscheg The 40th annual Vancouver Wine Festival is mere days from now   Feb 24 – March 4. 173 Wineries from 15 countries  Featured regions are Spain and …

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January 27th, 2018 – New York Times spotlights Canadian foods!

Sam Sifton   NY Times Food Editor: Food and Politics DJ Kearney – on NewDistrict.ca Vikram Vij – VIJ. The Life and The Book     THE SHOW   The New York Times culinary  writers last week spent 7 days focusing on  Canadian cooking. Sam Sifton, food editor for The Times lead the team. In Toronto they were taken with the many Syrian refugees who landed in Canada and immediately started cooking Syrian food to an interested  clientele. It’s not something …

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January 20th, 2018 – Dine Out Vancouver!

It’s  Dine Out Vancouver Year 16 – Now until Feb 4th! THE SHOW How much fun is this? There are over 300 restaurants signed up to host Dine Out Vancouver Food Fanatics and every year we keep creating bigger line ups. It’s a great success story and one Vancouver and Tourism Vancouver can be proud of. 16 years ago it started as an idea.  As one of the originals Tim Pawsey says the idea was simply – “Let’s put Bums …

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