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Tasting Room Radio Sept 17th, 2016

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Last comments on the VanWineFest from Master wine expert Tony Aspler, Pascal Madevon at Culmina, Will Flatt pours Cannonball,  Christine Coletta at Okanagan Crush Pad , The Stag’s Hollow story and the guys behind the hugely successful Railtown Café.   THE SHOW   Wine fest Follow Up   After spending two jammed packed hours interviewing winemakers and principals  at the 38th Vancouver International Wine festival I took the opportunity to return the next day with my trusty hand held microphone …

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Sept 10th 2016 – Fanny Bay Oysters and Unsworth Wines

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This week we’re talking Fanny Bay – The Oysters and the Oyster Bar And a feature on Unsworth Wines in the Cowichan Valley. THE SHOW Even though both Fanny Bay Oysters and Unsworth Wines are Vancouver Island based..we also intend to follow the story back to their best customer..Vancouver! And include wine pairing suggestions along the way.   Nick DeWitt/Ray Silvey  –  Fanny Bay Oysters  Vancouver Island Nick is the Beach Manager..(let’s face it, he’s an Oyster Farmer. A damn …

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September 3rd, 2016 – Eric McCormack

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DO REAL MEN DRINK PINK?  Let’s ask Eric McCormack!  Sommelier Pam Cohen pours 6 Roses for Savvy Series. The Guys from Tacofino. From a truck in Tofino to a new location in Yaletown. THE SHOW   Eric McCormack –  Traveller  Given the many choices on TV,  you may have missed  Eric McCormack in  Lonesome Dove or Andromeda Strain, Trust me, Perception or  Full Circle. However,  it’s fair to say that none of us missed his starring role for 8 years as …

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August 20th. 2016 – 2 Valleys… The Okanagan and The Loire!

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Checking out new pours from Valeria Tate at Bench 1775. Bloom 2016 brings fresh pours from  Ann Sperling (Sperling) , John Skinner (Painted Rock) Chris Jentsch  (CC Jentsch) and Gavin Miller (Upper Bench). And Daenna van Mulligan brings a Master Class in the wines of The Loire Valley.   THE SHOW   Val Tait – GM and Executive Winemaker  Bench 1775 (Naramata) “There isn’t much Malbec grown in BC, and even fewer (any?) blended with cabernet franc. But that’s the …

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August 13th, 2016-Tasting Room Radio

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One of the World’s best winemakers Australia’s Ben Glaetzer, the maker of Amon Ra, Wallace, Bishop, AnaPerenna plus Heartland and Mitolo. Then it’s   Sisters Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat who’ve released their third cook book Lick Your Plate.  These ladies are just a bag of fun. THE SHOW  Ben Glaetzer – Winemaker at Glaetzer Wines (Barossa Valley)  His father Colin was winemaker at Barossa Valley Estate before the family set up Glaetzer Wines, also based in the Barossa, in 1995. …

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August 6th, 2016

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A master class in Portugal’s gift to the Wine World – Vino Verde With Iain Phillip (Barbariain Wine)  and Mike Bernardo (Vij’s) Charles Smith – The Dark Prince of Walla Walla and one of America’s most successful and original Vintners. He asked that we meet at a foot massage palace call Footopia Tony Stewart – leads the joining of Quails Gate, Benziger and Envolve wineries THE SHOW The attraction was twofold. A small master Class in Portugal’s “green” wine Vino …

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July 30th, 2016 – Garagiste North

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It’s Garagiste North 2016 in Vancouver.      GAR-aH-Jeest NOrTH… Picked by London Financial Times as one of the top five new festivals in the world! Anthony Buchanen. KRAZE LeGz. Nighthawk.  Saxon.  Seven Directions.  Les Dames. Black Cloud. River Stone . BC Wine Studio. Roche. Marichel  Forbidden Fruit . Symphony. Black Market. Niche. Black Cloud. Kitsch Wines.   THE SHOW Welcome to Garagiste North: The Small Guys Wine Festival!  http://www.garagistenorth.com/   What is a garagiste? (gar-ah-jeest).  It started out in France (of …

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July 23rd 2016

Charles and K

A master class in Portugal’s gift to the Wine World – Vino Verde With Iain Phillip (Barbariain Wine)  and Mike Bernardo (Vij’s) Charles Smith – The Dark Prince of Walla Walla and one of America’s most successful and original Vintners. He asked that we meet at a foot massage palace call Footopia Tony Stewart – leads the joining of Quails Gate, Benziger and Envolve wineries THE SHOW The attraction was twofold. A small master Class in Portugal’s “green” wine Vino …

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July 16 – Provence Rose

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Rose is on a World Wide Roll and leading the charge is Provence. We talk to the President and Marketing director of Wines of Provence. Then we pair their Rose with the food of Chef Dino Renaerts. Meet Scotsman  Norrel Robertson the only Master of wine in Spain and the wines he creates. The Crown Prince of Sonoma Randy Ullom from Kendall-Jackson THE SHOW Provence Rose Provence has been a leading wine region in France for generations and is known …

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July 9th, 2016-The Food… The Neighbours!

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Tasting Room Radio has a home at Roundhouse Radio located at 98.3 on the fm dial in Vancouver and 5 blocks East of Gastown in Vancouver’s East End. This special is a culmination of a “getting to know the neighbours” tour ..the food neighbours. Here’s four of the best.   THE SHOW Sean Reeve – Chef/Partner The MacKenzie Room 415 Powell Created out of a passion for food, drink and sharing both with good friends and partners Andrew and Katie Jameson.  …

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July 2nd, 2016 – Vancouver International Wine Festival-Hour 2

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It’s  Hour TWO of our round table coverage of the 38th Annual Vancouver International Wine festival. An All-Star cast of winemakers, journalists and principals from all over the Wine World.  Enjoy!! THE SHOW       Hour Two of this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival begins with my wine friends around the table.   (Thank You to Technical Producer Julia Graff)   DJ Kearney – World Class wine expert, educator  and judge.  @djwines.               …

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June 25th, 2016- Vancouver International Wine Festival

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It’s one of the best wine festivals anywhere. The 38th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival  Held at the Vancouver Convention Centre from  Feb 20- March 1 For eight years TRR has set up a studio on the floor of the Trade Tasting on the Thursday and invited the World to sit in. THE SHOW     The Vancouver International Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world, offering something for every level of wine …

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June 18th, 2016- Fong on Food and the best patios in Vancouver

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Nathan Fong on the Best Patios in Vancouver and why.. Celebrating Pride month in Vancouver with Absolut Rainbow cocktails!! It’s 40 years since The Judgment of Paris. BC had its own “judgement” last year. We remember with DK Kearney and surprise winners  Chris Jentsch and Amber Jones at CC Jentsch.   THE SHOW Nathan Fong – Fong on Food and the best patios in Vancouver  My challenge to Nathan was simple..after it stops RAINING where are the best patios for dining, …

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June 11th, 2016 – BBQ!

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Finally.  It’s BBQ Season. Here’s a full hour of TRR dedicated to the do’s/don’t/pleasures of cooking outdoors and what to pair with the BBQ menu! Light em UP!! THE SHOW  We start with Park Heffelfinger  and “crazy George”  Siu at Memphis Blues.. These guys are not just in the BBQ business..they live it and  breath it. They talk smoke like some talk wine. And speaking of wine..their drink menu includes some of the best pairing wines, a great list of …

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