As September begins to take over our lives..certain things start to come into view.
One is harvest.
The second is a run of Wine Festivals, of all shapes and sizes.
Three food and wine festivals are profiled on this week’s TRR.
Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island
The 62th annual Niagara Food and Wine Festival
The 33rd Okanagan Fall Wine Festival.
Interviews with all three organizing groups and a feature interview with Winemaker JM Bouchard at Road 13 on the Golden Mile. South Okanagan.
We start in the Cowichan Valley with Linda Holford from Rocky Creek Winery.
Linda has invited me to host a discussion at Rocky Creek on Saturday Sept 14th with three local winemakers from Rocky Creek, Blue Grouse and Unsworth plus wine experts Treve Ring, Tereza Roux from Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and Troy Townsin from CBC Victoria’s Time for Wine.
We’ll focus on two questions
What is The Grape for Vancouver and the Gulf Islands?
And for the island wineries..what do you want to be when you grow up??
Linda fills us in on their events Sept 7-15
I also was able to find a panellist, Troy Townsin..just to get a reaction to the questions I’m asking and the general lay of the wine land.
He joins us from Kelowna.
Then we’re off to Ontario for the 62th annual Niagara Wine Festival. Sept 14-29
They too have asked me to host a discussion. This time about East vs West. On Sunday Sept 22nd
It’s not about BC vs Ontario, it’s about West Niagara vs Eastern Niagara. It’s shaping up to be quite an event.
It pits competing wineries..competing families and competing regions in a winner take all format.
Joining us on the show are Barry Katzman, co-chair of the festival and president of Mike Weir wines and Stoney Ridge winery and Kimberly Hundermark the Festivals Executive Director.
and the last wine festival featured is the 33rd annual Okanagan Fall Wine Festival
Blair Baldwin Festival founder and Ellen Walker Mathews from Thompson Okanagan Tourist Assn take us through the ever expanding schedule of events that shape BC’s premier festival.October 4-14
Then its straight south to the Similkameen Valley to George Hansen Owner/Winemaker at Seven Stones to find out what’s being planned down there.
We finish this episode of Tasting Room on The Golden Mile..just south of Oliver, BC.
JM Bouchard has firmly established himself as the winemaker of record at Road 13.
He’s driven, stubborn and dedicated to making the already fine wines of Road 13 even better.
We run through the growing portfolio, the events of the Fall and where he’s taking the wine program in the future.
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON
Wine festival specials in
The new BC wines pour their latest in Vancouver.