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October 14th, 2017-Vanessa & Victoria!

It’s the Vanessa and Victoria Show! Vanessa Wines and Victoria Wine Festival THE SHOW     We spend some quality time at the fourth annual Victoria Wine Festival. It was such fun to walk these rooms and meet old friends. Discover new wines. Pouring on the day were: Peter Lindenlaub  Caymus Wines  (Wagner Family ) www.caymus.com Jacques LaCoste – Co-Founder Paul Brunner – Blue Grouse (Cowichan) www.bluegrouse.ca Chris Turyk – Unsworth Vineyards (Cowichan)www.unsworthvineyards.com Robert Ketchin – NZ Wine Growers (Canada) https://www.nzwine.com …

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Tasting Room Radio Oct 7th 2017-23 floors up. A Mark Anthony Portfolio Tasting

  THE SHOW   It was windy and wonderful. The invite was from The Mark Anthony Group, who distribute beautifully chosen wines to this part of the World. Would I be interested in interviewing some of their top winemakers from around the World..on the top of the Telus Building on Georgia? Yes Please. If you’re seeking new fresh wines and winemakers here’s some top level suggestions..   Dlynn Proctor – Winemaking Ambassador – Penfolds ( Australia ) Darryl Brooker – Winemaker – Mission Hill …

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September 30th, 2017 Kamloops is not much of a wine town!!

“Kamloops isn’t much of a wine town” Hitting the Kamloops Wine Trail And talking Mushrooms with Bill Jones “Kamloops isn’t much of a wine town”. That was the first comment I heard from my old home town when I asked 8 years ago. Unbelievably Wrong!! It was a great wine town but they didn’t have any investment in the wine business. Now they have their own wine region  (Thompson Valley) and more wineries on the horizon. We visit : Harpers …

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September 23rd, 2017- Top Drop Vancouver!

Its Top Drop Vancouver 2017.  Kurtis Kolt presents his 4th annual gathering of small, hands on wineries who are passionate about their craft. “The Most Awesome Wine Event of the Year” – Vancouver Magazine And the bad boys of smoke,  Park and George from Memphis Blues BBQ bring the do’s and don’ts  of BBQ. THE SHOW    Top Drop 2017  Kurtis Kolt Embarking on its fourth year, Top Drop Vancouver was a two day trade and consumer event being held at the Roundhouse in Yaletown …

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September 16th, 2017-Is the Okanagan for Sale?

  Is the Okanagan for Sale?   Seattle Urban Wineries pour in SoDo. (South of Dome)   THE SHOW   Headline of the Week..check that… YEAR!! GRIMSBY, Ont. — “Andrew Peller Ltd. said Monday it has signed deals to acquire three B.C. wineries for a combined price of $95 million. The Ontario-based wine producer says it has signed definitive agreements to acquire Black Hills Estate Winery and Gray Monk Estate Winery and a letter of intent to acquire Tinhorn Creek Vineyards.” .Yes, …

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August 26th, 2017 – The Hatch goes top 10!

   The Hatch was named 9th best winery in Canada and 5th in BC. And IS this the weekend  to Lick Your Plate?   THE SHOW Some wine fans follow labels, some follow grapes, some follow regions and some follow Winemakers. Can I please suggest one winemaker  you may want to follow?  Jason Parkes! First of all he’s born in Peachland, so the man knows his fruit.     He’s fronted two punk bands. OK, that has nothing to do …

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August 19th, 2017-Charles Smith,

The Dark  Prince of Walla Walla Charles Smith makes Wines of Substance Chef Meets BC Grape Plus Vikram Vij and Jill Spoor THE SHOW   Chef Meets BC Grape / Okanagan The Taste of the Okanagan signature tasting event  Chef Meets BC Grape will take place on Saturday, August 26 at the historic See Ya Later Ranch in Okanagan Falls where guests are invited to spend the day with celebrated star chefs and various award-winning BC winemakers. The day will …

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August 12 th, 2017- Okanagan Falls Wineries – A dozen reasons to stop and taste!

Looking for  the best “Patio Wines” AND talking to a dozen  winemakers from Okanagan Falls!   THE SHOW It’s the 5th annual Okanagan Falls  Winery Association Spring Wine Tasting at Earls in Yaletown. One of the best events in the calendar year.  Everybody shows up. Owners, winemakers and principals. They pour all their new offerings and the best of their portfolio.  There was even a table filled with nothing but OK Falls Pinot Noir. At the same time, I was …

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August 5th, 2017- Naramata Bench Wineries pour releases … AND … Jeremiah Tower!

Eight winemakers/owners from The Naramata Bench pour on the Coast and a brief interview with the legendary culinary star Jeremiah Tower (Chez Panisse/Stars)     The SHOW   Some wine fans consider the drive down the Naramata Bench one of the best anywhere. You have wineries on both sides of the road.  Some above and some below the road. At the bottom of the slope is the blue jewel known as  Okanagan Lake.  Crisscrossing the road is what’s left of …

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July 22nd, 2017- The 4 “F’s”

The 6th annual Friends. Fishing. Food. Fluids. With Rhys Pender. (MW-Little Farm)  Chef Mark Filatow (Waterfront Bistro)   John Weber (Orofino) At Skitchine Lodge.   16 Lakes, 21 wines and 2 Tomahawk Chops. Summerhill Vineyards receives 100 pts for their Ice Wine in SF.   We talk to Ezra Cipes  CEO. THE SHOW   We THINK it’s the 6th  annual summer 4F trip.  No matter.  It’s still the most fun you can have in the summer.   This year, as last,  we head …

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July 15th, 2017 – BLOOM!

  We work the room at Bloom : BC’s VQA wineries all pour in the same space and time. It’s a wonderful crash course in our wine choices this year. If you’re looking for your next favourite wine, this can only help!! With a cider chaser in the last segment. THE SHOW   BCs VQA wineries have been growing for over 25 years. From 17 wineries in 1990 to 275 as of March 2017. And each year they welcome over …

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July 8th, 2017 – Vancouver International Wine Festival- Part 2!

Last Week’s TRR Hour One was all BC. This week Hour Two  features winemaking guests from Ontario, Nova Scotia and back to BC. Chris Waters (Vines Mag) / Daenna van Mulligen (The Wine Diva) /Keith Tyers  (Closson Chase)/ Bruce Nicholson (Inniskillin Niagara)/Charlie Pillitteri (Pillitteri) Craig McDonald (Trius)/ Bruce Ewert (L’Acadie)/ Jean Benoit Deslauriers (Benjamin Bridge)/  Moira Peters (The Wine Lovers Guide to Atlantic Canada) HansPeter Stutz  (Grande Pre) Ezra Cipes (Summerhill)/Val Tait (Bench 1775)/Randy Picton (Nk Mip)/John Skinner (Painted Rock)/Mark …

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July 1st, 2017- Vancouver International Wine Festival!

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 …

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