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January 18th 2014 – Ethan Hawke Interview

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Tasting Room Radio B_BANNER2
 
Ethan Hawke..who’s being honoured this week by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn and is appearing on Broadway in MacBeth joins TDM.
The Wine Diva looks back at her very busy 2013.
And we visit two wineries,  worlds apart.  Stefano Chiarlo at the PALAS Cerequio La Morra in Barolo and Allison Moyes/Tim Martiniuk at Stoneboat in the South Okanagan.


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The SHOW

 

Wine Diva

Wine Diva


Wine Diva
Always wonderful  to kick off a show with another Wine Diva List. This week is slightly different as Daenna runs down the highlights of a very busy 2013.
 
Trips through  Argentina and France..wine festivals, one-of-a-kind dinners and over a 1000 bottles tasted.
Its a great read www.winediva.ca. Look under Articles.
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Stefano Chiarlo
Stefano Chiarlo @ Cerequio

Stefano Chiarlo @ Cerequio


Speaking of 2013, following our trip to Barolo there was one more village and winery and winemaker we wanted to find.
The Winemaker was Stefano Chiarlo.
The Winery was  the PALAS Cerequio
The small medieval town in Barolo was  La Morra.
We arrived in a morning Fog, inside and outside the car.
In the vineyards below La Morra we found a sensational winery called Cerequio (Chair-eek-weeO)

THERE IS A PLACE WHERE EVERYTHING HAS BEEN CONCEIVED SO AS TO BE EXPERIENCED AND SAVOURED CALMLY IN THE HEART OF A GREAT BAROLO VINEYARD BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE.

The Winery and Hotel are an unbelievable mix of old (walls, arches, hallways, great halls, cellars) and new (glass, steel, lighting, fabrics, finesse)

What a find.
Stefano’s family have been making wines here for many many years.
They own vineyards that other labels can only dream of.
Have a listen as Stefano takes us on a journey of time and wine.
http://www.palascerequio.com


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Ethan Hawke
Ethan_Hawke_2This week Matthew McConaughey will present Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke with the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award.
The Award recognizes “an unprecedented demonstration of excellence in the cinematic arts.” The trio of collaborators are being recognized for creating one of cinema’s most compelling and unique romantic sagas. The genius of their approach to this extended love story lies in its unvarnished honesty. Nearly 20 years ago in the film “Before Sunrise,” a romance ignited between two soul mates on a train to Vienna and defined a generation. In the decades that followed, that generation grew up and the complicated characters played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke have matured right along with them. In 2004’s “Before Sunset” and last year’s “Before Midnight,” the conversation between the French Céline and American Jesse continued to unfold in real time – a sort of special cinematic effect which has long fascinated Richard Linklater.
Ethan with Judy Delpy

Ethan with Judy Delpy


Ethan is currently appearing  in MacBeth on Broadway and took  time to take my phone call. I once played his Father in a film so at least he knew who was calling.
Director, producer, writer and actor..we welcome Ethan Hawke
 
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Stoneboat
Alsion Moyes.  Stoneboat

Alsion Moyes. Stoneboat


Every week I’m asked “what winery in BC is well under the radar and most people have missed and is worth my time??
Same answer every time – StoneBoat.
They’re halfway between Oliver and Osoyoos in the South Okanagan on Road 9.  Small and quiet.
For the second year in a row they’re won a Lt. Governor’s award.
Over 400 wines are entered…Only 11 are  awarded each year. Last year it was their Chorus blend.
Stoneboat VineyardsThis year it’s their Pinot Noir.
We talk to new winemaker Alison Moyes and principal family member Tim Martiniuk.
www.stoneboatvineyards.com

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STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

  • Kim Coates – Sons of Anarchy
  • The Wine Diva has wine under $17.00

 
 
 

January 15th 2014 – Ethan Hawke Interview

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Tasting Room Radio AB_BANNER
Ethan Hawke..who’s being honoured this week by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn and is appearing on Broadway in MacBeth joins TDM.
The Wine Diva looks back at her very busy 2013.
And we visit two wineries,  worlds apart.  Stefano Chiarlo at the PALAS Cerequio La Morra in Barolo and Allison Moyes/Tim Martiniuk at Stoneboat in the South Okanagan.


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The SHOW

 

Wine Diva

Wine Diva


Wine Diva
Always wonderful  to kick off a show with another Wine Diva List. This week is slightly different as Daenna runs down the highlights of a very busy 2013.
 
Trips through  Argentina and France..wine festivals, one-of-a-kind dinners and over a 1000 bottles tasted.
Its a great read www.winediva.ca. Look under Articles.
[divider]
Stefano Chiarlo
Stefano Chiarlo @ Cerequio

Stefano Chiarlo @ Cerequio


Speaking of 2013, following our trip to Barolo there was one more village and winery and winemaker we wanted to find.
The Winemaker was Stefano Chiarlo.
The Winery was  the PALAS Cerequio
The small medieval town in Barolo was  La Morra.
We arrived in a morning Fog, inside and outside the car.
In the vineyards below La Morra we found a sensational winery called Cerequio (Chair-eek-weeO)

THERE IS A PLACE WHERE EVERYTHING HAS BEEN CONCEIVED SO AS TO BE EXPERIENCED AND SAVOURED CALMLY IN THE HEART OF A GREAT BAROLO VINEYARD BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE.

The Winery and Hotel are an unbelievable mix of old (walls, arches, hallways, great halls, cellars) and new (glass, steel, lighting, fabrics, finesse)

What a find.
Stefano’s family have been making wines here for many many years.
They own vineyards that other labels can only dream of.
Have a listen as Stefano takes us on a journey of time and wine.
http://www.palascerequio.com


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Ethan Hawke
Ethan_Hawke_2This week Matthew McConaughey will present Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke with the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award.
The Award recognizes “an unprecedented demonstration of excellence in the cinematic arts.” The trio of collaborators are being recognized for creating one of cinema’s most compelling and unique romantic sagas. The genius of their approach to this extended love story lies in its unvarnished honesty. Nearly 20 years ago in the film “Before Sunrise,” a romance ignited between two soul mates on a train to Vienna and defined a generation. In the decades that followed, that generation grew up and the complicated characters played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke have matured right along with them. In 2004’s “Before Sunset” and last year’s “Before Midnight,” the conversation between the French Céline and American Jesse continued to unfold in real time – a sort of special cinematic effect which has long fascinated Richard Linklater.
Ethan with Judy Delpy

Ethan with Judy Delpy


Ethan is currently appearing  in MacBeth on Broadway and took  time to take my phone call. I once played his Father in a film so at least he knew who was calling.
Director, producer, writer and actor..we welcome Ethan Hawke
 
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Stoneboat
Alsion Moyes.  Stoneboat

Alsion Moyes. Stoneboat


Every week I’m asked “what winery in BC is well under the radar and most people have missed and is worth my time??
Same answer every time – StoneBoat.
They’re halfway between Oliver and Osoyoos in the South Okanagan on Road 9.  Small and quiet.
For the second year in a row they’re won a Lt. Governor’s award.
Over 400 wines are entered…Only 11 are  awarded each year. Last year it was their Chorus blend.
Stoneboat VineyardsThis year it’s their Pinot Noir.
We talk to new winemaker Alison Moyes and principal family member Tim Martiniuk.
www.stoneboatvineyards.com
 

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STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

  • Kim Coates – Sons of Anarchy
  • The Wine Diva has wine under $17.00

 
 
 

Mulligan Stew Jan 11

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Jim Cuddy
Devin Cuddy from the Devin Cuddy Band , Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor from Blue Rodeo will all be in Calgary at 5PM waiting to go on stage at The Jube. And they’ll all be guesting on The Stew.
They’re finishing up 2 nights in Calgary then on to
Sunday in Lethbridge
Thursday in Ft Mac
And then Friday/Saturday in Edmonton at Northern Jube.
We talk to Devin about opening for Blue Rodeo..his new music and life on the road.
Greg Keelor talks about The  Everly Brothers, The Order of Canada, losing his hearing  and is new songs from In Our Nature
Jim Cuddy also touches on the loss of Phil Everly, how he and Greg work things out and the meaning of receiving the Order of Canada.

 Playlist:

Afghanistan Devin Cuddy Band Volume One
Devin Cuddy Interview Two guys chatting
Johnny from the Mountain Devin Cuddy Band Volume One
Greg Keelor Interview Blue Rodeo Tour
Never too late Blue Rodeo In Our Nature
Greg Keelor Interview
Wondering Blue Rodeo In Our Nature
Greg Keelor Interview Interview
A Pause for the Cause ckua.com MulliganStew.ca
Jim Cuddy Interview Blue Rodeo
New Morning Sun Blue Rodeo In Our Nature
Jim Cuddy Interview
Lost Together Blue Rodeo Greatest Hits
The River Taj Mahal Dancin to the Blues
Watermelon Man Mongo Santamaria Greatest Hits
Breaking for Fresh Air Be right back www.mulliganstew.ca
Hour Two The Stew TDM remembers The Everly Bros
Roving Gambler Billy Joe and Norah Foreverly
Paul Simon Comment on Everly Brothers
Bye Bye Love Simon and Garfunkle Old Friends
Sure to fall in love with you The Beatles Live at BBC
Jesus was a Crossmaker The Hollies Best of
So how come no one loves me The Beatles Live at BBC
Love Hurts Gram Parsons. Emmy Lou Harris Grevious Angel
When will I be loved Gram Parsons and Flying Burrito Bros Live at Avalon Ballroom
What the hell I got The Blue Shadows On the floor of Heaven
Break Host needs Liquids mulliganstew.ca
TDM returns with the goods
Gone Gone Gone Robert Plant. Alison Krauss Raising Sand
Let it be me The Everly Brothers Heartache and harmonies
Up from the Skies Jimi Hendrix Axis: Bold as Love
That’s what love will make you do Little Milton Top of the Stax
Beast of Burden The Rolling Stones Some Girls
Sunshine of your love Eric Clapton Crossroads 2013
Thanks all mulliganstew.ca

January11th 2014-Devin Cuddy Interview

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Devin Cuddy talks about touring with Blue Rodeo, working as a waiter and Dad Jim’s “decoy” bottles of plonk at home.
Then the best winemaker in the world in 2012..Jorge Riccitelli at Bodega Norton in Argentina. Two wines from The Okanagan. One you might not yet be familiar with (but you will) and one that leads the pack.
Bruce Schmidt from Intersection in Oliver and Ian Sutherland from Poplar Grove on the Naramata Bench.
Then A serious chat with two wine minds. David Scholefield from Haywire and Okanagan Crush Pad in Summerland and the World Famous Wine Consultant he works with Alberto Antonini. We talk about the past 2 years in the Okanagan and where the region is headed.
And finally… Nicolo D’Afflitto the chief winemaker for iconic Italian winery – Frescobaldi !!


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THE SHOW

 
Devin Cuddy

Devin Cuddy

Devin Cuddy


Yes, he’s Jim Cuddy’s son but he’s well on his way to being his own man with his own music. Plays piano like he grew up in New Orleans..has a nice loose singing style..the kind of style that people really take to. We found him on tour with Blue Rodeo but Wednesday , Thursday and Friday after the BR gigs he does his own midnight shows with his band.
 
While the music took shape..he was a waiter for 6 years..so we talk about that time. He also has a great story about Jim leaving “decoy” bottles of wine out on the kitchen counter when Devin was home with his friends.. The good stuff in Jim’s cellar stayed locked up in the basement!! 
www.devincuddy.com
[divider]    Jorge Riccitelli – Norton
Jorge Riccitelli - Norton

Jorge Riccitelli – Norton


For the first time in the history of the “Wine Enthusiast Wine Stars Awards”, a South American winemaker was chosen as “Winemaker of the Year” by the prestigious magazine Wine Enthusiast in 2012. Jorge Riccitelli has been working as Chief Winemaker of Bodega Norton since 1992, after his long experience in other regions of the country. He has created well-known wines such as Norton Malbec D.O.C., the internationally awarded Norton Reserva Malbec, the successful Norton Cosecha Tardía Dulce Natural and sparkling wines such as Norton Cosecha Especial, among others.
Today Jorge Riccitelli is one of the models of Argentina’s viticulture considering his expertise, the unmistakable style of his wines, his high adaptability to over 60 markets where Bodega Norton’s wines a
Check him out on Tasting Room Radio.
www.norton.com.ar
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Bruce Schmidt – Intersection South Ok  , manager at Calona Wines in the early 1980s. In the early 1990s, he ran a company that helped raise financing for the start of Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars. He remained a Blue Mountain shareholder for 18 years and regards that winery as an example of how to do things correctly in the wine business. Intersection now has 20,000 closely-packed vines on 10 acres. Cabernet Franc and Merlot are the reds and the whites are Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne and Riesling.
Intersection Wines
www.xwine.ca
 
 
 
 
 
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Ian Sutherland, was inspired by the Naramata Bench’s ability to produce exceptional fruit and decided to dedicate his entire eight acre property to premium grape production. It was this initial decision that helped to define Poplar Grove’s present goal: to produce world-class wines from family owned estate grown fruit.
When Tony Holler invested in Poplar Grove, the Holler family brought with them 110 acres of prime vineyard sites located throughout the Okanagan Valley. The vineyard acres are appropriately named Holler Estate Vineyards. The Holler Estate Vineyards allow Poplar Grove to produce 100 percent estate grown top quality wines.
There’s no better interview in my wine world than Ian. Enjoy!!
Ian Sutherland and Poplar Grove Team
www.poplargrove.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Wine Educator David Scholefield  World winemaker Alberto Antonini  
Haywire refers to wire once used for baling hay,  which tended to tangle in a chaotic way It is also an apt description of Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie’s transition from city slickers to farmers and winery owners.
AlbertoAntonini  David Scholefield

AlbertoAntonini David Scholefield


Of course, they cannot do it alone. To shape their wine style, the couple is joined by the talented Michael Bartier, working with David Scholefield and consulting winemaker Alberto Antonini from Italy. 
The wine is made at the couple’s Okanagan Crush Pad Winery in Summerland, BC. Okanagan Crush Pad is a 30,000 case facility that makes Haywire, Bartier Scholefield and many other fine wines for grape growers who are emerging BC vintners.
I had the opportunity to sit down with David and Alberto to talk about their wines from the past 2 years and the talk turned into the future for them and the Okanagan.
Alberto and David have been friends for years.  David pointed out that jet-setting consulting winemaker Alberto, who makes wine in several regions, is the only winemaker to consult in the southernmost wine region, Patagonia, as well as the Okanagan’s northernmost! He visits four times a year for several action- packed days. His advice has been invaluable.
This segment is pure wine talk.. no BS.
If you’re in the wine business, dream of being in the wine business or are just a wine fan..listen up. These guys are the real deal.
http://www.haywirewinery.com
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Nicoli D’Afflitto – Frescobaldi
Here’s how cool Nicolo D’Afflitto’s job is. He’s the chief winemaker for Italian wine giant Frescobaldi. Frescobaldi began making wine in 1308.
Nicolo DAfflitto

Nicolo DAfflitto


Two of the first clients were dudes named Michelangelo and Henry V111. They still have the paperwork. In 1995 the Marchesi de Frescobaldi partnered with Robert Mondavi to produce Tuscan wines. In May 2006, the Frescobaldi family merged their wine holdings into a new venture partnership, Tenute di Toscana, with Stolichnaya Vodka and Michael Mondavi. We’re talking big time wines for the entire World and we’re talking to the guy that makes them.
www.frescobaldi.it
Cheers Y’all!
 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

Ethan Hawke – Actor. Director. Food and Wine Fan
Stefano Chiarlo at the PALAS Cerequio La Morra in Barol

January 8th 2014- Devin Cuddy Interview

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Devin Cuddy talks about touring with Blue Rodeo, working as a waiter and Dad Jim’s “decoy” bottles of plonk at home.
Then the best winemaker in the world in 2012..Jorge Riccitelli at Bodega Norton in Argentina. Two wines from The Okanagan. One you might not yet be familiar with (but you will) and one that leads the pack.
Bruce Schmidt from Intersection in Oliver and Ian Sutherland from Poplar Grove on the Naramata Bench.
Then A serious chat with two wine minds. David Scholefield from Haywire and Okanagan Crush Pad in Summerland and the World Famous Wine Consultant he works with Alberto Antonini. We talk about the past 2 years in the Okanagan and where the region is headed.
And finally… Nicolo D’Afflitto the chief winemaker for iconic Italian winery – Frescobaldi !!
[divider]

THE SHOW

 


Devin Cuddy
Devin Cuddy

Devin Cuddy


Yes, he’s Jim Cuddy’s son but he’s well on his way to being his own man with his own music. Plays piano like he grew up in New Orleans..has a nice loose singing style..the kind of style that people really take to. We found him on tour with Blue Rodeo but Wednesday , Thursday and Friday after the BR gigs he does his own midnight shows with his band.
 
 
Wednesday January 8th, Elk and Orsman – Banff AB – Time TBD
Thursday January 9th, Fratters – Red Deer AB – midnight
Friday January 10th, The Palomino – Calgary AB – midnight
While the music took shape..he was a waiter for 6 years..so we talk about that time. He also has a great story about Jim leaving “decoy” bottles of wine out on the kitchen counter when Devin was home with his friends.. The good stuff in Jim’s cellar stayed locked up in the basement!!
www.devincuddy.com
[divider]    Jorge Riccitelli – Norton
Jorge Riccitelli - Norton

Jorge Riccitelli – Norton


For the first time in the history of the “Wine Enthusiast Wine Stars Awards”, a South American winemaker was chosen as “Winemaker of the Year” by the prestigious magazine Wine Enthusiast in 2012. Jorge Riccitelli has been working as Chief Winemaker of Bodega Norton since 1992, after his long experience in other regions of the country. He has created well-known wines such as Norton Malbec D.O.C., the internationally awarded Norton Reserva Malbec, the successful Norton Cosecha Tardía Dulce Natural and sparkling wines such as Norton Cosecha Especial, among others.
Today Jorge Riccitelli is one of the models of Argentina’s viticulture considering his expertise, the unmistakable style of his wines, his high adaptability to over 60 markets where Bodega Norton’s wines a
Check him out on Tasting Room Radio.
www.norton.com.ar
[divider]
Bruce Schmidt – Intersection South Ok  , manager at Calona Wines in the early 1980s. In the early 1990s, he ran a company that helped raise financing for the start of Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars. He remained a Blue Mountain shareholder for 18 years and regards that winery as an example of how to do things correctly in the wine business. Intersection now has 20,000 closely-packed vines on 10 acres. Cabernet Franc and Merlot are the reds and the whites are Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne and Riesling.
Intersection Wines
www.xwine.ca
 
 
 
 
 
[divider]
Ian Sutherland, was inspired by the Naramata Bench’s ability to produce exceptional fruit and decided to dedicate his entire eight acre property to premium grape production. It was this initial decision that helped to define Poplar Grove’s present goal: to produce world-class wines from family owned estate grown fruit.
When Tony Holler invested in Poplar Grove, the Holler family brought with them 110 acres of prime vineyard sites located throughout the Okanagan Valley. The vineyard acres are appropriately named Holler Estate Vineyards. The Holler Estate Vineyards allow Poplar Grove to produce 100 percent estate grown top quality wines.
There’s no better interview in my wine world than Ian. Enjoy!!
Ian Sutherland and Poplar Grove Team
www.poplargrove.ca
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
[divider]
Wine Educator David Scholefield  World winemaker Alberto Antonini  
Haywire refers to wire once used for baling hay,  which tended to tangle in a chaotic way It is also an apt description of Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie’s transition from city slickers to farmers and winery owners.
AlbertoAntonini  David Scholefield

AlbertoAntonini David Scholefield


Of course, they cannot do it alone. To shape their wine style, the couple is joined by the talented Michael Bartier, working with David Scholefield and consulting winemaker Alberto Antonini from Italy. 
The wine is made at the couple’s Okanagan Crush Pad Winery in Summerland, BC. Okanagan Crush Pad is a 30,000 case facility that makes Haywire, Bartier Scholefield and many other fine wines for grape growers who are emerging BC vintners.
I had the opportunity to sit down with David and Alberto to talk about their wines from the past 2 years and the talk turned into the future for them and the Okanagan.
Alberto and David have been friends for years.  David pointed out that jet-setting consulting winemaker Alberto, who makes wine in several regions, is the only winemaker to consult in the southernmost wine region, Patagonia, as well as the Okanagan’s northernmost! He visits four times a year for several action- packed days. His advice has been invaluable.
This segment is pure wine talk.. no BS.
If you’re in the wine business, dream of being in the wine business or are just a wine fan..listen up. These guys are the real deal.
http://www.haywirewinery.com
[divider]
Nicoli D’Afflitto – Frescobaldi
Here’s how cool Nicolo D’Afflitto’s job is. He’s the chief winemaker for Italian wine giant Frescobaldi. Frescobaldi began making wine in 1308.
Nicolo DAfflitto

Nicolo DAfflitto


Two of the first clients were dudes named Michelangelo and Henry V111. They still have the paperwork. In 1995 the Marchesi de Frescobaldi partnered with Robert Mondavi to produce Tuscan wines. In May 2006, the Frescobaldi family merged their wine holdings into a new venture partnership, Tenute di Toscana, with Stolichnaya Vodka and Michael Mondavi. We’re talking big time wines for the entire World and we’re talking to the guy that makes them.
www.frescobaldi.it
Cheers Y’all!
 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

Ethan Hawke – Actor. Director. Food and Wine Fan
Stefano Chiarlo at the PALAS Cerequio La Morra in Barol

Mulligan Stew Jan 4th 2014!

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Devin Cuddy is opening for Blue Rodeo as they swing through Alberta next weeik.
Devin joins us from Banff Wednesday on Tasting Room Radio..(its his 27th birthday as he takes the stage at The Elk and Oarsman)
He also has midnight gigs Thursday in Red Deer at Fratters and Friday in Calgary at The Palomino. Both at Midnight after Blue Rodeo.
We talk music and touring but also his 6 years as a waiter and would be wine guy..and how Jim stashed the good wine on him but left “other” bottles out for his parties.

Playlist

Hercules Aaron Neville Uncut July 2005
change my mind David Myles In the Meantime
Too little Too late Alejandro Escovedo Keep your Soul
memo from Turner Mick Jagger The very best of Mick Jagger
Superfly Curtis Mayfield The Buddah Box
#ERROR! John Lee Hooker Soul Cellar
Turn it on Turn it Up Roomful of Blues 45 Live
I shall be released Jack Johnson. Eddie Veddar The best of Kokua Festival
Old Man Neil Young Live at the Cellar Door
Tura Lura Lura The Band and Van Morrison The Last Waltz
Caravan Van Morrison The Last Waltz
Out of the Blue Blue Rodeo in our Nature
Hour Two for Vous TDM MulliganStew.ca
I’m shaking Jack White Blunderbuss
Love the one youre with The Meters Kickback
I put a spell on you Jeff Beck & Joss Stone Mojo
40 days & 40 nights Muddy Waters Fathers and Sons (expanded)
The light that guides you home Leeroy Stagger Radiant Land
Johnny from the Mountain The Devin Cuddy Band Volume One
Leon Russell Watchin the River Flow Tangled up in Blues
Willin (acoustic) The Black Crowes Croweology
Forty Four Blues Little Feat How many more years
Howling for you The Black Keys Brothers (deluxe)
Sea Lion Feist Grey’s Anatomy
Dedicated to the one I love Steve Cropper & Lucinda Williams Dedicated
Ain’t that a shame Fats Domino Best of Rock and Roll
She’s no lady (live) Lyle Lovett Live in Texas

Enjoy !
 

Jan 4th 2014

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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 come true!

THE SHOW

Il Boscareto Hotel and SpaFor centuries Dogliani has been a name synonymous with the distinctive wines of Piedmont. Both as a picturesque town that has long been famous for wines produced from Dolcetto – Dolcetto di Dogliani – and today as the family surname of one of Piedmont’s most famous producers of Barolo. Il boscaretoFiorenzo Dogliani, CEO of the Dogliani family’s Beni di Batasiolo winery, runs the family enterprise, Batasiolo SPA. In addition to the winery, Batasiolo SPA has embraced a wine-country destination lifestyle with its newly built, 38-room luxury hotel and spa, Il Boscareto which was opened in Serralunga d’Alba in 2009.

Il Boscareto Hotel and Spa

The Dogliani family’s winegrowing history spans four generations in Italy’s Piedmont region and traces its origin to just seven and a half acres of Nebbiolo vines in Barolo. With the launch of Beni di Batasiolo in 1978, the company’s vineyard holdings now total 345 acres from nine vineyard sites and four growing regions: Barolo, La Morra, Monforte D’Alba and Serralunga D’Alba.

Fiorenzo Dogliani

Fiorenzo Dogliani


As CEO, Fiorenzo directs the company from the Beni di Batasiolo winery located in La Morra Cuneo. In the late 1950s, Fiorenzo is credited with reaching beyond the borders of Piedmont to market the family’s wines to restaurateurs in nearby Milan. It was this bold first move that established a presence for the company’s wines on the domestic market and foreshadowed Fiorenzo’s future role as an evangelist for the Piedmont region on the world market.   Fiorenzo was among the first Piedmontese winegrowers to travel extensively to promote his wines   Fiorenzo’s early efforts helped raise visibility for the company’s long-lived Barolo and Barbaresco wines and establish a reputation for quality, one that is rigorously pursued at Batasiolo. By 1979 he was traveling to New York and Toronto introducing the trade and consumers alike to joys of Nebbiolo, an effort that helped speed the evolution of American palates at the time towards the appreciation of dry, sophisticated wines.    
Richardo March

Richardo March


Canada is the number four market in the World for Batasiolo.  In order to talk to Fiorenzo and also travel the Piedmont district we needed a translator, wine expert and driver and we found him in Richardo March. Director of US and Canada sales for Batasiolo.

 
 
www.batasiolo.com http://www.boissetfamilyestates.com http://www.barolodibarolo.com/inglese/ http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/liguria-piedmont-and-valle-daosta/piedmont
 

Kimberly and Ziggy in Alba

Kimberly and Ziggy in Alba


 
Also along for the trip and guesting on the special were:   Our host and organizer of the trip … Kimberly Charles – Charles Communications &  Associates in San Francisco. http://www.charlescomm.com/     Ziggy Eschliman,  known to most simply as The Wine Gal. Her radio shows are broadcast throughout wine country and are available on the internet. As a leading American speaker, consultant, and wine writer. Ziggy is a driving force behind a national movement toward making wine hip, fun and accessible. http://www.ziggythewinegal.com
 
 
 
 
 
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The World Wine Guys - Mike and Jeff in Alba

 
 
The World Wine Guys MIKE  DeSIMONE and JEFF JENSSEN, also known as the World Wine Guys, are wine, spirits, food, and travel writers, educators, and hosts. They are award winning journalists as well as best selling and award winning authors. Mike and Jeff are the Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors at Wine Enthusiast Magazine and are regular travel and wine contributors for The Huffington Post. DeSimone and Jenssen are the authors of the best-selling Wines Of The Southern Hemisphere. Mike and Jeff are members of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association, The Society of Wine Educators, and The James Beard Foundation.   http://worldwineguys.com/    
 
 
 
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    The Truffle Master   The famous ‘Tartufo d’Alba‘ is a marvelous gift of nature and a symbol of the rich cuisine of Piemonte.   The truffle was known in antiquity, not just for its inherent culinary qualities but also as an aphrodisiac! Scientists discovered that truffles contain a volatile alcohol with a strong musk flavor, a chemical brother of testosterone. No doubt this is something the ancients knew all along. The secret to enjoying the truffle is to avoid using it with other strong flavors. It is perhaps best served as an antipasti, buttered on whole meal toast or over pasta as shards with butter and parmigiano reggiano cheese.   In a country where food equates with love as one of life’s great pleasures, ‘tartufi’ are literally worth their weight in gold. The delicate white truffle variety, only served raw, grows in Northern Italy and Umbria. Piedmonte is the heart of white truffle country, where the famous Alba festival provides a magnificent backdrop of Romanesque ruins, Gothic spires and Baroque bell towers every October.   Thank you Batasiolo. Thank you Kimberly and thank you Italy!!
The name says it all    
 

Stories we are working on:

 

  • Ethan Hawke – Actor. Director. Food and Wine Fan
  • Nicolo D’Afflito from Frescobaldi
  • Stefano Chiarlo at the PALAS Cerequio La Morra in Barol
  •  Jorge Riccitelli –  (Norton) World Winemaker of the year 2012        
  • David Scofield and Alberto Antonini – The growth of their BC Wines

TDM's top album picks for 2013

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Here are Terry’s favourite albums of 2013:

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5. The High Bar Gang Lost and Undone 
(True North Records)
Available on: iTunes
Unlike any other record released this year. The title says it all – these are lost songs given new life. A fine mix of Gospel and Country/folk/bluegrass, it’s old songs made new with layers of real voices and very real instruments, all watched over by the ears of Ry Cooder.
See them live. Delightful.

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4. Blue Rodeo In our Nature
 (Warner Music)
Available on: iTunes
Because they’ve been making great music for two generations of Canadians, the question is ‘Do we take them for granted’? I think we do. This really is Greg Keelor’s LP, not that Jim Cuddy disappears but Greg had a lot to say and sing. It’s fair to say that Blue Rodeo are the sound of Canada. High Country Harmonies.

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3. Serena Ryder Harmony 
(Capitol/Universal)
Available on: iTunes
Yes the LP was released late 2012 but it spent its sensational life being discovered all during 2013. Gold and Platinum status awarded in 2013. A whole new voice for Serena.
More please.

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2. Lee Harvey Osmond The Folk Sinner 
(Latent Recordings)
Available on: iTunes
The pride of Hamilton, Ontario – the ever shifting, ever changing Tom Wilson, of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. This is his side project – something to keep him off the streets and out of the gangs. Some side project!!

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1. Arcade Fire Reflektor
 (Merge Records)
Available on: iTunes
Will show up on everybody’s best of list this year. A Grammy for Album of the Year, a sensational club concert after SNL, a 20-minute film Here Comes The Night and so much more. But that’s all filigree. This is all about the music. Each and every song is complete and connected to the next. A true LP, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Beatles. And they’re Canadian eh!!