October 11th, 2014 – Chef Michael Smith / Family Meals

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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.

Wine Diva

Wine Diva

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

   Bottega il Vino dei Poeti  Treviso, ItalyTinhorn Creek “Oldfield Series”  Pinot NoirCasolari Trebbiano Dell’Emilia Frizzante, Italy $30.00
Closson Chase ‘Churchside’ Pinot Noir, Ontario $44.95
CedarCreek Estate Winery Ehrenfelser, Okanagan Valley BC $18.95
Nautilus Pinot Noir, Marlborough New Zealand N/A
Selbach Riesling ‘Fish Label’, Germany $17.95
Summerhill Pyramid Winery ‘Cipes’ Blanc de Noirs, Okanagan BC $35.00
Bella Sparkling Gamay Noir Rose, Okanagan Valley BC $23.90,$14.90
Haywire Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC $20.00
Monte Del Fra Corvina Veronese, Veneto Italy $16.00
Undurraga ‘Sibaris’ Reserva Especial Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley Chile $15.99
Cantina Breganze Prosecco DOC ‘Extra Dry’, Veneto Italy $21.99
50th Parallel Estate Winery Riesling, Okanagan Valley, BC $18.00
Galil Mountain Rose, Upper Galilee Israel $17.99
JoieFarm ‘A Noble Blend’, Okanagan Valley BC $24.00
Sperling Vineyards ‘The Market White’, Okanagan Valley BC N/A
Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon, Savigny-en-Veron, Loire Valley France $21.99
Clos du Soleil Grower’s Series Pinot Blanc, Similkameen Valley BC $20.00
Fort Berens Estate Winery ’23 Camels White’ British Columbia N/A
Oak Bay Gamay Noir, Okanagan Valley BC $16.00
Benjamin Bridge Method Classique Brut Reserve, Wolfville, Nova Scotia $49.99
William Fevre Petit Chablis, Chablis France $26.99
Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Rhone Valley France $15.99
Spierhead Pinot Noir Rose, Okanagan Valley BC $20.00
CedarCreek ‘Platinum Block 4’ Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC $39.95
Chanson Pere & Fils ‘Le Bourgogne’ Pinot Noir, Burgundy France $27.00
Louis Latour Pinot Noir, Bourgogne $27.99
Quails’ Gate Rose, Okanagan Valley BC $15.99
Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Reserve Pinot Gris, Okangan Valley BC $26.00
Stag’s Hollow Viognier, Okanagan Valley BC $22.00
Gustav Adolf Schmitt’sche ‘Clean Slate’ Riesling, Mosel Germany $14.99
Rustico Farm & Cellars ‘Farmer’s Daughter’ Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley BC $18.00

Valli Tait – Bench1775

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Valli tait

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
 Family Meals - The Book
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 KitchenChef Abroad and Chef at Home seen on Food Network CanadaGlobal 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 cookbookFamily 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.
And Gin.
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 Cuddy

Jim Cuddy

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!!
Devin Cuddy

Devin Cuddy




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