May 6th, 2017- Naramata Bench pour new releases!

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)

 

 

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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 the old Kettle Valley Rail Line..now a famous bike and walking path.

 

You’re surrounded by rows and rows of vines, orchards, beautiful wineries, restaurants and Sun for days.

Spring truly has arrived when The Naramata Bench wineries po ur their new releases for their many fans on the coast.  Here’s the guest list:

 

Anthony Buree –  GM Therapy Vineyards  http://therapyvineyards.com/

Kathy Malone –  Winemaker Hillside Winery http://www.hillsideestate.com/

Gavin Miller –  Winemaker Upper Bench Winery (and Creamery) http://www.upperbench.ca/

Valeria Tait – Chief Winemaker Bench 1775  http://www.bench1775.com/

Val Tait

Jeff Martin – Owner/Chief Winemaker  La Frenz Winery  http://www.lafrenzwinery.com/

LaFrenz Jeff and Niva Martin.

Will Hardman – Winemaker  Deep Roots Winery  http://www.deeprootswinery.com/

Garron Elmes – Winemaker Lake Breeze (Small Winery of the Year) https://lakebreeze.ca/

Bob Tennant – Co-Owner Terra Vista Winery https://www.terravistavineyards.com/

All the info you need from the artists who craft Naramata Bench Wines.

www.naramatabench.com

 

 

Jeremiah Tower – The Last Magnificent

The new Documentary that opening this weekend –  JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT -explores the remarkable life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy.

Jeremiah Tower

Tower began his career at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1972, becoming a pioneering figure in the emerging California cuisine movement.  After leaving Chez Panisse, due in part to a famously contentious relationship with founder Alice Waters, Tower went on to launch his own legendary Stars Restaurant in San Francisco. Stars was an overnight sensation and soon became one of America’s top-grossing U.S. restaurants.

After several years, Tower mysteriously walked away from Stars and then disappeared from the scene for nearly two decades, only to resurface in the most unlikely of places: New York City’s fabled but troubled Tavern on the Green. There, he launched a journey of self-discovery familiar to anyone who has ever imagined themselves to be an artist.  Featuring interviews by Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl and Martha Stewart, this delicious documentary tells the story of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity chef, whose brash personality and culinary genius has made him a living legend.

When you walk into your favourite restaurant and see an open kitchen, farm to table dining, farmers and farms mentioned in the menu that’s just some of the legacy of Jeremiah Tower.

Today’s show has a brief conversation about Chez Panisse and Stars. The entire conversation will air here in two weeks.  Watch for the film… it’s out Friday!!

 

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STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

 

Next Week – LIVE from Spot Prawn Festival at Granville Island Fishing Docks

Guests include Chefs Robert Clark, Ned Bell, Rob Belcham and more

Two weeks – Jeremiah Tower, the complete interview

Follow up to Cider Week. A Cider Special

Icon – John Schreiner’s great new book on cellaring BC Wines.

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