May 2nd, 2015 – The 36th annual California Wine Fair

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The 36th annual California Wine Fair hits town. We work the room.

Hy’s Vancouver showcase their Table Side Dining..a true throwback.

Charles Baker and Stratus  Wines from Niagara..



 36th annual California Wine Fair

Charlie Cline


  Charlie Cline

For 36 years the Wine Institute of California has toured one of their best ever markets…Canada!!

They pour their very best for all those Cali wine fans.

We talk to Charlie Cline..He says he’s the better looking brother of the Cline Boys. They call Sonoma home. They also make Jacuzzi Family Wines, right across the street. –


John Wetzel  Alexander Valley Vineyards – Family owner  

Alexander Valley Vineyards
Alexander Valley Vineyards

John is the Sales Manager and Family owner of this iconic winery.

We talk about how they’re handling the water shortage in the Valley.

And, of course, what he’s pouring.


 The Silver Fox Returns / Keith Nichols Owner-Winemaker

Can’t miss that head of silver hair, nor should you miss his really fine wines from Paso Robles.

 Keith Nichols

Keith Nichols

Rick Slomka /  Canadian Director WICali

 Team Leader on the day.  The Canadian face and voice of Wines of California

Ray Signorello / Signorello Estate – Owner

 The perfect guy to close the show.  Lives in West Vancouver and on the Golden Mile  in Napa.

Produces a wide variety of top end whites and reds plus hugely popular entry level reds called Edge, Fuse and Trim. 

Ray Signorello
Ray Signorello





Table Side Dining – rediscovered at Hy’s Encore in Vancouver.



They just don’t make them like Hy’s anymore.  I’m talking table side dining.

They’re featuring a menu that features selections which are prepared and showcased right at your table.

Their famous Caesar salad, Spinach Salad, Chateaubriand and Steak Diane..followed by Bananas Foster.

Talk about a throwback..this is to be celebrated..encouraged and shared.

Makes you realize what’s been lost in today’s servers and service.

A hands on food experience.

Guests include Neil Aisenstat ..President and son of Hy.

Brett Kawaguchi Wine and Bar Director who supplies pairings

And Senior Server Tim Butt.

Charles Baker Wines – Stratus Wines


He’s responsible for the outstanding wines at Stratus in Niagara and his own label cb Wines.

Stratus is widely respected for their Riesling made from various vineyards in and around the Niagara Escarpment.

Surprises come with their Chardonnay, Stratus white, a strong Cab Franc and their popular Stratus.

His own Charles Baker Riesling is memorable.  Great flavours and finish.

Charles Baker
Charles Baker

Both vineyards have committed to placing their wines all across Canada.  It’s a big task.

Well worth your for them!!





 A one hour special NEXT Week on the Spring tour of the Naramata Bench Wineries.

 We find them pouring  in Victoria and Vancouver.

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