Fall Wines from The Wine Diva.
Jim and Devin Cuddy on his wine cellar and Devin’s midnight raids.
Vancouver’s 9th Annual Game and Wild Mushroom Festival with Andrey Durbach and Chris Stewart
Val Tait from Bench1775 – the Naramata Winemaker you should know about.
NOTE: Our transmitting station in Vancouver TSN1410 had “technical” problems last week and this show did not air. We felt that the Thanksgiving Wines the Diva suggested were also wonderful Fall wines..so here’s Her Highness with all you need to transistion to Fall
Daenna van Mulligen The Wine Diva has a thing about wines and destination occasions.
Ask her about Easter wines..she’s got a list.
Christmas – Yup. She’s got a list.
Canada Day – There’s a big list.
So Thanksgiving/Fall is a natural for Daenna.
White or Reds, she recommending wines that are bigger than your summer sippers..wines that get you through to the heavy Winter months.
Here’s your list. What you do with it is up to you. Good Luck. www.winediva.ca
There was a fire sale of wineries on the Naramata Bench a couple of years ago.
They were all owned at one time by Lang Vineyards.
One was called Soaring Eagle with a hand carved sign you couldn’t miss.
The Viticulturalist who helped plan the vineyard was Val Tait.
4 years later, she’s now the General Manager, Winemaker and Viticulturalist.
Canadian wine reviewers have taken notice of her unique blends which is why we’ll talk about
- Bench1775 Chill (white blend)
- Bench1775 Glow (rose)
- Bench1775 Groove (red blend)
- And the new beauty
- Bench1775 2012 CabFranc/Merlot (50/50).
Keep an eye on Valli Tait. She’s a winner!!!
Chef Andrey Durbach and Business Partner Chris Stewart/9th Game and Wild Mushroom Festival
Now in its ninth year, the Game and Wild Mushroom Festival takes place October 15 to November 2 with three or four course prix fixe menus at La Buca and Pied a Terre, and daily chalkboard specials at Sardine Can and The Abbey.
Chef Andrey Durbach celebrates fall with special menus at all four restaurants featuring wild, local mushrooms, deliciously rich game meats, and other speciality foods.
“This is my favourite season to cook,” Durbach says. “It’s the best time of the year for mushrooms and it’s also traditionally hunting season. It’s a time of year we turn our attention to foods that are deeply satisfying.”
The fest is a chance to taste the rich, earthy flavours of freshly picked in-season mushrooms—including chanterelle, matsutake, porcini, and black trumpet—and rarely featured game such as red deer, wild boar, and elk.
For the first time, the newly opened The Abbey joins La Buca, Pied a Terre, and Sardine Can in the annual foragers’ and food lovers’ extravaganza, with each restaurant offering unique menu items and wines to accompany them.
It takes special wines to pair with these Fall flavours..Chef’s business partner Chris Stewart has fabulous wines to bring to the table..they’re earthy, beautifully textured and very memorable.
We met at The Sardine Can. 26 Powell St Gastown.
Jim and Devin Cuddy
We met at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort this Summer.
Yes we talked about music – a lot.
Jim’s 25 year run with Blue Rodeo and his wonderful solo career.
And Devin talked about his new album Kitchen Knife.
BUT..what we really talked about was Jim’s fabulous wine cellar and even though he wanted his children to grow up knowing about good wine, he also wanted to keep the good stuff for himself.
You know, as a “caretaker” so to speak.
Love this chat..enjoy the Fall
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON
Ian Hemphill – The Spice and Herb Bible
John Skinner – Painted Rock Winery of the Year
David Hawksworth Scholarship!!
Chef Michael Smith – Family Meals The Book
Thomas Perrin – 6 generations of French Family Winemaking.