Thanksgiving Wines from The Wine Diva.
Jim and Devin Cuddy on his wine cellar and Devin’s midnight raids.
Chef Michael Smith and his new cookbook Family Meals
Valli Tait from Bench1775 – the Naramata Winemaker you should know about.
It’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada.
Daenna van Mulligen The Wine Diva has a thing about wines and destination occasions.
Ask her about Easter wines..she’s got a list.
Christmas – Yup. She’s got a list.
Canada Day – There’s a big list.
So Thanksgiving is a natural for Daenna.
White or Reds, she recommending wines that are bigger than your summer sippers..wines that get you through to the heavy Winter months.
Here’s your list. What you do with it is up to you. Good Luck. www.winediva.ca
Valli Tait – Bench1775
There was a fire sale of wineries on the Naramata Bench a couple of years ago.
They were all owned at one time by Lang Vineyards.
One was called Soaring Eagle with a hand carved sign you couldn’t miss.
The Viticulturalist who helped plan the vineyard was Val Tait.
4 years later, she’s now the General Manager, Winemaker and Viticulturalist.
Canadian wine reviewers have taken notice of her unique blends which is why we’ll talk about
Bench1775 Chill (white blend)
Bench1775 Glow (rose)
Bench1775 Groove (red blend)
and the new beauty…
Bench1775 2012 CabFranc/Merlot (50/50).
Keep an eye on Valli Tait. She’s a winner!!!
Chef Michael Smith
Chef Michael Smith, one of Canada’s best-known chefs is a passionate advocate for simple, sustainable home cooking and an inspiration for families creating their own healthy food lifestyle. He’s the host of Chef Michaels Kitchen, Chef Abroad and Chef at Home seen on Food Network Canada, Global and in more than 100 other countries. He’s a judge on Chopped Canada and traveled the world for his innovative new web series Lentil Hunter.
Michael is Prince Edward Island’s food ambassador; Canada’s best selling cookbook author, teacher, professional chef and home cook. He led the team of Sodexo chefs that cooked for the worlds Olympians in the Whistler Athletes Village in 2010. His eighth cookbook, Family Meals, hit the bestseller list this summer. His food media production company is breaking new ground online and his Twitter feed is Canada’s top choice for foodie fun.
Michael and I talk about the two words in the title of his latest book. We talk Family and we talk Meals.
We welcome back to the “other” Coast Michael Smith http://chefmichaelsmith.com/
Jim and Devin Cuddy
We met at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort this Summer. Yes …we talked about music – a lot.
Jim’s 25 year run with Blue Rodeo and his wonderful solo career.
And Devin talked about his new album Kitchen Knife.
BUT..what we really talked about was Jim’s fabulous wine cellar and even though he wanted his children to grow up knowing about good wine, he also wanted to keep the good stuff for himself. You know, as a “caretaker” so to speak. Love this chat..enjoy and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:
Ian Hemphill – The Spice and Herb Bible
John Skinner – Painted Rock Winery of the Year
David Hawksworth Scholarship!!