Road 13

December 27th – AN HOUR IN THE OKANAGAN

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AN HOUR IN THE OKANAGAN  – Special Holiday feature
Featuring visits to/with Wild Goose.   Liquidity.   Moon Cursor.   Culmina.   Road 13.   Brodo.   Fairview Cellars.   Local Lounge and Grill.   Howard Soon at Sandhill and the legend – Dick Cleave.
Plus our host Ellen Walker Mathews – Thompson Okanagan Tourist Assn.
Hope your holidays are going well.
  


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THE SHOW

  In May of this year I was invited to join other journalists on a 4 day tour of the Okanagan.
I welcomed the opportunity to reconnect in person with many of the winemakers that I’d met when I lived 5 glorious years on the Naramata Bench.
I asked my Host Ellen Walker Mathews if I could duck away both  to interview people I’d missed over the course of a year.
I just had to start at Moon Cursor..makers of very good wines and very good times.
I snuck away from the tour to  include  Richard Cleave..recognized as one of the original and best growers in Canada. He always has an opinion and I counted on that.
I took an hour and visited my friend Joe Luckhurst at Road 13 and the always entertaining Bill Eggert at Fairview Cellars.
Also very much a part of the journey and this special were Roland Kruger from Wild Goose, who had added a Deep South BBQ to the crush pad. Whats better than smoked meat,  to go with their outstanding Rieslings. 
Next it was off to his neighbour Liquidity and its Chef Rob Walker. This was the surprise of the trip…a restaurant so cool you could drop it into Vancouver nightlife and it would thrive.  It helps that it has the same views as their next door neighbour Blue Mountain.
We included a stop at Culmina in the South Okanagan. It’s the home vineyard of Don, Elaine and Sara Triggs. (Jackson-Triggs)
And their famous winemaker Pascal Madevon (Osoyoos La Rose)
What a beautiful vineyard and winery.. When you look at the talent assembled here it all says “here is a winery to keep a very close eye on”.
 Up the road – two fine dining destinations.
First  was Chef Paul Cicconi at Brodo in Penticton.
(There’s a town that can always use a new food destination!)
And  a wonderful visit to his former kitchen,  Local Lounge and Grill in Summerland with host/owners Christa Lee McWatters-Bond, Cameron Bond and Chef Lee Humphries.
 And we finish with  BC Wine veteran winemaker Howard Soon at his new Sandhill winery , right downtown in Kelowna.
 


And that’s it …One Hour in the Okanagan!!  Why not make plans to do your own tour??
www.totabc.org
www.mooncurser.com
www.wildgoosewinery.com
www.liquiditywines.com
www.culmina.ca
www.road13vineyards.com
www.tastebrodo.com
www.fairviewcellars.ca
www.thelocalgroup.ca
www.sandhillwines.ca
www.sandhillwines.ca/Phantom-Creek
 
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STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

  •  Argentina in an Hour
  • New Zealand in an Hour
  • Jim Cuddy
  • Tom Cochrane
  • Bruce McCulloch

 

Tasting Room Radio BC Sept 7th 2013

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As September begins to take over our lives..certain things start to come into view.
One is harvest.
The second is a run of Wine Festivals, of all shapes and sizes.
Three food and wine festivals are profiled on this week’s TRR.
Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island
The 62th annual Niagara Food and Wine Festival
The 33rd Okanagan Fall Wine Festival.
Interviews with all three organizing groups and a feature interview with Winemaker JM Bouchard at Road 13 on the Golden Mile. South Okanagan.


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THE SHOW

Rocky Creek WineryWe start in the Cowichan Valley with Linda Holford from Rocky Creek Winery.
Linda has  invited me to host a discussion at Rocky Creek  on Saturday Sept 14th with three local winemakers from Rocky Creek, Blue Grouse and Unsworth plus wine experts Treve Ring, Tereza Roux from Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and Troy Townsin from CBC Victoria’s Time for Wine.
We’ll focus on two questions
What is The Grape for Vancouver and the Gulf Islands?
Cowichan Valley in the Fall
And for the island wineries..what do you want to be when you grow up??
Linda fills us in on their events Sept 7-15
I also was able to find a panellist,  Troy Townsin..just to get a reaction to the questions I’m asking and the general lay of the wine land.
He joins us from Kelowna.
www.wines.cowichan.net
http://www.rockycreekwinery.ca/
Then we’re off to  Ontario  for the 62th annual Niagara Wine Festival.  Sept 14-29
They too have asked me to host a discussion.  This time about East vs West. On Sunday Sept 22nd
Kimberly Hundermark  -  Niagara
It’s not about BC vs Ontario, it’s about West Niagara vs Eastern Niagara. It’s shaping up to be quite an event.
It pits competing wineries..competing families and competing regions in a winner take all format.
Joining us on the show are Barry Katzman, co-chair of the festival and president of Mike Weir wines and Stoney Ridge winery and Kimberly Hundermark the Festivals Executive Director.
www.niagarawinefestival.com
 
Okanagan Crush Padand the last wine festival featured is the 33rd annual Okanagan Fall Wine Festival
Blair Baldwin Festival founder and Ellen Walker Mathews from Thompson Okanagan Tourist Assn take us through the ever expanding schedule of events that shape BC’s premier festival.October 4-14
Then its straight south to the Similkameen Valley to George Hansen Owner/Winemaker at Seven Stones to find out what’s being planned down there.
www.thewinefestivals.com/events
 
JM Bouchard  Road 13
We finish this episode of Tasting Room on The Golden Mile..just south of Oliver, BC.
JM Bouchard has firmly established himself as the winemaker of record at Road 13.
He’s driven, stubborn and dedicated to making the already fine wines of Road 13 even better.
We run through the growing portfolio, the events of the Fall and where he’s taking the wine program in the future.
www.road13vineyards.com


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STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

Wine festival specials  in
Cowichan Valley
Niagara
Okanagan
The new BC wines pour their latest in Vancouver.

Tasting Room Radio AB Sept 4th 2013

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As September begins to take over our lives..certain things start to come into view.
One is harvest.
The second is a run of Wine Festivals, of all shapes and sizes.
Three food and wine festivals are profiled on this week’s TRR.
Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island
The 62th annual Niagara Food and Wine Festival
The 33rd Okanagan Fall Wine Festival.
Interviews with all three organizing groups and a feature interview with Winemaker JM Bouchard at Road 13 on the Golden Mile. South Okanagan.

[divider]

THE SHOW

Rocky Creek WineryWe start in the Cowichan Valley with Linda Holford from Rocky Creek Winery.
Linda has  invited me to host a discussion at Rocky Creek  on Saturday Sept 14th with three local winemakers from Rocky Creek, Blue Grouse and Unsworth plus wine experts Treve Ring, Tereza Roux from Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and Troy Townsin from CBC Victoria’s Time for Wine.
We’ll focus on two questions
What is The Grape for Vancouver and the Gulf Islands?
Cowichan Valley in the Fall
And for the island wineries..what do you want to be when you grow up??
Linda fills us in on their events Sept 7-15
I also was able to find a panellist,  Troy Townsin..just to get a reaction to the questions I’m asking and the general lay of the wine land.
He joins us from Kelowna.
www.wines.cowichan.net
http://www.rockycreekwinery.ca/
Then we’re off to  Ontario  for the 62th annual Niagara Wine Festival.  Sept 14-29
They too have asked me to host a discussion.  This time about East vs West. On Sunday Sept 22nd
Kimberly Hundermark  -  Niagara
It’s not about BC vs Ontario, it’s about West Niagara vs Eastern Niagara. It’s shaping up to be quite an event.
It pits competing wineries..competing families and competing regions in a winner take all format.
Joining us on the show are Barry Katzman, co-chair of the festival and president of Mike Weir wines and Stoney Ridge winery and Kimberly Hundermark the Festivals Executive Director.
www.niagarawinefestival.com
 
Okanagan Crush Padand the last wine festival featured is the 33rd annual Okanagan Fall Wine Festival
Blair Baldwin Festival founder and Ellen Walker Mathews from Thompson Okanagan Tourist Assn take us through the ever expanding schedule of events that shape BC’s premier festival.October 4-14
Then its straight south to the Similkameen Valley to George Hansen Owner/Winemaker at Seven Stones to find out what’s being planned down there.
www.thewinefestivals.com/events
 
JM Bouchard  Road 13
We finish this episode of Tasting Room on The Golden Mile..just south of Oliver, BC.
JM Bouchard has firmly established himself as the winemaker of record at Road 13.
He’s driven, stubborn and dedicated to making the already fine wines of Road 13 even better.
We run through the growing portfolio, the events of the Fall and where he’s taking the wine program in the future.
www.road13vineyards.com
[divider]

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

Wine festival specials  in
Cowichan Valley
Niagara
Okanagan
The new BC wines pour their latest in Vancouver.