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December 23rd, 2023 The Wine Diva: Top 100 Wines – Under $25 – 88pts or better

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The Wine Diva: Top 100 Wines

($25 or under – 88 points or better)

 

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Best wines for Christmas dinners and New Year's Eve toasts | Vancouver Sun

The end of any year always brings “best of” lists:

Films, Music, Books, Food and many artistic events!

This year end list from Daenna van Mulligen/The Wine Diva  brings the very best budget wines of 2023. All $25.00 or under and 88 Points or better!!

Daena Van Mulligen

Daenna van Mulligen – The Wine Diva

For all those wine fans who ask the yearly question – Where are the $25.00 wines that taste like $35 dollar wines?”

Those wines are right here. Budget bottles good enough to be happily offered as gift bottles.

Daenna van Mulligen/The Wine Diva tastes a staggering amount of wines over the weeks and months of a wine year and these are the ones that stood out. Affordable all stars.

The complete printable list can be found at

winediva.ca

winescores.ca

 

Merry Christmas – Happy Hanukah – Best of the Season – Happy New year

CHEERS!!

 

HIgh Note Estate Winery ‘Capriccio’ Riesling, Naramata Bench, BC N/A

Hester Creek ‘Selected Barrels’ Merlot, Okanagan Valley, BC $21.99

Gerard Bertrand ‘An 806’, Corbieres, Sud de France $21.99

Nicosia Grillo, Sicily, Italy $21.99

LaFleur Chevalier Bordeaux, France $22.00

Araldica Barbera, Piedmont, Italy $22.00

Wild Goose Winery Riesling, Okanagan BC $25.00

Oops ‘Spicy Splendor’ Carmenere, Central Valley Chile $14.99

Falernia Carmenere Gran Reserva, Elqui Valley Chile $19.99

El Petit Bonhomme Blanco, Rueda Spain $17.99

Meyer Family Vineyards ‘Meyer’ Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, BC $21.00

HIgh Note Estate Winery ‘Soubrette’ Pinot Grigio, Naramata Bench, BC N/A

HIgh Note Estate Winery ‘Continuo’ Rosado, Naramata Bench, BC N/A

Township 7 Vineyards and Winery ‘Provenance Series’ Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley,

El Petit Bonhomme, Jumilla Spain $17. N/A

Terra Ventoux ‘Les 5 Terroirs’ Vieilles Vignes, Ventoux, Rhone Valley $18.50

Selbach Riesling ‘Fish Label’, Germany $22.. Mayhem Wines Sauvignon Blanc Okanagan Valley N/A

Mayhem Wines Cabernet~Merlot, Okanagan Valley N/A

Mayhem Wines Rose, Okanagan Valley N/A

Meyer Family Vineyards ‘Meyer’ Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Falls, BC N/A

Castello di Gabbiano ‘Cavaliere d’Oro’ Chianti Classico, Tuscany Italy $20.00

Da Vero Nero d’Avola Vino Rosso, Sicily, Italy $15.00

Familia Zingarelli ‘Rocca della Macie’ Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy $20.99

Araldica ‘Il Meridone’ Catarratto, Sicily, Italy $15.00

Fort Berens Estate Winery Pinot Gris, British Columbia $25.00

Lunessence Winery & Vineyard Rose, Okanagan Valley, BC N/

Clos du Soleil ‘Winemaker’s Series’ Whispered Secret Vineyard Pinot Gris, Similkameen Valley, BC N/A

Clos du Soleil Fume Blanc, Okanagan Valley $25.00

Bartier Bros. Rose, Okanagan Valley, BC $18.99

Spearhead Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC $22.00

Wild Goose Winery Gewurztraminer, Okanagan BC $25.00

Covert Farms Family Estate Semillon~Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley, BC $26.00

CedarCreek Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley $25.00

CedarCreek Estate Winery Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC $25.00

La Bonhomme Monastrell Rose, Valencia Spain $20.00

 

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

Canadian Whisky Awards

Fort Berens – New Wines

Remembering Mike Grgich and the

shot heard round the World.

Highlights of 2023

 

 

 

 

 

Mulligan Stew Sept 16th 2023-Craig Northey brings Odds: Crash the Time Machine

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Crash the Time Machine The Odds 7th album has been released. The basic Odds lineup of Craig Northey, Pat Steward, Murray Atkinson and Doug Elliott are joined by the 5th Odd – Steven Page.

This is songwriting at a very high level,  then taken even higher by players who are truly gifted.

I’m so glad that these guys got back together again after a hiatus from 2000-2007.

You can hear multiple influences in each and every track.

They’ve backed Warren Zevon, they wrote and played the soundtrack for  Kids in the Hall Film Brain Candy and their TV series Death Comes to town, toured with and played with The Tragically Hip and Barenaked Ladies, wrote music for Corner Gas.

Crash the Time Machine deals with religion, the days we’re all living in and several songs in memory of their friend Spirit of the West leader/writer John Mann.

The song is Somehow in a Dream. The Waterboys are mentioned. As Craig tells us ..

John told me that in his last hours, he’d like to have someone play “Whole of the Moon”

The complete interview can be heard on the Mulligan Stew Podcast and seen on the Terry Daid Mulligan YouTube Channel.

We also salute BB King on his birthday and remember Motown songwriter Norman Whitfield, who along with his writing partner Barret Strong, left a remarkable legacy of memorable hits.

Ain’t to proud to beg – War – I’m Losing You – Poppa was a Rolling Stone, Ain’t too proud to beg. and many more.  We play Heard it through the Grapevine.

And a special segment on bassist Richard Davis who passed away Sept 6 at 93.

The man played on over 600 albums. From Miles Davis and  Duke Ellington to Bruce Springsteen,

Laura Nyro and Van Morrison ( he’s the bass player  on Astral Weeks)

New music from Wide Mouth Mason, Bros. Landreth, and Rolling Stones. Cannonball Adderley brings Roebuck “Pops” Staples to the Stew.

A tonne of fun

PLAYLIST:

Mulligan Stew-Guest Craig Northey (Odds) Terry David Mulligan mulliganstewdotca
You pushed me Wide Mouth Mason Late Night Walking
Hot or what Mark Knopfler Privateering (deluxe)
Mystery Train The Band Moondog Matinee
The Stew Year 27 Our Guest – Craig Northey The Odds and Steven Page Trio
How bad do you want it? Crystal Shawanda Midnight Blues
Three O’clock Blues BB King and Eric Clapton Riding with The King
Deane House River Cafe NEXT – Cannonball Adderley
Why..am i treated so bad (Live) Cannonball Adderley Walk Tall
The Fever (live) Bruce Springsteen – E Street band The Darkness Tour (78)
Home at Last Steely Dan Aja
Mulligan Stew Coming up Craig Northey – Odds and new Rolling Stones
The Stew with TDMulligan Guest Craig Northey – Odds & Steven Page NEXT BB King and Rolling Stones
Paying the cost To be the Boss BB King and The Rolling Stones Deuces Wild
Bye Bye Love David Lindley El Rayo X
Made up mind (acoustic) The Bros Landreth Let it lie (10 year ann.)
Blackbird Billy Preston Music is my life
Terry David Mulligan Mulligan Stew CKUA Radio
Astral Weeks Van Morrison (Richard Davis) Astral Weeks
Sexy Mama Laura Nyro (Richard Davis) Smile
Coyotes Banff Coming UP – Craig Northey Interview mulliganstewdotca
Leave this house Colin James Open Road
Craig Northey Interview with TDMulligan Crash the time machine
The Travelling Light Odds Crash the Time Machine
Craig Northey Interview Odds and Steven Page Trio album Crash the Time Machine
Somehow in a Dream Odds Crash the Time Machine
Craig Northey Interview Complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast and TDM You Tube Channel
Crash the time machine Odds Crash the Time Machine
GrapeVine Marvin Gaye Hitsville
Complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast and TDM YouTube Channel Thank You
Angry The Rolling Stones Hackney Diamonds

 

Mulligan Stew Aug 12th 2023-Robbie Robertson

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“…and then there was one “

One of the greatest bands to ever walk our stages and play with our hearts has been taking the final curtain – one by one.

Ricky Danko

Levon Helm

Richard Manual

This week – the heart of The Band –  Robbie Robertson

Left to carry the flag, Garth Hudson.

Very few artists can ever lay claim to changing popular music. Just a handful.

Then one day it hits you– hammers you actually.  You get total clarity and begin to change everything you’ve known and held sacred.   So it was when Eric Clapton heard The Bands Music from Big Pink.  It was like all of a sudden he heard this record and said to himself, “Now this is what music should sound like.” For me personally– this has always been one of the most interesting moments in rock music history.

My pal Corey called me just as I was finishing recording Saturday’s Stew. Sorry to tell you this but Robbie’s gone”

He knew how special I thought Robbie Robertson was.

Dixie Down, Cripple Creek, I shall be Released, Chest Fever, King Harvest, Stage Fright, Acadian DriftwoodSomewhere down the crazy river. Once were brothers.

I had just enough time to finish The Stew with Once Were Brothers.

The last interview I did with Robbie will be repeated on the Mulligan Stew Podcast this week.

I promise there’ll be a Robbie Remembrance on The Stew shortly.

The only reason I got to stand in the Winterland Ballroom one Thanksgiving Evening in SF was because Robbie invited me to attend The Last Waltz.

Changed my life.

Lots of music this week..check out the playlist.

Somebody, please take care of Garth.

 

PLAYLIST:

The Summer Stews Terry David Mulligan playlist mulliganstewdotca
The Weight King Curtis and Duane Allmann Duane Allman Anthology Two
Voo Doo Woman Susan Tedeschi Just won’t burn (25th ann)
Love Enough Julian Taylor The Ridge
Stay right here Allison Russell The Returner
Follow the Money Buddy Guy and James Taylor Blues don’t lie
TDMulligan – 27 year Coming UP – Tami Neilson and Brandi Carlile details mulliganstewdotca
Yet to be Rhiannon Giddens and Jason Isbell You’re the one
Next – Tami Neilson-her most Canadian song TDM
Manitoba Sunrise at Motel 6 Tami Neilson Kingmaker (live with Auckland Symphony)
Next – Van Morrison Live The Summer Stews TDMulligan
Domino (live) Van Morrison It’s too late to stop now
Money Roger Waters Dark Side Redux
Deane House River Cafe With Thanks from CKUA
Can’t let go Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
The way it is Bruce Hornsby & The Range The way it is
CKUA On Demand The Summer Stews Next – Marc Jordan
Coltrane plays the blues Marc Jordan Waiting for the Sun to rise
50/50 Promo TDMulligan Good Luck
Coming Up in Hour Two Bob Marley. Bonnie Raitt. Paul Simon Little Feat. Mark Knopfler. King Curtis
Waiting in Vain Bob Marley and the Wailers/Tiwa Savage Africa Unite
I’m on your side Bonnie Raitt Fundamental
Rosy Delbert McClinton Self man man
Summer Time Taj Mahal Savoy
Irish Girl Mike Campbell and Dirty Knobs Wreckless Abandon
The Summer Stews – with TDM NEXT Teskey Bros – Valerie June -and Paul Simon tmulligan@ckua.com
This will be our year The Teskey Brothers The Winding Way
Fade into you Valerie June Under Cover
Gone at Last Paul Simon – Jessie Dixon Singers Paul Simon – Box Set 64/93
Take me to the Mardi Gras Paul Simon Paul Simon Box Set 64-93
Sleeping dogs best left alone Doctor John Guess things happen that way
Coyotes Banff – Thank You The Summer Stews mulligan stew dot ca
Dixie Chicken Little Feat Dixie chicken
Show me Joe Tex The Hits
Just a boy away from home Mark Knopfler Tracker (deluxe)
Once were Brothers Robbie Robertson Sinematic

EP 264 | 2023 Cowichan Wine Festival kicks off/Marilena Café opens in Victoria

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It’s Festival Season.

The annual Cowichan Valley Wine Festival returns to its Whole Month of August setting.

It kicks off July 27  with Sunset Soirée from 6-9 PM at the gorgeous Campbell Commons at  Brentwood College School in Mill Bay.

13 Cowichan wineries will be pouring some of their favourites plus some wines chosen especially for this event. Attending and tasting allow you to actually meet the maker of the wines. There’s nothing better than getting the real story behind the wines you’re tasting. Expect high end, new releases and a few surprises being poured.

This year the food program will be created by  Mensch Kitchen and  Catering . 

Wineries pouring on the night will be Alderlea,  Averill Creek, Blue Grouse, Cherry Point, Damali, Devino, Deol, Enrico, Rocky Creek, Unsworth, Venturi Schultze, Zanatta and Emandare.

August in the Cowichan Valley  Aug 1 – 31.  12 wineries.

Wine Passport Program

Your map and tasting glass are your ticket to all 12 participating Cowichan Valley Wineries.

Everyone who purchases a ticket is automatically entered into draws. Accommodations, wine, tours,  transportation and gift baskets.

Details at www.cowichanwineries.com

 

Our guests are

Alderlea – Julie Powell co-owner/co-winemaker

Blue Grouse – Bailey Williamson  Head Winemaker

Enrico Winery – Lorin Inglis  General Manager and Pres Cowichan Wineries Society.

(Jim Moody from Zanatta had tech issues and I will do a follow up)

www.cowichanwineries.com

www.alderlea.ca

www.bluegrouse.ca

www.enricowinery.com

@zanattawinery

 

Chef Kristian Eligh – Marilena Café and Raw Bar.  Victoria

 

It felt like the longest opening of a new restaurant in many years.

It was,  I think,  3-4 years ago I knew that Kristian and his family were moving back to Victoria with a plan to create a singular restaurant.

Then came years of COVID and post-Covid.

Finally, the day has arrived and Marilena Café and Raw Bar was just launched.

Kristian is a chefs chef.

From Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry to culinary director of Hawksworth Restaurant and now Top Table Group Executive Chef.

The Top Table Group includes Blue Water Café, Eliza, Cin Cin, Araxi, Il Caminetto, Bar Oso.  Quite a line up and it doesn’t include their two New York City restaurants.

Marilena is two rooms in one. They’ve been described as “pockets of ambience”.

The Raw Bar, led by Chef Clark ParkThe Café is the turf of one of the best managers Aaron Matsuzaki.

The wine directory is large. It’s overseen by the brilliant Shane Taylor

This is a destination, my friends…

Go to www.marilenacafe.com and check out the dazzling menu and wine list.

The café is a blend of Japanese-inspired small plates, Italian salads and large sharing plates of whole fish, lobster and  48 hr Beef Shortrib.

Cocktails on tap and a list of variables called lively, adventurous and sophisticated.

Pouring select Vancouver Island Wines. One from Basque Country and Aquilini   Cab/Merlot Family Blend from Red Mountain.

Marilena is now open. It was well worth the wait.

www.marilenacafe.com

 

 

 

Mulligan Stew July 8th – The Summer Stew! On Demand @CKUA

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You can find this  Summer Stew on the @CKUA  – ON DEMAND / ckua.com. 

Its up all week. Please Play at will!!!

The Summer Stews are one big groove burger,  looser, lacking deadlines, and  musically organic.

This week The Summer Stew starts and finishes 2 hours later with The Band.

The donor in the first hour suggested Linda Ronstadt, Ella and Billy Holliday. 

I got Linda in.

(Love Ella and Billy. Just have to find the right groove around them)

I played

Brian Wilson

Sam Phillips walked into Dewey Phillips radio studio in Memphis  at 930pm on July 8, 1954, and handed him an acetate he’d just recorded at Sun Studios. Dewey played That’s all right for the first time and the phones went crazy. and so began the Elvis Presley music career.

Also, John Scofield, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Jason Isbell and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rickie Lee Jones, Joan Osborne, Bahamas, Teskey Bros, John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas, Brandi Carlile, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Rolling Stones Live. I play Billy F Gibbons. He plays a song the credits say he wrote called Crackin up – Cept he didn’t  write it – Bo Diddley did. So I play Bo’s version as well.

New Duke Robillard, Jon Batiste.

 

Donor in Hour Two suggested  “Summer music”

Out of that suggestion came

Summertime – Gene Harris Quartet – Live

The Beatles

Walk off the Earth

Sly and the Family Stone

The Beach Boys

The Kinks

 

Summer on folks

 

PLAYLIST:

The Summer Stews Terry David Mulligan mulligan stew dot ca
Ain’t got no home The Band Moondog Matinee
Busted John Scofield That’s what I say
Mississippi Phone Booth John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas Left over feelings
The Summer Stews Mulligan Stew with TDM playlist mulligan stew dot ca
A case of you (live) Brandi Carlile and Joni Mitchell Newport 2022
Aja (live) Steely Dan Alive in America
The Summer Stews TDMulligan tmulligan@ckua.com
Deane House River Café Coming UP – Linda Ronstadt covers  The Stones
Tumbling Dice Linda Ronstadt Single Dreams
Nobody knows you when you’re down and out Jason Isbell & Pres Hall Jazz Band Album for Preservation Hall (deluxe)
Call your name Jon Batiste single
Woody and Dutch on the slow train to Peking Rickie Lee Jones Pirates
Quattro (world drifts in) Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Raise the Roof
Surfs up The Beach Boys Surfs Up
TDMulligan The Summer Stews tmulligan@ckua.com
That’s all right Elvis Presley The Boy from Tupelo
TDMulligan The Summer Stews mulligan stew dot ca
Shine a light (live) The Rolling Stones Stones Live
Spider Web (live) Joan Osborne Relish (20th Ann. Deluxe)
I got you babe Bahamas (with 400 unit) Live to Tape Vol 1
Take my Heart The Teskey Brothers The Winding Way
TDMulligan The Summer Stews tmulligan@ckua.com
Crackin’ Up Billy F Gibbons The Big Bad Blues
Crackin’ Up Bo Diddley Bo Diddley
I’m gonna be a wheel someday Duke Robillard Six Strings of Steel
Coyotes Banff The Mains – Lunch and Dinner Hey Chef Lucas.!!
Here comes the Sun The Beatles Abby Road
Summer Vibe Walk off the Earth REVO
Hot Fun in the Summertime Sly and the Family Stone Greatest Hits
The Summer Stews -playlist mulligan stew dot ca NEXT – Kinks & The Band with Van the Man
Sunny afternoon The Kinks This Time Tomorrow
Thank you for listening -email tmulligan@ckua.com Have a great Summer
Caravan (live) The Band with Van Morrison The Last Waltz

EP 261 | Bruce Allen: The state of todays music business, his roster and another birthday!

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On the occasion of Bruce Allen’s birthday, I thought I’d sit down for an early morning Zoom call.

Bruce has a roster of talent that plays the World’s stages, so you can find him at 8 am just finishing a call to South Africa.

He’s a full-speed guy. Never outworked,  no matter what the project.

In over 50 years Bruce has become one of the best artist managers in the entire music business.  Bruce Allen Talent.

After a start with BTO,  Bruce decided to take a chance on a young singer/songwriter Bryan Adams. They agreed to be a team with a handshake and started to make music history.

His roster now includes legend Anne Murray, Michael Bublé (there’s a story), Jann Arden, mega-producer Bob Rock and his first band in a while The Offspring.

In the 23 minutes that I have his attention, Bruce tells tales about

The state of the current music business..

The loss of Gordon Lightfoot

Bryan Adams – his place today

Jann – she’s busy Mully

Michael Bublé – we trade Bublé stories. Love it

Bob Rock and Gord Downie – amazing story

The Offspring – first band he’s signed in years.

The Loss of our dear friend – Red Robinson DJ Legend.

Enjoy Big Bad Bruce. Next Week and very special feature on the early rock life of Red Robinson. His last two interviews.

 

EP 177 | Whitehorse

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Last Saturday I had Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet – Whitehorse – on Mulligan Stew CKUA Radio.  www.whitehorsemusic.ca

We shook the place up “real good” but this is the complete interview. Room for both Melissa and Luke to expand on the “Happy Hour Live”  experience from their living room during the lockdown.

They walk and talk us through their new album Strike Me Down and then we get really specific about

“what is Rock and Roll now”?

What is the new album in January?

Are you playing Massey Hall?

Tour dates in 2022?

Enjoy!!

EP 163 | Steve Marriner Interview

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Steve Marriner is our special guest this week on Mulligan Stew.

We all know Steve from the award-winning Monkey Junk and the very popular Manx Marriner Mainline.

He’s a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist,  producer and newly minted mixer. . Hope Dies Last is his second solo album. His first was in 2006.

(He’s been just a tad busy)

Hope Dies Last  has 15 musicians in the credits..so it’s a true group effort. And signals great things ahead in his solo career.

If you remember our Greg Keelor solo album Episode #152 it was Greg who raved about working with guitarist Jimmy Bowskill. (Sheepdogs. Jim Cuddy)

Steve worked tirelessly with the very same Jimmy Bowskill  to get these songs sounding just right.

He’s written songs of pain and heartache, hitting rock bottom and working your way UP. (check out Enough)

Through his songs and albums, production and mixing what we’re hearing  here is the the future of Canadian blues/roots/Americana music. Have a listen and let the stories flow.

 

Thanks to David GoGo for the hang.

 

EP 159 | Bruce Cockburn – Celebrating 50 Years of The Junos.

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Canada’s Music Awards – The Junos – take place Sunday night.

50 years ago,  the first-ever Folksinger of the Year Juno Award went to Bruce Cockburn. Also nominated were Joni Mitchell and Great Speckled Bird (featuring Ian and Sylvia)

 Bruce Cockburn won 12 more Juno Awards  over the past 50 years. He’s nominated again this year for his brilliant instrumental album Crowing Ignites.

We have much to talk about.  Those very early days when he was just starting. “I wasn’t me yet”.

How he has sustained a songwriting and performing career, the moment when he thought perhaps he wouldn’t/couldn’t  write another song and what project changed that possibility.

He touches on the state of radio, folk music, how he stayed engaged as an artist, his instincts that told him  – when writing a new song – that he had already said what the song was about and finding a new way to continue saying what was in his heart,  why he never entertained the idea of being  star and how the songs would come to him if he just “waited for the flash”

The interview includes  Bruce’s personal thoughts on the tragedy unfolding at the Residential School in Kamloops, BC.

This is the complete conversation with music included.

www.brucecockburn.com

January 23rd, 2021 – JOHN SKINNER PAINTED ROCK/DAVIN de KERGOMMEAUX WHISKY UPDATE  

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JOHN SKINNER PAINTED ROCK/DAVIN de KERGOMMEAUX WHISKY UPDATE

 

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 John Skinner – Co-founder of Painted Rock

John Skinner

 

In a normal year, Wine Align hosts their annual National Wine Awards. 2020 was not a normal year.

Their team decided to put together a “Guide to Canada’s Best Wines”

At Painted Rock they had already sold out their Chardonnay, Rose and Cabernet Sauvignon.

So, they submitted their Merlot,  Syrah, Cab Franc and Red Icon.

They were all judged Top Ten and the 2017 Red Icon was judged the Top Red Wine. A blend that 3 of the judges gave 5 stars for value.

And the 2017 Red Icon was the only Canadian Wine that made the 2020 Wines of the Year in Decanter Magazine.

Painted Rock

All of these awards are remarkable considering that in August of 2020  the winery was in danger of being overrun and burned to the ground by another summer firestorm.

Spotter planes and fire fighting helicopter crews and front line firefighters on the ground saved Painted Rock and their neighbours. John sent them away with boxes of wine. The firefighters then sold the wine at auction to support the local  foodbank.

Fires around Painted Rock

One more thing.  Just weeks ago John was skiing Whistler hard, the way he’s always done and at top speed he collided with a skier who crossed his run without looking. Whistler first responders located him, attended to his condition and got him off the mountain and to a hospital.  Thanks to them and his friends, he’s recovering nicely.

 It was that kind of year.

Let’s get caught up with John Skinner and Painted Rock!

www.paintedrock.ca

Davin de Kergommeaux  – Whisky Update

Davin de Kergommeaux

Its been a while since Davin and I hooked up.

Likely the release of his latest book The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries!

I know that the Canadian Whisky Awards would normally happen in the next little while in Victoria. Again, this is not a normal time. For 2021 it will be late February.

Getting caught up with Canada’s Whisky expert involves scanning the websites of over 200 distilleries and then trying to pin the man down.  He’s busy with on line  Zoom tastings  and book events  etc.

Davin is keen to talk about the burgeoning micro distillery scene, coast to coast.

Reviews on Wayward (Krupnik), Shelter Point (The Collective) (Ripple Rock).

The new Odd Society 5 year barrel program.

We finish with his recommendations for best New Whisky  in Canada and three whiskies to taste before “your lights go out”

Davin is the world’s leading authority on Canadian whisky, and has been called “Canada’s unofficial whisky ambassador” as well as being named one of the most influential Canadians in Food and Drink by The Globe and Mail in 2016.

He is a former contributing editor to Whisky Magazine, and has contributed to or co-authored eight other books about whisky, spirits, and cocktails. He now writes full-time, and is regularly featured in many websites and publications, including Whisky Advocate.

Davin De Kergommeaux is the founder and chairperson of the prestigious Canadian Whisky Awards and publishes comprehensive tasting notes on his website.

www.canadianwhisky.org

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

Bella Bubble – Jay Drysdale brings the goods.

Haywire releases

Enrico Winery – in the Cowichan

The new Black Swift Winery