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August 29th, 2015 – Back to the Okanagan!

Time for an Okanagan Road Trip Wild Goose. Liquidity. Culmina. Hester Creek. Road 13. Fairview Cellars. Local Lounge and Grill. Brodo And 8 fascinating  minutes with The Legend Richard Cleave.     THE SHOW     We start this journey through the South Okanagan as we should.. with Ellen Walker Mathews from Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. TOTA had arranged a food and wine tour of the Okanagan..that allowed for little down time.  OK by me. This show is  the first …

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August 22nd- Brewery & The Beast!

  It’s the third annual Brewery and the Beast – Vancouver Edition!!!  THE SHOW  On Sunday, July 26th Vancouver and Whistler’s top chefs fired-up their grills and sharpened  their knives for the summer’s meatiest event, Brewery and the Beast. More than 40 of Vancouver’s most-lauded and award-winning chefs will gather at the outdoor venue to showcase the finest meat inspired cuisine. Guests enjoyed an exciting selection of whole animal roasts, charcuterie, classic BBQ, ethnic, traditional, modern, and exotic dishes prepared …

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August 15th- summer sippers!

  The Wine Diva has Summer Sippers and Picnic Wines.  North Van’s Dinner on the Pier. Brad Makepeace from Hugging Tree and Abbotsford’s newest winery Singletree. And one clever  trouble maker who knows his wines. John Clerides from Marquis Wine Cellars.   THE SHOW John Clerides is the team leader behind Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie in Vancouver. One great wine destination. He really knows his wines..and makes no bones about telling winemakers when their wines are less than stellar. …

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August 8th, 2015 – Exclusive interview with Russell Crowe!

  An exclusive interview with Russell Crowe who stars in and  directs his first feature film  The Water Diviner, opening this weekend ! Mike Bernardo goes full Beastie Boy with his Mike B Reisling! Okanagan Falls pours in Vancouver..looking for profile and making new friends! We talk to 6 wineries. And the return of The Napa Wine making Gunslinger Cameron Hughes. THE SHOW Mike Bernardo – Sommelier of the Year   Somebody has to open for Russell Crowe and we …

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August 1st, 2015 Summer wines…

The Wine Diva returns with a bag of summer wines ..and Rob Clark & Ocean Wise celebrate 10 years with All Star chefs at River Cafe in Calgary. THE SHOW   The Wine Diva – Daenna van Mulligen loved her Summer Wines..  www.winediva.ca light crisp white, yummy full-bodied Chards and Viognier, bubbles and rose. plus reds that take the heat well. ALL pre tasted and tested.Guest wineries included: Painted Rock Chardonnay Black Hills Alibi Moon cursor  Afraid of the dark …

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July 25th, 2015 Clare Valley Australia, Bella Bella and Texas BBQ

We start in Clare Valley Australia, then just outside Bella Bella on the BC Coast and end up in Parksville, Vancouver Island  talking Texas BBQ.   Let’s Go!   THE SHOW   Nathan Waks – Owner/ Exec Director Kilikanoon Wines  Clare Valley Australia..  “This is one of the most brilliantly run wineries in Australia, and the quality of the entire portfolio is impressive thanks to the enviable talents of winemaker Kevin Mitchell.” Robert Parker Jnr   He’s had quite a life.. An …

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July 18th, 2015 – Australia and more…

 An Hour of World Class/All Star guests from Australia with The Wine Diva @  2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival. THE SHOW February of this year the featured region at the 2015 Vancouver Wine Festival was Australia and the featured varietal was Syrah. Talk about a beautiful pairing!! The buzz after the festival was how the Australians completely took over the city,  the tasting room, the restaurants and in the bars. Nobody markets themselves better than the Australians  and lately very …

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July 11th, 2015 – Garagiste!

Garagiste North  – The small guys wine festival The Show GAR-aH-Jeest NOrTH… the coolest wine festival ever   What is a garagiste? (gar-ah-jeest).  It started out in France (of course) where it was a derogatory phrase for those avante garde and crazy mavericks making wine in their garage and outside the highly regulated system. Gradually and grudgingly came the acknowledgement that something really interesting was happening with these small case lot artisan wines, and a movement was born.   Anarchist. River …

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July 4th, 2015- Similkameen Valley

THE SHOW    Here’s what I know…     The Similkameen is that spectacular valley in and around Keremeos and Cawston in Southern BC.   Many MANY wine fans drive right through on their way to Osoyoos and the rest of the Okanagan. Albertans also do the same heading for the Coast. The Point I’m trying to make is ..the wines out of this valley are some of the best anywhere in Canada.   The next time you’re driving through …

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June 27th 2015- Four guys fishing!

Four guys..doing our 5th annual fishing trip!!! Friends. Food, Fluids and  Fishing… At the 7 ½ Diamond Ranch. North of Princeton BC     THE SHOW     Its a pretty basic show this week.. get together with my wine pals..always include a chef..and FISH YER BRAINS OUT!!  We return to the site of last year’s 4F..The fabulous 7 ½ Diamond Ranch North of Princeton BC.   www.guestranchbc.com  (do yourself a favour – and watch the short video. Be prepared to be …

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June 20th, 2015 – Portugal, New Zealand, Road 13

Surprising new releases from Road 13 on The Golden Mile The Wine Diva returns with stories on Fonseca in Portugal and New Reviews. Speaking of Portugal..Meet Domingos Soares Franco from  Jose Maria da Fonseca. Just south of Lisbon. And Grant Edmonds. Winemaker at Sileni Estates on Hawkes Bay, NZ    THE SHOW   Joseph Luckhurst – GM of Road 13 kicks off this week’s show. Joe is the son of founders Mick and Pam Luckhurst. As such, he’s been handed a …

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June 13th, 2015 – Spain, Chablis, Priorat and Provence

The Wine Diva returns with tales of Spain and Chablis.. Xavier Penas – From Gran Clos in Priorat Valerie LeLong – brings the Rose of Provence. And our replay of a visit to  Benziger in Sonoma… with Chris Benziger. THE SHOW   Daenna van Mulligen/The Wine Diva has been on the road from most of May and June. Two of the wine regions she visited were Spain and Chablis. Daenna headed for the South of Spain and an association of …

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June 6th 2015 – Australia’s First Families of Wine

It’s the return of Australia’s First Families of Wine!! 10 iconic wineries who shaped Australian wines. Yalumba / Henschke / d’Arenberg / Tahbilk / McWilliams / De Bortoli / Tyrrel’s / Brown Brothers / Howard Park / Wakefield   THE SHOW  Australia’s First Families of Wine Wakefield Wines 10 multi-generational wine families unlocked rare and revered wines from their private cellars to showcase Australia’s rich wine heritage, modern diversity, and the celebrated wine stories that have become the foundation for future generations. Get …

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May 30th 2015 – New Zealand

The Kiwi’s are coming…InVivo, Wiamia, Stoneleigh, Te Pa! Then  Alamos from Argentina and Alois Lageder from Northern Italy And finally Blue Grouse opens a  new tasting room in the Cowichan Valley. Cheers THE SHOW This time of year the wineries of the World are releasing various vintages and assorted varietals. This week its New Zealand, Argentina and Italy. (Next week it’s the First Families of Australian wine)           Our NZ guests include: Robert Ketchin – Wines …

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