EP 139 | MLK / Art Bergmann


What a Time.

Covid19. Political Balance of Power

Friday was the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday is/was Martin Luther King Day in America.

At the same time, punk pioneer Art Bergmann discovers he’s an inductee for The Order of Canada.


This week on the Mulligan Stew Podcast we celebrate both.


Sam Pollard is a well-respected editor and film director. He’s been part of Spike Lee’s films having edited Mo Better Blues, Clockers, etc.

When he read that the FBI files on Martin Luther King Jr were being unsealed he realized he had the subject of his next documentary.

While Dr. King was talking and walking for civil rights in the USA the FBI, lead by J Edgar Hoover, was spying on Dr. King. They were looking for any information that would discredit his legacy. As Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize he was being labeled “the most dangerous negro in America” by the FBI.

It’s possible his verbal opposition to the Viet Nam War may have led directly to his assassination.

To recognize Dr. Kings Birthday and National Day we’ve included just a couple of minutes of Sam Pollard’s commentary. The complete interview will be posted next week.

Art Bergmann is a Canadian punk pioneer. His bands and songs were pointed, angry, and loud.

But what he was railing against were First Nations rights, aboriginal education, and health. Police misconduct. Politics. Organized Religion. Governments of all stripe.

As the Order of Canada press release noted “for his indelible contributions to the Canadian punk music scene and for his thought-provoking discourse on social, gender and racial inequalities”

Art hasn’t slowed down either.

His new album Late Stage Empire Dementia is about to be released. We’ll play two tracks plus Bound for Vegas.

Ladies and Gents, we are thrilled to present – Art Bergmann.  Order of Canada Inductee.

EP 128 | The Trial of The Chicago 7- Aaron Sorkin


For people of a certain age…The Chicago 7 represents a disturbing time in
American History.

For those who were too young to have experienced the events all across
America, simply look around you today.

Large groups of protesters in the streets and parks.

Violence between police/militia and citizens. Politics at its center with
changes in cultures a close second.

Racism was a spark…Martin Luther King Jr had been assassinated months

1000’s had died in the war in Vietnam and Richard Nixon was in the White

The Democratic National Convention was in Chicago,  along with the National
Guard, 12,00 Chicago Police Officers, and 10,000 demonstrators.

The demonstrators were lead by the Yippies (Youth International Party) and
their leaders were Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin along with Tom Hayden and
Rennie Davis.  There was an 8th defendant Bobby Seale a founder of the Black
Panther Party.

The lawyers who represented the accused were perfect for this legal battle.
William Kunstler and Leonard Weinglass.  The action in the courtroom was so
wild, The 7 and their lawyers were charged with over 150 contempt’s  of

It’s fair to say that the timing of this film and its subjects are perfect
for today’s audience which has been watching the Trump administration make
many of the same moves as Nixon.

Our guest is Aaron Sorkin, the writer, and director of The Trial of the
Chicago 7. (just premiered on Netflix this week)

You know him from The West Wing and Network. He wrote the screenplay for A
Few Good Men, Moneyball and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
for The Social Network

This film ranks as one of his very best.

The audio was captured from a virtual press conference several weeks ago…

Enjoy Aaron’s great background on the story and the shoot.  Makes the film
experience even better.

December 7th, 2019 – UNCORKED!    THE SCIENCE OF WINE!






“Uncorked: A Celebration of the Science of Wine” took place Thursday, November 14, as  a special collaboration between Science World and five of British Columbia’s most acclaimed wineries: Mission Hill Family Estate, CedarCreek Estate Winery, CheckMate Artisanal Winery, Martin’s Lane Winery, and Road 13 Vineyards.


Through seminars, tastings and  hands-on activities, renowned winemakers and viticulturists showcased  the science, craftsmanship and terroir that makes Okanagan Wines so extraordinary.

As well, chefs from two of the region’s best estate restaurants — Terrace (Mission Hill) and Home Block (CedarCreek) — served amazing culinary plates to pair with the wines.

Special Guests:

Janet Wood – President and CEO of Science World

Darryl Brooker – President, Iconic Wineries of British Columbia

Phil McGahan – General Manager and Winemaker at CheckMate Artisanal Winery

Shane Munn – General manager and Winemaker at Martin’s Lane Winery

Taylor Whelan  – Winemaker at CedarCreek Estate Winery

Corrie Krehbiel – Winemaker at Mission Hill Family Estate

Joseph Luckhurst – General Manager, Road 13 Vineyards

Kurtis Kolt – Wine Educator. Judge. Georgia Straight

Tim Pawsey – Wine Judge. Educator


 Wines poured on the night…

CedarCreek Estate Winery

  • 2018 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2018 Platinum Riesling
  • 2016 Estate Pinot Noir
  • 2017 Platinum Syrah

Martin’s Lane Winery

  • 2014 Naramata Ranch Riesling
  • 2015 Fritzi’s Riesling
  • 2014 Simes Pinot Noir
  • 2015 DeHart Pinot Noir

CheckMate Artisanal Winery

  • 2015 Attack Chardonnay
  • 2015 Fool’s Mate Chardonnay
  • 2014 Opening Gambit
  • 2014 Silent Bishop Merlot

Mission Hill Family Estate

  • 2017 Reserve Meritage
  • 2018 Terroir Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon
  • 2017 Terroir Cabernet Franc
  • 2014 Quatrain

Road 13

  • 2017 Roussanne
  • 2017 Viognier
  • 2017 Syrah
  • 2017 Syrah Malbec

Seminars taking place throughout the evening included:   

  • Synthesis: The Science of Blending Wine
  • Evolution: The Science of Aging Wine
  • Innovation: Technology and the Modern Organic Vineyard
  • Terroir: The Science of Soil


Proceeds  support Science World’s On the Road program, which last year brought live science performances to 41,500 students throughout BC who otherwise might not have had a chance to visit TELUS World of Science.











Holiday Wines..

August 24th, 2019 – Third Annual BC Cider fest!




The third annual BC Cider Week.

This week long craft cider celebration saw many cider events, tastings and
festivities throughout British Columbia with tasting events from Kelowna to
Vancouver Island, including tap takeovers, cider pairing meals, and much
more throughout the week.

The highlight for me and many others is the final event. The gathering of up
to 40 Cideries at The Pipe Shop foot of Lonsdale in North Vancouver.

It’s one of the buildings my father Pat worked in during WW2.

The first interview had to be with Shawn Pisio, who co-founded the B.C.
Cider Festival three years ago.

Glenn Ennis, Lynn Colliar and the Geo Team

Just how popular is this event? It sells out within minutes.

Cider is going through the very same revolution that craft beers did 10-15
years ago.

The opportunity to grow more cider apples in B.C. is unlimited, but BC is
already home to many excellent craft cideries.

One of the cideries we interviewed was Twin Island Cider on Pender Island.
They were voted most popular Cidery at this event.

Finally, for those of you who still think that ciders are not for you
because they’re too sweet or something…FORGET ABOUT IT..

It’s a whole new world out in the orchard.


Our guests are:

Shawn Pisio – Txotx/ Co-Founder

Russ Johnson – Owner/Cidermaker Truck 59 Kelowna

Sydney Bottomley – Asst Cidermaker Broken Ladder Kelowna

Nick Farrer – Founder The Bricker Cider Co Sechelt

Mike Lachelt – Co-owner/Cidermaker Salt Spring Wild SS Island

Mathew Vasilev Co-Owner Twin Island Cider Pender Island

David Schneider – Persephone Brewing Gibson’s BC

Kathleen van der Ree – Northyards Cider – Squamish

Mike Petkau – Nomad Handcrafted Cider – Summerland

Glenn Ennis – Owner Geo Cider Co – Squamish

Lynn Colliar – Geo Cider Squamish

Jeff Nairn – Co-Founder Windfall East Van



Photos by Linda C


Melissa Etheridge and Cannabis infused wine

Bloom in Victoria

Top Drop in Victoria

A special on field blends

Fire Season in The Okanagan

Rose Day June 8th

Charles Smith in Jet City Seattle (Rose all day)

Tofino Food and Wine festival

The Wick reopens a spectacular cellar

Tofino mid-week

Mulligan Stew August 17th 2019-The Bros Landreth Interview-dedicated to Monica Miller


This show is dedicated to Monica Miller – fellow CKUA show host. 


The Bros Landreth guest on today’s Stew.

We find them at the Bear Creek Festival co-headlining the first of two nights there.

FYI – Those 2 nights are the only Canadian dates for The Bros this year. They are the rest of this year to be road warriors in the USA, the UK, CKUAand Europe.  (Next year, they’ll be back in Canada with a vengeance)

David and his younger brother Joey come from an amazing musical background.

Father Wally was a serious musician in Winnipeg. The house was loaded with instruments and lots of music.

Naturally, the boys picked up guitars and listened to Ry Cooder, Little Feat, all the greats.

That’s why their music has so much soul and depth. Very few bands have had this kind of schooling or were open to it.

And that’s why I believe The Bros. Landreth will be loved all over the World.

They already have the most bizarre profile in the UK  and Europe.  How does a band from Winnipeg get to play in Norway or Sweden or Liverpool?

The Bros Landreth also have an ace-in-the-hole.

It’s Joey and his solo career. Boom. Through the roof. His current album Hindsight has fans jumping on the bandwagon.

After Bear Creek, the brothers are headed for the Americana Festival in Nashville. If anyone can steal a show its these guys.

As for the rest of  The Stew …

Live tracks from

Van Morrison

Joe Cocker

Brandi Carlile – with the Seattle Symphony

AND Little Feat.

New music from…

Brittany Howard

Little Steven

Chrissie Hynde

Bruce Springsteen

Leeroy Stagger

Sheryl Crow/Bonnie Raitt/Mavis

Rodney Crowell and Bill Gibbons

Throw in…

Led Zep

Beach Boys


Neil Young

Marvin Gaye

Dave Mason

Procol Harum

This show is dedicated to Monica Miller:




Mulligan Stew Aug 17 2019
TD Mulligan – The Stew Playlist – www.mulliganstew.ca
Only you know and I know Dave Mason Alone Together – All Day Thumb Sucker Revisited
Love again Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul Summer of Sorcery
How glad I am Chrissie Hynde Valve Bone Woe
www.mulliganstew.ca Todays guests – The Bros Landreth
Surfs Up The Beach Boys Good Vibrations Boxed Set
www.deanehouse.com Todays guests – The Bros Landreth
Stay High Brittany Howard Stay High
Smokey Part 2 Bill Black Combo best of
Brown Eyed Girl (live) Van Morrison Too late to stop now 1973
Feelin Alright (live) Joe Cocker Joe Cocker Live
a whiter shade of pale Procol Harum Hits and Flips
Sixty Years On (live) Brandi Carlile and Seattle Symphony Orchestra Live at Beneroya Hall
This is Mulligan Stew Guests in 10 minutes – The Bros Landreth
Tucson Train Bruce Springsteen Western stars
Deeper Well Leeroy Stagger Strange Path
This is Mulligan Stew wth tdm NEXT – The Bros Landreth
Forty Four -How many more years Little Feat Rad Gumbo
David and Joey – The Bros Landreth Complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast www.mulliganstew.ca
Got to be you The Bros Landreth 87
David and Joey – The Bros Landreth Complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast www.mulliganstew.ca
Good Love The Bros Landreth 87
Find the Bros Landreth Podcast
www.mulliganstew.ca. Spotify.google play.apple pod
Live Wire Sheryl Crow. Bonnie Raitt. Mavis Staples Live Wire
Summer of Love U2 Songs of Experience
56 Fury Rodney Crowell and Billy F Gibbons Texas
Heart of Gold Neil Young Harvest Moon
www.coyotesbanff.com www.mulliganstew.ca
I like it like that Pete Rodriguez Chef Soundtrack
Pride and Joy Marvin Gaye Greatest Hits
Thanks for checking out The Stew Have a great weekend
Goin’ to California Led Zepellin Zep 4

August 17th, 2019 – Jason Priestley. Willie Mitchell. Brendan Morrison AND  Andrea Sartori (121 years of Wine)


Jason Priestley. Willie Mitchell. Brendan Morrison AND  Andrea Sartori (121 years of Wine)



 Jason Priestley – BH90210. Private Eyes.


Jason has never really stopped working.

If he’s not acting, he’s directing. Sometimes at the same time.

Right now, he’s doing a lot of everything.

One of the most iconic series ever shot has made a return to TV.

Beverly Hills 90210.  Ran for 10 season on Fox, the whole of the 90’s.

BH 90210-cast-2019

The series and Jason  became  global teen sensations. I saw the full effect of his star power as we travelled Europe and South America shooting Hollywood and Vines TV. Fans hiding in bushes..behind posts..and full-on swarming in city squares.

Jason is a West Coast guy and any chance to get back AND  go fishing is not to be taken lightly.

He flew in with his  fabulous wife Naomi and their kids.

We met up  at Willie Mitchell’s Tofino Resort and Marina.

Willie took us fishing on his glorious boat as part of Brendan Morrison’s  Salt Water Classic  fundraiser.

Willie. JP. Me

During a lull in the action, I grabbed my microphone and recorder and hit record.

We talked 90210. The loss of his friend Luke Perry. The amazing success of Private Eyes on both sides of the border.

The  wines he and Chad Oakes created with Les Behrens at Spring Mountain,  St Helena, California

How much better I was a at fishing than he was.  Enjoy!!

Brendan Morrison and Willie Mitchell – Both X-NHL stars. Both West Coast guys . Both are fishing freaks. Good Friends.

Willie Mitchell and Brendan Morrison



In its 10th year, the Tofino Saltwater Classic fishing derby was created by former National Hockey League player Brendan Morrison as a fundraiser for a long list of Tofino youth and  community initiatives.

More than $575,000 CAD has been raised thus far.

130 anglers. Catch and release components. Largest was a Chinook weighing 31.2 lbs.

When I did finally get the boys to stop and sit together for 10 minutes  we talked about the Saltwater Classic . However,  what we  really wanted to talk about was, preserving the West Coast fishery.

Now that’s a subject everyone is focusing on. From fishing boats  to sport fishing to chefs and restaurants.  The fundraising silent auction was winding down and the announcer on the dock was squeezing the last dollar out of wet jeans. So at times, there’s a lot of talking going on.



BUT,  important funds were being raised and so we carried on.


Andrea Sartori – 5th generation of Sartori du Verona

Andrea Sartori

For over a century, Sartori, a leading name in fine wines from northeast Italy’s Veneto region, has stood for traditional values and — above all — a boundless passion for quality winemaking.

The family took its first step in 1898, when Pietro Sartori

This marked the advent of Sartori di Verona. A few years later, Pietro’s son, Regolo, built the winery into the family’s core business, and by the 1950s Regolo’s two sons expanded the winery and brought these wines to international recognition, they then bought Villa Maria, a vineyard with a small cellar attached, in the heart of the Veneto region’s Valpolicella district, to assure a source of high quality wine for his hotel.tion, exporting them around the world.

Villa-Maria Sartori


Today, Andrea Sartori, Pietro’s great-grandson, is at the helm. Like his forefathers, he has taken steps to broaden the reputation of Sartori di Verona and to guarantee the quality behind it.

In 2002, the company joined with Cantina Colognola, giving the family rare guaranteed access to more than 6,200 acres of high-quality grapes in the Soave and Valpolicella zones, where few wine houses control their own vineyards.


In 2003, Sartori hired the renowned Franco Bernabei as consulting winemaker. His work with the winery marks a return to Bernabei’s roots:

…although he has lived in Tuscany for over 25 years, he is, in fact, a native son of the Veneto.


Sartori has always fought for Verona, focusing exclusively on the classic Veronese wines: Valpolicella, Soave, Bardolino, Bardolino Chiaretto. The labels on which the company is now focusing on are Regolo Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso DOC and Marani Bianco Veronese IGT.

Nowadays Sartori’s success is in large part due to its international efforts, which represent over 80% of its sales in over 70 countries all around the world: throughout Europe, in North and South America, in Russia, in South East Asia. To honor this story full of challenges and satisfactions, the 120th Anniversary special edition wines  have now reached across Canada.

 We’re tasting and talking about:

Sartori’s Pinot Grigio,

Veronese Marani Bianco,

L’Appassione 2015,

Amarone Della Valpolicella  2012.

Plus the limited release 120th anniversary wines

 Valpolicella Superiore Doc 2016

Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Doc 2015

Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico DOCG  2012


Thank You to:

Colleen Wilkinson

Lynda Kaye

Willie Mitchell



Cowichan Wine festival

The 2019 Pinot Noir  Celebration – Kelowna

Garagiste North – Kelowna

Jim Cuddy – Cuddy by Tawse Wines

A special feature on “field blends”

Chris Tolley Moon Cursor

Fort Berens

Parking in The Passion Pit with John Weber at Orofino!




Mulligan Stew July 27th 2019- Gurvinder Bhatia and The Interstellar Rodeo


Interstellar Rodeo has kicked off in Edmonton.

It’s the 8th of a wild music gathering and every year the audience “gets it”.  They know their music and artists.

Nobody is going to short change these fans.

You can find the line up for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at


at the same site you can find all of the wines that were paired with the headliners..

That’s right my friends..wine expert Gurvinder Bhatia pairs wines with artists and he nails it every time.

So Gurvinder is guesting for two short sessions , describing why he chose the wines to be served on site for

Lucius, Major Love, Sharon van Etten, Aloe Blacc, Sheila E, Whitehorse, K’naan, Perfume Genius, Asleep at the Wheel, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Rheostatics..and any more.  Cheers!!


Steely Dan

Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams

New tracks from

Brothers Landreth

Gregory Porter

Corb Lund

Southern Avenue

Walk off the Earth

Bruce Cockburn

Ben Rodgers

And LOTS more


Interviews coming with…

David Hood – legendary Bass player at Muscle Shoals and Fame studios

Leland Sklar – legendary LA bassist..now with James Taylor

Doug Clifford – the original drummer for CCR.





Mulligan Stew July 27 2019
This is Mulligan Stew with TD Mulligan www.mulliganstew.ca
Got to be you Brothers Landreth 87
Old people got soul Gregory Porter Old people got soul
Here comes my girl Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Dan the Torpedoes
Killing floor Steve Miller band Love is strange
www.deanehouse.com Guest tonight Gurvinder Bhatia – Interstellar Rodeo
Trapper Man Mark Knopfler Down the road wherever
Son of a preacher man Dusty Springfield Dusty in memphis
This is Mulligan Stew with TD Mulligan Coming Up – Bruce and Bryan Live in Toronto
Special Guest Gurvinder Bhatia Pairing wine and bands at Interstellar Rodeo
Badlands (live) Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams Invictus Games 2017 Toronto
The Cover of Rolling Stone Corb Lund and Hayes Carll single
3 little birds Maroon 5 3 little birds
TDMulligan – Mulligan Stew www.mulliganstew.ca
Higher Love Steve Winwood BBQ Summer
Mulligan Stew www.mulliganstew.ca
Gurvinder Interstellar Rodeo Wines and Music www.interstellarrodeo.com
Claire Rheostatics Introducing Happiness
Coming Police, Foy Vance, Nathaniel Rateliff, Cockburn www.mulliganstew.ca
Don’t give up Southern Ave Southern Ave
Walking on the Moon Walk off the Earth single
Message in a bottle The Police Message in a Box
Mulligan Stew Podcast – Harry McWatters Spotify. Google Play. Apple Podcasts
Pain never hurt me like Love Foy Vance From Muscle Shoals
you worry me Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats Tearing at the Seams
Blind Willie Bruce Cockburn Crowing Ignites
www.mulliganstew.ca Terry David Mulligan
Reelin in the years (live) Steely Dan Alive in America
Chevrolet The harpoonist and the axe murderer Checkered Past
Steady Going Nowhere Ben Rodgers Wildfire
This is Mulligan Stew Coming Up – wine and music at Interstellar Rodeo
Put a woman in charge Keb Mo/Rosanne Cash Oklahoma
TDMulligan – Mulligan Stew
Gurvinder Bhatia – chooses wines for Sunday Interstellar bands
I’m on Fire Whitehorse Whitehorse

Mulligan Stew March30th 2019-The 70 year birthday of the 45 RPM


No interviews today (but coming are Joey Landreth. Matt Anderson.)
Two hours of hand-picked tunes for your last Saturday night in March.
Bonus points for anyone wearing Shorts
Tonight we have
Duelling Elvis’  (Elvi?)
Yes. Head to head in a cage match Presley and Costello
And a feature on the four lead singers of One of the greatest singing groups EVERRRR
The Drifters.
Plus they were surrounded by Hall of Fame writers like Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Doc Pomus, and Mort Shuman.  Producers Jerry Lieber & Mike Stoller. And the team from Atlantic Records.
And a wack of new tracks from
Joey Landreth.
Matt Anderson
Jimmy Vaughn
Marc Jordan
Lake Street Dive
And an amazing version of Hallelujah by Brandi Carlisle.
Charge your glasses.
Let’s say goodbye to March or better yet Hello April!!


Mulligan Stew March 30 2019
Welcome to The Stew with TD Mulligan
dangerous heart joey landreth hindsight
running on empty (live) jackson brown R&R hall of fame
everything is broken duke robillard world full of blues
Hallelujah candi carlile spotify singles
walking on broken glass Lake Street Dive spotify singles
Coming UP Dueling Elvis’
Out of time (live) Elvis Costello Spectacular spinning songbook
Trying to get to you Elvis Presley Elvis Presley
The Monkey Elvis Costello The Clarksville Sessions
Good Rockin tonight Elvis Presley a boy from Tupelo
Mulligan Stew
If i ever was a child wilco spotify singles
blow away rich hope I’m all yours
monkey man (live) the rolling stones live licks
riding in the moonlight/Mr Luck colin james blue highways
think aretha best of
Coming UP – New Tracks
forgiveness joey landreth hindsight
what would your mama say matt anderson halfway home by morning
be my lovey dovey jimmy vaughn baby please come home
Cisco kid war World is a Ghetto
demolition man Sting my songs
both sides now marc jordan both sides now
this is Mulligan Stew with tdm Next – The Drifters
you worry me Nathaniel rateliff tearing at the seams
Mr Soul (live) Neil young and crazy horse year of the horse
Bo Diddley Bo Diddley and Robbie Robertson Hall of Fame Live
www.coyotesbanff.com Next – The Drifters
Money Honey The Drifters best of
some kind of wonderful The Drifters best of
up on the roof The Drifters best of
save the last dance The Drifters drifters 59-65
Thank you for listening and DONATING

December 15th, 2018 – Road 13 & Gotham /Dan Wright @Unsworth/Rhys Pender


Road 13 & Gotham create a wine/Dan Wright @Unsworth/Rhys Pender Wines of the

Also,  everyone answers three questions

-Wine of the Year

-Trends of 2018

-Wine Gifts




Joseph Luckhurst – GM Road 13 (Golden Mile)

Joseph Luckhurst Road 13

Much to talk about with Joseph.

Blending  in-house wine for Gotham/Hy’s.  Answering our three questions,
walking us through their new releases

Jackpot Syrah –  Bronze Nat Wine Awards  2016  $43.48

Blind Creek Viognier – Gold Nat Wine Awards  2017  $18.49

Seventy-Four K –  2017  $25.99 ($2 off in December at BC Liquor Stores)

And last but not least – The surprising sale of Road 13 to Anthony von Mandl
Family of Wines.

Sam Jonnery – Wine Director, Gotham Steakhouse

Steve Schmeitenknop – Beverage Director, Hy’s of Canada (was there opening

Megan Buckley – COO, Hy’s of Canada & Gotham’s opening GM

Steve. Megan.TDM

Earlier this year, the  team from Hy’s and Gotham visited with Road 13
Vineyards, the 2018 Canadian Winery of the Year, to craft a proprietary red
wine exclusively for Hy’s of Canada’s three British Columbia restaurants.

Working carefully with Road 13, they created a  gorgeous blend that
perfectly compliments Hy’s and Gotham’s  menus.

The wine:
named 18-six-18,  was added to their  wine lists in early December. It’s a
great blend from Road 13’s Blind Creek Vineyard in The Similkameen. 34%
Merlot. 46% Cabernet Sauvignon. 5% Petit Verdot. 15% Malbec


Notes of Cassis, Black fruit.  In the mouth, a sense of black pepper, sage,
dark chocolate, anise and more.

Only available at the three BC restaurants.

In addition, Gotham will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in early 2019
and we get some stories on those years.


Gotham is famous  for being the home away from home for visiting hockey
teams, film and music stars.

Megan brings perspective on the 20 years of Gotham and how much the
restaurant business has changed in Vancouver in those 20 years.

Sam and Steve talk about creating their blend and then answer today’s three
questions.  Wines of the Year. Trends.  Wine Gifts.



Dan Wright –  Winemaker at Unsworth Vineyards  (Cowichan Valley)

Dan Wright (Unsworth)

I’ve done a number of Unsworth features. With Chris and Tim Turyk. However,
I had never interviewed Winemaker Dan Wright.

First time we met I told him the next interview was his. Along comes new
releases from Unsworth and the perfect opportunity to get together.

Dan talks about new releases, the 2015 Cuvee De L’ile (traditional method
sparkling)  and a new dessert wine called Mistelle. (Mistelle is made from
100% estate Pinot Gris fortified with a spirit made from the Pinot Gris

and 2016 Symphony (red blend – Cabernet Libre & Petit Milo)

Dan also describes CharmeCharme Rose  – Pinot Noir And the very popular

Lots to like here!

Dan also answers today’s three questions..

Wines of the Year, Trends. Wine Gifts


Rhys Pender – Master of Wine/Partner at Little Farms Winery/ Wine Plus WSET

Rhys Pender – Little Farm & Wine Plus (Lionel Trudel)

Rhys is the first of three wine ambassadors/teachers who I’m pleased to call
a friend.

(Next Week, Kurtis Kolt from The Georgia Straight and DJ Kearney Global Wine
Expert and New District consultant will be featured in a special on Wines of
the Year, Trends of 2018 and Wine Gifts.

We’ll publish all three lists before we’re done.)

As a Master of Wine, Rhys had tasted thousands of wines, so to ask him to
narrow his recommendations down to a handful is a tough call. It took him a
day or so to really think about his choices but here they are and Rhys
explains why.

He took on the Trends and Wine Gifts questions as well.

  • Le Vieux Pin Cuvée Violette Syrah ($27)
  • Pewsey Vale Contours Riesling 2012 ($43 Private stores)
  • Louis Jadot Meursault ($94)
  • Joie Farm Gamay ($24)
  • Fitz Blanc de Blancs ($42.50)

Trends – Natural becoming mainstream but worrying trends of sugaring up
And as gifts – Fitz Blanc de Blanc ($42.50). In fact any Blanc de Blancs
bubbly. Or Chablis or Beaujolais because that’s what I want!




Three Questions for DJ Kearney – Global Wine Ambassador and Kurtis Kolt Wine
Column Georgia Straight and Wine Ambassador.

Wine of the Year. Trends for 2018.Wine Gifts.

And a quick conversation with Madeline Puckette – Wine Folly

A visit to Kutatas on Salt Spring Island

With Mira and Dan.

Best interviews of the Year

November 24th 2018- A Church. A Fort. A Chef and One of NZ’s Best,  Felton Road.


A Church. A Fort. A Chef and One of NZ’s Best,  Felton Road.

OK.  Let’s take them one at a time.

Evan Saunders –  Winemaker at Blasted Church  (Okanagan Falls)

Evan Saunders

Evan grew up on the Canadian prairies.

Became a Micro-Biologist at UVic.

Which led to the wine course at Brock in Ontario and finally his first
winery at Osoyoos La Rose and a 3-year mentorship with their winemaker
Pascal Madevon.

Now Evan’s  talent has been fully recognized at Blasted Church, south of
Penticton, overlooking Skaha Lake and part of the Okanagan Falls Winery

Blasted Church is unlike any other winery in Canada.

They make over 30 different wines, even though they keep changing, their
labels are totally one-of-a-kind  and very likely bother some wine fans who
happen to be religious.

Best of all, they make wine fun and funny AND they come through with solid
wines in the bottle.

Evan has created several new wines. The revered series featuring Answered
Prayers AND Nectar of the Gods (in partnership with pal  Pascal Madevon)

Plus Bible Thumper.

Down the road watch for Evan’s influence on the Blasted Church reds  That’s
his specialty.

Heads UP – we didn’t have room for all of Evan’s recommendations for last
week’s Winter Whites.

Here’s his list of Winter Whites  which he talks us through on today’s show

2017 Sauvignon blanc – 25% barrel fermentation, about 6% Semillon, estate
Sauvignon blanc

2017 Small Blessings Semillon – about 45 cases, barrel fermentation, 11
months on lees, Semillon from the North shore of Osoyoos Lake

2016 Bible Thumper – barrel fermentation, Viognier, Roussanne blend

2016 Nectar of the Gods – Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cot noir blend,
22 months in barrel, about 50% new French oak  ( It’s not White. Evan will


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Rolf de Bruin – Fort Berens co-founder. (Lillooet BC)

Rolf de Bruin Fort Berens

Rolf and his wonderful wife/partner Heleen Pannekoek share the management
duties at  Fort Berens  in Lillooet, BC

They were the first winery in the area but  Rolf tells us about the four
growers now operating in the area plus yet another winery   Cliff and Gorge
will open at Texas Creek Ranch,  Spring 2019.  Plus a new GI has been
approved for Lillooet and so beginning with their next vintage they will be
able to use Lillooet VQA on their labels.

Fort Berens Winery

Rolf was also happy to announce the release of their exceptional  Reserve


Cab Franc


Plus their Classics

Pinot Noir

Cab Franc


In May they planted their new Red Rock Vineyard with 4 acres of Merlot and 5
acres of Cab Franc.

Early in 2019, they plan to plant more Riesling, Cab, Gruner, and Merlot.

Things are looking good in Lillooet.  Have a listen to Rolf and then make
plans to give them a visit in 2019.


Nigel  Greening –  Felton Road  (NZ)


Maker of 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.

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.


Chef Andrey Durbach – Il Falcone (Courtney, BC)

Andrey and Sian Durbach moved to the Comox  Valley, Vancouver Island over
a year ago from Vancouver. They had been  running multiple  downtown
Vancouver restaurants. High Tempo Rooms.

Sian and Andrey Durbach

Before he became an outstanding graduate of the CIA,  Culinary Institute of
America in NYC, he had first made a name for himself in Vancouver working
with Bishop’s, Il Giardino and Café de Paris.  He launched Etoile in 96.
There he learned the hard lessons of running a restaurant. Sold the place
and hit the road re-learning the trade.

When Sian and Andrey returned to Vancouver 2 years later they partnered with
Chris Stewart and opened Parkside, La Buca and Pied-a-Terre. Cafeteria
followed with its $20 or less menu. My favorite was Sardine Can. A tiny
room in Gastown.

No matter what the location I always noticed and liked his cooking.

Well,  imagine my delight to discover that Sian and Andrey had opened Il
Falcone in downtown Courtney.

Why Courtney?

Andrey explains in the interview that he and Sian finally wanted to work for
themselves and the best place was a former Mexican restaurant in Courtney.
Surrounded by burnt yellow stucco walls enclosing a courtyard filled with
black cherry, fig, and other fruit trees..you swear the restaurant was
somewhere in Italy.  Perfect. We’ve been three times and all three we sat
outside under those trees. Glorious.

And the food?

Italian dishes with no excuses…Nothing but the best. It helps that they’re
surrounded by hundreds of farms, fisheries specialists and foragers working
the land. One of the best cheese makers in Canada is right around the

Andre says he and Sian pretended to be Italians moving to the Comox Valley
and they did what they’d do back in Italy..source and cook local. Cook like
the Italians would.

The wine menu?  Almost exclusively Italian.

For anyone who’s traveled to Italy..no matter what small town you were in,
there would always be one Italian restaurant as its centerpiece. That’s what
they’ve tried to do here. Just off the beaten path..a discovery waiting to

Is it worth the flight or ferry? Yes and absolutely yes.

As Andrey told Montecristo magazine..

“My kind of diner is one who loves unctuous, delicious food, and is willing
to chance the unfamiliar. It’s a diner who knows and trusts the kitchen and
the servers, a person who wholeheartedly invests in the visceral experience
of a meal. This is what I’m after.”

I guess the question for you is – are you that diner?



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