May 10th, 2014 – California

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Here they come THE CALIFORNIANS..Four Top Wineries Pour North.

Bill Jones..Chef and Author releases the Deerholme Foraging Book

And it’s the opening of the Prawn Festival again in Vancouver this weekend.

Nessa Van Bergen. Chef Ned Bell and The Wine Diva are Prawn Stars.

For the Okanagan audience..300 runners remember Chris Walker  in Summerland.





Edna Valley
Edna Valley

Canada is one of the best friends that California wine has. Anywhere.

Once a year the California Wine Tour passes through Canada’s major cities, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.

We find our guests this year in Vancouver.

Rick Slomka – The Canadian Director Wine Institute of Canada.






Rosalind Manoogian VP and Co-Owner of Fog Crest  Vineyard  Russian River Valley Sebastopol   This wonderful winery releases gorgeous Chardonnays and  Pinot Noirs. If you love discovering and searching for small wineries worth the effort..check out Fog Crest.

Mike Hendry from Hendry Wines

Hendry Ranch
Hendry Ranch

Hendry vineyard manager Mike Hendry walks and talks the history of Napa.

The Hendry family has been farming the same 114 acre vineyard situated in the hills northwest of Napa since 1939. This location allows  them to grow 10 different varietals distributed among 47 vineyard blocks.
Through the subtle use of oak and restraint in ripeness, Hendry wines are crafted to perfectly highlight the terroir of the vineyard.

Their Zinfandels are legendary!!


Mike Benziger from Benziger Family Wines

THIS is a winemaking Family. From New Jersey no less.

Mike is the Vineyard Manager, GM and winemaker for the sensational blend Tribute.

Organic and Biodynamic Benziger leads the way when it comes to Green.

Tribute, which started its wine life in Canada is one of California’s highest rated blends. Period.

Mike Benziger
Mike Benziger





Tom Tiburzi is the Head of the Bubble Program at Domaine Chandon.

Over 20 years of bubble winemaking has made Tom one of the very best in all of California. Chandon remains one of the leading super and ultra-premium sparkling wine producers in the United States.

Domaine Chandon
Domaine Chandon

Bill Jones – The Deerholme  Foraging CookBook

The Foraging Book
The Foraging Book

Bill Jones is a chef and author based on Deerholme Farm in the Cowichan Valley. He is a French-trained chef, author of 12 cookbooks, winner of 2 world cookbook awards and busy journalist, food consultant and community builder. Bill’s latest book is the Deerholme Foraging Cookbook, his 11th cookbook.  He opens up the world of  edible plants of the Pacific Northwest.

Loved talking to Bill. Every one of us has a chance to forage food, we just have to know where they are  and what to look for.

That’s what this interview is all about.

The 8th annual Spot Prawn Festival kicks off Saturday down by Granville Island.

We find Chef Ned Bell from Yew at The Four Seasons and Nessa Van Bergen from Chef Table Society.

Chef Ned Bell
Chef Ned Bell

They fill us in on what’s happening on the fishing docks Saturday and also best ways to cook those just caught beauties.

And then Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine Diva –  has recommendations for wine pairings with spot prawns.

Prawn Stars


For our Okanagan audience we include an interview with Ellen Walker Mathews who lost her young son Chris to cancer one year ago.

Over 300 runners will remember Chris and raise funds Saturday in Summerland.  It’s the soon to be annual Giant’s Head Grind.  A story that will move you.



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