March 15th, 2014 Vancouver Wine Festival


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As promised here’s our second hour of coverage from the floor of the  36th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival!!
All the World – in One Hour.
This special is brought to you by TOWN HALL BRANDS.
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vanwinefest  The Goods

vanwinefest The Goods



For the 6th year in a row TRR sets up a field studio right in the middle of the 36th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival.
The trade tastings are happening all around us. Plus, we’re surrounded by winemakers and principals from all over the World.
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My Co-Host again is Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine Diva
Wine Diva

Segment One
Matt Mavety – Blue Mountain (BC)
Quang Dang – Executive Chef at West (Vancouver)
John Simes – Chief Winemaker – Mission Hill (BC)
Sandra Oldfield – Chief Winemaker Tinhorn Creek (BC)
Daenna van Mulligan – The Wine diva
Segment Two
Matt Stamp – Master Sommelier.  (USA)
Rhys Pender – Master of Wine (BC)
Frank Pabst – Executive Chef at Blue Water Café (Vancouver)
Daenna van Mulligen – Wine Diva
Segment Three
Yoav Gilat/Cannonball (California)
John Concannon (California)
Craig McAllister/La Crema (California)
David Phillips/Michael David Winery (California)
Segment Four
Harry Hertscheg Executive Director Van Wine Fest
Mark deVere/Mondavi (California)
Samantha Rahn – Sommelier of the Year.   Araxi in Whistler
Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine Diva


Matt Mavety  Blue Mtn

Matt Mavety Blue Mtn

Yoav Gilat  Cannonball
Yoav Gilat Cannonball


Wine Brunch

Wine Brunch



A 10 day Argentine Wine Tour in One Hour
A 12 day New Zealand Wine Tour in One Hour
What’s going on in Niagara?
Ferran Adria – Is he the best chef in the World?
Unsworth in the Cowichan Valley keeps getting bigger and better.
Richard Dreyfuss. The star of Cas and Dylan.

Mulligan Stew March 8th



Truth (funk version) Ruthie Foster Keep it Burnin EP
Shine Over babylon Sheryl Crow Detours
You’ll miss me Jim Byrnes St Louis Times
Without You Jimmy Vaughn Do you get the Blues
Host playlist
Keep up Blues The Rolling Stones Some Girls (deluxe)
It takes a lot to laugh, a train to cry Little Feat Chinese Workshop
Harry Manz Interview
Carry my Tears Harry Manx Om Sweet Om
Harry Manz Interview
Ruebens Train Harry manx Om Sweet Om
Harry Interview
Death Have Mercy Harry Manx In good We Trust
Blue Moon Beck Morning Phase
When love comes to town Jonny Lang. Joss Stone . Herbie Hancock Possibilities
Host bearing gifts
JR Lockleys Dilema Steve Dawson Rattlesnake Cage
Nadine Jim Byrnes St Louis Times
Sweetr Nothings The Co-Dependants Live Recording Event
Host Breaking Down
Stop Breaking Down Eric Clapton Sessions for Robert J
Stephen Fearing Interview
We came together Fearing and White Tea and Confidentials
Stephen Fearing Interview
8th wonder of the World Fearing and White Tea and Confidentials
Stephen Fearing Interview
Sanctuary Fearing and White Tea and Confidentials
Lighthouse Ave Steve Dawson Rattlesnake Cage
Have a great weekend Put your clocks forward and your mind backwards


March 8th 2014 – Max Martini


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Actor Max Martini not only kicks off the show, he also closes it..with a World premier cocktail created by Mixologist Lauren Mote of Uva Wine Bar.
It’s called The Maximilian. (see below)
In between, we head for Vancouver’s East End to The Wise Hall, where all the Cider makers have gathered.
The Dark Prince of Walla Walla Charles Smith returns. So does the first female winemaker in Argentina Susana Balbo.



Max Martini is one busy actor.

Max Martini

Max Martini

Currently he’s just finished shooting 50 Shades of Grey in Vancouver and is wrapping a new series Crisis, in Chicago.
We know Max from Saving Private Ryan, 4 years as a member of The Unit, Pacific Rim, Capt Phillips, Sabotage (the new Schwarzenegger film) and many others.
Max remains active in the theater, having co-founded the Theatre North Collaborative in New York City, a company of American and Canadian actors dedicated solely to producing new works from both sides of the border.
So, we got on the phone to talk movies, acting and , of course wine.
After I hung up..I had the thought that Max should have a cocktail named after him..guys name IS MARTINI after all.
I called Mixologist Lauren Mote at Uva Wine Bar in Vancouver. She’s the best. She also has a thriving company called Bitter Sling Extracts.
@bittered_sling @laurenmote
Lauren Mote

Lauren Mote

I asked if she would consider creating a cocktail based on Max’s character and characters.
After much thought Lauren came up with The Maximilian.

The Maximilian 

Max’s cultural identity and background gives him the best of three worlds; Canada, Italy
and the United States. this cocktail pays less attention to his obvious “gin, vermouth, ice,
stir, twist” martini of a last name, and focuses more on a regal and sophisticated first name.
i give you, the maximilian cocktail. drink this, with an authoritative and attractive square
jaw line, army garb and off we go – max martini everyone, max martini.
– shaken, neat, coupe, orange peel –

  • alberta premium dark horse canadian rye whisky, aperol, amaro montenegro, lemon juice,
  • bittered sling malagasy chocolate bitters
  • 1.00 oz alberta premium dark horse rye whisky (any canadian rye whisky or american rye
  • whisky will do as a substitute)
  • 1.00 oz aperol
  • 0.50 oz amaro montenegro
  • 0.25 oz lemon juice
  • 2 dashes bittered sling malagasy chocolate bitters (sadly, there is no replacement for our
  • amazing chocolate aromatic bitters)
  • shake all ingredients vigorously with ice for 7-10 seconds. double strain into a chilled
  • cocktail glass or coupe, and garish with an orange peel.
Charles Smith and Susana Balbo

Charles Smith

Charles Smith

An unlikely couple. I found them one at a time in the Tasting Room at the 36th annual Vancouver International Wine festival.
Luckily I’ve been to both wineries. Charles founded K Vintners in Walla Walla.
Grew up in California. Compelled to travel. Ended up in Denmark managing Rock bands (Ravonettes)
In 1999, he moved back to the United States, specifically to the Pacific Northwest, opening a wine shop on Bainbridge Island, just across the Puget Sound from downtown Seattle. On a road trip in late 1999, he passed through the small town of Walla Walla and met a young Frenchman and winemaker, Christophe Baron. The two men discovered their common passion for great Syrah and Charles was eventually convinced to move to Walla Walla
Charles brought to life a label he had once in a dream: House Wine. The label concept had never been created or trademarked, so Charles launched the legendary brand before selling it to Precept Brands in 2006.
That same year, Charles started a second brand, Charles Smith Wines. The brand was themed as “The Modernist Project,” which focuses on the way people generally consume wine today: immediately. The intent was (and still is) to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with true typicity of both the varietal and the vineyard.
The man also gave us Kung Fu Girl.
A self-taught winemaker, Charles is a true artisan and a pioneer in the wine world. In 2008, K Vintners was recognized by Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the “Best New Wineries of the Last Ten Years,” and as “Winery of the Year” in their annual buying guide. In 2009 Food & Wine magazine awarded Charles “Winemaker of the Year” and in 2010 Seattle Magazine recognized Charles as their “Winemaker of the Year.”
A true friend to this show, we welcome back the ever refreshing Charles Smith.
Susana Balbo was the first female winemaker in Argentina.
susana balbo

susana balbo

In a country dominated by male winemakers, Susana Balbo stands out not only for her gender, but for her incredible skill and experience. She has been making wine since she earned her enology degree in 1981, and she has probably produced a wider variety of wines than any other winemaker in Argentina.
She makes Crios, Marco and Susana Balbo wines at Dominio del Plata in Mendoza.
This is a quick interview because Susana is part of our Argentina in an hour special on March 29th.
Cider is on the rise. I caught wind of a cider gathering at the Wise Hall in East End Vancouver.
The room had the same buzz as many of the smaller beer gatherings that have become so popular.
Stepping up to the microphone is Cider Monger Alex Fortin, Cris Ohama from Untapped and the grand old guy of Cider Rick Pipes of Merridale Estate Cidery on Vancouver Island.



  • Next week – Vancouver Wine Festival PART 2.
  • Co-Hosted by Daenna Van Mulligen – The Wine Diva
  • Matt Mavety – Blue Mountain
  • John Simes – Mission Hill
  • Sandra Oldfield – Tinhorn Creek
  • Matt Stamp – Master Sommelier
  • Rhys Pender – Master of Wine
  • Yoav Gilat – Cannonball
  • John Concannon – Concannon
  • Craig McAlister – La Crema
  • David Phillips – Michael David Winery
  • Harry Hertscheg – Executive Director of the festival
  • Mark deVere – Mondavi
  • Samantha Rahn – Araxi
  • Chefs Frank Pabst (Blue Water Café) and Quang Dang (West)
  • On March 29th.
  • The highlights on my 10 day food and wine tour of Argentina.
  • 32 wineries visited. Over 300 wines tasted.
  • The special concludes at the annual Argentine Wine Awards.
  • Special guests
  • Stephen Spurrier
  • Paul Hobbs
  • DK Kearney


Harry Manx Interview

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Beloved friends, with a heavy heart I want to tell you all that this morning at Chicago Ohara airport, while I was on my way to retrieving my luggage, someone stole my beloved Mohan Veena (pictured to the left of me). Security cameras sh…owed a man pick it up and walk out. I’ve had that Veena more than 20years. There’s hardly been a day that I haven’t played it. I feel as though I’ve lost a good friend. I need everyone’s help to find it. If you know someone in Chicago, tell them about it. Maybe it will surface on Craigs list or E-bay. Maybe in a music store or Pawn shop. There’s no missing it. The Veena is in a Black Fibreglass Case with lots of stickers. And the Veena has 20 Strings, 2 layers of strings running parallel. It has tuning heads right down the neck. No other instrument looks like this. I’m grateful for any help. thanks HarrySee More

  1. His manager followed up with a photo of the Mohan Veena.

This is the best picture we have of the Veena. It clearly shows the case and the instrument. Harry wishes to thank everyone for the help and support. Rani Souza

  1. Manx’s Facebook post has since been shared more than 79,000 times. An outpouring of support quickly followed.


Mulligan Stew March 1st




10th ave Freeze Out Bruce Springsteen Liv e 1975-85
Don’t Do it (live) The Band Rock of Ages (live)
Dear Mr Fantasy Traffic Best of Traffic
Host Hello to the donor Michael Logue
Helpless kd lang Recollection (deluxe)
Solsbury Hill Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel
Changes Sarah McLachlan Laws of Illusion
Break Playlist posted
Sexual Healing Ben Harper Live from Mars
It don’t come easy Bette LaVette Interpretations
Lonesome Day Blues (live) Bob Dylan Bootlef Series Vol 9
Breah by host Talkng about coyotes banff Yum
pressure drop Toots Best of Toots and the Maytals
Driven to Tears Sting Hope for Haiti Now
Break Host
Don’t leave me this way Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes American Hustle
Loan me a Dime Boz Scaggs Boz Scaggs
Hearts and Bones (live) Paul Simon Itunes Festival London
Corrina Colin James Rooftops and Satellites
Further Shore Harry Manx Om Suite Om
RedNecks Randy Newman The Randy Newman Songbook
(you gotta walk) and don”t look back Mick Jagger & Peter Tosh The Best Reggae Album in the world..evwer
MONEY (live) Lyle Lovett Live in Texas
of whom shall i be afraid Jim Byrnes House of Refuge

March 1st, 2014 – Vancouver International Wine Festival


Tasting Room Radio B_BANNER2   It’s the 36th Annual Vancouver International Wine Festival.

Today’s show is brought to you by:  TownHallLogo-Tagline

  Vancouver Wine Festival Not only considered one of Canada’s best but gaining status as one of the World’s Best. WF_Logo_URL_Black-1024x383 In part because the stars of the wine world can be found in attendance and in many cases pouring their wines on the day.   Daenna van Mulligen, The Wine Diva will be co-hosting again this year.   There’s really not much more to say because the names speak for themselves. The featured wine region this year is France and Bubble is the Global Focus. Hermitage 178 wineries in attendance from 14 countries, pouring 1750 wines for over 23,000 people. In many cases the name of the person pouring for you is the same name on the bottle. Very rare in the world of wine festivals. Here’s this year lineup. Its Part One of a Two Part special. (Part 2 in a couple of weeks)  


[divider] Harry Hertscheg Executive Director of Festival Terry Threlfall – Sommelier of the Year Barb Phillip – Master of Wine. Euro buyer for BC Liquor Stores Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine Diva co-hosts the show.

Daenna and tdm

Daenna and tdm

[divider] Clovis Taittinger – French Champagne Champagne     Thomas Perrin – representing 5 generations of Perrin. Made Brad/Angelina’s surprising Rose. House Wine Girls – Michelle Bouffard. Michaela Morris Eat Magazine. Wine Access. Review Magazine.
House Wine Girls

House Wine Girls

  [divider] Etienne Hugel – The pride of Alsace Bernard Sparr – Alsace Philippe Zinck – young dynamic Alsace winemaker David Hawksworth – Vancouver’s Grand Chef
David Hawksworth

David Hawksworth

[divider]  Barone Ricasoli Tuscany/Sienna. The 32nd  Barone of Brolio Joe Giusti from Alberta to Veneto Marica Bonomo, next generation from iconic Italian winery Monte del Fra
Marica Bonomo

Marica Bonomo




Part Two of Vancouver International wine Festival 10 days in Argentina in one hour. Cider!! It’s the new Juice.