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June 17th, 2017 – Live from the BC Shellfish Festival…

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LIVE from the 11th annual BC Shellfish festival in Courtney Comox 

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 The unique culinary event that promotes the region’s shellfish farmers and their delicacies to seafood lovers and chefs grows bigger every year.  This is Year 11.

Tasting Room Radio is covering both weekends.

 

What originally began as a one‐day event 11 years ago, has become the largest seafood festival in Western Canada, featuring popular local and international culinary celebrities and outstanding seafood.

Highlights for 2017 include the B.C. Seafood on Your Plate Restaurant Campaign, the B.C. Seafood Expo, a completely new Fresh Fest and the Fanny Bay Oyster Shucking Competition and OceanWise Chowder Challenge at the signature festival event, the Comox by the Sea Celebration,  Sunday, June 18th. For more information and tickets, visit bcshellfishfestival.com and bcseafoodexpo.com.

 WE ARE LIVE SATURDAY AT 10 AM!!

Our guests include:

 Culinary leader –  Don House Calgary http://www.idmg.ca/about-1/

Darren MacLean – Shokunin Calgary https://twitter.com/chefdmac?lang=en

Duncan Ly – Foreign Concept  Calgary  http://foreignconcept.ca/

JinnHee Lee – Foreign Concept Calgary  http://foreignconcept.ca/

Trevor Bird = Fable/Fable Diner  Vancouver www.fablekitchen.ca

Ned Bell – Ocean Wise. Van Aquarium  https://cookculture.com/blogs/chef-profiles/25079745-chef-ned-bell

Nick Nutting – The Wolf in the Fog.  Tofino  http://www.wolfinthefog.com/ 

Rod Butters – Raudz Kelowna  www.raudz.com 

Brock Bowes – Terra Fina  http://www.terrafinarestaurant.com/

 

Blue Moon

40 knots Winery  https://www.40knotswinery.com/

Blue Moon  https://www.bluemoonwinery.ca

Nathan Fong – Fong on Food www.fongonfood.com

 

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STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

  • John Schreiner – Icon
  • Skitchine Lodge with Rhys Pender. John Weber & Chef Mark Filatow
  • Cider Special
  • Bloom – BC VQA wines pour in Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

FEATURED

Mulligan Stew Nov 27th 2021-Guest Leeroy Stagger and the Flood of 2021

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Wow – what a line up ..

We start with a birthday salute to Al Jackson, the legendary drummer of Booker T and the MG’s and every third hit to ever come out of Stax. Then he would drive across town and record with Al Green at Hi Records. He’s long gone now but the records he played on remain…

Steve Cropper – Funky Broadway

Aretha Franklin – Rock Steady

Hard to Handle – Otis Redding

Let’s stay together – Al Green

Knock on Wood – Eddie Floyd

Good to me – Mavis Staples

New music from

Robert Plant and Allison Krauss

Bahamas

Nathaniel Rateliff

Blue Rodeo

Jr. Gone Wild

Colin James

The Band

Steve Marriner

Leeroy Stagger guests to give us an update on the situation in his flooded studio. His friends have started a GoFundMe effort.

He could use our help!

Did I mention we will also be playing tracks by

Dylan

The Black Keys

Chrissie Hynde

George Harrison

Jimi Hendrix – it’s his birthday

Jon Batiste

John Mayall and Peter Green

Santana

Ann Peebles

Enjoy!!

The Mulligan Stew Podcast will feature Miami Steve van Zandt  Part 2. 

Steve kicks things off with an extended jam on The Big Bang

Steve and many music fans believe it was Feb 9, 1964, when The Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show but Steve also riffs on the Summer of 1965 when Bob Dylan released Subterranean Homesick Blues and he’ll tell you WHY that was the Real Big Bang.

Check out the pod on Spotify,  Google Play, and Apple Podcasts

 

PLAYLIST:

 

EP 184 | Stevie Van Zandt pt2

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Who, what and when was the “Big Bang” of Popular music?

Who changed rock into an  “art form” in 1965 and with what song?

What songs did Steve suggest to close the Sopranos?

How much did Sopranos change his life?

What does Steve consider the world’s “universal music” and who is the star of that music?

All those opinions and lots more from Steve van Zandt are included in his new autobiography Unrequited Infatuations.

It’s a great read.

We all know about growing up pals with Bruce Springsteen and forming the E Street Band but this book reveals all of the other stories and events that shaped not only his life but in no small part the history of the World. (Think of  his single  Sun City and the dismantling of Apartheid government in South Africa and the release of Nelson Mandela)

Steve van Zandt is in the Rock Hall of Fame. Frankly, he’s a human Rock Hall.

He’s an actor and an activist, a musician, and a mentor. He’s Miami Steve van Zandt and this is his story Part two

November 27th, 2021- The Hatch becomes Jason Parkes Customs/Emily Walker Wine List/New Emandare pours

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The Hatch becomes Jason Parkes Customs/Emily Walker Wine List/New Emandare pours

 

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 Jason Parkes is….

  • A  former member of a punk band whose van broke down and he needed money to fix it – so he made wine.
  • the hub of an ever-expanding wheel.
  • The dark star at the center of a distant universe
  • Lead singer of the house band Proper Man
  • Founder,  winemaker, visionary winery owner who surrounds himself with like-minded thinkers and doers.

Actually,  his greatest talent is being a husband and father.  From that family base comes his strength to start The Hatch, then create, build, open, or buy  Hatching Post Brewery, Crown and Thieves, Black Swift Vineyards, Screaming Frenzy, Truck 59 CiderHouse,  Smoke Show by JPC, Gobsmacked, and Jason Parkes Customs.

Team JPC

JPCustoms will become the new name of the overall company.

That’s why it was time to slow the man down long enough to talk things through and get a sense of what the road ahead looks like.

There are very few BC wineries expanding at this rate. Not just creating new wines and new destinations but whole new concepts in how to reach people, how to entertain them, and at times speak an entirely different language.  Best of all, the wines are as memorable as the man.

“do you feel lucky?  Well do ya,  punk?” 

“Dirty” Harry Callahan

 

www.jpcfanclub.com

 https://www.facebook.com/jasonparkescustoms/

 

Emily Walker  – Wine Director Naramata Inn

(a video of Emily’s interview and her wines can be found below)

Emily Walker – working it

 Imagine you’re Emily Walker and you are the Wine Director of the historic Naramata Inn in the village of Naramata.

The Inn is surrounded by 100’s of wineries. As far as the eye can see.

Naramata Heritage Inn

Every one of those wineries would like to be on Emily’s wine list but only a select few are chosen.

It’s those choices I wanted to know more about.  Many of the wines she chooses are small lots. Perhaps as few as 25 cases.

But in between those hard-to-find wines, you’ll find gems that we can all search for. They’re all worth the chase.

Emily Walker is up to the task. Running wine programs at The Four Seasons Vancouver, the group Sommelier at all Tap and Barrels, and the opening of the Fairmont Pacific Rim in time for the Winter Olympics. Emily Walker brings all that big room experience into a dining room built-in 1907. You are going to love the experience.

I asked Emily to choose a handful of wines to tell us about.

Lightning Rock  –  2021 Rose Pet-Nat  $29 (Summerland)

No sugar. No yeast. Whole cluster & double pressed. One night on skins. Fermented in concrete tanks. Cloudy. Lower alcohol. Yummy!

www.lightningrockwinery.com

2020 Lightning Rock Rose Pet-Nat

CoolShanagh  2018 Chardonnay (Naramata Bench)

Pedro Parra,  renowned soil expert proclaimed their soil conditions Top 15% in the World.  Matured in a combination of new oak, concrete, and stainless steel… Notes of nutmeg and caramel. Mighty texture and finish. Award-winning chardonnay!!

www.coolshanagh.ca

 

Scout Vineyards  Syrah  $39 (Similkameen)

Made in Georgian Clay Vessels.  Neutral oak. Unfined and unfiltered. A very different wine. Unpolished. Layered and textured.

And gorgeous. Special Syrah from a very special spot.

 

Nichol Vineyards  St Laurent.  A medium-dark red. The oldest St Laurent in Canada. Ripe blueberry and cassis on the nose.  Tannins, acidity, and pepper in the mouth.  Unfined & unfiltered. Cellared in Neutral French Barrique.

www.nicholvineyard.com

 

Fox and Archer Pinot Noir  Around $29 (Naramata Bench)

The home of Diane Fox and Tyson Archer..  They make three Pinot Noirs on one of the highest vineyards on Naramata Bench.

Emily brought The Creekside. Grown in a dry creek bed. They also make a Malbec.

Small batch winemaking.   Clones 828 and Pommard 91.  Aged for 10 months in 25% new oak, 25% Neutral oak, and 50% stainless steel.

A wine to be proud of.

www.foxandarcherwines.com

 

Mike Nierychlo  Co-founder (with wife Robin)  and winemaker of Emandare Wine (Cowichan Valley)

Team Emandare

 

It was raining ugly when Mike showed up for a quick pour.

I turned on the recorder and Mike took it from there.

He was pouring his new releases from Emandare.

2020 Alice  $40 Traditional Method Rose made from 100% Cowichan Pinot Noir. Named after Robin and Mike’s 2nd daughter.

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Strawberry, peach, and citrus scents and flavors abound. It is a great pour but very little was made. If you see it – buy it.

A big congratulations to everyone involved. Especially the label artists.

2020 Estate Pinot Noir – Mike and Robin’s original vines. Some 20 years in the ground now. They present a juicy, cherry, and cranberry-driven experience. Also, a texture that surprises. These are very happy vines.

2020 Estate Marechal-Cabernet Foch. $35  Flavours of ripe blackberries and black current. Cracked pepper delights.

2021  (From the Valley) – Farm  Fresh Foch. $25  85% M. Foch and 15% Pinot Noir. It’s Mike’s Beaujolais.

Or because it’s from the Cowichan Valley it’s perhaps  Cowjolais.  It’s very drinkable. Restaurants are going to love this as a house pour.

Mike explains “from the valley.  It’s a neighborhood thing.

www.emandarevineyard.com

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

Church and State

Holiday liquids (for them and you)

Wines of the Year

Stocking up for Christmas and New Years

 

 

EP 183 | Stevie Van Zandt pt1

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Little Steven

Miami Steve Van Zandt

Silvio Dante (Sopranos)

Frankie The Fixer Tagliano (Lilyhammer)

Steve is every one of those guys and a lot more.

He turns 71 on Nov 22nd and celebrates the release of his new autobiography Unrequited  Infatuations.

Steve and Bruce Springsteen found each other because they both really weren’t interested in going to school but both did have guitars and a keen sense that that was the road they wanted to walk. Steve played in  Steel Mill and the Bruce Springsteen Band. It all came together when he became a permanent member of The E Street band in 1975 just in time for The Born to Run album and tour. From musician and performer, he became a songwriter, arranger, producer, actor, director, Broadway producer, TV and film composer, activist, teacher, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ( now is very much a part of the committee that decides future nominees). Last but not least, he’s one of the World’s most knowledgeable authorities on the history of rock and roll. He also created two radio shows that became singular channels on Sirius – Little Steven’s Underground Garage and Outlaw Country.

He formed his own label Wicked Cool Records. Stevie also leads his large solo band The Disciples of Soul

Perhaps his finest moment?  In 1985 he forms United Artists Against Apartheid and released Sun City a song protesting the Apartheid system in the South African resort Sun City. Over 50 artists were involved. It leads to the removal of Apartheid and the release from the jail of Nelson Mandela.

Here’s a link to all of these events and a staggering list of all the others.  It makes you instantly want to read the story of his life. That’s what Unrequited Infatuations is all about.

www.littlesteven.com/bio

This is part one of our conversation.  We start with the early roots of rock and roll and the beginnings of  Bruce and The E Street Band. What happened to the sounds of rock records in the ’70s and why after leaving Bruce’s E Street Band his first thought was  “I thought my life was OVER”

Read the book – you’ll realize his life  had just begun. Enjoy!

Part Two next Week

Mulligan Stew Nov 20th 2021-Special Guest Little Stevie Van Zandt

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He is Miami Steve

Little Steven

Stevie van Zandt

He has been there and done that.

and a great guy.

His wonderful new autobiography is called Unrequited Infatuations 

Stevie Van Zandt guests on the entire second hour of The Stew.
Right off the bat, he reminds us of the lasting power and legacy of the original late 50’s/early 60’s rockers, Bruce Springsteen’s place in that music history, leaving the E Street Band.

“I thought my life was over”

BUT he surprised even himself by creating another life. Leading the fight against South African Apartheid through the Sun City single.  Helping to free Nelson Mandela and shutting down Apartheid.

Fighting for Aboriginal rights in the USA through numerous events and fundraisers.

Then the amazing transformation into acting on Sopranos and Lillehammer series.
Creating two Sirius channels. Little Steven’s Underground Garage and Outlaw Country.

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Teacher, Mentor, Activist, Producer, Visionary.

And many more projects.

Saturday. Hour two of the Stew. 

Heads Up
Check out Part One of the Complete 50-minute interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast this week.

PLAYLIST:

Mulligan Stew Nov 20 2021
Welcome to The Stew Very special guest – Miami Steve Van Zandt www.mulliganstew.ca
Mess Around Dr John Gumbo
It ain’t fair Aretha Franklin and Duane Allman Anthology Two
Life’s been good Joe Walsh But seriously folks
www.mulliganstew.ca Coming UP – Steve Van Zandt – stories from his new autobiography
More love than money Leeroy Stagger Dystopian Weekends
Oh I Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats The Future
Modern Man Bahamas and Madison Cunningham Live to Tape Vol 2
Miami Steve Van Zandt brings new autobiography in Hour 2 www.mulliganstew.ca
Angel next to me Colin Linden bLOW
That’s where it at The California Honeydrops Covers from The Cave
Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett A man and a half
www.coyotesbanff.com www.mulliganstew.ca Coming UP _ Steve Van Zandt
A song for Barcelona Jackson Browne Downhill from Everywhere
River Tami Neilson Single
Here comes the Sun The Beatles Abbey Road
This is Mulligan Stew – Year 26
NEXT – Steve Van Zandt. New autobiography Unrequited Infatuations
10thAve Freeze Out (live) Steve Van Zandt and Disciples of Soul with Bruce Springsteen SoulFire Live
Steve Van Zandt Interview Autobiography – Unrequited Infatuations
The Fat Man Fats Domino Best of
Slipping and Sliding Little Richard Best of
Steve Van Zandt Interview Autobiography – Unrequited Infatuations
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Born to Run
Steve Van Zandt Interview Complete interview on MulliganStew Podcast
Glory Days Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Born in the USA
Complete Little Steven Interview on MulliganStew Podcast Spotify – Apple Podcasts – You tube
Subterranean Homesick Blues Bob Dylan Bringing it all back home
Steve Van Zandt – Unrequited Infatuations Complete interview – Mulligan Stew Podcast
I am a Patriot (live) Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul Summer of Sorcery Live! at Beacon Theatre

November 20th, 2021- Island Cider Tour/Time Family of Wines/Eau Claire 005/Sandra Oldfield

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Island Cider Tour/Time Family of Wines/Eau Claire 005/Sandra Oldfield

THE SHOW

It’s been a wild week!

Floods

Food

Rare Full Moon

Cider

Whiskey

Wine

And

Sandra Oldfield.

 

Jay Jordan – GM Cascadia Liquor Quadra Victoria.  (WSet 2 – Spirit Specialist)

Jay Jordan

I came across a Jay Jordan blog he posted in late  September on the Cascadia website.

He called it Island Hopping Cidery Tour.  https://cascadialiquor.com/blogs/blog/vancouver-island-cider-tour

I was ready for his tour.  I Love my ciders and admire the artists who create them. Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are blessed with many choices. Many destinations. Best of all it has always been a home for heritage orchards and hundreds of different apples for cider making.

Cider pour

Saanich

Jay starts with Saanich  where Growers Cider first started in 1922.

Also  in Saanich

Junction Cidery – Their first cider was rhubarb. Lots more coming.

www.junctionvictoria.com

Sea Cider Farm and CiderHouse – Made their first cider in 2007. One of BC’s leading cideries.

www.seacider.ca

 

The Gulf Islands

The Gulf Islands were once the apple farming capitol of BC. That’s why you can find 450 different types of heritage apples on these island jewels.  Salt Spring Island has a yearly Apple Fest (Oct 2021)

https://saltspringmarket.com/salt-spring-island-event/salt-spring-island-apple-festival/

 

Pender Island

Twin Island Cider –  Voted the Best Cider at the last BC Cider Festival. Harvest antique and heritage fruit from orchards on Pender, Mayne, and Saturna Islands. Some of those orchards were planted almost 150 years ago. Matt and Katie are using old-school techniques plus Pet Nat and small-batch offerings. Very different and surprising ciders.  Bravo!!

www.twinislandcider.com

Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Wild –  Working with over 450 varieties. Some are over 100 years old. A crazy hopped apple and bitter orange rosemary.

www.saltspringwildcider.com

Ciderworks – 10 years of planting heritage apples.  3,500 trees and 365 varieties.  The ciders show amazing balance and complexity.

www.ciderworks.ca

 

Cowichan Valley

 Valley Cider – North of Duncan. Bruce McKinley creates small-batch ciders using wine and beer techniques.

Very authentic and fun releases such as a bacon-infused cider called Oink. www.valleycider.com

 

Merridale Cidery and Distillery-  Very popular destination. (right beside Unsworth Vineyards)  In the Cowichan Valley. Making classic English pub cider.

Also a very busy distillery. (Cow Gin anyone)

www.merridale.ca

 

Thank You Jay Jordan.   www.cascadialiquor.com

 Caitlin Quinn – Master Distiller.  Eau Claire Distillery  Turner Valley, Alberta

Caitlin Quinn

The return of a fine whisky maker, Caitlin has created Eau Claire’s  newest release

Eau Claire Single Malt Whisky Batch 005.

Alberta’s first single malt is batch distilled in the traditional way.  In her Glaswegian accent, Caitlin says “Batch 005 is a throwback to Batch 002 with the reintroduction of ex-Sherry Casks in this blend. I believe it will turn out to be a lot of peoples favorite batch so far”

Nose – burnt sugar, dark chocolate

Taste – Nutty, white pepper, toffee

Finish – Long and warm.

Barrell aged in New Hungarian Oak, Ex-Bourbon American Oak, Ex-Sherry French Oak.

 

Think Gifting this year. For your friends or yourself.

https://eauclairedistillery.ca/

 

Christa-Lee McWatters – GM Time Family of Wines. (Penticton)

Christa-lee Mcwatters

A follow-up interview to our Wine Align interviews last week.  The Nationals awarded Time Family of Wines in Penticton 8 Bronze medals and their 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon was named Top 10 in Canada.

I found a very busy Christa-Lee at the winery dealing with the remnants of this year’s harvest and planning for next year. (It never ends)

The bronze winners were

Evolve

Evolve Effervescence (King Family Vineyards)

2020 Spontaneity (P Gris/S Blanc/Ortega)

2018 Cab Franc

2018 Fourth Dimension (Merlot/Syrah/C Franc/Cab)
Chronos

2020 Semillon

2020Sauvignon Blanc

2020 Rose (Made in two batches)

2020 Chardonnay  (No Oak. All Stainless Steele)

 

Christa-lee also spent a quiet reflective moment talking about a release coming that may be the last one made by her late Father Harry McWatters.

 

www.timewines.ca

 

Sandra Oldfield – Elysian Projects co-founder. Okanagan

Sandra-Oldfield

Sandra teaches, mentors, advises, and leads by example.

When I get a chance to talk to her  I simply ask the first question and get out of the way.

We talk:

Wine Align Awards

Wine Recommendations ($)

Unsworth Bubble

Corcelettes

Mayhem

2017 Little Straw BFF – Blaufrankisch and Marechal Foch

Noble Ridge – The Kings Ransom Series

Noble Ridge The One – Award-winning sparkling (99 Points)

And fixing the staffing problems in the winery business.

www.elysianprojects.ca

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON… 

The return of Emily Walker  (Naramata Inn Wine Director)

Church and State

Wine Gifts

Year-end lists.

 

EP 182 | Dan Mangan-All Together Now

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I did my first interview with Dan Mangan years ago on a hot and dusty day at the Calgary Folk Festival. Had never met him or heard him perform.

He was one of half a dozen interviews I was scheduled to do.  I started with the lame opening of…

Please tell our at-home audience your real name.

“I’m Dan.  Dan MAN-GAN”

I was hooked. My kind of guy.

Dan Mangan

Many years later,  The Dusty Dan of the folk festival has become a winner of 2 Juno Awards.  Each tour has gathered more and more fans around the World.

EP’s, albums, tours, festivals, film scoring, co-creating Side Door Access, and full-on family guy.

Now comes the latest project! A beautifully crafted concert documentary by Amazing Factory called, All Together Now, recorded at his homecoming concert in 2019 at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver.

It’s unlike any other concert film you might have seen. There’s a sense of truth, honesty, and clarity in every song. Pure MAN-GAN.

And best of all   I still see “the guy” behind the songs. Dusty Dan.

Mulligan Stew Nov 13th 2021- 4 Guests: Colin James-Steve Marriner-David GoGo-Roy Forbes

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That’s right – four guests but still a lot of music.

Tracks I  tried to play during fall fundraising but never got played.

Tedeschi Trucks Band, early Chicago, Aretha, Taj, Nathaniel Rateliff, Joni, Stevie Ray, and a three-song tribute to Curtis Mayfield, featuring Mavis, Rod Stewart, and the man himself.

Colin James, Steve Marriner, David Gogo

Colin James talks about his 20th studio album – Open Road

Steve Marriner talks about his new solo album Hope Dies Last and touring with Colin.

David Gogo takes us through his latest album Silver Cup. (Produced by Steve)

And they ALL talk about the 2021 Maple Blues Awards nominations. Between them, they have 12!!!!

Right at the end of the show I finally find my pal  Roy Forbes who’s doing his first live stream on the Internet Web machine.

Saturday night at the Blue Frog Studios in Whiterock, BC

Have a memorable Saturday Night – Turn it UP

 

PLAYLIST:

Thank You Donors – The Stew Nov 13 2021 4 Guests Colin James Steve Marriner David GoGo Roy Forbes Podcast: Dan Mangan
Don’t play that song Aretha Franklin Spirit in the Dark
Hello Josephine Taj Mahal Maestro
Something ain’t right Nathaniel Rateleff and the Night Sweats The Future
Raised on Robbery Joni Mitchell Songs of a Prairie Girl
www.mulliganstew.ca Coming UP – Colin James Interview Podcast: Dan Mangan
Life by the Drop Stevie Ray Vaughn Archives
Colin James Interview New Album – Open Road
Leave this House Colin James Open Road
Colin James Interview www.mulliganstew.ca
Open Road Colin James Open Road
Down on the Bottom Colin James Open Road
Colin James Interview Complete Interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast
Can’t you see what you’re doing to me Colin James Open Road
Colin James Interview Complete Interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast
It takes time Colin James Open Road
www.mulliganstew.ca NEXT – Steve Marriner and David GOGO
Bruise Cruise Scarey Goldings and John Scofield Bruise Cruise
This is Mulligan Stew www.mulliganstew.ca
I’m a man Chicago Chicago Transit Authority
Bound for Glory (Live) Tedeschi Trucks Band Revelator EP Live
You’re not alone Our Native Daughters Songs of our Native Daughters
www.coyotesbanff.com
It’s All Right The Impressions with Curtis Mayfield Greatest Hits
Keep on Pushing Mavis Staples I believe to my soul
People get Ready Rod Stewart A tribute to Curtis Mayfield
Steve Marriner and David Gogo Interview Talking Maple Blues Nominations
Petite Danse Steve Marriner Hope Dies Last
Steve Marriner and David Gogo Interview Talking tours and 2022
Never Gonna change David Gogo Silver Cup
Roy Forbes Interview Doing a live stream Tonight – at Blue Frog Studios
Lydia Ann Roy Forbes Edge of Blue

 

November 12th, 2021- Talking to Platinum winners of “The Nationals”

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Talking with Platinum winners of  The Nationals and  next weeks Will Travel For Food

 

THE SHOW

 

The 20th National Wine Awards of Canada wrapped up earlier this month in Penticton. It’s the best such competition in Canada which is why they’re called “The Nationals”

It’s been fully 20 years since the first competition in 2001 drew 528 wines from 71 wineries, judged by eight men.  20 years later, 26 judges — 14 men and 12 women — tasted 2,075 entries from more than 260 wineries. 

Many of the judges have been guests on Tasting Room Radio and certainly, a great many of the wineries have appeared as well.

The Platinum winners were announced this week and I tried to find as many as I could – on the day.

“And so to the top drops – the best 1.4% of the 2075 wines entered in the 2021 National Wine Awards of Canada! To reach this rarified level is a major accomplishment of which the 24 different winemakers should be very proud. (Yes, there were four wineries with more than one platinum). The judges thank and congratulate you!”

David Lawrason – Mentor, organizer and judge

 

Platinum winning  guests include:

 

Jeff Martin – La Frenz  Founding Co-Owner/Lead Winemaker.

Jeff and Niva Martin

As I started to type this info I knew Jeff and La Frenz had won double platinum for:

2019 La Frenz Reserve Ensemble  (Naramata Bench)

La Frenz Non Vintage Liqueur Muscat (Naramata Bench)

and have now been named The  2021 Best Small Winery in Canada.

 

Here’s why –

6 Gold and 5 Silver

La Frenz N/V Liqueur Muscat
La Frenz 2019 Reserve Ensemble
La Frenz 2019 Reserve Chardonnay
La Frenz 2018 Cabernets Rockyfeller Vineyard
La Frenz 2020 Riesling Cl. 21B Freedom 75 Vineyard

 

For the record, the Best Performing Small Winery of the Year is awarded to the top-scoring winery that produces 10,000 cases of wine a year or less. The top 5 wines from each winery are used to calculate the winner. Congratulations to everyone at La Frenz.

The above all happened in real-time. Couldn’t be happier.

Jeff and Niva Martin.  Great people and really good friends. Fantastic staff!

www.lafrenzwinery.com

 

Jan Nelson  CEO Maverick Estate Winery  (Oliver)

2019 Maverick Bush Vine Syrah  – ironic because that’s what Jan and I talked about in July,  bush fires.

Maverick was judged the #3 Best Small Winery in Canada. Here’s why –

1 Platinum, 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze

Maverick 2019 Bush Vine Syrah
Maverick 2020 Amber Pinot Gris
Maverick 2019 Rubeus
Maverick 2020 Cross Road Chardonnay
Maverick 2020 Carbonic Syrah

 

www.maverickwine.ca

 

Evan Saunders  – Blasted Church  Winemaker  ( OK Falls)

 

Blasted Church was honored with double Platinum for:

 

2019 Blasted Church Big Bang Theory   Merlot driven Bordeaux Blend

 

2019 Blasted Church Cabernet Franc. Balanced, smooth, and round.  Beauty!

 

www.blastedchurch.com

  

Will Travel For Food

 Guests: 
Mia Glanz, Odd Society Bar Manager
Sam Shem, The Dessert Club Founder, and Chef

Will Travel for Food: Mexico to Spain features delicious Spanish and Mexican tapas and desserts by Sam Shem complemented by cocktails inspired by Odd Society Bar Manager Mia Glanz’s time spent in Mexico. Spanish cheese and meat boards, Albondigas, and Crema Catalana are just three of the traditional dishes guests can explore, alongside an inventive slate of drinks including El Diablo Slush, Margarita Tamarindo, and Sour al Pastor.

The Mexico to Spain menu will be priced à la carte and available at Odd Society Spirits (1725 Powell St.) on two nights only: November 18 and 19,  Reservations can be made through Tock.

 

Mia Glanz, Odd Society Spirits Bar Manager 
Mia Glanz is a cocktail bartender, writer and photographer usually found conducting the bar at Odd Society Spirits. The distillery is also her laboratory where she created and now produces her namesake liqueur, Mia Amata Amaro.

Mia Glanz

Its recipe is an extension of her studies in ethnobotany and traditional aphrodisiacs at the University of British Columbia. Her cocktail training was completed in Mexico City where she worked at Jules Basement and Maison Artemisia, two of the city’s top bars. Since then she has explored almost every part of the bartender profession, including writing about alcohol and cocktails, photographing cocktails, designing syrups, cocktail kits, cocktail menus, consulting for small and large establishments such as the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel, cocktail pairing dinners, competitions, events, pop-ups, and even a few private yacht parties. Mia lives between Mexico City and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sam Shem, The Dessert Club Founder, and Chef
Sam Shem is an artist and pastry chef based in Vancouver. He is a graduate of Emily Carr University (BFA), Goldsmiths College, University of London (MA in Fine Art), and the Baking and Pastry Arts program at VCC. During the last 10 years, Sam’s focus has been on travel.

His passion for food has led him to discover specialty ingredients, organic farms, cooking classes with locals, and delicious meals in India, Japan, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Spain, Portugal, France, the UK, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Costa Rica, and the US. Sam is currently known for his simple yet playful takes on classic cakes and retro-inspired desserts. You can follow his dessert journey on Instagram @thedessertclubca.

This is a crazy interview. I had no idea what I was stepping into but really liked the mix. Desserts and Cocktails. Turns out it was far more than just desserts. Mia’s cocktails were well beyond my knowledge. It was like arriving in a foreign country with no language skills.

BUT – I needed to go there to learn and share. That’s what Tasting Room radio has always been about.

You ready?   Let’s go.

Reservations? – It will be sold out!!

https://www.oddsocietyspirits.com/contact/

 

Event Info

Here is the link to the Will Travel For Food: Flight One, Mexico to Spain.

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

More Winners of National Wine Awards

Cider tour of Vancouver Island and Gulf islands

Church and State

Tightrope

BC Zin

EP 181 | Colin James

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November 5th Colin James releases his 20th studio album Open Road.

Colin found a way to write and record music during the Covid 19 Pandemic.

Gather your music friends and create.

Colin co-wrote and made music with pals Tom Wilson (Toronto) & Colin Linden (Nashville) Both are members of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Craig Northey (Vancouver) From Odds.

He also reimagined covers of songs by Bob Dylan, Albert King, Tony Joe White, and Otis Rush.

Colin is a road warrior. The road is his second home.

He’s back on it right now on Vancouver Island and then works his way through to double dates in Alberta. March finds him opening for Buddy Guy in the USA and playing on Austin City Limits.

 Check out the Zoom Interview here!

This is the complete interview  – with four tracks from Open Road.

Tour dates found here:

https://colinjames.com/tour/