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June 17th, 2017 – Live from the BC Shellfish Festival…

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LIVE from the 11th annual BC Shellfish festival in Courtney Comox 

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 The unique culinary event that promotes the region’s shellfish farmers and their delicacies to seafood lovers and chefs grows bigger every year.  This is Year 11.

Tasting Room Radio is covering both weekends.

 

What originally began as a one‐day event 11 years ago, has become the largest seafood festival in Western Canada, featuring popular local and international culinary celebrities and outstanding seafood.

Highlights for 2017 include the B.C. Seafood on Your Plate Restaurant Campaign, the B.C. Seafood Expo, a completely new Fresh Fest and the Fanny Bay Oyster Shucking Competition and OceanWise Chowder Challenge at the signature festival event, the Comox by the Sea Celebration,  Sunday, June 18th. For more information and tickets, visit bcshellfishfestival.com and bcseafoodexpo.com.

 WE ARE LIVE SATURDAY AT 10 AM!!

Our guests include:

 Culinary leader –  Don House Calgary http://www.idmg.ca/about-1/

Darren MacLean – Shokunin Calgary https://twitter.com/chefdmac?lang=en

Duncan Ly – Foreign Concept  Calgary  http://foreignconcept.ca/

JinnHee Lee – Foreign Concept Calgary  http://foreignconcept.ca/

Trevor Bird = Fable/Fable Diner  Vancouver www.fablekitchen.ca

Ned Bell – Ocean Wise. Van Aquarium  https://cookculture.com/blogs/chef-profiles/25079745-chef-ned-bell

Nick Nutting – The Wolf in the Fog.  Tofino  http://www.wolfinthefog.com/ 

Rod Butters – Raudz Kelowna  www.raudz.com 

Brock Bowes – Terra Fina  http://www.terrafinarestaurant.com/

 

Blue Moon

40 knots Winery  https://www.40knotswinery.com/

Blue Moon  https://www.bluemoonwinery.ca

Nathan Fong – Fong on Food www.fongonfood.com

 

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STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

  • John Schreiner – Icon
  • Skitchine Lodge with Rhys Pender. John Weber & Chef Mark Filatow
  • Cider Special
  • Bloom – BC VQA wines pour in Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

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EP 242 | WHITEHORSE-Tales from New Album ‘Im not Crying You’re Crying’

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Jimmy would be so proud!

His Mom and Dad are guesting on the  Mulligan Stew Podcast.

Jimmy is the 10-year-old son of Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet of Whitehorse. Jimmy likes the music his Mom and Dad make so much that he’s sitting in on drums during house rehearsals.

Luke and Melissa have just released their 8th album I’m not crying You’re crying.

What started as a possible lockdown country covers project quickly turned into writing their own songs, as though they were writing and singing in the 70s. In Nashville.

What’s best about this album is they sound like they’ve been writing and singing country all their musical life. Which is what they did.

When they met and started Whitehorse it was as a country band. So, they’ve come full circle. Through the blues and back into country.

This podcast tells the tales of those years and their relationship.

It’s a winner and so are Jimmy’s parental unit.

www.whitehorsemusic.ca

January 28th, 2023: A Spirits Special – The Five Bottle Bar Book and Single Malt 006 from Eau Claire.  

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A Spirits Special – The Five Bottle Bar  and Single Malt 006 from Eau Claire.

 

THE SHOW

 

Eau Claire Master Distiller Caitlin Quinn.

Caitlin Quinn

 

This edition of TRR started with the arrival of a handsome  bottle of  Eau Claire Single Malt Whisky 006 (Bottle 1681)

 

It’s the sixth single malt release from Eau Claire Distillery’s award-winning whisky program and their  first six-year-old batch release.

Aged in New European Oak (Hungarian), Ex-Bourbon (American) & Ex-Sherry(French)barrels. They made 3000 bottles total. $109 in Tasting Room.

This is such a sip to celebrate.

Caitlin and I talk about the aroma notes of caramel, berries and Granny Smith Green Apple

Taste of Butterscotch,  Cloves and spice.

Think about it – Caramel and Butterscotch in a sip.

With a long finish.

There’s also a reference under style I Liked – Moreish.

I thought it referred to the historical  Moors.  Caitlin replied  

“No. It means more please!”

 

Two interesting points Caitlin makes…

This Single Malt won Best Canadian Single Malt Whisky of the Year –

New York International Spirits Competition – 2022

And

Because of the extremes of cold in Winter and heat in Summer in Turner Valley, the cellaring of these spirits makes them age more rapidly.

I think the Turner Valley malted barley helps.

Thank you Mother Nature.

 

Caitlin also tells us about what’s coming later on this year.

 

www.eauclairedistillery.ca

 

The Five Bottle Bar – Reference Book from Author and Ampersand co-founder Jessica Schacht

When the book arrived I knew we had another spirits feature show.

Jessica presents  a collection of cocktail recipes that rely on just five bottles to build your bartending style with ease and confidence.

Five bottles around which your inner bartender can emerge with skill, savvy and a little flare for the dramatic when it’s called for.

Jessica Schacht believes with a little curation and mastery of the basics, we can succeed at elevating the everyday and cultivating a good cocktail hour.

Jessica Schacht – Author

The bottles? 

Gin, Whiskey, Sweet and Dry Vermouth, and Campari (plus bonus recipes for Bubbly). The setting: living room, backyard, window seat, and the wild beyond.

The mixologist? You!!

In this beautifully photographed collection, Jessica Schacht, co-founder of Ampersand Distilling Company, presents her take on classics (like the G & T, the Old Fashioned, the Martini, and the Negroni), collections (sours, punches, and such), and contemporaries (a few inventive new drinks to pique your creativity).

There’s a chapter of zero-proofs in part inspired by the abundance of new alcohol-free spirits on the market now, and another dedicated to keeping your vacation drinks game classy, from the airplane to the B&B to the beach.

In addition to the recipes The Five-Bottle Bar supplies a solid foundation in bartending basics. Tools, techniques, suggestions on glassware and garnishes, the condensed history of spirits, and tips for setting up your minimalist bar cart.

 

Jessica also recommends The Five Bottle Bar – by region.

For British Columbia:

Ampersand Gin

Stillhead Rye Whisky

Imperative Dry vermouth

Esquimalt Wine Co. Sweet Vermouth

The Woods Amero

 

Jessica Schacht is the cofounder of the multigenerational family-run Ampersand Distilling Company and author of the History Glass column in the Cowichan Valley Voice. She is grateful to live in the Cowichan Valley in the home she shares with her husband and sons.

This is a fun, engaging read.

We intend to reconnect with Jessica when the heat of The Sun finally returns to our lives.

 

www.ampersanddistilling.com

www.touchwoodeditions.com

www.cowichanvalleyvoice.com

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

 

Fort Berens new releases

Okanagan Wine Festivals

Lt. Governors Awards

Vancouver Wine Festival

Fat Mao Downtown

Angus An and Kurtis Kolt

 

 

 

 

 

Mulligan Stew Jan 28th 2023-Special Guests Whitehorse

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Special guests on the Saturdays Stew – By the time they hit the air on The Stew, Whitehorse will be proclaimed #1 on the CKUA Top 30.   I believe they’ll be there for a while.

Their new album I’m not crying You’re crying is getting rave reviews – everywhere.

And Next week they’ll be showcasing in London at AmericanaUK. 

In this Saturday interview, they drop some word bombs that will linger including Luke proclaiming that they will now be a working  Country band. 

They’re gifted singers, songwriters, and musicians. But best of all they’re fine people and an absolute joy to interview.

The Jimmy they mention is their 10-year-old son. He is home-schooled by his parents, joins them on tour, started playing piano during the lockdown, and insists on playing his drum kit when they practice.

Best of all, the complete interview – all 40 minutes, will be on the Mulligan Stew Podcast and the Terry David Mulligan YouTube Channel…

 PLAYLIST:

Mulligan Stew – Whitehorse Guests Terry David Mulligan CKUA
Mississippi Version 2 Bob Dylan Fragments
She got some money Eddie 9V Little Black Flies
Busted Willie Nelson I don’t know a thing about love
Hang Loose Alabama Shakes Boys and Girls
Can’t turn you loose Otis Redding Very best of
Thank you Deane House & River Cafe Todays Guests – Whitehorse New album I’m not crying You’re Crying
Building a Mystery (live) Sarah McLachlan Live Acoustic EP
You going to make me lonesome when you go Barney Bentall (and Valentino Trapini) Cosmic Dreamer
Pay it no mind Sarah Jarosz World on the ground
Don’t Stop Fleetwood Mac Rumours
That’s what love will make you do Marc Broussard/Joe Bonamassa SOS 4: Blues for your soul
Snow Bank The 50/50 Draw (to Feb 2) Whitehorse Guests today Bring a new album
After Midnight JJ Cale Naturally
Runaway soul (live) Ruthie Foster Live at Antone’s
Backdoor Man The Doors The Doors
Coming up Snarky Puppy and Whitehorse Interview
Tio Macaco Snarky Puppy We like it here
Mulligan Stew Van Morrison starts Hour Two check out our 50/50 draw by Feb 2
Coming UP – Whitehouse Interview with Melissa and Luke New Album I’m not crying You’re crying
Stormy Monday / Lonely Avenue Van Morrison Rolling with the Punches
Wrap it up Kurt Elling/Charlie Hunter/Nate Smith Guilty Pleasures EP
I can’t give everything away Spoon single
This is The Stew with TDMulligan tmulligan@ckua.com
Going down to sing in Texas Iris Dement Working on a World
Coyotes Banff Thank You Supporting CKUA for 25 years
Promised Land Chuck Berry Best of
Pride (in the name of love) U2 Songs of Surrender
Whitehorse Interview Luke Doucet-Melissa McClelland I’m not crying You’re crying
Division 5 Whitehorse I’m not crying You’re crying
Whitehorse Interview Complete Interview on MulliganStew Podcast and tdm youtube channel
If the loneliness don’t kill me Whitehorse I’m not crying You’re crying
Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland Whitehorse I’m not crying You’re crying
Lock it Down Whitehorse I’m not crying You’re crying
Whitehorse Interview Complete interview on MulliganStew Podcast and tdm YouTube Channel
The Road Whitehorse I’m not crying You’re crying

Mulligan Stew Jan 21st 2023- We play the music for our dear friend David Ward!!

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We play the music for our dear friend David Ward!!

(and remember David Crosby)

The photo  above is of David, Allison Brock and myself hosting Wide Cut Stew at Coyotes in Banff.

Below is of David and I creating a live Mulligan Stew from several Fundraisers ago. It’s in the Calgary Studio. As of Saturday it will be called the David Ward Production Studio. Our thoughts are with his family.

We start this Jan 21 edition of The Stew with Aretha Franklin Live in Paris…a song and a moment that sparks the listener with joy, happiness, and the weight of her loss.

She’s actually singing about herself and her marriage “liar and a cheat..never know why I let you do these things to me”

AND WE’RE OFF –

  • New Springsteen
  • Keb Mo
  • Leon Russell
  • Dr John and Lukas Nelson
  • Tower of Power
  • Colin James
  • The National with Bob Weir (live)
  • Paul Simon (live)
  • Leonard Cohen (live)

New music from:

  • Artic Monkeys
  • Dan Mangan
  • King of Foxes
  • Julianna Riolino
  • Ariel Posen

Plus…

Watchhouse

Brandi Carlisle

John Hammond and Tom Waits

Blue Rodeo

Jimi Hendrix – He recorded All along the Watchtower on Jan 21, 1972

and

David Crosby and Graham Nash  –  a demo of Deja Vu

PLAYLIST:

Mulligan Stew – Year 27 The Stew – in Honour of David Ward TDMulligan
Never loved a man. The way I love you (live) Aretha Franklin Aretha in Paris
Don’t play that song (live) Bruce Springsteen Only the strong survive
Lone Ranger Julianna Riolino All Blue
Road of Love Keb Mo Muscle Shoals. Small town. Big sound
Coyotes Banff Just won best breakfast menu – Banff
A song for you Leon Russell Leon Russell
I walk on guilded splinters Dr John – Lukas Nelson (OTReal) Things happen that way
Little Words Watch House Such a Jubilee
CKUA The Stew with TDM @tdmulligan
Call me the breeze (live) Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Live at the Fillmore
Helpless (live) The Band with Neil Young The Last Waltz
The Stew TDM don’t forget 5050
219 John Hammond (Tom Waits) Wicked Grin
The Stew Year 27 A large Welcome to you
The Joke Brandi Carlisle By the way, I forgive you
DeJa Vu (Demo) David Crosby and Graham Nash DeJa Vu  (50th Anniversary)
This is Mulligan Stew  Remembering David Ward
Knock yourself out Tower of Power East Bay Grease
Can’t you see what you’re doing to me Colin James Open Road
I know you rider (live) The National with Bob Weir Day of the Dead
Deane House River Cafe Thank you
I think about you Blue Rodeo Many a Mile
Seven Years King of Foxes Twilight of the Empire
in your corner Dan Mangan Being Somewhere
Perfect Sense Artic Monkeys The Car
The Stew Coming UP Paul Simon. Leonard Cohen Drifters
Thunder Island Jay Ferguson Thunder Island
The Boxer (live) Paul Simon – Jesse Dixon Singers and Urubamba Live Rhymin’
Mulligan Stew please sent requests to – tmulligan@ckua.com
save the last dance the Drifters best of
save the last dance (live) Leonard Cohen Live in Dublin
The Stew TDM
All along the Watchtower Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland
Boogie Bot Ariel Posen Mile End 2

January 21st 2023 Kimberly Hundertmark – New GM at Okanagan Wine Festivals

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Kimberly Hundertmark – New GM at Okanagan Wine Festivals/Winter Festival events start Sunday

THE SHOW

It was perhaps 12 years ago when Jason Priestley and I were shooting Hollywood and Vines TV with producer Chad Oakes. Our journey took us to Niagara and their yearly wine festival.

Our host was Kimberly Hundertmark, Executive Director of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festivals. Immediately,  we were hitting the ground running, just to keep up.

While Kimberly watched over our television interviews and necessary production, she was also leading the team members who were running her festival events.

We were much impressed with Kimberly’s drive and leadership. She had created a framework that turned Niagara’s Wine festivals into “don’t miss” events.

Kimberley Hundertmark

We also got to meet her husband, winemaker Jeff Hundertmark.

Between events we answered questions they had about BC Wines and how the future was looking out West.

Something clicked because in 2017  they said a long goodbye to their friends in Niagara and showed up in the Okanagan Valley.

Geoff to continue making wines and Kimberly taking on wine and hospitality teamwork.

It was only a matter of time before the valley realized what they had in these two delightful and driven people!

Jeff is now the head winemaker at Mt Boucherie and Rust Wine Co and Kimberly had been named the new GM of Okanagan Wine Festivals.

Boom!!

 

This feature interview with Kimberly is more like a celebration.

Not only is she going to make the Okanagan Wine Festivals better than they’ve ever been, she’s going to lead the reimagining of what those wine and food festivals will look, smell, sound  and feel like.

 

2023 starts with the reimagining of the Winter Wine Festival

 

The Okanagan Wine Festivals will partner with Predator Ridge to deliver  a Burgundy inspired event Sunday  January 22  featuring festival partners well known for their  Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.

 

The Grande Finale takes place January 27 and 28 with event partners in Penticton and Oliver.

 

SensationAn Eve for the Senses on January 27th  at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre and will feature wine and culinary pairings!

 

On Saturday, January 28th,  the Okanagan Winter Wine Festival will move south to The District  Wine Village in Oliver.

The afternoon’s programming will include District partners as well as festival wineries  showcasing curated experiences as part of the TASTE Passport.   

Each TASTE Passport includes six vouchers which are redeemed for an elevated tasting  experience from the participating beverage partners. This is a one stop tasting experience  unique to the Winterfest program.

“The launch of the Okanagan Winter Wine Festival is long overdue. The Okanagan Valley’s  wine industry is positioned to help build shoulder season visitation alongside our partner  stakeholders.

Extended visitation and audience reach has a substantial impact on local  economy, particularly during the winter months. The time is right, and the Okanagan Wine  Festival is committed to a festival re-imagined” says Kimberly Hundertmark, General Manager.

 

All tickets are available through thewinefestivals.com.

 

www.thewinefestivals.com

We welcome Kimberly Hundertmark (and the guy she brought with her)

 

Mark deVere Mondavi Ambassador/ Master of Wine

Second guest is Mark deVere.  Master of Wine representing Robert Mondavi Wines at the 2022 VanWineFest

For those who may not know, the very first winery that signed on for the very first VanWineFest was Mondavi.

Robert himself attended.

Whoever speaks on behalf of this world famous winery had best  come equipped with stories,  insights and deep history.

These days the storyteller is Mark deVere Master of Wine and Mondavi Ambassador.

Enjoy!!

https://robertmondaviwinery.com/

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

Crush Pad becomes Haywire –

New Releases

 

Five Bottle Bar

Fort Berens

Black Swift and Jason Parkes Customs

Van Wine Fest

 

 

 

EP 241 | Jann Arden from the Archives-We Revisit Calgary Junos and Feeding My Mother

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Two Words – Jann Arden.

Long time friend. A completely singular artist.

In concert she’ll have you laughing so hard it will be through tears.

Then she sings – man does she sing – and you’ll find yourself freely flowing more tears.

I have been blessed to have had a close-up focus on Jann’s  career and her very full life.

(including early on, busking in a doorway in cold and wet Gastown, Vancouver and getting sucker punched by a pedestrian for singing Christmas Carols. Years later,  she’s creating her next hit album and looking down from The Warehouse studios, she can see that exact doorway.)

For over 35 years Jann and I have crossed paths and occasionally stopped to talk with a microphone or camera between us.

While I was busy telling music and film stories Jann was nominated for 19 Junos ,  winning 8.  She won MuchMusic awards and now is on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Jann’s  been acting, hosting, judging, recording, and touring with her small group and with orchestras large and small.

Basically, with the support and guidance of manager Bruce Allen, Jann Arden has become a Canadian Super Star.

These two interviews are from our archives.

The first is from April 2016 – at the Junos in Calgary where she was co-hosting.

I attended a press conference and she was completely surrounded by the media ..so I went off to the corner and found the only two chairs in the room, with a small table.

I set up my field recorder and waited.

When she was done, Bruce walked Jann over and we had a chat. Here’s the exchange of ideas and thoughts.

Juno Interview-Terry David Mulligan, Corey Wood, and Jann Arden

The second interview is from Dec 2017…Jann’s on tour and I wanted to talk to her about her book Feeding My Mother: Comfort and laughter in the kitchen as my Mom lives with memory loss. 

Together, Jann  and her Mom were  a force. Her Mom was losing a battle to memory loss and Jann was doing her best to comfort, feed  and love her best friend.

This interview has stayed with me for the last 5 years. Heartbreaking and revealing,

Thank You Jann.

 

NEXT WEEK – Whitehorse

EP 240 | Shawn Edwards on the 2023 Critics Choice Awards

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It’s movie award season…

One after the other nominations and awards are presented to films,  actors, musicians, art direction, directors, and veterans of the industry.

The next awards gathering is this Sunday, Jan 14 in LA.

It’s the Critics Choice Awards on The CW and streamed on the Net. 7-10 Eastern – slight delay on the West Coast. Hosted by Chelsea Handler

These awards have weight and meaning as they’re voted on by the critics who screen hundreds of films annually.

Choosing one critic to guest is as tough as voting but there’s none better than Shawn Edwards on  News 4 Kansas City.

He’s one of the founders of Critics Choice and the driving force behind The annual Celebration of Black Cinema and TV.

Enjoy the ride It’s a film cage match.

www.criticschoice.com

https://www.instagram.com/sedwardskc/?hl=en

Mulligan Stew Jan 14th 2023-The Stew features Doug and the Slugs documentary & Music for your Janis Party

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Doug and The Slugs – New documentary Doug and the Slugs and Me debuts Sunday night on CBC TV. Guests are Director Teresa Alfeld and original Slug Simon Kendall

Lots of Slug stories and hits.

Jeff Beck – majestic and very human.

Harry Nillson – Genius. Lost this weekend in 1994

Allen Toussaint – The heart and soul of New Orleans music. Born Jan 14 1938

Don van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) – Born  Jan 15 1941

And

Janis Joplin – Would have turned 80 next Thursday.  We play a new track from The Legendary Typewriter Tapes.

Also laying out

54.40 – headlining Winter Festival Saturday in Grand Prairie

Plus Marvin, Clapton, Butter, Pops, Jenn Grant, etc.

Music for your Janis party.

The podcast is film critic Shawn Edwards – covers the Critics Choice Film Awards for 2023. They hand out film awards this Sunday on The CW and The Net

 

@criticschoice

#criticschoice

#criticschoiceawards

 @TheCW

PLAYLIST:

Mulligan Stew Terry Mulligan CKUA
Baby please don’t go Paul Butterfield Better Days
Crossroads (live) Eric Clapton Live at The Fillmore 94
Hi Heel Sneakers (live) Paul McCartney Unplugged
Judy Jenn Grant and Kim Harris single
TDMulligan The Stew – Year 27 tmulligan@ckua.com
Might as well be me Larkin Poe Blood Harmony
Black Eyed Dog Ben Harper – Rhiannon Giddens single
The Stew – with tdm mulligan stew dot ca NEXT – 5440
Since when 54.4 La Difference. a history unplugged
Mercy Mercy Me Marvin Gaye What’s going on
River Cafe Deane House Remembering Jeff Beck
People get ready Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart Flash
Everything i do gohna be funky Allen Toussaint Everything I do
TDMulligan The Stew Next – Allen Toussaint and The Band
Night they drove old Dixie down (live) The Band Rock of Ages
Diddy Wha Diddy Capt Beefheart Legendary A&M Sessions
Don’t forget CKUA On Demand On the CKUA Website Next – One last Jeff beck track
Don’t know where I’m going Rory Gallagher Deuce (50th)
remembering Jeff Beck Mulligan Stew tmulligan@ckua.com
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat Jeff Beck Wired
This is The Stew mulliganstew.ca tmulligan@ckua.com
Hour Two of The Stew Guests from Doug and The Slugs and Me A documentary on Doug Bennett
Daddy daddy daddy Janis Joplin and Jorma Kaukonen The Legendary Typewriter Sessions
Serve Somebody Pops Staples Don’t lose this
Don’t mess with my weekend Shorty Long Here comes the Judge
It takes a lot to laugh etc Colin James Open Road
Wild Horses (live) The Rolling Stones Stones Grrrr Live
Coming UP – The story of documentary Doug and The Slugs and Me and lots of Slug music
Me and My Arrow Harry Nillson The Point’ Soundtrack
Heart of Gold Johnny Cash Unearthed
The Stew Year 27 CKUA
Coyotes Banff Supporting CKUA for 25 years Coming UP – Slugology
Interview – Teresa Alfeld Director and Simon Kendall – Original Slug Doug and The Slugs and Me
Real Enough Doug and The Slugs Wrap it
Documentary Doug and The Slugs Screens Sunday on CBCTV Guests Teresa Alfeld and Simon Kendall
Too Bad Doug and The Slugs Cognac and Bologna
TDM with Teresa Alfeld Director Simon Kendall – Original Slug Video version on tdm YouTube Channel
Day by Day Doug and The Slugs Popaganda
Check out Doug and The Slugs CBC TV Sunday Night slugumentary com
Making it Work Doug and The Slugs Slugology 101

 

January 14th, 2023 New Releases from Township 7 and Hester Creek

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New Releases from Township 7 and Hester Creek

 

THE SHOW

We have several friends on board this week.

Mary McDermott – Winemaker at Township 7 (Naramata and South  Langley)

Mary McDermott

Mark Hopley and Adair Scott – Winemaker (Hester Creek) and Executive Chef (Terrafina Restaurant – Golden Mile)

They bring with them tales of the 2022 vintage season and the resulting harvest. How can we forget the miserable Spring? Wet, foggy, windy, and with no sign of Sun. I kept hearing cautionary remarks that “if we don’t get Sun soon there will be no growing season”.

The Sun did show itself in a big way and the season turned out to be over the top. Depending on where you were growing.

 

Mary McDermott brings three of her new releases today

 

  • New winter releases
    • 2020 Provenance  Series Chardonnay SRP $25.97 (half in French Barriques and half in Stainless Steel) Rich. Intense. Vanilla/Peach/Spice
    • 2020 Provenance Series Cabernet Sauvignon SRP $33.97 2 vineyards. (French Oak. 1/3 new) ripe black fruit  and cherries, caramel.
    • 2020 Benchmark Series Pinot Noir SRP $41.97 Handpicked in OK Falls. (Neutral French Oak) Dark fruit and tannins. Earthy.

  • New for Township 7 in 2023 – planting more Pinot Noir at their South Langley vineyard for the popular Seven Stars sparkling wines.
  • new releases coming out – seven stars 2019 Polaris Blanc de Blancs, plus several others this spring and later this summer
  • new events coming up: Love is Blind Valentine’s weekend (Feb. 11 & 12th) at both South Langley and Naramata Bench wineries
    • blind wine tasting of four wines (choose from sparkling, all white or all red) includes charcuterie and sweets,
    • only $36.97/person, contact is  wine@township7.com for reservations or bookings available online shortly)

www.township7.com

 

Mark Hopley Winemaker at Hester Creek Estate  (Golden Mile)

Adair Scott – Chef at Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek

 

Chef Adair Scott Hester Creek

 

Any opportunity I get to pair food and wine in an engaged conversation is a good day.

As Mark was taking us through the growing/vintage  season I had a thought to ask Chef Adair about how that same season affected his menu and recipe choices.

Many guests have talked about how the best pairing is if the grapes, fruit and vegetables are all grown in the same soil it’s a win/win.  Well,  these two artists get to pair like that every season.

As Mark took us through the wines, Chef paired his menu choices to create a seamless dining experience.

Winemaker Mark Hopley presented his next three releases

Mark Hopley Hester Creek

2021 Character Red. Handpicked Oliver fruit. A much-loved blend of Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. There’s a unique Merlot clone in there as well, originally from Italy. (Thank you Joe) 8 months in American and French Oak. Blueberries, blackberries, white pepper, and sage on the nose.

Palate bursts in your mouth with a  blend of cherry, acidity, smoke, and vanilla.  Here’s the best part – priced under $20 (BC + taxes)

 

2020  Old Vines Merlot.  A Golden Mile Estate Exclusive. Handpicked, hand sorted, soaked on the skin for 3 days, aged 18 months in French barrels.

The result? On the nose cocoa, cherries, and plum. The palate combines dark fruit and cocoa. Layers of “everything”. Lots of tannin, acidity, and texture.$27.99(BC + taxes)

2020 Old Vine Cabernet Franc.  These over 50-year-old vines have established what they are and what they’ll produce. Those roots have grown deep in the Golden Mile soils which produce beautifully concentrated fruit.  Aged 8 months on mostly French Oak. Anise and ripe blackberry on the nose. The palate presents ripe blackberries, vanilla, toast, and a beautiful balance. All elements get a chance to shine. An amazing $27.99 (BC+ taxes)

My thanks to Mark and Chef. See you in the Spring.

 

www.hestercreek.com

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

The Five Bottle Bar

Eau Claire Distillery

Blue Grouse

Victoria Whisky Fest

Kimberly Hundertmark – New GM

At Okanagan Wine Festivals

EP 239 | The Family Curse and Early James – a 2023 TwoFer

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Welcome to the first Podcast of 2023.

Two guests  – From the Gulf Islands of BC The Family Curse and from the US deep south Early James.

 

You may not have heard of A Family Curse but you’ve certainly heard of the Family Father – Neil Osborne. Founder, singer, songwriter, and vocalist for 54.40.

He’s joined by his daughter Kandle.  I love the fact that they imply that their music is “found material”.  That’s where some of the best music lives.

Kandle has been making music and finding herself in Montreal but at heart, Kandle and Neil are west coast islanders.

Check out their self-titled album and crazy videos.

FYI – 54.40 play The Grand Prairie North Winter Festival  next Saturday, Jan 14th

March 3 at Midway in Edmonton

March 4 Deerfoot Inn in Calgary

www.afamilycurseband.com

The second guest is Early James from Birmingham, Alabama.

 

Early got a guitar in his hands at a  very young age and started writing songs and gigging with friends.

He came to the attention of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who offered to produce his first album What a strange time to be alive!

His songs are strong but his voice is very unique. Like a young/old  Tom Waits.

I just looked at his tour dates…he’s crazy busy

All over Europe, then Australia, and mid-year everywhere in the  USA.

Please welcome Early James to the Mulligan Stew Podcast

www.Earlyjames.com

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