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June 11th, 2022- Van Wine Fest Part Two  (plus 2 very special guests)


Van Wine Fest Part Two  (plus 2 very special guests)


Walking into the Vancouver Wine Festival at the Convention Centre, as an interviewer,  is like working the field at an All-Star Game.

Familiar wine star faces and voices are everywhere.

I think I did a dozen interviews and these are the last three.  However,  I needed one more, So I decided to re-run one of my all time favourite interviews.

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From our coverage of the 2019  VanWineFest on Tasting Room Radio we present California wine royalty.

Gena Gallo and her winemaking husband Jean Charles Boisset.

Not just talking about their wines but about surviving cancer, raising their twin daughters and their love of Vancouver and the wine fest.

Wine Fest Part Two includes interviews with

Tony Holler – Owner of Poplar Grove (Naramata Bench)

Tony Holler & crew

Ray Signorello – Owner of Signorello Estate  (Napa)

Ray Signorello

Mark De Vere – Master of Wine.  Robert Mondavi Vineyards (Napa)

Mark de Vere. Mondavi

Gina Gallo, Vice President, Winemaking – Estate Wines. E. & J. Gallo

Gina Gallo, JC Boisset, TDM

Gina Gallo, JC Boisset, TDM

Gina Gallo developed a deep respect for the land early on. After studying winemaking at the University of California at Davis, Gallo became an apprentice winemaker at E. & J. Gallo Winery, under the careful guidance of her grandfather Julio. Today, as the winemaker behind the Gallo Signature Series, she carves out specific blocks on Gallo’s most sought-after vineyards to hand-craft limited batches of wine.


Jean-Charles Boisset, Proprietor, Boisset Collection

Jean-Charles Boisset was born into the world of wine in Vougeot, Burgundy, France. Under his leadership, the Boisset Collection operates 24 wineries in California, France, and Canada. Decanter magazine has included him on its “Power List” of the 50 most important people in the wine world each year of its publication since 2007.

His many honours include Meininger’s International Wine Entrepreneur of the Year, “Innovator of the Year” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and the first-ever French-American Partnership Award from the French America Foundation.



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 We’ve been happily  covering the annual Vancouver International Wine Festival for 12 years.

This year the events start Feb 22 with the Bacchanalia Gala and Auction  and ends with the Vintners Brunch March 1.

This one hour special will feature some of the highlight interviews from years past.

In the grand tasting room, we set up a large round table, fill it with a forest of microphones  and invite as many winemakers and principals as possible over the course of one afternoon.  Once you set it in motion, it’s always a fantastic blur.

We’ll go  as far back  as 2010 an feature a conversation  with  Anthony von Mandl introducing us to Marchesi Piero Antinori . Two visionary giants surrounded by rivers of people walking around us.


We end the hour  with two very special people.

Gina Gallo – Gallo Family

And her husband Jean Charles Boisset..Raymond. Boisset Collection

Gina Gallo, Jean Boisset

Here’s the complete line-up filled with winemakers, owners and friends. Rarely do all these wine educators and experts get together like this.  Enjoy!

Seg 1

Harry Hertscheg – Exec Director VanwineFest

Chris Gaze – founding artistic director  Bard on the beach  2017

Kurtis Kolt – educator. Georgia straight wine column.  2016 (Italy)

DJ Kearney – Wine educator – consultant – judge


Deanna van Mulligen –  wine diva.. writer..judge –

Rhys Pender – Master of wine  -cofounder of Little Farm Similkameen

Anthony von Mandl  owner/founder Mission Hill  2010

Marchesi Piero  Antinori – Antinori  Italy

Segment 2

DJ Kearney  2017

Harry McWatters – Time..McWatters. Evolve.   co-founder of wine in Canada.  2017

Ray Signorello – losing his Napa winery buildings  To fire  2018

Seg 3

Ann Sperling – 2017 (Canada)

Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine Diva

Howard  Soon –  still at Sandhill and about to get Order of Canada

Sandra Oldfield – still at Tinhorn Creek

Jon Bonne – Keynote – new California  wine  2019

Charles Smith – Walla Walla . Before he became CHARLES SMITH   2014

Charles Smith

Seg 4

Gina Gallo – Family member and leader  2019

Her Husband

Jean Charles Boisset   – winemaker & visionary.    Raymond.  Boisset Collection.  Buena Vista  family vineyards  in Burgundy


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