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April 23rd, 2022 -THE HEART OF WINE COUNTRY – PART TWO

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THE HEART OF WINE COUNTRY – PART TWO

The Show

It was the first wine gathering of 2022 and the first in two years for many in the room.

(The room was the gorgeous Terminal City Club on West Hastings in Vancouver)

This week, its part two of our interviews with winemakers, agents  and principals.

All representing the Okanagan Falls and Skaha Lake Wineries Assn.

Here’s the Line -up:

 Play Estate Winery  (Skaha Hills) – Gianluca Miceli and the one & only Paul Watkin.(Seacove Group)

They brought over the Play Estate 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon.  French Oak Barrel aged for 16 months.

14%. Lean and totally engaging. Well done Stephanie Breyers,  Winemaker.

Noble Ridge (Okanagan Falls)Benoit Gauthier Winemaker

N/V  The Fizzy One (a pre-release). A beautiful blend of 62% Kerner and 38% Pinot Gris. “it’s for Wine Club Members but for you a tease and a treat”  Hey! Join the club.

Stag’s Hollow (Okanagan Falls)  – Erin Korpisto GM. 

2021 Dolcetto – Wild mix of ripe cherry, plums, rose on the nose plus  spice and dark chocolate. Winemaker Keira Le Franc speaks Italian through wine and  I understand what she’s saying.

Pentage (Skaha Lake) – Ian Jamieson (artwine)

2015 Pentage – The Flagship Red.

35% Cab/29 Merlot & 12 Merlot Ripasso/ 10 Cab Franc/10 Petit Verdot/  4 Malbec

Considering the entire process this wine goes through, partially dried skins then more merlot added – for 8 months, it is totally worth your time and dough to find it and enjoy Winemaker/Owner Paul Gardner’s craft.

Bravo!

 Wild Goose (Okanagan Falls)  Leslie Matheson (Marketing Manager)

2021 Autumn Gold – A well crafted blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc and little bit of Chardonnay.

Wild Goose

www.wildgoosewinery.ca

www.stagshollowwinery.com

www.pentage.com

www.nobleridge.com

www.playwinery.com

www.theheartofwinecountry.ca

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

Our 2022 Sponsor special

Top Drop 2022

VanWine Fest 2022

Coastal Craft – Meet the Makers (Victoria)

Stillhead Distilling – Duncan

Chain Reaction Wines – Naramata Bench.

Davin de Kergomeaux – Spirits in the Dark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 16th, 2022- First pour of BC Wines In Vancouver –  OK Falls/Skaha Lake (Part One)

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First pour of BC Wines In Vancouver –  OK Falls/Skaha Lake (Part One)

 

 

THE SHOW

 

It was quite a gathering.

For the first time in over two years BC wines were being poured in Vancouver to a roomful of media, trade, and later in the day wine fans. 13 wineries from The Heart of Wine Country – OK Falls and Skaha Lake Winery Association.

The setting was the wonderful Terminal City Club on West Hastings.

People reconnected. They shook hands, hugged, and laughed.

I set up my recorder and microphone off in a corner, arranged some guest chairs, and sought out Dana Lee Harris.

She and her work partner Karen Madsen had extended an invitation to interview all the principals pouring their wines in the room.

When a tasting like this opens the front doors, a guy like me needs a “wrangler”. Someone with the smarts and leadership to find the next interview guest and walk them over to me, with an eye on the clock. That invaluable person was Dana Harris. (Dana Lee Consulting)  Barney Bentall once called an event like that – a goat rodeo.  Everyone talking, tasting, and enjoying a room filled with wine choices.

There was just enough time to talk to all 13 wineries and get back to the Harbour Air Terminal by the Convention Centre for the last flight to Maple Bay. What a day! The wines were handsome and memorable.  So were the guests.

The Heart of Wine Country Part One will feature

 Rob Hammersley –  Black Market Wine Co (co-founder)

2020 Pinot Blanc Barrel Aged

Evan Saunders – Blasted Church Vineyards (winemaker)

2018 Small Blessings Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)

Evan Saunders

Mario Rodi – Bonamici Cellars and President of OKF/Skaha Winery Assn. (co-founder)

Belviagio –  (Cab. Cab Franc. Merlot. Syrah. Sangiovese)

Mario and Vicky Rodi Bonamici

Tysha Pope – Crescent Hill Winery

2018 Chardonnay OAKanagan Girl

Terry Meyer-Stone – Mayhem Wines (co-founder)

2021 small-lot Sauvignon Blanc (6 months French oak/13% New)

Terry Meyer Stone (Western Living Mag)

 

 

JAK Meyer – Meyer Family Vineyards (co-founder)

2020 Pinot Noir (blend of 7 vineyards. Neutral French oak 8 months)

(JAK Meyer – tdm – Janice Stevens)

Dakota Bibby – Nighthawk Wines.  (Winemaker)

2019 Merlot (aged in French oak 18 months)

Dakota Bibby

www.blackmarketwine.ca

www.blastedchurch.com

www.bonamicicellars.com

www.crescenthillwinery.com

www.mayhemwines.com

www.mfvwine.ca

www.nighthawkvineyards.com

 

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

  • Okanagan Falls Part Two
  • Top Drop 2022
  • Ned Bell – Naramata Inn
  • Van Wine Fest
  • Cowichan Valley Wine Fests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 9th, 2022 Leslie d’Andrea: OK Falls pours in Vancouver/The Wine Diva: Budget Bottles under $17

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Leslie d’Andrea: OK Falls pour in Vancouver-Wednesday/The Wine Diva: Budget Bottles 2022 (under $17)

THE SHOW

It was the first regular Spring Release notice that I’ve seen in a couple of years. Made my heart jump!

“The Heart of Wine Country Okanagan Falls/Skaha Lake Spring Release 2022.

Terminal City Club Wednesday, April 13   6:30-8:30 PM”

www.theheartofwinecountry.ca

So that it doesn’t go unnoticed in a busy week,  I’ve invited back to TRR   Leslie D’Andrea co-founder of Noble Ridge to go over the final details and a reminder of who’s pouring.

Terry. Leslie D’Andrea Benoit Gauthier. Noble Ridge

Nighthawk

Wild Goose

Liquidity

Stag’s Hollow

Black Market

Blasted Church

Bonamici Cellars

Crescent Hill

Mayhem

Meyer Family

Noble Ridge

Play Estate

 

FYI – On the day,  I’ll be interviewing principals from all 13 wineries for several feature specials in
April.  Considering the past two years of pandemic, this feels like a celebration. Come celebrate!!

Details and tickets at the website above.

Budget Bottles 2022 (under $17)    Daenna van Mulligen/The Wine Diva

Daenna Van Mulligen

The Wine Diva doesn’t just specialize in Wine Lists, Daenna creates a master class in wine tasting!

All year long she tastes hundreds of bottles of wine and makes copious notes about each release.

Every wine on every list has tasting notes and inside info on the wine.

She has either visited many of the wineries/regions or knows the owners/winemakers.

Then come to the lists.

Top 50 over $20

Best Bubbles

Top 100 under $20

 Here’s my favorite – Budget Bottles 2022 (under $17.00)

All tested and found to be delivering wines well beyond the pricing.

As always – if you go to www.winediva.ca – you can follow along on your phone or iPad or computer.

We can’t talk about them all but here’s a large list of what Daenna talked about. (We kept  her original list numbers included to help you find them)

Your new favorite wine is in here..at just the right price. (Thank you Daenna)  

  • Longshot Pinot Grigio, California $14.99
  • Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards ‘Runabout White’, Okanagan Valley, BC N/A
  • Jose Maria da Fonseca ‘Periquita’, Portugal $10.99
  • Oops ‘Bodacious Blonde’ Chardonnay, Central Valley Chile $15.99
  • Monte del Fra Bardolino DOC, Custoza, Verona Italy $16.99
  • Oops ‘Voluptuous Beauty’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley Chile $15.99
  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery ‘Private Reserve’ Cabernet~Merlot, Okanagan Valley BC $14.99
  • Harper’s Trail ‘Field Blend White’, British Columbia N/A
  • Intrigue Wines ‘I Do’ Sparkling, Okanagan Valley BC $20.00
  • El Petit Bonhomme, Jumilla Spain $15.99
  • El Petit Bonhomme Blanco, Rueda Spain $15.99
  • Mayhem Wines Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley N/A
  • Hester Creek Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley BC $16.00
  • Scattered Earth Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa $14.99
  • Hester Creek Pinot Gris~Viognier, Okanagan Valley BC $17.00
  • Corcelettes Estate Winery ‘Sante’, British Columbia N/A
  • Chateau Dereszla Furmint, Tokaji, Hungary $16.99
  • Chateau Haut Bascla, Bordeaux, France $15.00
  • Parras Wines ‘Ruelas Reserva’, Lisboa, Portugal N/A
  • Boutinot Wines ‘Italia’ Sangiovese, Puglia, Italy $15.00
  • Conte Priuli Pinot Grigio Blush, Venezia, Italy $15.00
  • Villa Wolf Pinot Blanc, Pfalz Germany $16.00
  • The Second Act ‘Piquette’, Canada $14.99
  • Road 13 Honest John’s Rose, Okanagan Valley BC $18.00
  • Intrigue Wines ‘Semper, Sitiens Drought’ Rotberger, Lake Country, Okanagan Valley, BC N/A
  • Journey’s End ‘Bees Knees’ Chenin Blanc~Viogner, Mount Rozier, Western Cape South Africa $15.00
  • The Grinder Pinotage, Western Cape South Africa $13.99
  • Spier ‘Signature Collection’ Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch South Africa $13.99
  • Nederburg ‘The Winemasters’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Cape South Africa $13.99
  • Spier ‘Signature’ Pinotage, Stellenbosch Western Cape, South Africa $16.00
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www.winediva.ca

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

  •  Top Drop 2022
  • Van Wine Fest
  • OK Falls/Skaha Lake  Spring Wine Pour
  • Top Foodies
  • Segment Sponsor Specials
  • Locals Only
  • Portugal Pour
  • Meet the Makers

 

April 2nd, 2022 -Okanagan Crush Pad. Christine Coletta & Darryl Brooker/ Modest Wines releases  with Jeff Hundertmark  

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Okanagan Crush Pad. Christine Coletta & Darryl Brooker/ Modest Wines releases  with Jeff Hundertmark

  

THE SHOW

A press release arrived this week:

Seasoned veteran Darryl Brooker returns to the industry he is passionate about to lead dynamic growth plans set in motion by Okanagan Crush Pad founders Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie who view the appointment of Darryl Brooker as an important piece of their succession planning.

In addition to overseeing the senior management team, Brooker’s key focus will be facility expansions and to build out the founders’ vision for Garnet Valley Ranch, a 320-acre organic vineyard and farm.

The players

Christine ColettaCo-founder of Okanagan Crush Pad.

A visionary  leader not only in the Okanagan but the entire BC wine industry,

Christine Coletta

Christine and her husband Steve  started a custom crush pad which included their own labels

Haywire, Narrative, The Bub, etc.

Their wine releases are now so successful,  the labels are key to the future of OCP.

 

Darryl Brooker:  New CEO of OCP

Darryl Brooker

Darryl Brooker is a graduate of  UC Davis. Plus management&  science education in Australia

Brooker also served in various capacities from vice president of winemaking to general manager and then president of Mission Hill from  2015 to March 2021. Darryl was also vice president of winemaking and operations at CedarCreek Estate Winery and senior winemaker at Andrew Peller Limited.

It’s great to have him back. With a little staining and wine spitting, he’ll be as good as new.

Enjoy the conversation. Lots of give and take. Opinions abound.

Audio here. Zoom video on our You Tube Channel. (terrydavidmulligan) Its funny at times.

 

Christine brought with her three really fine Spring releases:

2019 Haywire  Gamay Rose.  High elevation Gamay acidity. Seacrest Vineyards in  Oliver.

80% concrete 20% stainless steel. Fermented dry..pressed to concrete.

On lees for 6 months – 13.5 % – $24.90.

Cellared an extra year this Rose  has found its form.   Not to be gulped…take your time.  It’s well worth waiting for.

If you see it – buy it. Taste the future of BC wine.

2019  Free Form – VinGris. (unfiltered Pinot Noir) 12.6 %.  Garnett Valley Ranch. Grown in Limestone and granite Texture, herbal notes.  Whole bunch pressed. Compelling in the mouth.  Causes you to really think about this wine. I think the word for this wine  is “engaged”

Sipping is to believe. The label is made from stone paper. $29.00

If you can’t find it, there may be some at Cactus Club.

 

2020  Narrative 2 Pinots.  13%

From the North Okanagan,  Pinot Gris. From the South,  Pinot Blanc.

Bone dry. Rich Texture. From concrete eggs. Delightfully  delicious

Seafood, pasta, chicken, soft cheese. Or by itself. $22.90

 

 

www.okanagancrushpad.com

www.haywirewinery.com

 

Jeff Hundertmark – Sommelier and Chief Winemaker Mt Boucherie, Rust Wine Co, Modest Wines.

Jeff Hundertmark

Jeff came to the Okanagan from Niagara several years ago. (That’s where we first met)

Back East Jeff was a well-known sommelier and restaurateur who was convinced to add winemaking to his knowledge.

He worked his way through various wine jobs from cellar rat to winemaker.

The more he tasted the wines of BC the more he knew he had to give the West a shot.

And here he is, once again working his way through cellars in the Okanagan.

However, he has found a home at Mt Boucherie. And Rust Wine Co and Modest Wines.

The family owners hold some  300 acres of prime land all over the valley.  During  bountiful years, the cellars are overrun with juice. Frankly, it’s a great problem to have.

However, Jeff is bringing with him today Spring releases from Modest Wines.

The idea of experimentation, risk-taking and paying homage to classic wine regions of the World came from the Modest Butcher Restaurant at the winery.

They wanted a fresh take on wines to pour with their distinctive menu.

Have a look:

2021 The Elder Vicar.   Lazy River Vineyard. South Cawston. Similkameen Valley

A Noble blend of Riesling. Gew. Muscat. Pinot Gris (apples. peaches. apricots)  $24.99

A number of you will go crazy for this blend. I think it’s you people over there..in the corner.

2021 La Graves Robber.  57% Sauvignon Blanc and 43% Semillon. Grown in OK Falls. This has a future.

Ah, my kind of blend.  It has weight and texture. Grapefruit on the nose and palate. Spice. Ripe Melon. Herbs.

All are contained in stainless steel.  $27.99

 

2021 Eye of the Partridge. Pinot Noir Rose. I’ll leave the color story to Jeff.

Grown in South Cawston. On skins for somewhere between 2 hours and 5 minutes or 8 hours. 5 minutes and 24 seconds.

Clean. Dry. Minerality. Raspberry. Strawberry. Did i mention Minerality.  Herbs!  It’s freaking  Delicious!!  $24.99

 

2021 Steen Down So Long  – Chenin Blanc.  Acidity. Fresh. Inspired by the wines of Cape Good Hope. South Africa.

Aged on lees in Acacia Puncheons for 90 days before blending. Just finished the bottle. Go find this wine. $27.99

 

2020 By Jove.  Sangiovese. (with a touch of Merlot & Cab Franc)

Barreled aged 14 months. French, American, and Hungarian Oak.

Well done Ferreira Vineyards. Ripe black fruit. spice. cassis.

Love this wine.  Love it. Paired with ribs and BBQ chicken.  $29.99

Impressive finish. Seeking more immediately. You should too!

2020 Crimson Crusader – Carmenere from the Black Sage Bench.

Whole clustered. French Neutral Oak. 15% New.  14 months.

There may only be 2-3 Carms in the whole of Canada. This is one of them,.

Love your pepper?  Spice ?  Full expressive finish? This wine has it all.

$29.99  Buy early.  Small batch,.

 

www.mtboucherie.com

www.modestbutcher.com

@modestbutcher

 

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

Moon Curser

Hillside Winery

Unsworth Vineyards

JP Customs/The Hatch

BC Wine Month

Spring Releases

OK Falls Pour Spring Wines In Vancouver.

 

 

 

March 26th, 2022 – New look to Monte Creek & Remembering The Science of Wine

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New look to Monte Creek & Remembering The Science of Wine

 

THE SHOW

 Galen Barnhardt  Winemaker Monte Creek (Kamloops)

Galen Barnhardt

 Monte Creek Winery is situated just outside Kamloops on a 1,200-acre property, with 75 acres of grapes planted in the Thompson Valley, plus 40 planted acres in the Similkameen Valley.

With a focus on sustainable and regenerative farming, the wines made at Monte Creek Winery are a celebration of the purpose and place.

📷: @MKuhnPhoto

Monte Creek Winery has been open to the public since June 2015. They practice organic farming methods at every opportunity, an important decision that has everything to do with the livestock they raise and their proximity to the river.

Monte Creek Winery is made up of 75 acres of vines planted at two estates vineyards, Monte Creek and Lion’s Head.

 

The new-look label series include  –

Ancient Waters

The Ancient Waters series refers to the historical geological events that formed the land and prized soils. The first release under this new label is the 2019 Ancient Waters Chardonnay,  Platinum at the 2021 WineAlign Awards, Double Gold at the 2021 All Canadian Wine Championships, and 90 Points from the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards.

Monte Creek AWS_Chardonnay

Other wines to look out for in this series are Riesling, Rosé, and Pinot Noir.

Living Land

The 2020 Living Land Rosé and 2020 Living Land Sparkling Rosé are current examples from this series. The Rosé was awarded a Double Gold at the 2021 All Canadian Wine Championships and the Sparkling Rosé Gold at the 2021 BC Lieutenant Governor’s Awards. The Living Land series also features La Crescent, Chardonnay, Sparkling, Rosé, Piquette, Pinot Noir, Foch, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Merlot.

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Pioneer series

The Pioneer series includes the popular Hands Up White and Hands Up Red blends.

Galen takes us through these new releases and more

2019 Ancient Waters Chardonnay ($24.99)Dec 7 2019)

Go for the oak. Stay for the long finish

2020 Living Land Pinot Noir ($24.99)

Herbs. Pepper. Rich ripe berries.

2020 Living Land Riesling ($21.99)

Lime & Green apple notes. Granny Smith in the mouth


www.montecreek.com

The Science of Wine – From the Archives (Dec 7, 2019)

 It was such a great idea.

Mission Hill management asked their family of winemakers

to gather at Science World in Vancouver to discuss and debate The Science of Wine. Followed by a pour, of course!

It’s not near as glamorous as talking about nose or palate but for winemakers, it’s the core of what they do. Usually by themselves in a cold unglamorous room.

Getting the science of wine right can make an OK wine come alive and be a judgment winner.

It was a great night.  A sold-out Science World with wine fans dressed to impress. Best of all, the night raised much-needed funds for the building.

Three of the winemakers are still with their wineries.

And we’ve invited them to repeat their thoughts.

 

Taylor Whelan – Cedar Creek (East Kelowna)

Phil McCann – Checkmate (Oliver)

Shane Munn – Martins Lane (East Kelowna)

 

Have a listen. I swear it will make your wines taste better.

Really enjoyed the dialogue between Taylor and Phil

Phil is the guy with the down-under accent.

 

www.checkmatewinery.com

www.cedarcreek.bc.ca

www.martinslanewinery.com

 

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

 

Sponsorthon

-The Hatch

-Hillside

-MoonCurser

-Unsworth

Modest Wines

Mt Boucherie

 

March 19th, 2022 Mark Hopley WM  Hester Creek/Elan Morris GM Okanagan Wine Festivals  

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Mark Hopley WM  Hester Creek/Elan Morris GM Okanagan Wine Festivals

 

THE SHOW

 Every Spring is a like a gift. If you’re any kind of a wine fan, this Spring is going to be something special.

You can expect wineries all over BC to be proudly releasing their Spring wines.

For the wine fan, after  two years of lockdown,  we can’t wait to get out, visit the wineries, go to wine festivals and discover our next new wine.

With that in mind our two guests are primed and ready.

Mark Hopley Winemaker at Hester Creek (Golden Mile)

Elan Morris GM of The Okanagan Wine Festival Society (Kelowna)

 

Welcome to Tasting Room Radio – Spring 2022

Mark Hopley  – Winemaker Hester Creek (Golden Mile)

Mark Hopley

Hester Creek Estates is celebrating its 54th year of winemaking.  One of the originals.

Winemaker Mark Hopley has been waiting almost 6 months to release many of his Spring releases. That takes us back to harvest last Fall and 6 months in tank, barrel and bottle.  What a wonderful line-up.

Hester Creek

2021 Pinot Blanc – as predicted, it’s finding its place in our hearts and fridge. $17.99

2021 Pinot Gris – at the BC LDB, online, select grocery stores and private liquor stores, as well as in Alberta; $17.99 plus tax

2021 Pinot Gris Viognier – at Save-On-Foods; $19.99 plus tax

2021 Old Vine Trebbiano – at the Winery and online; $23.99  (Hello Joe)

The 2019 vintage  of The Judge will be available this summer.  We passionately discuss. $45.99 –  6 pack available.

 

Also some  discussion about the fine red blend Garland.

Also of note, with most of the COVID-19 restrictions now lifted Hester Creek Estate is back to offering many of their guest experiences: Tasting Room is open daily for tours and tastings.

As well,  the  Terrafina Restaurant and Villa accommodations are available for bookings. And they have resumed their  popular cooking classes at the winery.

www.hestercreek.com

Elan Morris – General Manager Okanagan Wine Festival Society

Elan Morris

 Elan returns with welcome news of the 26th Spring Okanagan Wine Festival.  May 5-15

70 events in 10 days.

Highlights include

Valley First Spring Wine Tastings – 130 wines from 35 wineries. (May 7)

From Cellars to Classics – classic wines and music (May 12)

Blush and Bubbles – A new event featuring  a happy choice of Rose and Sparkling Wines. (May 15)

Elan brings lots of information and stories. Have a listen and make your plans before the tickets are gone, gone, gone!

 

 

www.thewinefestivals.com

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

Top Drop 2022

Spring Releases

Monte Creek

Sponsor Fest

-Unsworth

-Hillside

-JPCustoms (Hatch)

-Moon Curser

 

 

March 12th,2022- Exec Director Harry Hertscheg on 43rd Van Wine Fest plus A visit with  Winemakers Cut

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Exec Director Harry Hertscheg on 43rd Van Wine Fest plus A visit with  Winemakers Cut

 

THE SHOW

 The last time VanWineFest gathered it was early  March of 2020.

Days  after they closed the doors,  the World would be dealt a monumental blow by a global pandemic.

So, here we are two years later. Our lives have been changed in so many ways. Covid 19 has been controlled to such an extent that masks are optional and the 43rd Van Wine Fest will be allowed to open their doors once again.  May 16-22.

101 wineries from 14 countries. 41 of those wineries will be from British Columbia.

 

Happy to say 18 producers from Italy and 14 from the USA.

View the winery list here.

vanwinefest The Goods

. The festival has been named the #1 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event in Canada by New York’s BizBash for seven years running and was named the Best International Wine Festival – North America by LUX Life Magazine

The festival is headquartered at the Vancouver Convention Centre; in addition, restaurants and venues around the city will host winery dinners, lunches, seminars, and wine minglers. The sumptuous Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, presented by National Bank Private Banking 1859, and benefiting Bard on the Beach, will take place on Tuesday, May 17 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The heart of the festival is the Tasting Room, where all 101 wineries will gather for four International Festival Tastings and two Trade Tastings.

Tickets for the International Festival Tastings are now on sale. Ticket prices range from $109-$129 all in. Festival-goers looking to enjoy a vacation or staycation in Vancouver over the Victoria Day long weekend can get a free Tasting Room ticket if they book a downtown hotel via StayVancouverHotels.com. The promotion is available until May 6, or while supplies last.

For more information about the Vancouver International Wine Festival go to VanWineFest.ca.

 

As always, when we need the complete story on all things Vancouver Wine Festival we find the Executive Director Harry Hertscheg.

Harry-Hertscheg-

Harry and I did this interview days before the line up was announced. It’s one big Tease.

@vanwinefest

#VIWF

 

VanWineFest.ca.

 

 Michal Mosny.  Co-founder /Winemaker at Winemakers Cut (Oliver)

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Several years ago Jason Priestley and I were sitting in the back of a pick-up truck shooting Hollywood and Vines TV on our way to Nik’Mip Winery.

Watching in Slovakia were winemaker Michal Mosny and his wife Martina.

Michal and Martina Mosny – Winemakers Cut

They liked the vineyards going by and the varietals being grown.

Michal was a cool climate winemaker and he felt at home here.

They moved to the Okanagan, found a vineyard at Deadman Lake south of Oliver and the rest is history.

Now, you can find Winemakers Cut all over the West.

Michal’s been on the show before but I thought it was time to get caught up..

Talking about which of his wines are currently on our shelves and what’s coming this Spring.

Here is their current selection:

FIDELIA – Charmat sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

2020 Gruner Veltliner

2020 Muscat Canelli

 

New Bohemian Wines – released just at the end of 2021

2020 Bohemian Merlot

2020 Bohemian Cabernet Sauvignon

2020 Bohemian Cabernet Franc

2020 Bohemian Petit Verdot – wine club exclusive

2020 Bohemian Tempranillo – wine club exclusive

2020 Bohemian Riesling

 

 

Waiting to be released in April:

2021 Sauvignon Blanc

2021 Rose (100% Cabernet Franc)

2021 Gruner Veltliner

2021 Muscat Canelli

 

www.winemakerscut.ca

 

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

Top Drop 2022

Okanagan Wine Festival

Hester Creek – New Spring Whites

Monte Creek – New releases and labels

 

March 5th, 2022 – 812 Wines.  20 Platinum. Here’s 5 of the very best 2021 BC Lt. Governors Winners.

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812 Wines.  20 Platinum. Here’s 5 of the very best 2021 BC Lt. Gov Winners.

 

THE SHOW

 The press release said..

A panel of judges from Canada and the US tasted more than 800 wines, and awarded gold, silver, and platinum medals to 90 British Columbian wineries”

I know most of these judges. They cannot be fooled or influenced. They take great pride in getting the winners right.

12 of the 14 judges have been guests on Tasting Room Radio. I pay attention to what they have to say.

On and off the air.

Congratulations to all the wineries and to Tim Pawsey – Winner of the Harry McWatters Award.

There simply wasn’t time to talk to all 20 Platinum winners but we were able to stalk and corner…

 

 

Wine of the Year winner David Patterson – GM & Winemaker of Tantalus 2018 Old Vines Riesling (East Kelowna)

David Patterson

 

Grant Stanley – Winemaker at Spearhead Winery. . (East Kelowna) 3 Platinum Pinot Noirs

Grant Stanley

 

Lorin Inglis – GM at ENRICO Winery (Cowichan Valley) 2020 Shining Armour Pinot Gris

TDM and Lorin Ingles

 

Jeff Hundertmark – Head Winemaker Mt Boucherie  (West Kelowna) 2020 Original Vine Semillon/2018 Reserve Syrah

Jeff Hundertmark

 

Gaurev Maan – Maan Farms Estate Winery – 2020 Raspberry Table Wine (Frazer Valley)

The Mann Family

 

Elan Morris – GM OK Wine Festivals. (Kelowna)

Here is the complete 2021 Platinum List – Congratulations All.

  • Arrowleaf Cellars – 2019 Riesling
  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery – 2019 Syrah
  • CedarCreek Estate Winery – 2020 Platinum Home Block Rosé
  • Chain Reaction Winery – 2019 Tailwind Pinot Gris
  • ENRICO WINERY – 2020 Shining Armour Pinot Gris
  • Inniskillin Okanagan Estate Winery – 2018 Estate Riesling Icewine
  • Kismet Estate Winery – 2018 Cabernet Franc Reserve
  • Liquidity Wines – 2020 Rosé
  • Maan Farms Estate Winery – 2020 Raspberry Table Wine
  • Mission Hill Family Estate – 2019 Terroir Collection Vista’s Edge Cabernet Franc
  • Mission Hill Family Estate – 2019 Perpetua
  • Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery – 2020 Original Vines Sémillon
  • Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery – 2018 Reserve Syrah
  • Silhouette Estate Winery – N/V Boyd Classic Cuveé
  • Silkscarf Winery – 2017 Syrah-Viognier
  • SpearHead Winery – 2019 Pinot Noir Saddle Block
  • SpearHead Winery – 2019 Pinot Noir Cuveé
  • SpearHead Winery – 2019 Pinot Noir Golden Retreat
  • Tantalus Vineyards – 2018 Chardonnay
  • Three Sisters Winery – 2019 Rebecca

The full list of medal winners can be found on the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society website.

Tantalus.ca

Enricowinery.com

Spearhead.ca

mtboucherie.com

maanfarms.com

thewinefestivals.com

 

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

Checking out Festival Season

Harry Hertscheg – Exec Director Vancouver Wine Fest

Kurtis Kolt – Top Drop Vancouver

 

 

 

 

February 26th, 2022- 8 of the finest Proseccos in the World with Treve Ring, and the State of BC Restaurants.

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8 of the finest Proseccos in the World with Treve Ring and the state of  BC Restaurants with Ian Tostenson and Kelly Gordon.

 

Hello… Hoping you are safe and well!

Loving this show.

The feature guests are  Wine Judge and Writer Treve Ring pouring 8 Prosecco’s from the legendary Conegliano Valdobbiadene region of Italy and then  a check in on the state of BC’s restaurants following two years of lockdown with Ian Tostenson BC Restaurant and Food Services Assn and Kelly Gordon  Romer’s Restaurants.

 

THE SHOW

 

Treve Ring  –   Cru-Consultancy. Speaker, writer, judge, traveler, Sommelier. Self-confessed geek.

The amazing Treve Ring is a wine writer and editor, judge and speaker, and perpetual traveler. A certified sommelier, WSET diploma holder, French wine scholar, instructor, and Sherry instructor, she is based in Victoria,  Vancouver Island,  though is most often found on a plane or in a vineyard.

TD interviewing Treve Ring

Treve has been writing professionally since 2001. Her work is regularly seen in numerous publications including World of Fine Wine, Meininger’s Wine Business International, Wine & Spirits, Sommelier Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, WineAlign, The Alchemist, Quench Magazine, Vitis, Lonely Planet Travel, and others.

In addition to her role as Correspondent Anorak at WineAnorak, she is the executive editor and senior critic at Gismondi on Wine, and editor at large for SIP Northwest Magazine. She tastes thousands of wines each year, and is an established wine judge in Canada, the UK, South Africa, New Zealand, and the United States. In 2012, she co-founded Cru Consultancy, a boutique wine education, and consultation company. Though her travels take her all over the wine world, Treve has spent the last few years concentrating and researching sparkling wine globally, with a focus on Champagne.

This story began in Conegliano Valdobbiadene, a hilly area in North-East Italy, 50 km from Venice and around 100 from the Dolomites. Here, for over three centuries, people have grown the grapes that produce Prosecco Superiore, whose success began with the founding of Italy’s first School of Winemaking in 1876. The production area covers 15 communes and represents the heart of the world of Prosecco; it is one of Italy’s historic denominations, recognized in 1969. In 2009, with the reorganization of the denominations for Prosecco, the Ministry of Agriculture classified it as Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin (D.O.C.G.), the highest level of quality for Italian wines.

Treve brings 8 Proseccos from Conegliano Valdobbiadene. The heart of Prosecco Superiore  D.O C.G.

 

Below are the wines we tasted  (with Treve’s guidance and storytelling). Surprisingly, few if any are represented in BC.

 

  1. La Farra Rive di Farra di Soligo 2020 Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Brut
  2. Conte Collalto Ponte Rosso NV Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Brut
  3. Bellenda San Fermo 2021 Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut
  4. Perlage Canah NV Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut
  5. Valdellövo ZeroNove 2021 Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut
  6. Bianca Vigna Rive di Collalto 2020 Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry
  7. Cantina Bernardi Terra De Rù 2021 Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry
  8. Riccardo NV Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Dry

www.cruconsultancy.com

@treve_ring

#ConeglianoValdobbiadene

 

Ian Tostenson – President and CEO of BC Restaurant and Food Services Assn

Kelly Gordon – President/Partner  Extra Mile Services Assn and Romer’s Burger Bars

The 2-year lockdown and Covid Pandemic hit the restaurants of BC really hard. menus were shortened, take out became a great way to pay the bills and staff, online creative helped create new customers and everyone started eating local.

Kelly Gordon & Chef Jim Romer (Nick Procaylo -PNG)

So. Here are  on the cusp of Spring 2022 at what feels like the start of a new normal.

I’ve invited two guests whose business is to read the future and guide their associations and restaurants.

From Ian and Kelly I wanted to know:

What’s the state of our restaurants in early 2022?

How did many of the restaurants survive the last two years?

The government’s role in supporting these businesses?

And what can we – the customer – do to help the remaining restaurants not only survive but thrive in the next two years.

 

www.BCRFA.com

www.romersburgerbar.com

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

  • What will Festival Season look like?
  • New Spring Releases
  • Monte Creek – Kamloops. Thompson
  • Checking out Mill Bay

 

 

February 19th, 2022 – Discovering outstanding  wines at 2House & Gold Hill plus  Little Engine on Naramata Bench

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Discovering outstanding  wines at 2House & Gold Hill plus  Little Engine on Naramata Bench

THE SHOW

 In 2007, when Tasting Room Radio began in a barn studio on the Naramata Bench,  I went looking for the most interesting people making the most interesting wines.

The very first of those guests were Val Tait and Ian Sutherland.

Valeria was consulting a number of wineries/vineyards and Ian was making wine as the founder of Poplar Grove. They took me to wine school every time we talked. They’ve become great friends.

Valli and Ian

Ian sold Poplar Grove but continued to consult. Val recently said goodbye as GM and Head Winemaker at  Bench 1775.

Now, 15 years after first meeting them,  they return to Tasting Room Radio as their own winery – 2House. Making singular wines but each with its own expression.

For example, they both make a Cab Franc. One in Val’s cool style and another with  Ian’s passion.

Here’s the problem.  They have yet to SHARE that Franc with me and frankly you as well. I hear it’s coming.

What they did send to taste and talk about were their collaborative efforts with –

2House  2018 Chardonnay (think Montrachet)  WOW!

2House 2017 Tempranillo (one of the very best BC reds I’ve tasted.)

Good grief these are good wines.!

 

Val Tait is also consulting  Gold Hill Wines for the Gill Family.  That means she has access to the very best vineyards for the  Gold Hill label and at the same time can grow the  2House label into the future.

 

This time we sample –

Gold Hill

2020 Cab Franc Rose

2020 Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Merlot –   A 2014 Merlot is one of their releases. It’s huge.

Same with 2015 Cab Franc.

 

Trust me on this.  When Val gets her hands and talent on those vineyards,  in the years ahead the wines at Gold Hill will be keepers.

 

 

 

https://www.goldhillwinery.com/

Instagram: @2housewine

 

 

Steven French  co-founder of Little Engine Wines (with wife Nicole)

 Steven and Nicole met at the University of Western Ontario and upon graduation moved to Calgary where they spent twenty years, Nicole in education and real estate development and Steven in oil and gas.

Successful entrepreneurs with an inherent family motto of will and determination it was their desire to create that beckoned them to an industry steeped in creativity.

They purchased their first vineyard site in 2011 with the foresight of combining their love for both wine and the rich tradition and culture of winemaking into a brand that would deliver excellence without compromise, the Little Engine brand.

Their family motto: “Dreams don’t come true, dreams are made true.”

This two-part interview started when I saw a mention of a virtual tasting Little Engine was offering online.

I liked the idea because you could playback Stevens commentary – pause and make notes – then carry on.

Three small piccolo bottles showed up.

2018 Little Engine Chardonnay

2018 Little Engine Pinot Noir

2018 Merlot

I got Steven to turn off his front-end loader and get in touch. No easy task.

I had a bag full of questions about Little Engine and he answered all of them and more.

Because of the commitment by Nicole and Steven, Little Engine Wines are always going to be singular, outstanding, and better each year.

Thoroughly enjoyed this conversation with Steven.  I hope it shows.  Cheers!!

Congratulations to the winemaking team, led by Scott Robinson. Well Done!

 

 

www.littleenginewines.com

#littleenginewines

@littleenginewines

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

  • New Releases
  • Restaurant Updates
  • Festival Updates
  • A Prosecco Tasting and Seminar.