Weekly Show

February 3rd, 2018 – The Victoria Whisky Festival!

The 13th Victoria Whisky Festival.  Have a Wee Dram.   also… Harry Hertscheg  on wines at VanWineFest And pairing Cheese and Wine at The Savvy Series with Pam Cohen/Allison Spurrell (The Cheese Queen) And Bill Jones from Deerholme Farm on his Foraging Classes. THE SHOW   Harry Hertscheg  – Executive Director VanWineFest   Harry Hertscheg The 40th annual Vancouver Wine Festival is mere days from now   Feb 24 – March 4. 173 Wineries from 15 countries  Featured regions are Spain and …

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January 27th, 2018 – New York Times spotlights Canadian foods!

Sam Sifton   NY Times Food Editor: Food and Politics DJ Kearney – on NewDistrict.ca Vikram Vij – VIJ. The Life and The Book     THE SHOW   The New York Times culinary  writers last week spent 7 days focusing on  Canadian cooking. Sam Sifton, food editor for The Times lead the team. In Toronto they were taken with the many Syrian refugees who landed in Canada and immediately started cooking Syrian food to an interested  clientele. It’s not something …

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January 20th, 2018 – Dine Out Vancouver!

It’s  Dine Out Vancouver Year 16 – Now until Feb 4th! THE SHOW How much fun is this? There are over 300 restaurants signed up to host Dine Out Vancouver Food Fanatics and every year we keep creating bigger line ups. It’s a great success story and one Vancouver and Tourism Vancouver can be proud of. 16 years ago it started as an idea.  As one of the originals Tim Pawsey says the idea was simply – “Let’s put Bums …

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January 13th, 2018 – Spain & Portugal

The 2018 VanWineFest is fast approaching… we’ll be on site March 1st  recording  two 1 hours shows. The feature regions this year are Spain and Portugal. So this week’s Tasting Room Radio will focus on those two wine producing countries. Spain we know about. Big wines to go with robust foods and lifestyle. Wines with the heroics of a bullfighter and the grace of a dancer.     Reds aged in bottle for two years before release for a fraction …

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January 6th, 2018 – Dine out Vancouver

Getting ready for Dine Out Vancouver Talking Organic with  Ann Sperling New releases poured in Victoria THE SHOW   Lucas Pavan – Dine Out Vancouver Producer  Dine Out Vancouver Festival is Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink. Attracting more than 100,000 locals and visitors, the festival takes over the city with 17 days of culinary events, prix fixe menus at over 300  restaurants. The festival promotes local and regional ingredients, BC wines and the city’s exceptional culinary talent from …

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December 30th, 2017 – New Zealand Part 2

Tour Number 2 of New Zealand begins in Hawkes Bay where Syrah is King..through the legendary Gimblett Gravels… and finishes on the south Island  in Nelson at NZ’s first Maori owned and operated winery.     THE SHOW   Part 1 of our wine tour of New Zealand took us through the Auckland area and on to Hawkes Bay and that’s where we begin Part 2.   Elephant Hill Elephant Hill is a stunning and innovative winery estate and restaurant located …

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December 23rd, 2017 – New Zealand

  The first of several One Hour Specials during a two week wine blitz through New Zealand’s wine regions,  with special interest in their amazing sustainability programs. In this special we start in Auckland and conclude in Hawkes Bay.      THE SHOW  The opportunity was just too good to pass up. For a number of years I’ve been interviewing NZ winemakers as they passed through Canada. The meetings were great but I had no sense of the land. Where …

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December 16th, 2017-Jan Arden-Feeding My Mother

More than just  a  cookbook from Jann Arden.  Plus The Comeau Case  with Christine Coletta, Rob Summers & Chef Rod Butters. The SHOW   Jann Arden – Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as my Mother Lives with memory loss.  “Jann Arden is one of the most honest and talented women I’ve ever met, and her love for her mother is so rich.” —Chef Lynn Crawford Even though Jann and I have known each other for 30 …

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December 9th, 2017 – A Thousand Stories!

The Wine Diva’s Top 100 under $20 plus Winemaker Bob Blue on 1000 Stories & Bonterra   Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine DIva   Just in time for Christmas and the Holidays…Wines 89 points or better and all $20.00 or under. What’s not to LIKE?         Over the course of her tasting year Daenna always starts a Top 100 wine list. These wines have passed her taste test and they’re affordable.   We can’t fit in …

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December 2nd, 2017 – The  Wines of  Bloom – Tantalus- Laughing Stock

The  Wines of  Bloom and Arterra Wines buy Laughing Stock   Hello December!!   Jay Wright – President and CEO of Arterra Wines Canada Another Okanagan Winery has been scooped up by a much larger company. Arterra Wines Canada announced this week an agreement to acquire Laughing Stock Vineyards on the Naramata Bench. Arterra have been in the BC wine business for more than 30 years with top end vineyards like Black Sage and Sunrock and wines such as Sumac …

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November 25th, 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  4F trip.  No matter.  It’s still the most fun you can have .   This year, as last,  we head for Skitchine Lodge …

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November 18th, 2017

Meet the new “tribute” person at Meyer Family Vineyards.. Plus we talk Fort Berens, Canadian Whisky and Taylor Fladgate. The SHOW JAK Meyer/Donovan Tildesley In 2008, JAK and Janice Meyer launched the release of their inaugural Chardonnay at a reception held at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. The 2006 single vineyard Chardonnay from their estate vineyard on “Old Main Road” in Naramata commemorated the beginning of their “Tribute Series” Chardonnay. The “Tribute Series” is dedicated to a …

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November 11th, 2017 – Whistlers Cornucopia & Vancouver Wine Festival

Updates on Whistler’s Cornucopia and VanWineFest 2018 plus Kristian Eligh finds his “inner Chef” And Part Two of our Pinot Noir special. THE SHOW   Whistler’s Cornucopia Food and Wine Festival  Samantha Rahn is the Wine Director at Araxi Restaurant in Whistler, former Sommelier of the Year and now Cornucopia Ambassador. Who better to talk to about the annual gathering in Whistler? The festival started on Thursday but Sam and I will let you know what happens this weekend and …

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November 4th, 2017 – The Judgement & a Pinot Party!

Two Stories.  The Judgement of BC and BC Pinot Noir Celebration. With a cast of All-Stars.      THE SHOW     It’s the third annual Judgement  of BC.  Presented by Wines of BC 12 from around the World and 12 from BC. Poured head to head to see where BC stands in comparison. This year we tasted the two most grown  varietals in BC  Pinot Gris and Merlot   12 BC Wines against 12 acknowledged global benchmarks. We are …

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October 28th, 2017- Napa Wildfires… how we can help.

Liam Mayclem[/caption]   He’s been hosting fundraising events in the Bay area and gives us an update on what conditions are like in Napa/Sonoma and what we can do to help those in need… There’s a huge fundraiser coming up next week before American Thanksgiving called ChefsGiving… and all the restaurants will be donating portions of their take.     I’m hoping Vancouver’s culinary teams would consider doing the same. www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief https://www.facebook.com/chefsgiving/ https://twitter.com/chefsgiving   Chef Kristian Eligh Kristian went from being …

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