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May 3rd, 2014 – New Zealand

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Tasting Room Radio B_BANNER2 The first of several One Hour Specials recorded  in March during a two week wine blitz through New Zealand’s wine regions,  with special interest in their amazing sustainability programs. In this special we start in Auckland and conclude in Hawkes Bay.   


Hawkes Bay 2

Hawkes Bay


 

THE SHOW

 The opportunity was just too good to pass up. For a number of years I’ve been interviewing NZ winemakers as they passed through Canada. The meetings were great but I had no sense of the land. Where these wines were grown and under what conditions. Kiwi’s kept referring to Gimblett Gravels, a place called Nelson, Central Otago and Waiheke Island. I very much wanted to “get it”. To complete my understanding of what went into the astounding success of New Zealand wines – in Canada and around the World.

Map of NZ

Map of NZ


The invite from Wines of New Zealand  to tour the country was Waaaay to good to pass up. 94% of all NZ wines are farmed under sustainable practices. It’s not so much a program as a way of life. New Zealanders are all about being green. Just a note:  I seem to have done enough interviews for at least 2 other specials. They’ll be coming over the next month and a half.
NZ Vineyard

NZ Vineyard


Our guests include: Sarah Szegota   New Zealand Winegrowers   www.nzwine.com  Rob Meredith/Connie Festa  Co-Owners of Peacock Sky Vineyard (Waiheke Island)  www.peacocksky.co.nz
Peacock Sky

Peacock Sky


Beautiful hilltop vineyard, wonderful Bistro. Rob’s retired and works 7 days a week. Connie’s from Montreal. Cooks like her Mom. Staying on Waiheke Island..just off the coast from Auckland..we visit Mike Spratt at Destiny Bay, maker of only three wines.  three Bordeaux influenced red blends..one of which,  Magna Praemia,  is the most expensive wine in NZ.  Mike, his scientist wife Ann and winemaking son Sean lead a stellar team.  http://www.destinybaywine.com/ In between both those Waiheke island wineries we talk to our “host” Phillip Manson, the man in charge of New Zealand’s Sustainability efforts.
Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island


He’s proud of New Zealand’s reputation. So he should be. www.nzwine.com Before we leave the dormant volcanoes of beautiful Auckland we visit just one more winery. The most awarded winery in all NZ – Villa Maria!!  www.villamaria.co.nz Sir George Fistonich has spent five decades at the forefront of New Zealand’s wine industry that he helped develop. As an icon of the New Zealand wine industry, Villa Maria is known for bold and industry-changing moves such as moving to 100% screw cap through to the emphasis on sustainable practices in every area of the family owned company. Villa Maria Estate was named the supreme winner at the New Zealand Sustainable Business Network awards in November 2012
 
Sir george Fistonich  Villa Maria

Sir George Fistonich Villa Maria


We start with David Roper/Winemaker. Then Fabian Yukich, in charge of wineries and vineyards and finally, the man himself, Sir George Fistonich.      [divider] Hawkes Bay is a short flight from Auckland. http://www.hawkesbaynz.com/ Hawke’s Bay’s long, hot summers and cool winters offer the best weather for growing grapes. The climate is dry and temperate. Hawke’s Bay is renowned for its horticulture with large orchards and vineyards on the plains.   Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions and this has made it one of the country’s leading producers of wine; notably red wines – cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah – but also with some quite stunning whites.   They are working on being the Syrah Capitol of NZ.  www.winehawkesbay.co.nz/ [divider] Pask Winemaker and Managing Director Kate Radburnd is one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed winemakers. She commands an international reputation for her extensive record of award winning wines and her vision and contribution to the industry. Kate holds the role of Deputy Chair of the Wine Institute of New Zealand, has been a Director of the Wine Institute of New Zealand and New Zealand Winegrowers since 1999, and is Chair of Judges at New Zealand’s oldest wine competition, the New Zealand Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. Kate has also been instrumental in the development of the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand program and led Pask to be among the first group of wineries in the country to secure ISO environmental accreditation.
Kate Radburnd

Kate Radburnd


Kate  spent five years as Chair of the SWNZ advisory/working group, which at that time saw the introduction of the winery programme under the scheme. Four of her  labels command the wine world’s attention Declaration Gimblett Road Roy’s Hill Kate Radburnd  Loved this interview..Enjoy!!  http://www.pask.co.nz/ [divider]    In Our second New Zealand Special we will attempt to  include Elephant Hill Trinity Hill Selini Estates Mission Estates Winery (all in Hawkes Bay) TeMania Kono (in Nelson) Spy Valley Yealands Stoneleigh Brancott  ( all in Marlborough)  
 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

David Lebovitz – My Paris Kitchen Bill Jones – The Dearholme Foraging Book The 2014 California Wine Tour Naramata Bench wine tour BC Vintage 2013 – 6 BC wineries Heartland from Australia

Apr. 26th 2014- Okanagan Falls

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What the Heck is going on in Okanagan Falls?
8 wineries from OK Falls. Have an ice cream..stay for the wines!!
Black Hills winemaker Graham Pierce pours a Note Bene Vertical.
And The Wine Diva, Daenna van Mulligen has more Spring wines..


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THE SHOW

Black Hills. Home of Note Bene

Black Hills. Home of Note Bene


 
One of the most successful releases – each and every year – is the Bordeaux  blend Note Bene from Black Hills Estate in the South Okanagan.
Graham Pierce

Graham Pierce


To celebrate the release of their 2012..winemaker Graham Pierce came into Vancouver and poured a rare vertical of this sensational wine from 2007 to 2012.
The 2007 stands out because it was the last release under Senka Tennant but also the year that Graham studied her techniques to eventually take over from  the departing Senka.
As we tasted through 2008/09/10/11 and the 2012 you could smell and taste Graham’s style slowly taking over.
They all had slightly different tones and tastes but still that Note Bene signature came through.
Cassis. Dark fruit, Spice, Oak on the nose.
Blackberries, Coffee, Blueberries and Toasted Oak in the mouth.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Can Franc  and Merlot.  And as always a wonderful note of Cigar Box.
 
Note BeneThe serious challenge for anyone buying this wine is to hold on to it for at least a couple of years.
Today’s wine buyer has been schooled to buy and drink..cellaring presents all kinds of problems..such as keeping your hands off the juice.
Note Bene is well worth the wait..
 
 
Between Penticton and Oliver lies the town  of Okanagan Falls.
Surrounded by Skaha and Vaseux Lakes..with soils perhaps like no other region.
Many seemed to blow through this small town on your way somewhere else but not anymore.
Many of the wineries listed below have added tasting rooms and bistros.
The OK Falls Winery Assn has helped raise the profile of this region to watch.
Speaking as one voice , these 12 wineries are raising their profiles and their wines to a whole other level. www.ofwa.ca
Here’s the line of this very interesting mix of wineries.
A mixture of old school and hard charging new labels..what they have in common is a hard passion to succeed and OK Falls.


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wine diva

wine diva


And the final guest is one you’re very familiar with,  Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine Diva.
You know she’s a “list” kind of wine reviewer. This list is perfect for Spring.
Wines for longer, warmer days and lighter food.
As usual, all the wines have been tasted and reviewed by Daenna.
Have fun.. head for www.winediva.ca and print up the Spring list. Keep it handy. You’ll be glad you did.
 

  • Fort Berens Estate Winery Pinot Noir Rose, Lillooet BC $18.00
  • Upper Bench Estate Winery Riesling, Okanagan Valley BC $22.00
  • Rustico Farm & Cellars ‘Farmer’s Daughter’ Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley BC $18.00
  • M. Chapoutier ‘Bila Haut’, Cotes du Roussillon France $17.99
  • Pares Balta Brut Cava, Penedes Spain $19.99
  • Codorniu ‘Anna de Codorniu’ Brut Cava, Spain $16.99
  • Nk’Mip Cellars Riesling, Okanagan Valley BC $17.99
  • Saxon Estate Winery Rose, Okanagan Valley BC $24.00
  • Trivento ‘Amado Sur’ White, Mendoza, Argentina $14.99
  • Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir California $24.99
  • ‘Kono’ Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough New Zealand $16.00
  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley BC $18.00
  • Quails’ Gate Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley $35.00
  • Road 13 Honest John’s Rose, Okanagan Valley BC $16.99
  • Upper Bench Estate Winery Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC N/A
  • Perseus Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley BC $18.00
  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley BC $25.00


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STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

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  • May 3rd – our first wine tour of New Zealand
  • David Lebovitz – My Paris Kitchen
  • Bill Jones – The Dearholme Foraging Book
  • The 2014 California Wine Tour

 
 
 
 
 

Mulligan Stew April 19th

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Featuring some Van Morrison live tracks from 1974

  • Gloria and Caravan
  • Los Lobos and mavis Staples
  • Muddy Waters
  • Sam Cooke
  • Leon Russell
  • Rod Stewart
  • Dave Mathews
  • Madeleine Peroux

And a BAG MORE.

Next two shows are LIVE from Edmonton

Spring Fundraiser

Playlist:

Dont Fight it Wilson Pickett A man and a Half
Fever Leon Russell Life Journey
Back down South Kings of Leon Come around Sundown
Thunder on the Mountain Wanda jackson/Jack White The Party ain’t over
Corrina Colin James Rooftops and Satellites
Old Man Tom Cochrane Borrowed Tunes 2
Irish Boy Patty Griffin American Kid
Host Happy Easter mulliganstew.ca
For the love of Money O’Jays Best of
Love has something else to say Tedeschi Trucks band Revelation
I will rise up/ain’t no more cane Lyle Lovett It ain’t big – It’s Large
Someday Los Lobos/Mavis Staples Los Lobos Box Set
Buried Alive in the Blues Paul Butterfields Better Days Live at Winterland
Your Host for this very special Stew TD Mulligan www.mulliganstew.ca
I never loved a man the way i lovce yu (live) Aretha Franklin Delta Meets Detroit
40 days. 40 nights Muddy Waters Fathers and Sons
Stay with me Rod Stewart Unplugged and Seated
Kashmir (live) Dave Mathews/Tim Reynolds Live in Vegas
Loaded The Wood brothers Loaded
Make up your Mind Adam Woodall Single
Host Break Spring Fundraiser next week
Gloria Van Morrison Too late to Stop Now
Shake in Noel Big Star 2006 Oxford American
To love you all over again Madeleine Perioux Bare Bones
Tennesse Waltz Sam Cooke 2006 Oxford American
Missing Pieces Jack White Blunderbuss
Caravan (live) Van Morrison Too late to Stop Now

April 19th, 2014 – Argentina- Part 2

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Tasting Room Radio B_BANNER2 This special starts back in Vancouver with a quick chat with Sebastian LeGoff, Service and Wine Director at Cactus Club Cafes. Until April 30 – a dollar from every desert goes to Make-A-Wish. We just wanted to remind you as the days are flying by. And then…it’s off to Argentina and an All-Star line-up. Steven Spurrier, DJ Kearney, Paul Hobbs and  Bruce Schoenfeld 

Spectacular Argentina
Spectacular Argentina

Jose Manuel Ortega .O Fournier

Jose Manuel Ortega .O Fournier


THE SHOW When we last left our media bus it was leaving Patagonia and head for the airport and a flight to Mendoza. The Crown Jewel of Argentina. The first voice you hear will be that of our Host. Magdalena Pesce from Wines of Argentina. www.winesofargentina.org She reminds us of Canada’s place in the World of Wine. Almost 10% of all Argentine wine sales happen here. We LIKE this wine, this place and these people. Then it’s off to three character people and three wonderful wineries Jose Manuel Ortega – O Fournier. http://www.ofournier.com/ Candid, forthright, direct, focused, unreserved: all these describe both him and his wines. All based in one of the most striking wineries anywhere. Roberto Timms – Deumayen Wines  http://www.bodegasdeumayen.com.ar/
Roberto Timms and Partners

Roberto Timms and Partners


Where to begin. Three high profile businessmen including Roberto  created this new winery. They then created a label called Trez, named after the partners initials. Trez makes  a reserve Malbec that picked up  92 Points from Rob. Parkers website. Deumayen is pronounced Dayo-Mahgen. They also release a Petit Trez and distribute a Tokaj from Hungary. [divider] Pablo Cuneo – Ruca Malen
Ruca Malen

Ruca Malen


Pablo Cuneo Ruca Malen

Pablo Cuneo Ruca Malen


Ruca Malén’s dream began in 1998, when Jean Pierre Thibaud left the chairmanship of Bodegas Chandon in Argentina after 10 years of service. He met Jacques Louis de Montalembert who had also forged an outstanding career in the winemaking industry in his hometown, Burgundy and both men soon discovered that they shared the same dream: to start their own winery in Mendoza. The result was Ruca Malén; a winemaker’s paradise at the foot of the Andes range. Bodega Ruca Malén can be defined by three key words: style, elegance and distinction. The Director pf the winery and lead enologist is our guest.. Pablo Cuneo www.bodegarucamalen.com     Nadia Fournier – Montreal Journalist Guide du Vin.  French version of Wine Align
Nadia Fournier

Nadia Fournier


There were four wine journalists on this trip. Nadia arrived from Montreal and brought with her a bright, fresh approach to wine writing. This interview happened in the back on a taxi. Thus the various noises and rumbles. Salute!! https://twitter.com/NadiaFournier     [divider] Three of the judges.  DJ Kearney – Judge and Wine Expert. Vancouver.   Wine Educator, straight shooter, friend.
DJ Kearney

DJ Kearney


Deej gives us a overview of Canada’s relationship with Argentina’s wines. https://www.internationalsommelier.com/services/dj_kearney   Steven Spurrier – Consultant Editor Decanter Magazine
Steven Spurrier

Steven Spurrier


Famous the World over for being the man who created the Paris Tasting of 1976 between the wines of France and the wines of California. When the Yanks walked away with the top prizes it signaled to the rest of the wine world that indeed you can make great wines in places OTHER than France. The film Bottleshock is loosely based – very loosely – on this moment in time. Mr Spurrier was judging on behalf of Decanter magazine.  www.decanter.com   Bruce Schoenfeld – Wine and Spirits Editor  Travel and Leisure Magazine. Over 1 Million readers follow Bruce’s writing.
Bruce Schoenfeld

Bruce Schoenfeld


There’s a lot of opinion and information in this interview. A wonderful overview of Argentina and its wines. http://www.travelandleisure.com/       [divider] And finally… Paul Hobbs – Vina Cobos /  Paul Hobbs Wines. http://www.paulhobbsimports.com/
Paul Hobbs

Paul Hobbs


Paul Hobbs was already well on his way to being one of California’s top wines when he accepted an invitation to visit Chile and Argentina. In Paul’s words Over the twenty years that I have been working in South America, I have had the thrill of helping spark an Argentine winemaking revolution that has brought worldwide attention and prestige to the region. As a consultant, I have seen this trailblazing spirit take root in other South American countries, resulting in improved quality and the emergence of a variety of new and intriguing winemaking ventures.”   And that’s where we leave this Argentine Special part 2.  I’m thinking there may be even more interviews hidden within all we did while there. When I find those stories..I’ll pass them along.   My thanks to Wines of Argentina, Dana Lee and Monica Ralphs in Canada for their support.   
http://www.winesofargentina.org/noticias/ver/2014/02/22/argentina-wine-awards-2014-el-jurado-selecciono-los-mejores-vinos-argentinos/
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STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

The wineries of Okanagan Falls pour through Vancouver. Bill Jones and the Deerholme Foraging Book Wines for Spring from Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine Diva        

Mulligan Stew April 12th

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Playlist:

queen of california John Mayer Crossroads
Mohammed’s Radio Warren Zevon Warren Zevon Collector’s Edition
Slippin and a slidin John Lennon Gimme some Truth
My girl Josephine Fats Domino Fats Live in Austin
We Came Together Fearing and White Tea and Confidences
Fever on the Bayou Rodney Crowell Tarpaper Sky
Break Your Host: TDM mulliganstew.ca
Everywhere I go Bonnie Raitt & David Lindley Looking into You
Duquesne Whistle Benmont Tench You should be so lucky
Tough Love Joel Plaskett Emergency Scrappy happiness
Spring Ben Watt Hendra
Dont change Horses Tower of Power Best of the Warner years
Love is the 7th wave Sting (New Mix) Single from Blue Turtles
Host TDMulligan mulliganstew.ca
I’m a Man Chicago Ultimate Collection
Signed Sealed Delivered Sharon Jones Sweetheart 2014
Ventilator Blues The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street
Rag Mama Rag Little Feat Chinese Work Songs
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down The Allman Brothers band Endless Highway
Hey Pedro Chuck Berry Greatest Hits
Break mulliganstew.ca TD Mulligan
Pacing the Cage Bruce Cockburn The Charity of Night
God Only Knows The Beach Boys Good Vibrations
Stir it up Bob Marley Legend
The Celebrated Walking Blues Taj Mahal The Essential Taj Mahal
Downtown Money Waster The Black Crowes Croweology
TDM and Jimmy McGriff

April 12th 2014- Wine Laws

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Tasting Room Radio B_BANNER2
 
Confused over BC wine laws? Join the Club.
We talk to lawyer Mark Hicken. John Clerides and The Wine Diva.
We talk to one of the finest creative  chefs in the World.  Ferran Adrian from Spain’s El Bulli.
I’m joined at Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks by Chefs Vikram Vij and Quang Dang.
We talk to Chris Turyk of Cowichan Valley’s  Unsworth Vineyards.
James Cambridge from the Frazer Valleys Backyard Vineyards
Daniel Bontorin from The Okanagan’s only Rose specialty house  Seven Directions
And as a very special guest – Matt “Blue Buck” Sekeres from TEAM 1040 Vancouver.


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THE SHOW

Matt  Sekeres hosts  the mid-day show on Vancouver’s Team 1040. As such, he’s opinionated, influential and entertaining.

Matt Sekeres  Team 1040

Matt Sekeres Team 1040


We talk sports of course but also his Mom, the most memorable single broadcasting  day he could remember, also  wine and the fact that he’s a flat out Blue Buck beer man  through and through.
www.team1040.ca
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Yes, the wine laws are slowly changing in British Columbia but so is the weather. Actually the weather is waaaay ahead.
Some of the dumbest bureaucrats in Canada are controlling most  of the aspects of food, wine, beer, spirits and lifestyle in BC.
For example..one of the changes involved wine available at grocery stores..except they can’t be within 1 km of an existing licence. Which means only two stores qualify. Nice going. What a gong show.
CBC radio gathered a panel and listeners last week to talk about all the elements in play here.
I went backstage and talked to
Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine Diva  www.winediva.ca
 
wine diva

wine diva


Mark Hicken – Vintage Law Group and Modernise Wine  BC   www.vintagelaw.com  
John Clerides – Marquis Wine Cellar. Also Modernise Wine BC   www.marquis-wines.com
www.modernizewine.ca
 
 
If you’re looking for clarify amid the confusion please join us.
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On a recent Sunday morning I attended a book-signing with Ferran Adrià, of elBulli, widely regarded as the world’s best restaurant until its closure in 2011.  We were gathered to  celebrate his new collection of books: elBulli 2005-2011: A Journey Inside the Creative Process of the World’s Greatest Chef. 
Raw Interview Here:

El Bulli. Spain
The chef is  credited with revolutionizing the culinary landscape and widely lauded as one of the most inventive gastronomic pioneers of the 21st century was in  North America to promote his new cookbook.
The Cala Montjoi restaurant in northern Spain snagged the title of world’s best restaurant five times by editors and experts at Restaurant magazine, and at its height received more than two million reservation requests a year for 8,000 available seats.
ElBulli shuttered in 2011, a legend in culinary mythology.
 El Bulli
When I walked into Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks in Kitsilano Ferran was in a great conversation with chefs  Vikram Vij and Quang Dang.
I just turned on the recorder and had at it.
Questions and answers had to be translated from Spanish to English and back again but the message did get through.
For those of us who never tasted the man’s culinary genius..this may be as close as we get.
FYI – I recorded his talk to the room..at just over an hour. You can listen to this exclusive audio. Please  find it posted on our website.
www.elbulli.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferran_Adri%C3%A0
 
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Three very entertaining guests finish off the show.
Chris Turyk, Brand Ambassador for Cowichan Valley winery – Unsworth!! The maker of one of the best Rose in Canada.
Rose

Rose


They’re growing by leaps and bounds..and it’s important to stay in touch with this  fine new winery.
HOW they got so good so quickly is a story that I’ll be following.
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Speaking of Rose
Jason Priestley

Jason Priestley

 
6-7  years ago Jason Priestley and myself shot Year One of our wine show  Hollywood and Vines TV in the South Okanagan.
We made it a priority to visit Le Vieux Pin. We had been charmed by the GM Tony Buree and by their wines.
The highlight was meeting winemakers James Cambridge and Daniel Bontorin who poured us a Rose of such class, we knew the Okanagan had “arrived”.

Daniel Bontorin

Daniel Bontorin


Years later I decided to find out where James and Daniel had gotten to.
James is the winemaker at Backyard Vineyards in the Frazer valley. www.backyardvineyards.ca
 
 
James Cambridge  Backyard Vineyards

James Cambridge Backyard Vineyards


…and Daniel has his own label – Seven Directions – based at Volcanic Hills in West Kelowna.  www.sevendirectionswine.ca
Daniel’s only making one style of wine – ROSE.  And you have to watch for it..because there’s less than 100 cases this year.
So. Two winemakers to keep an eye on..watch for their work. It’s the future in a glass.
 

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NEXT WEEK

  
Part Two of our Argentina Tour.
We’ll travel and talk to the winemakers in Patagonia and Mendoza. Then finish at the Argentine Wine Awards with
Steve Spurrier, Paul Hobbs, DJ Kearney and many many more.
 
 
 

Mulligan Stew April 5th 2014

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Playlist:

Jessica The Allman Bros Band Wipe the Windows
Lemon Squeezer Fleetwood Mac Shrine 69
I can’t stand the Rain Paul Rodgers The Royal Sessions
Same old song Four Tops Best of
David GoGo Interview Talking blues, Bragg Creek & othger guitar Gods
Give the Host a break TD Mulligan mulliganstew.ca
Let’s go get stoned David GoGo Come on Down
Albert’s Shuffle Michael Bloomfield/Al Kooper A retrospective
Nadine Jim Byrnes St Louis Times
Bennie and the Jets Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Rd Deluxe
Nadine Jim Byrnes St Louis Times
I wish you well Royal Wood The Burning Bright
Getting ready for Hour Two Of The Stew
Yield not to Temptation/LoveLight Derek Trucks Band Warren haynes presents Benefit Concert Vol 1
Bring it on Home Led Zeppelin Led Zep 2
Goin back to Harlan Emmy Lou Harris Edmonton Folk Fest Sampler
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young So Far
Playlist for The Stew Can be found at mulliganstew.ca
Windows are rolled down Amos Lee Mission Bell
Arrow Flight Boy and Bear Harlequin Dream
Devil’s in the Jukebox Ray Lamontagne/P Dogs God Willin’
Groove Me King Floyd Atlantic Hits
Change is gonna come Otis Redding Something to believe in
Cold Sweat James Brown Live at Chastain Park

April 5th 2014 – Cas and Dylan

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Tasting Room Radio B_BANNER2   What a line up. Oscar winning actor Richard Dreyfuss. Actor and  Director Jason Priestley. Together they create a new film opening this weekend Cas and Dylan. To kick off this year’s baseball season we present Hall of Fame Pitcher and Winery owner Tom Seaver. However, it’s The Wine Diva who kicks things off with lots of pre-tasted wines for Spring!!  


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The SHOW  

Are wine choices seasonal? That question is always being asked. Let’s face it..as Summer approaches we start reaching for lighter/whiter wines after months  of Get-me-through-Winter  Reds.   Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine Diva – is waaaay ahead of us.

wine diva

wine diva


She’s tasted and tested at least  2 dozen  wines for you to consider. This list is a keeper. You can find all her lists at www.winediva.ca

  • Jackson~Triggs Reserve Viognier, Okanagan Valley BC $13.99
  • Nk’Mip Cellars Riesling, Okanagan Valley BC $17.99
  • Trivento ‘Amado Sur’ White, Mendoza, Argentina $14.99
  • Douglas Green Chardonnay, Western Cape South Africa $12.96
  • ‘Kono’ Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough New Zealand $16.00
  • Bartier~Scholefield Rose, Okangan Valley BC $19.00
  • Codorniu Classico Brut Cava, Spain, NV $14.99
  • Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay McLean Creek Road Vineyard, Okanagan Valley BC $30.00
  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley BC $18.00
  • Road 13 Honest John’s Rose, Okanagan Valley BC $16.99
  • Clos du Soleil ‘Capella’, Okanagan Valley BC $25.00
  • Monte Del Fra Corvina Veronese, Veneto Italy $16.00
  • 8th Generation ‘Confidence’ Spumante, Okanagan Valley BC $23.00
  • Upper Bench Estate Winery Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC N/A
  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC $30.00
  • Fetzer ‘Quartz’ White Blend, California $16.99
  • Arabella Chenin Blanc, Western Cape South Africa $13.00
  • JoieFarm Gamay, Okanagan Valley BC $24.00
  • ‘Grooner’ Gruner Veltliner by Meinhard Forstreiter, Austria $16.99
  • Domaine Zinck Pinot Blanc, Alsace France $17.99
  • Santa Carolina Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, Leyda Chile $12.99
  • CedarCreek Estate Winery Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC $18.00
  • Steller’s Jay Brut, Okanagan Valley BC $24.99
  • Jorge Ordonez ‘Botani’ Moscatel Seco, Sierras de Malaga DOC

www.winediva.ca www.winescores.ca [divider]  Tom Seaver George Thomas “Tom” Seaver nicknamed “Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise”, is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He pitched from 1967-1986 for four different teams in his career, but is noted primarily for his time with the New York Mets. In 1992, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the highest percentage ever recorded (98.84%), and has the only plaque at Cooperstown wearing a New York Mets hat. As of 2010, Tom Seaver and Gil Hodges (played for the Mets in 1962-63) are the only Met players to have their jersey numbers retired by the team (Gil Hodges’ number was retired as a manager even though he also played for the Mets). He won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1967, and three NL Cy Young Awards as the league’s best pitcher. Seaver is the Mets’ all-time leader in wins, and is considered by many baseball experts as one of the best starting pitchers in the history of baseball.   Seaver married the former Nancy Lynn McIntyre on June 9, 1966. They are parents of two daughters. They live in Calistoga, California, where he started his own his 3.5-acre  vineyard, Seaver Family Vineyards, on his 116-acre  estate on Diamond Mtn Napa  in 2002. His first vintage was produced in 2005.  He presented his two cabernets, Nancy’s Fancy and GTS, in an April 2010 wine-tasting event in SoHo to positive reviews.

Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver


www.seavervineyards.com/   Tom Seaver’s vineyard isn’t open to the public, but his powerful flagship GTS Cabernet Sauvignon ($85) and easier-drinking GTS Nancy’s Fancy Cabernet Sauvignon ($65) are available in limited quantities using order forms at seaverfamilyvineyards.com. [divider] All right!  What could you possibly need to know about Jason Priestley that you already don’t know. He’s an accomplished film, stage and TV actor. Father of two. Good Canadian Boy (West Coast through and through)
Jason Priestley

Jason Priestley


He and I are partners in  the series Hollywood and Vines TV www.hollywoodandvinestv.com Just won Best Actor and his series Call Me Fitz just won best comedy at the Canadian Screen Awards 2014. www.callmefitz.ca Cas and Dylan – which debuts this weekend – is Jason’s first film direction.
Cas and Dylan

Cas and Dylan


It stars Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany.  An Odd Couple Road Movie.
stars and their director

stars and their director


Jason Priestley joins us..and the last segment is reserved for Richard Dreyfuss.  http://www.officialjasonpriestley.com/         and finally we finish with Richard Dreyfuss.. Jaws Close Encounters American Graffiti The Goodbye Girl Mr Holland’s OpuS And many many more films/tv series.  Richard gives us the other side of the Cas and Dylan story. Also talks about his work with Steven Spielberg . Saves special mention for the third act of Cas and Dylan – The Payoff!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dreyfuss

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STORIES AND SPECIALS WE’RE WORKING ON

10 days in Argentina (April 19) 12 days in New Zealand.(May 3)

Mulligan Stew March 29th

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Tonight’s Mulligan Stew playlist is posted here..
It starts with Marvin Gaye and Trouble Man.

That’s a pivotal piece of music in the upcoming Capt America film which opens next week.
Going to feature two tracks from  Jimmy Vaughn from his 2001 release Do you get the Blues?
Solid New music from Boy and Bear, Sting and Astral Swans from Calgary.
Two tracks from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Both were recorded years ago but had to wait until his High Hopes LP to be heard.
Which is why you can hear the late Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici.
Some Alabama Shakes, Bonnie Raitt, Mumford and Sons, Albatross by Fleetwood Mac, Van Morrison’s  and the healing has begun and Steve Ray Vaughn at Carnegie Hall.
SPECIAL GUEST is Dan Mangan. He’s just started a new label called Madic and his first signing is Astral Swans from Calgary.
They have an EP out with two tracks..we play them both.
Dan’s been a busy guy.
New Baby
New Album in production
And  new label.
We’ll see him this summer for sure.
Good luck to all the Juno Nominees!!!
 

Playlist:

Troubleman Marvin Gaye Greatest Hits
B-A-B-Y Carla Thomas Altantic Ultimate 60’s soul smashes
Without You Jimmy Vaughn Do you get the Blues
Arrow Flight Boy and Bear Harliquin Dream
Your Host Charlie David Pellican mulliganstew.ca
Frankie Fell in Love Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band High Hopes
Down in the Hole Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band High Hopes
TDM playlist mulliganstew.ca
Just the way you are Billy Joel Greatest Hits
and yet Sting The Last Ship
Be mine Alabama Shakes Boys and Girls
and the healing has begun Van Morrison Into the Music
Fortune Teller Alison Crouse. Robert Plant Raising Sand
Let me in Jimmy Vaughn Do you get the Blues
Host Interview with Dan Mangan in 30 minutes
Things I used to do Stevie Ray Vaughn Live at Carnegie Hall
Love sneaking up on you Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt and Friends
Mr Soul Neil Young Year of the Horse (Live)
Roll away your Stone Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
Albatros Fleetwood Mac Shrine 69
TD Mulligan 20th year of The Stew Spring Fundraiser is COMING
Money Dr John Television
Scatterlings of Africa Johnny Clegg and Juluka Best of
Dan Mangan Interview
Park Street Astral Swans EP
Dan Mangan Interview
You carry a sickness Astral Swans EP
Imagine John Lennon Gimme Some Truth

March 29th 2014- Argentina!

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Tasting Room Radio B_BANNER2
 

10 days touring Argentina’s wine regions!

A Regional Tasting in Buenos Aires. The tasting and spitting  through the vineyards in Patagonia and Mendoza.
along the way we ate perhaps,  a whole cow!
These are the tour highlights Part One.  www.winesofargentina.org 

THE SHOW

 This was a whole bunch of fun. Yes there were 32 wineries and over 300 wines tasted but what really made it fun was the attitude and character of the Argentines themselves.
Argentina vines meet the Andes
Really fine people who do everything with passion.
 
Located in the Southern Cone of the American Continent, with a population of 42 million inhabitants and a territory that is four times larger than France, Argentina is one of the world’s nature reserves. Privileged with outstanding natural richness and extraordinarily diverse landscapes, Argentina boasts high mountains and plains, lush vegetation and extreme deserts, forests and steppes, glaciers and waterfalls.
This wealth of natural ecosystems includes vast, highly productive grape growing regions stretching at the foot of the Andean strip, to the West of the country, from latitude 22° south to latitude 42° south. The cultivated area covers more than 538,071 acres.
It is in this context, and in the course of five centuries, that Argentina has developed such an extraordinary wine industry. The altitude, the wide range of temperatures, the local know-how, the new technologies and a deeply-rooted popular wine culture lend our wines their unique identity and quality.
www.winesofargentina.org
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The objective over the two weeks was to taste and experience the stories of the people who made the wines.

Wall to Wall Malbec

Wall to Wall Malbec


We started with a tasting in downtown Buenos Aires. Featured were wine regions we wouldn’t get to, including Salta.
 
 
It was important to get an overview of Argentina today and when I met Master of Wine Andres Rosberg I knew I had my narrator.
Guests visited include:
Julio Viola – Bodega Del Fin Del Mundo and NQN in Patagonia. www.bodegadelfindelmundo.com  
Julio Viola

Julio Viola


 
 
 
Thomas Christan – Secreto Patagonico www.secretopatagonico.com  
Jose Alberto Zuccardi – Familia Zuccardi is one of the World’s Best known winemaking families. In Mendoza. www.familiazuccardi.com  
Jose Alberto Zuccardi

Jose Alberto Zuccardi


 
 
 
 
 
Susana Balbo – Domino Del Plata.  Makers of Crios and Ben Marco. www.dominiodelplata.com.ar
(the first female winemaker in Argentina)
Susana Balbo with the next generation of Balbo

Susana Balbo with the next generation of Balbo


 
 
 
 
 
 
Guillermo Barzi – Humberto Canale.   In the Province of Rio Negro. In 27 countries but especially Canada. www.bodegahcanale.com  
Familia Barzi at Humberto Canali

Familia Barzi at Humberto Canali


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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World Malbec Day is Thursday April 17th.  On Saturday April 19th we’ll present TRR Tour of Argentina Two.  It concludes at the annual Argentina Wine Awards.

 Steven SpurrierParis show of 1976 and Decanter Magazine
Bruce SchonfeldTravel and Leisure Magazine Wine and Spirits Editor
Magdalene PesceWines of Argentina
DJ KearneyWine Educator and Judge
Paul HobbsWinemaker in California and Argentina

Even the cellars are spectacular

Even the cellars are spectacular


 
Juan Jose CanayPresident of Bodegas de Argentina
Catena Zapata
Trapiche
 
Dona Paula
Catena Zapata
Vina Cobos
Bosquet
Secreto Patagonia
 
 
 
and many more…
ENJOY!