November 26th, 2016- ” I’ll have what shes having!”

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DJ Kearney brings  New District wine collections called Bubble-licious and “I’ll have what she’s having” for The Holidays.

The final  results of the 9th BC Iconic Reds with John Schreiner and Simon Wosk.

Restaurants under the radar – Todd Braiden at Fat Jacks Boston Bar.  Dude!

Emandare ups the bar in the Cowichan Valley.  Mike and Robin Nierychlo guest!



DJ Kearney –  Director of Wine/New District



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Deej has two offerings this she has the scoop on their new Store at 41st and Dunbar.

Holiday Bubble-Licious.  3 Wines.


I’ll have what she’s having For The Holidays.  6 Winter Weight  Wines. All handpicked by DJ.


Check out what’s inside the boxes..



9th annual BC Iconic Reds – John Schreiner  and Simon Wosk


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 The BC Iconic Reds took place on November 16.   John Schreiner,  organizer Simon Wosk  and up to 80  attendees tasted everything in the room and chose the Top Five Releases  at The Sutton Place Hotel.

2016 Iconic Reds tasting

2016 Iconic Reds tasting

2016  contenders were:

  • Church and State Quintessential 2010
  • CedarCreek Platinum Meritage 2013
  • Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin 2013
  • Clos Du Soleil Signature Red 2013
  • Mission Hill Compendium 2012
  • Laughing Stock Portfolio 2014
  • Cassini Cellars Maximus 2012
  • Hester Creek The Judge 2012
  • Painted Rock Red Icon 2014
  • Lake Breeze Tempest 2012
  • Black Hills Nota Bene 2014
  • Poplar Grove Legacy 2012
  • Mission Hill Quatrain 2012
  • Culmina Hypothesis 2012
  • La Stella Fortissimo 2014
  • Summerhill “OM” 2012
  • NK’Mip Mer’r’iym 2014
  • Lariana Thirteen 2013
  • Perseus Invictus 2013


To find out how the final five won..just listen to the show.

 Our congratulations to Randy Pickton, Justin Hall and their team at NK’Mip Cellars for their first place finish and to all participating wineries for producing such exceptional wines.

 The top 5 scorers, as chosen by attending  tasters, were:      

  1. NK’Mip Mer’r’iym 2014


  1. Laughing Stock Portfolio 2014


  1. Clos du Soleil Signature Red 2013


  1. Cassini Maximus 2012


  1. Hester Creek The Judge 2012


Here’s John Shreiners  blog on the competition..

John Schreiner

John Schreiner

Restaurants Under The Radar – Todd Braiden at Fat Jacks Pub  Boston Bar

 I had two thoughts..that there are lots of chefs and restaurants that are my favourites  but some of them – for whatever reason – are below the public’s radar.

I’m torn doing these interviews because I want them to stay available but I also want to let you know they exist and are worth the seeking.



You may remember hearing about a chef who was cooking in Vancouver’s East End in an apartment and you had to find him by word of mouth..the experience was called 2B (the name of the apartment where he cooked.)

One day..he quietly left town and announced he was headed for Boston the Frazer Canyon.  Didn’t make sense right?  But if you knew Todd you just had to believe that he knew what he was doing and wished him luck.

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Years later he’s cooking up a storm 6 kms East of Boston Bar at a diner/pub  called Fat Jacks, named after his Father.

He brought the adjoining  Mighty Fraser Motel, back to life and made it a destination stop. Really good rooms.

The man has a wicked  sense of humour and its reflected in the menu.

He also has a bar next door and pours select BC craft Beer.

Both rooms have a BC wine list and any music playing in the bar or bistro  is the best of the best.


We  welcome to TRR – The Hell Raiser of Hell’s Canyon  Todd from 2B


Mike and Robin Nierychlo   – Emandare Vineyards  (Cowichan Valley)

 Mike has always been around the wine business..I first met him when he was doing a wine interview show.

Then he and his wife Robin announced that they had purchased a working vineyard in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island




A number of years ago, Mike developed an overwhelming passion for wine. He began to spend every available moment nerding out on all things wine-related! This inevitably led to home wine-making in their garage, and many, many other wine adventures.

As Mike explored the vast world of wine, a desire to one day own a winery was born. Although this dream seemed unrealistic, there was always a sense of possibility.

On Sept. 28, 2013, in the pouring rain, he and Robin  moved onto their  8.5 acre adventure.    They named it Emandare after their last names. M & R.

 “they’re also pioneers on the all-natural front—no irrigation, no commercial yeasts, organic farming techniques, and the bare minimum of sulfur. So far the results are stunning—the future of Island wine rests here.”  Neal McLennan  Vancouver Magazine

We taste and talk the  portfolio of wines of Emandare at Marquis Wine Cellars in Vancouver.



We take a look inside The Hatch.

Feature interview with Jason Parkes  Winemaker/Troublemaker