Weekly Show

Jan 4th 2014

  It seemed too good to be true. An offer to not only visit Barolo during harvest but also attend the Truffle Festival in Alba as the guest of Batasiolo. Begun in 1882, Batasiolo started with just 7 acres. They have become a winery that makes 10% of all Barolos. Our host: Fiorenzo Dogliani. A family so ingrained in the Piedmont wine region that they have a town named after them. Join us – Barolo and Truffles?  It IS a …

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December 28th, 2013

The Wine Diva has her last and possibly best list for 2013. The Top 50 wines of 2013. They’re all $20 plus wines and 90 point ratings or better. PLUS The Best of Her Bubble List.   The Diva is here to finish off your year in style. Two great chefs have at it. David Hawksworth (Hawksworth) sits down with LA’s Suzanne Goin (AOC)and seriously talk food!! Mark Simpson has created BC Wine Studios in Okanagan Falls. We’ll tell you what …

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December 21st, 2013

   The Wine Diva kicks things off with two great Holiday lists. We talk to Warwick Ross who produced and directed Red Obsession..a beautiful documentary about Gran Cru Bordeaux wines and the Chinese fixation with  them. Then it’s a swing through the Okanagan. Featured are The Cipes of Summerhill, The Luckhursts of Road 13  and Matt Sekeres of Team 1040    THE SHOW  Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine Diva is wrapping up 2013 with a flurry of lists. www.winediva.ca This …

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Dec 14th 2013

This year’s Gold Medal Plates Winning Chefs from Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver has the spotlight. Chefs Paul Shufelt (Edmonton) – Duncan Ly  (Calgary) – Brian Skinner (Vancouver). Then its James Nevison and his 2014 edition of Had a Glass. Top 100 wines under $20. It’s quite possible Benjamin Bridge may have made one of the  best bottles of  bubble in Canada. Owner Gerry McConnell and Wine Consultant Peter Gamble visit Daenna –The Wine  Diva joins me for a round table …

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December 7th 2013

 THE SHOW We start where we should start – with The Wine Diva and Part Two of her 2013 Top 100 wines under $20.00. These are wines that have been personally tested and tasted by Daenna van Mulligen and found exceptional. If you think about all that’s up ahead, Parties, House visits, gifts for family, friends and business contacts..why not have a listen to Daenna’s list? All great wines. Under $20? Come ON – whats not to like about that? …

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November 30th 2013

Alexander Payne – The Oscar winning director of Sideways, The Descendants and Nebraska, opening this weekend. His leading lady –  Will Forte from Saturday Night Live. The Wine Diva previews the first 50 selections from her Top 100 Wines under $20.00 for 2013. Part One Carlo Mondavi..Surfer/snowboarder explains how The family lost an Empire and gained a single brilliant wine. Rocker Sam Roberts explains his love of wine.  THE SHOW Carlo Mondavi’s Grandfather was the wine legend Robert Mondavi. There’s no class anywhere that can teach what Robert …

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November 23rd 2013

It’s the 17th annual version of Cornucopia. Whistlers Food and Wine Festival. The good news is it’s expanding to include extra days filled with Beer and Spirits tastings. We work the floor of the Trade Tasting, attend the Big Guns dinner at Araxi and then stalk the wine experts before, during and after their seminars. Take a minute and check out the guest list on this show. It’s an All-Star event.  THE SHOW   We start with the organizer Mary Zinck. From Whistler …

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November 16th 2013

  We’re talking Rutherford Dust and the new Lake Sonoma label with wine partners Dan Zepponi (Napa) and Tony Stewart (Okanagan).  Imagine being the Cellar Master at 240 yr old Veuve Clicquot. That’s the life of Dominique Demarville. He says Madame Clicquot is still in those cellars. Richard Parsons has run Time Warner, General Counsel for  the White House and many more. His wine mentor was Nelson Rockefeller. Likely one of the reasons why he became the owner of Italy’s Il  Palazzone His motto?  We drink all the wine we can …

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November 9th 2013

It seemed too good to be true. An offer to not only visit Barolo during harvest but also attend the Truffle Festival in Alba as the guest of Batasiolo. Begun in 1882, Batasiolo started with just 7 acres. They have become a winery that makes 10% of all Barolos. Our host: Fiorenzo Dogliani. A family so ingrained in the Piedmont wine region that they have a town named after them. Join us – Barolo and Truffles?  It IS a dream …

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November 2nd 2013

Steve Meyer..The Chief Winemaker at Wyndham Estate Wines in Australia..pours George Wyndham Founders Reserve Shiraz at Fable in Vancouver And Chef Trevor Bird from Fable Kitchen creates four different courses to go with that big down under red. Rene Schlatter  co-owner and President of MerryVale  and Starmount wines talks Napa. Laure Viasserman from the Rhone Valley Wine Council takes us on a tour of Rhone Valley Wines. And while I was in Italy..The Wine Diva was in Chile – again!! We compare notes.   THE SHOW …

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Oct 26th 2013

Feature interviews with 12 BC Estate Wineries. Almost all of them helped to shape what has become the BC wine industry. Our guests are either the winemaker or the owner.    THE SHOW Ezra Cipes – C.E.O.   The BC Estate Wineries Association is a tight group of original wineries that exchanges important info during the growing year and gets together to stay connected once a year. They came into Vancouver to pour not just their current releases but Library Wines from stand …

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October 19th, 2013

All Righty then!! It’s the 9th annual Iron Chef Okanagan. A culinary smack down between Chef Ned Bell and Chef Paul Rogalski of Rouge in Calgary. Special guests on the night include Poplar Grove, Summerhill, Twisted Tomato, Intersection, Naramata heritage Inn and Jay Blackford..Our host and co-owner of Cabana Grille in Kelowna. The Wine Diva has a new Best of BC wine list. And Merridale Cider on Vancouver Island takes the next big step!!!   THE SHOW   I was …

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October 12th 2013

THE SHOW Nicolette Novak. The Queen of Niagara. What a delight!! A lifelong native of Niagara, Ontario, Nicolette is one of the area’s best resources. She always has one ear to the grapevine to uncover what’s new and exciting in the community. Her enthusiasm and passion for what she does has earned her many well deserved accolades as well as many fans among her vast clientele. Time spent with Nicolette is time well spent. As many people over the years …

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October 5th 2013

  It’s the 62 annual Niagara Grape and Wine festival. Food. Wine. New Friends.   THE SHOW   The Niagara Wine Festival — or Grape and Wine  as its been called — is back for its 62 year. Over the years its kept growing  until it now takes over most of wine country..not just downtown St  Catharines. I was invited by Executive Director Kimberley Hundertmark to host a wine panel called East vs West. I discovered they weren’t talking about BC vs Ontario but …

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September 28th 2013

The Wine Diva visits Painted Rock and hands us 6 wines to watch Makini Howell. The vegan queen of Seattle Hester Creek rocks the Golden Mile Susane Balbo   The Show The Wine Diva has two stories this week. First is about the remarkable destination known as Painted Rock. Combining award winning wines and a profile that strides across the landscape with ease. John Skinner opens his winery and BOOM..he’s holding two Lieutenant Govern awards. Talk about making your presence …

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