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November 10th, 2018 – A Pinot Party!

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A BC Pinot Noir Celebration.

With a cast of All-Stars.

 

 

 THE SHOW

 

Everyone is talking about and buying BC  Pinot Noir these days.

If you ask growers and winemakers, they are pretty much agreed that BC is perfect for growing and harvesting Pinot Noir.

We truly hope you find your new best Pinot here with TRR.

 

The fourth annual BC Pinot Noir Celebration brings together 34 of the province’s best Pinot Noir producers to celebrate the varietal that is defining the region.

 

Co-Organizer JAK Meyer said

“This is an important time in BC, where Pinot Noir is starting to emerge as a signature grape with lots of different expressions. More wineries are coming on board as they find that their land is well suited to the grape. The BC Pinot Noir Celebration is not a competition, but rather a way to showcase what BC can do.”

 

Pinot Party. Christine Coletta & Curtis Krouzel

The BC Pinot Noir Celebration.  Linden Gardens,  Kaleden, BC

The fourth annual BC Pinot Noir Celebration brought  together 34 of the province’s best Pinot Noir producers to celebrate the varietal that is defining the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than 300 guests  sipped, swirled and discovered the nuances of BC’s Pinot Noirs on Saturday, August 19th at Linden Gardens  in Kaleden. The event paves the way for provincial, national and international recognition of BC Pinot Noirs as a wine of excellence.

There were lively breakout sessions, special key note speaker with special keynote speaker Master of Wine Richard Hemming.

Pairing only the best foods were  Cameron Smith & Dana Ewart from Joy Road Catering, Alex Sielmann  from Frog City Café, former Okanagan Chef Matt Batey  & Mike Bernardo from Vij’s and Sutra in Victoria.

 

 

 Our guests include:

 Barb and Iain Phillip – Wine Experts

Chris Turyk – Unsworth  https://www.unsworthvineyards.com/

Jak Meyer – Meyer Family Vineyards   https://mfvwines.com/

Christine Coletta – Haywire and OK Crush Pad   http://okanagancrushpad.com/

Thorsten Allander – Foxtrot  https://www.foxtrotwine.com/

Doug Reimer – Mirabel  http://www.mirabelvineyards.com/

Leslie d’Andrea – Noble Ridge https://www.nobleridge.com/

Jeff Martin – La Frenz  http://www.lafrenzwinery.com/

Curtis Krouzel – 50th Parallel  https://www.50thparallel.com/

DJ Kearney –  New District.ca   https://newdistrict.ca/

Andy Johnson – Averill Creek  https://www.averillcreek.ca/

Luke Smith – Howling Bluff https://www.howlingbluff.ca/

Bryant Mao – Hawksworth  https://hawksworthrestaurant.com/

Gustav Allander – Foxtrot  https://www.foxtrotwine.com/

  www.bcpinotnoir.ca 

    

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

Fort Berens – growing by leaps and bounds.

Winter Whites?  Yes, there is such a thing.

( The subject is so welcomed, It’s a one hour special)

SOMM 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 30th, 2018 – BC Shellfish Festival in  Courtney/Comox and Memories of Bourdain.

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12th  BC Shellfish Festival in  Courtney/Comox and Memories of Bourdain.

THE SHOW

 

Year in &  Year out  The BC Shellfish Festival is one of the very best
gatherings of Chefs in Western Canada.

They come to compete, to showcase, to  meet their suppliers & their
customers. Best of all, the chefs come to hang with each other and take a
break from the daily grind.

Shellfish Grazing

First and foremost the festival celebrates sustainability.  In oceans,
lakes, rivers and farms.

The chefs who guest today not only bring their culinary talents to work
every day, they also let their diners know that where your fish comes from
is as important as where your water &  wine comes from.

This is a wildly successful festival that takes place in and around
Courtney-Comox on Vancouver Island. The Comox Valley produces more than 50%
of BC Shellfish and the most oysters in Canada. If you’re a chef..this is
your Yankee Stadium.

judges and team

The last segment of Tasting Room Radio will be all about remembering the
late Anthony Bourdain.

With comments from his friends Tojo, Pino Posteraro,
Ned Bell, Quang Dang and Nathan Fong. Also comments  from Sabrine Dhaliwal,
Matthias Fong and Sal Howell

Check out this fantastic Guest List:

Chef Hidekazu Tojo – Tojo’s  Restaurant   tojos.com/Splash.html

Chef Ned Bell – Ocean Wise, Vancouver  seafood.ocean.org

Chef Pino Posteraro – Cioppinos  https://www.cioppinosyaletown.com

Chef Nathan Fong – Fong on Food https://www.fongonfood.com

Melissa Craig – Barefoot Bistro, Whistler  bearfootbistro.com

Quang Dang – Araxi Bistro, Whistler  https://www.araxi.com

Lisa Ahier – Sobo  Tofino www.sobo.ca

Sal Howell – Founder-Owner  River Cafe/Deane House  Calgary
www.river-cafe.com

Chef Matthias Fong – River Cafe, Calgary  www.river-cafe.com

Rebecca MacKenzie – President Culinary Tourism & Host of Terroir Symposium
https://ontarioculinary.com

Shawn Hall – Spokesperson for BC Fish Farmers Association
bcsalmonfarmers.ca

Sabrine Dhaliwal – UVA Wine Bar  https://www.uvavancouver.com

https://bcseafoodfestival.com

Tojo and friends

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

None..we’re taking a vacation and will be repeating some of the very best
shows from this year.

Vancouver International Wine Festival

The Naramata Bench Pours in Victoria

Okanagan Falls pours in Vancouver.

November 4th, 2017 – The Judgement & a Pinot Party!

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Two Stories.  The Judgement of BC and BC Pinot Noir Celebration.

With a cast of All-Stars.

 

 

 THE SHOW

 

The Judges visit Tinhorn

 

It’s the third annual Judgement  of BC.  Presented by Wines of BC

12 from around the World and 12 from BC. Poured head to head to see where BC stands in comparison.

This year we tasted the two most grown  varietals in BC  Pinot Gris and Merlot

 

12 BC Wines against 12 acknowledged global benchmarks. We are proud to announce BC’s Checkmate Black Rook Merlot 2013 from the Okanagan Valley ranked first among the flight of Merlot, and Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2016 from Marlborough, New Zealand came out on top for the flight of Pinot Gris with BC placing third, fifth and sixth.

Hosted by the BC Wine Institute, and curated by celebrated Vancouver wine expert and Director of Wine at NewDistrict.ca DJ Kearney, the Judgment of BC third edition event took place last Friday in Summerland, during which 22 international and national wine judges tasted and ranked 24 wines.

The Judges

So much to talk about..

Each judge had to set aside the style of Pinot Gris that they preferred and just start fresh.

And the merlot judging has big bold dark fruit go head to head..with no sign of  lighter style.

One esteemed judge could only identify  2 BC wines out of 24 in a blind tasting.  The mind and palette play tricks on you.

 

Guests include:

 DJ Kearney – New District.ca

Rhys Pender – Master of Wine

Richard Hemming  – Master of Wine

Sid Cross – Food and Wine Educator and judge

Kurtis Kolt – Wine Expert

Michaela Morris – Wine Expert

And Yours Truly

 

Here are the results…

PINOT GRIS RESULT ORDER

  1. Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2016 | Marlborough, New Zealand | 13% | $19.49
  2. Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Turkheim 2014 | Alsace, France | 13% | $41.00
  3. 50thParallel Pinot Gris 2016 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 13.5% | $19.90
  4. King Estates Pinot Gris 2015 Willamette Valley, Oregon | 13.5% | $26.49
  5. Gray Monk Pinot Gris 2015 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 13.4% | $16.99
  6. Arrowleaf Cellars Pinot Gris 2016 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 13.9% | $20.99
  7. Pfaff Steinert Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2012 | Alsace, France |13.5% | $30.99
  8. Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Vigneti del Dolomiti IGT 2015 | Italy | 12.5% | $25.99
  9. Blue Grouse Estate Pinot Gris 2016 | Vancouver Island, BC | 13.5% | $22.00
  10. Haywire Switchback 2015 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 13.6% | $26.99
  11. Poplar Grove Pinot Gris 2016 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 13.1% | $16.99
  12. Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio Valdadige DOC 2016 | Italy | 12.5% | $19.99

 

MERLOT RESULT ORDER

  1. CheckMate Black Rook Merlot 2013 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 14.4% | $85.00
  2. Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot 2013 | Napa Valley, California | 14.5% | $63.99
  3. La Stella Maestoso 2012 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 14.6% | $90.00
  4. Sterling Merlot 2013 | Napa Valley, California | 14.2% | $29.99
  5. Château Haut Carles 2010 | Fronsac, Bordeaux, France | 15% | $64.99
  6. McIntyre Heritage Reserve Merlot Ardua 2012 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 15.5% | $80.00
  7. Casa Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Apalta Vineyard 2012 | Colchagua, Chile | 14.5% | $33.99
  8. Burrowing Owl Merlot 2014 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 14.8% | $30.00
  9. Intersection Merlot Silica 2013 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 14.8% | $29.00
  10. Charles Smith The Velvet Devil Merlot 2015 | Washington State | 13.5% | $19.99
  11. Château de Ferrand 2011 | Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France | 14% | $51.99
  12. Culmina Merlot 2014 | Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley, BC | 14% | $35.00

 

 

http://www.winebc.com/judgment-bc

Pinot Party. Christine Coletta & Curtis Krouzel

The BC Pinot Noir Celebration.  Linden Gardens,  Kaleden, BC

The fourth annual BC Pinot Noir Celebration brought  together 34 of the province’s best Pinot Noir producers to celebrate the varietal that is defining the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than 300 guests  sipped, swirled and discovered the nuances of BC’s Pinot Noirs on Saturday, August 19th at Linden Gardens  in Kaleden. The event paves the way for provincial, national and international recognition of BC Pinot Noirs as a wine of excellence.

There were lively breakout sessions, special key note speaker with special keynote speaker Master of Wine Richard Hemming.

Pairing only the best foods were  Cameron Smith & Dana Ewart from Joy Road Catering, Alex Sielmann  from Frog City Café, former Okanagan Chef Matt Batey  & Mike Bernardo from Vij’s and Sutra in Victoria.

 

 

Our guests include:

 Barb and Iain Phillip – Wine Experts

Chris Turyk – Unsworth

Jak Meyer – Meyer Family Vineyards

Christine Coletta – Haywire and OK Crush Pad

Thorsten Allander – Foxtrot

Doug Reimer – Mirabel

Leslie d’Andrea – Noble Ridge

Jeff Martin – La Frenz

Curtis Krouzel – 50th Parallel

DJ Kearney – with the wrap.

 

We couldn’t fit everyone in.

So next week we’ll complete the story with…

Andy Johnson – Averill Creek

Luke Smith – Howling Bluff

Bryant Mao – Hawksworth

Gustav Allender – Foxtrot

 www.bcpinotnoir.ca 

  

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

Canadian Whisky

Okanagan Crush Pad

Fort Berens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2nd, 2017 – The Judgement & A Pinot Party!

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Two Stories.  The Judgement of BC and BC Pinot Noir Celebration.

With a cast of All-Stars.

 Heads UP *** – TRR will move to 11am starting next Saturday on Roundhouse Radio. Followed by Fong on Food at Noon.

 

 THE SHOW

 

The Judges visit Tinhorn

 

It’s the third annual Judgement  of BC.  Presented by Wines of BC

12 from around the World and 12 from BC. Poured head to head to see where BC stands in comparison.

This year we tasted the two most grown  varietals in BC  Pinot Gris and Merlot

 

12 BC Wines against 12 acknowledged global benchmarks. We are proud to announce BC’s Checkmate Black Rook Merlot 2013 from the Okanagan Valley ranked first among the flight of Merlot, and Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2016 from Marlborough, New Zealand came out on top for the flight of Pinot Gris with BC placing third, fifth and sixth.

Hosted by the BC Wine Institute, and curated by celebrated Vancouver wine expert and Director of Wine at NewDistrict.ca DJ Kearney, the Judgment of BC third edition event took place last Friday in Summerland, during which 22 international and national wine judges tasted and ranked 24 wines.

The Judges

So much to talk about..

Each judge had to set aside the style of Pinot Gris that they preferred and just start fresh.

And the merlot judging has big bold dark fruit go head to head..with no sign of  lighter style.

One esteemed judge could only identify  2 BC wines out of 24 in a blind tasting.  The mind and palette play tricks on you.

 

Guests include:

 DJ Kearney – New District.ca

Rhys Pender – Master of Wine

Richard Hemming  – Master of Wine

Sid Cross – Food and Wine Educator and judge

Kurtis Kolt – Wine Expert

Michaela Morris – Wine Expert

And Yours Truly

 

Here are the results…

PINOT GRIS RESULT ORDER

  1. Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2016 | Marlborough, New Zealand | 13% | $19.49
  2. Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Turkheim 2014 | Alsace, France | 13% | $41.00
  3. 50thParallel Pinot Gris 2016 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 13.5% | $19.90
  4. King Estates Pinot Gris 2015 Willamette Valley, Oregon | 13.5% | $26.49
  5. Gray Monk Pinot Gris 2015 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 13.4% | $16.99
  6. Arrowleaf Cellars Pinot Gris 2016 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 13.9% | $20.99
  7. Pfaff Steinert Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2012 | Alsace, France |13.5% | $30.99
  8. Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Vigneti del Dolomiti IGT 2015 | Italy | 12.5% | $25.99
  9. Blue Grouse Estate Pinot Gris 2016 | Vancouver Island, BC | 13.5% | $22.00
  10. Haywire Switchback 2015 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 13.6% | $26.99
  11. Poplar Grove Pinot Gris 2016 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 13.1% | $16.99
  12. Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio Valdadige DOC 2016 | Italy | 12.5% | $19.99

 

MERLOT RESULT ORDER

  1. CheckMate Black Rook Merlot 2013 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 14.4% | $85.00
  2. Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot 2013 | Napa Valley, California | 14.5% | $63.99
  3. La Stella Maestoso 2012 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 14.6% | $90.00
  4. Sterling Merlot 2013 | Napa Valley, California | 14.2% | $29.99
  5. Château Haut Carles 2010 | Fronsac, Bordeaux, France | 15% | $64.99
  6. McIntyre Heritage Reserve Merlot Ardua 2012 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 15.5% | $80.00
  7. Casa Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Apalta Vineyard 2012 | Colchagua, Chile | 14.5% | $33.99
  8. Burrowing Owl Merlot 2014 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 14.8% | $30.00
  9. Intersection Merlot Silica 2013 | Okanagan Valley, BC | 14.8% | $29.00
  10. Charles Smith The Velvet Devil Merlot 2015 | Washington State | 13.5% | $19.99
  11. Château de Ferrand 2011 | Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France | 14% | $51.99
  12. Culmina Merlot 2014 | Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley, BC | 14% | $35.00

 

 

http://www.winebc.com/judgment-bc

Pinot Party. Christine Coletta & Curtis Krouzel

The BC Pinot Noir Celebration.  Linden Gardens,  Kaleden, BC

The fourth annual BC Pinot Noir Celebration brought  together 34 of the province’s best Pinot Noir producers to celebrate the varietal that is defining the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than 300 guests  sipped, swirled and discovered the nuances of BC’s Pinot Noirs on Saturday, August 19th at Linden Gardens  in Kaleden. The event paves the way for provincial, national and international recognition of BC Pinot Noirs as a wine of excellence.

There were lively breakout sessions, special key note speaker with special keynote speaker Master of Wine Richard Hemming.

Pairing only the best foods were  Cameron Smith & Dana Ewart from Joy Road Catering, Alex Sielmann  from Frog City Café, former Okanagan Chef Matt Batey  & Mike Bernardo from Vij’s and Sutra in Victoria.

 

 

Our guests include:

 Barb and Iain Phillip – Wine Experts

Chris Turyk – Unsworth

Jak Meyer – Meyer Family Vineyards

Christine Coletta – Haywire and OK Crush Pad

Thorsten Allander – Foxtrot

Doug Reimer – Mirabel

Leslie d’Andrea – Noble Ridge

Jeff Martin – La Frenz

Curtis Krouzel – 50th Parallel

DJ Kearney – with the wrap.

 

We couldn’t fit everyone in.

So next week we’ll complete the story with…

Andy Johnson – Averill Creek

Luke Smith – Howling Bluff

Bryant Mao – Hawksworth

Gustav Allender – Foxtrot

 www.bcpinotnoir.ca 

  

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

Sandra Oldfield – Introduces The Creek

Planeta and Boutinot pour in Vancouver

Rod Butters gets The Book out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 1st, 2017- Vancouver International Wine Festival!

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This is our 8th year of covering the Vancouver International Wine Festival.  For them this is Year 39.

Canada is the featured region and it’s going to be a wonderful family gathering with the pace of a gong show.

If you care about how Canadian wines are doing and where our wine industry is headed..this show and next week will hopefully supply answers and focus.

THE SHOW

 

 

Here is the guest line up for Hour One:

Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine Diva  www.winediva.ca

Rhys Pender – Master of Wine     www.littlefarmwinery.ca

DJ KearneyNewDistrict.ca  Director of Wine

Kurtis Kolt – The Bottle/Georgia Straight  www.kurtiskolt.com

Howard Soon – Sandhill Wines  www.sandhillwines.ca

Ann Sperling – Sperling Vineyards  www.sperlingvineyards.com

Sandra Oldfield – Tinhorn Creek  www.tinhorn.com

Harry Hertscheg    – Executive Director VIWF  vanwinefest.ca

Christa-Lee McWatters Bond – Evolve  www.evolvecellars.com

Harry McWatters – Time Wines  www.encorevineyards.ca

Chris Jentsch – CC Jentsch Wines  www.ccjentschcellars.com

Gustav Allander – Foxtrot  www.foxtrotwine.com/winery

David Scholefield – Haywire https://okanagancrushpad.com/

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

 

John Schreiner – Icon. Flagship Wines from BC’s Best Wineries

Four F’s/  Food, Fishing, Friends, Fluids @Skitchine Lodge

Bloom – BC wineries pour new releases in Vancouver

Planeta and Boutinot bring their best to Vancouver.

 

May 20th, 2017 – Culinary Legend! Jeremiah Tower

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The Culinary  Legend himself Jeremiah Tower with comments from  Chef Ned Bell and  San Francisco’s  Foodie Chap: Liam MayClem.

DJ Kearney with a yuge list of wines to pair with Spot Prawns and Christopher Silva from St Francis Wines on Sonoma.

The SHOW

 
“Jeremiah Tower’s
menus were a complete re-evaluation of not just American food and ingredients – but food itself.”


ANTHONY BOURDAIN  Producer

 

Anthony Bourdain

  

Jeremiah Tower – The Last Magnificent

 The new Documentary that opened last  weekend –  JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT –explores the remarkable life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy.

Jeremiah Tower 

Jeremiah Tower began his career at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1972, becoming a pioneering figure in the emerging California cuisine movement.  After leaving Chez Panisse, due in part to a famously contentious relationship with founder Alice Waters, Tower went on to launch his own legendary Stars Restaurant in San Francisco. Stars was an overnight sensation and soon became one of America’s top-grossing U.S. restaurants.

Chez Panisse

After several years, Tower mysteriously walked away from Stars and then disappeared from the scene for nearly two decades, only to resurface in the most unlikely of places: New York City’s fabled but troubled Tavern on the Green. There, he launched a journey of self-discovery familiar to anyone who has ever imagined themselves to be an artist.

 

Featuring interviews by Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl and Martha Stewart, this delicious documentary tells the story of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity chef, whose brash personality and culinary genius has made him a living legend.

When you walk into your favourite restaurant and see an open kitchen, farm to table dining, farmers and farms mentioned in the menu that’s just some of the legacy of Jeremiah Tower.

 We start the show with two plugged in culinary stars.  First is Ned Bell:  Executive Chef Ocean Wise Canada

Chef Ned Bell

…and second is a bit of a legend himself Liam Mayclem, The Foodie Chap of KCBS-SF.

Liam Mayclem

They both paint a verbal picture of Jeremiah Tower.

http://jeremiahtower.film/

http://www.oceanwise.ca/

www.cbssf.com/foodiechap

 

Facebook: Last Magnificent
Twitter: Last Magnificent
Instagram: Last Magnificent

 

DJ Kearney – Wine Director at NewDistrict.ca

 

Last weekend DJ was the final  guest on our LIVE broadcast from the 11th annual Spot Prawn Festival kick off.

She brought with her a large list of recommended wines to pair with most spot prawn recipes but the show was so busy I felt we didn’t really give her the spotlight she and the wines  deserved.

She is after all, a very special wine educator. She gives you all the information you need and entertains at the same time.

Thanks Deej.

Here’s THE LIST!

 Cipes Blanc de Noirs 2008

Mission Hill  Perpetua  Chardonnay

Hedges Sauvignon Blanc

St Hubertus Reisling

Culmina R&D White Blend

Haywire Pinot Gris

Tightrope  Rose

The Meyer Rose

  St Francis  – Chris Silva (President/CEO)  Sonoma

 Fifth-generation Sonoma County native, Christopher Silva is firmly rooted in Sonoma County agriculture. He was raised in a family of Petaluma dairy farmers, and nine years after graduating from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, he retired from practicing law to join St. Francis Winery. At the age of 38, he became President & CEO of St. Francis in 2003. He understands firsthand that a farmer’s footprint and intimate knowledge of the soil, microclimates and terroir of the region are the most important ingredients for healthy vines.

Chris Silva

As President & CEO of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Chris has a specific focus: crafting world class Sonoma wine. St. Francis is best known for luscious, elegant, fruit driven Sonoma County Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and “Old Vines” Zinfandel.  Additionally, St. Francis was named “#1 Restaurant in America” by Open Table  in 2013 and 2015 in recognition of its farm to table wine and food pairings offered on site to Winery visitors each day.

“Our time at St. Francis will not be measured in years. It will be measured by the contributions each one of us makes—as individuals—to constantly improving the quality of our grapes and our wines. ‘Good enough’ is contrary to our mission.”

 Chris gives us a Master Class in St Francis ZIN.

 http://www.stfranciswinery.com/

 

 STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

  • The return of Jane Ferrari – Spokesperson for Yalumba and The Caley
  • Cider Special
  • BC Shellfish Festival

 

 

 

February 18th, 2017-Vancouver International Wine Festival!

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This is our 8th year of covering the Vancouver International Wine Festival.  For them this is Year 39.

Canada is the featured region and it’s going to be a wonderful family gathering with the pace of a gong show.

If you care about how Canadian wines are doing and where our wine industry is headed..this show and next week will hopefully supply answers and focus.

THE SHOW

 

 

Here is the guest line up for Hour One:

 

Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine Diva

Rhys Pender – Master of Wine

DJ Kearney – NewDistrict.ca  Director of Wine

Kurtis Kolt – The Bottle/Georgia Straight

 

Howard Soon – Sandhill Wines

Ann Sperling – Sperling Vineyards

Sandra Oldfield – Tinhorn Creek

 

Harry Hertscheg    – Executive Director VIWF

Christa-Lee McWatters Bond – Evolve

Harry McWatters – Time Wines

 

Chris Jentsch – CC Jentsch Wines

Gustav Allander – Foxtrot

David Scholefield – Haywire

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

 

Hour Two of 39th VanWineFest

Includes guests from

Ontario and  Nova Scotia

November 1st, 2014 – New Zealand

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Tasting Room Radio B_BANNER2
The Fourth and last tour of New Zealand..featuring the wineries of Central Otago
Felton Road, Carrick and 8 Ranges.  


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The SHOW

In March of this year I was pleased to accept an offer from Wines of New Zealand to tour various  regions with an emphasis on their sustainability programs.
We hope you had a chance to listen to the first three specials..they can be found on www.tastingroomradio.com.
They are also Podcast on iTunes. (The Tasting Room with Terry David Mulligan)
And so we arrive at NEW ZEALAND SPECIAL #4…(imagine that line with a lot of echo)
After flying into Queenstown on the South Island we head for Central Otago.
The region is famous for their world class Pinot Noir but there are other varietals and other stories waiting to be told.
8 RANGES
 We start at 8 Ranges between Alexandra and Clyde.  If you are a touring by bike enthusiast..and love your wine..you’ve just found Nirv8 Ranges Wines are crafted by  French winemakers from grapes grown on  “Certified Sustainable” Tussock Ridge Vineyard, which was established in 2001 by Mark Borrie and Trevor Deaker. 

Mark Borrie and Trevor Deaker 8 Ranges

Mark Borrie and Trevor Deaker 8 Ranges


 
 
 
For many years, Mark and Trevor have had a passion and enthusiasm for fine wines – and for the Central Otago landscape.
These have been the motivations for the establishment of 8 Ranges Wines.  The aim is to always produce wines of distinction and excellence which express the local terroir.
Tussock Ridge is a boutique vineyard of less than 3 Ha, situated on the edge of a high terrace in the middle of the Alexandra Basin amidst spectacular mountains in the Central Otago region of New Zealand.
The vineyard overlooks the Clutha River between Alexandra and Clyde, and is located just above the Central Otago Rail Trail.
There are panoramic views of the many surrounding mountain ranges from which our name and inspiration are derived:
The Old Man Range – Te Kopuwai

  • • The Old Woman Range
    • The Remarkables Range
    • The Cairnmuir Range
    • The Pisa Range
    • The Dunstan Range
    • The Hawkdun Range
    • The Raggedy Range

8 Ranges
8 Ranges
8 Ranges Wines is a boutique brand established in 2001. All grapes are estate-grown and hand-picked from their Tussock Ridge Vineyard. This certified sustainable boutique vineyard is located high on a rocky, gravel terrace overlooking the Alexandra Basin of Central Otago. The uninterrupted views of 8 Ranges of mountains inspired the name.
The many award-winning wines exhibit the skills and experience of talented french winemakers Anthony Worch (vintages 2006 to 2009) and Lucie Lawrence (2010+).
The Pinot Noirs are Burgundian in style.
Beyond all that well meaning information..what I really liked about 8 Ranges were the people themselves.
Mark Borrie and Trevor Deaker have a quiet confidence about their vineyards and their wines and so they should.
They passed our tasting with flying colours..
Surprisingly they do not have Canadian representation. This too shall change.
The boys make a beautiful  Rosé, Pinot Gris, Trail Rider and Barrel Selection Pinot Noir so well!
The best way to get your hands on 8 Ranges is to write them
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FELTON ROAD  

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Felton-Road-Vineyard-Central-Otago-Tourism


One of the world’s finest Pinot Noirs. No Question.
 
This Central Otago icon produces stunning biodynamic wines year after year. These guys really know their stuff.
In 2010 Felton Road was designated a Grand Cru winery of New Zealand. This Grand Cru status, currently only held by two other wineries (including Ata Rangi), recognizes the premier producers of Pinot Noir in New Zealand.
Winemaker Blair Walter is a master of less is more, Pinots are unfined and unfiltered and challenge the very best the world has to offer.
Felton Road is situated on warm, north facing slopes of glacial loess soils in Bannockburn, in the heart of Central Otago. The modern gravity fed winery receives 100% estate grown fruit from its three vineyards that are all farmed biodynamically and are fully certified by Demeter. Minimal intervention in the winemaking with such practices as wild yeast, no fining or filtration, allow the unique vineyard characters to further express their considerable personality.
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Since the first vintage in 1997, Felton Road has acquired a formidable worldwide reputation.
Felton Road is one of the legendary names in New Zealand wine. They’re probably the most famous of the Central Otago wineries, making some highly regarded Pinot Noirs.
It was my great pleasure  to spend a number of hours talking to Owner, part time chef and team leader Nigel Greening.
Looking for one of the best wineries anywhere in NZ?  you’ve just found it.  Felton Road.   
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www.feltonroad.com
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Carrick Wines
Carrick Vineyards

Carrick Vineyards


Bannockburn, home to Carrick wines is found deep in the southern interior of the South Island of New Zealand in the wine region of Central Otago.  Bannockburn enjoys a continental climate with low rainfall and high sunshine hours. The long cool autumns with their warm days and cool nights create ideal conditions for the production of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. Other grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris also thrive in Central Otago’s microclimate.
Their winemaker, Francis Hutt, works closely with viticulturist Blair Deaker to make vineyard and winery decisions that will enhance the finished wines, as well as staying true to their organic values.
 
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8 Ranges


 
 
 
Francis Hutt Winemaker
Francis joined Carrick in 2010 having decided that Central Otago was where he wanted to be. Being a thorough young man he decided that in order to make wine in Central Otago he needed to know the vineyard first so spent a year working with Blair, our viticulturist before being appointed as Carrick Winemaker in August 2011. He has a particular interest in organic and biodynamic growing of grapes and wine production, so was specially delighted to be the first Carrick winemaker when we were able to show the world our organic certification on our 2012 botttling
 
Blair Deaker Viticulturist
Originally a Cromwell boy but has been away for a significant time. Returned to Cromwell and Carrick from Villa Maria organic vineyards and has been instrumental in moving Carrick towards its organic status. Great with people, hens, dogs, vegetable gardens, phases of the moon, brews for our compost and of course vineyards.
 AND THAT’S THE LAST NZ WINERY..but we’re not quite done yet.
 First there’s John Davies at Aoturoa Luxury Villa Accomodations..quite simply a great accommodation destination..right in the middle of all these wineries.
Aoturoa Luxury Villa

Aoturoa Luxury Villa


Then there’s Lilly Liu and George Ge,  welcomed  comments from  fellow journalists,  who were there for  National Geographic Traveler Magazine, doing a  NZ story for the Chinese market. And finally my host who started the whole journey off..Phillip Manson from Wines of New Zealand.
http://www.aoturoa.co.nz/
www.winesofnz.com
www.nzwine.com
 
  

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