The last show of 2013. (Dec 25th is all Classical Christmas music on CKUA) The Wine Diva kicks things off with two great Holiday lists. We talk to Warwick Ross who produced and directed Red Obsession..a beautiful documentary about Gran Cru Bordeaux wines and the Chinese fixation with them. Then it’s a swing through the Okanagan. Featured are The Cipes of Summerhill, The Luckhursts of Road 13 and Mark Simpson of The new BC Wine Studio.
Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine Diva is wrapping up 2013 with a flurry of lists. www.winediva.ca This episode features the first two bottles of the 12 days of Christmas. Then its Wine for Holiday Dinners.. No matter what you’re eating..protein, vegetarian, vegan, goth, Mediterranean or whatever The Diva has the perfect pairing partner for you. Check out the Master List below or go to her Holiday website www.winediva.ca
[divider] Red Obsession is a hell of a documentary. Narrated by Oscar-winner Russell Crowe, this stunningly shot and wildly entertaining documentary chronicles the history and changing nature of the French wine industry. For centuries Bordeaux has commanded a mythical status in the world of fine wines as a symbol of wealth, power, and influence. Prices for its prestigious red wines have been breaking records with the emergence of an ever-growing Chinese market that is changing the nature of wine in the 21st century. Featuring interviews with collectors, connoisseurs, and winemakers, the film presents an eye-opening exploration of the complexities and unpredictability of the global market, economic effects, and influence of the voracious wine-obsessed collectors of China. For better or worse, Bordeaux is hitching itself to this new, infinitely wealthy client. Our feature interview is with the Producer/Director Warwick Ross. Backstage at the Rio Theater in Vancouver. Interviews included in the film include
- Yue Sai Kan – Self-made billionaire, TV host, cosmetic tycoon
- Peter Tseng – World’s largest manufacturer of sex toys
- Richard Shen – Owner of Tesiro Jewelry
- Francis Ford Coppola – Film director & owner, Inglenook
- Michael Parkinson – British Broadcaster
- Robert Parker – Leading international wine critic
- Jancis Robinson – Leading international wine writer and Master of Wine
- Oz Clarke – Leading international wine writer [divider]
Now we’re headed for three stories in The Okanagan The Family Cipes.
I met Stephen Cipes and 3 of his four sons Gabe, Ezra and Ari as they passed through Vancouver. They had much to talk about.. Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s Cipes Rose received a gold medal and was named as a top world wine at the Effervescents du Monde, judged in France Nov. 13 to 15. It was the only North American sparkling wine to place in the international competition. This is a great round table discussion between a founding winery Father and the Sons he passed his winery on to. www.summerhill.bc.ca [divider] I love talking to Pam and Mick Luckhurst of Road 13, just South of Oliver on the Golden Mile.
Golden Mile Cellars was acquired by the Luckhurst Family in the fall of 2003. Along with a great team and winemakers Michael Bartier and now JM Bouchard, they have created a go-to destination and very popular wines. Just like the Cipes, Mick and Pam are now working alongside their son Joe! Also.. in a business that likes to talk without actually saying anything..the Luckhursts give straight up answers..with NO BS. Gotta love that.
http://road13vineyards.com [divider] The BC Wine Studio is located in Okanagan Falls BC, the “Heart of Wine Country”. They have a beautiful six-acre vineyard, featuring of some of BC’s oldest Vinifera plantings, a winery and tasting room. They are a small winery known for crafting big wines. The winery is the spiritual home of the Siren’s Call wine project and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Theyre striving to produce some of the most unique hand-crated wines in the Okanagan including Siren’s Call, Hawk’s Hollow, Noble Beast, and Phasion Estates. The team is lead by winemaker Mark Simpson. Mark’s background includes creating and making beer for Molson and Granville island Brewing. Just giving you a heads up that this guy and his facility are someone to keep a close eye on. Good things are coming for all. www.bcwinestudio.ca
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:
- Ethan Hawke – Actor. Director. Food and Wine Fan
- Chefs David Hawksworth & Suzanne Goin – talk food, books and …food!!
- Nicolo D’Afflito from Frescobaldi
- Matt Sekeres – Team 1040
- Stefano Chiarlo at the PALAS Cerequio La Morra in Barolo
- Jorge Riccitelli – (Norton) World Winemaker of the year 2012