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November 15th, 2014 – Whistler

It’s  Cornucopia the annual Food and Wine Festival in Whistler! Winemakers from Fairview Cellars, Quails Gate, Bella, Bartier Bros, Privado and  Averill Creek. Plus Sommelier of the Year Samantha Rahn, The Wine Diva, DJ Kearney and The House Wine Girls.  The SHOW Food, Wine and Whistler. What a great combination. It’s the annual gathering in the mountains called Cornucopia. It’s been stretched to 10 days by adding even more seminars, winemaker dinners and fun in the field events. And here’s …

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November 8th, 2014 – Portugal

  The Wine Diva returns from a trip to Portugal. Man, the stories she can tell. The Italian wine tour passed through Vancouver. Met an old friend Ivano Reali GM of Castello di Gabbiano in Tuscany. Jonathan Maltus, owner of Le Dome and Tessier in Bordeaux (100 pts)  and World’s End in Napa. (Rock Labels like Good Times Bad Times and Rebel Rebel) And we finish in the very South Okanagan..right on the border at Moon Curser..makers of very interesting …

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November 1st, 2014 – New Zealand

The Fourth and last tour of New Zealand..featuring the wineries of Central Otago Felton Road, Carrick and 8 Ranges.   The SHOW In March of this year I was pleased to accept an offer from Wines of New Zealand to tour various  regions with an emphasis on their sustainability programs. We hope you had a chance to listen to the first three specials..they can be found on www.tastingroomradio.com. They are also Podcast on iTunes. (The Tasting Room with Terry David …

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October 25th, 2014 – Chef Michael Smith

The WineDiva reviews the big winners from this years Intervin International Wine Awards. Then the biggest winner of them all John Skinner from Painted Rock – The International Winery of the Year. Chef Michael Smith..and his 8th cookbook Family Meals. Ian Hemphill’s massive 800 page Herb and Spice Bible is the direct result of growing up with parents in the business and being hooked by age 6. Thomas Perrin is the 5th generation of the very famous French winemaking family. …

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October 18th, 2014 – Game and Wild Mushroom Festival!

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.  THE SHOW  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 …

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October 11th, 2014 – Chef Michael Smith / Family Meals

Thanksgiving Wines from The Wine Diva. Jim and Devin Cuddy on his wine cellar and Devin’s midnight raids. Chef Michael Smith and his new cookbook  Family Meals Valli Tait from Bench1775 – the Naramata Winemaker you should know about.  THE SHOW  It’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. 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 …

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October 4th 2014- Kaiken Wines Argentina

Jason Priestley on his book and his wines, Fall/Autumn Wines from The Wine Diva, Aurelio Montez Jr from Argentina’s Kaiken and Blair Baldwin on the 35th annual Okanagan Fall Wine Festival. THE SHOW The Wine Diva – Daenna van Mulligen returns from Portugal.. (that’s for another show. She needs to rest) Before she left Daenna posted a list of Fall/Autumn Wines on her website www.winediva.ca and if you go there you can follow along. Because of time we can’t mention …

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September 27th, 2014 – The East End of Vancouver & Sip and Savour …

    We start in the Revitalized East End of Vancouver at Campagnolo Roma With JoJo, Peter and Rob Belcham. Talking success in the kitchen, the bar and East Hastings. Then to Sip and Savour this weekend  in the  Cowichan Valley. We end up on Salt Spring Island at Hastings House at a Burrowing Owl Winemakers Dinner. THE SHOW EAST END Campagnolo Roma is just one of many small success stories that make up the much larger success story in the …

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September 20th 2014 – Adam Cohen

    BC Winemakers  pour their  2013 releases in Vancouver. Cedar Creek, Baillie-Grohman, Okanagan Crush Pad, Orofino, Joie Farms and Stag’s Hollow. Hands up. Who knows what a Mollydooker is? Sparky and Sarah Marquis in Adelaide  do. And we finish with Singer-Songwriter Adam Cohen, son of Leonard. He has a new album and a new passion.  Tequila!!    THE SHOW   The event was called Vintages. It was held at the newly renovated Hotel Georgia across from the front steps …

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September 13th 2014 – Part 3 – New Zealand

It’s part three of our 2014 Tour of New Zealand. THE SHOW in March of 2014 Tasting Room Radio was invited to tour New Zealand and closely examine the sustainability programs in effect. Part One – we started in Auckland and then moved off shore to Weiheke Island\ Then off to Napier and Hawkes Bay. Part Two – because there are so many stories in and around Hawkes Bay we started there and then found our way to Nelson on …

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September 6th, 2014 – Canucks Autism Network

  What a great line up! Canucks GM Jim Benning. New Coach Willie Desjardin, VP Laurence Gilman, Dan Hamhuis and former Canuck and co-founder of the event Willie Mitchell. Special Guest Noah Morantz,  Canucks Autism Network. All at the West Coast Fishing Club.   The SHOW   It’s the 9th annual CAN Fishing for Kids tournament at the West Coast Fishing Club. Haida Gwaii. First prize $200,000.   This is a very personal event as Paolo Aquilini, the owner of the Canucks …

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August 30th, 2014 – ENDLESS SUMMER!

The Wine Diva says The Endless Summer can be stretched with very special wines..R U a Believer?? John Schreiner, The Dean of Canada’s Wine writers releases the 5th edition of Okanagan Wine Tour Guide. Jonathan Maltus makes 100 Pt wines in St Emilion plus Rock and Roll Wines at World’s End in Napa. Chef Ned Bell checks in from Alberta from the Chefs for Oceans tour.  THE SHOW  The Wine Diva   Daenna van Mulligen, The Wine Diva  maintains that …

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August 23rd, 2014 – Rick Hansen

Check out the Line-Up. Rick Hansen, Anthony Gismondi and The Dirt Farmers.  (They’re not a band..they’re Dirt Farmers.)  THE SHOW     In 1973, at the age of 15, Rick Hansen’s life changed forever. He was involved in an accident that paralyzed him from the waist down. Coming to terms with his new life, he found inspiration from teachers, coaches and family, and set new goals from new dreams. Rick went on to become one of Canada’s most decorated Paralympic …

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August 16th, 2014 – Brewery and the Beast!

The Wine Diva, Daenna van Mulligen, returns with a great selection of recent reviews. Brewery and the Beast was a huge success..find out why. We return to The River Cafe in Calgary, celebrating that this year they’re above the Bow River. In Vancouver we’ll talk to Izele van Blerk. Chief winemaker for South African Giant KWV. In Kelowna our guest is Heather Pawsey, a  wonderful soprano who’s playing the lead in The Lake this weekend at Quails Gate..where the story …

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