December 15th, 2018 – Road 13 & Gotham /Dan Wright @Unsworth/Rhys Pender


Road 13 & Gotham create a wine/Dan Wright @Unsworth/Rhys Pender Wines of the

Also,  everyone answers three questions

-Wine of the Year

-Trends of 2018

-Wine Gifts




Joseph Luckhurst – GM Road 13 (Golden Mile)

Joseph Luckhurst Road 13

Much to talk about with Joseph.

Blending  in-house wine for Gotham/Hy’s.  Answering our three questions,
walking us through their new releases

Jackpot Syrah –  Bronze Nat Wine Awards  2016  $43.48

Blind Creek Viognier – Gold Nat Wine Awards  2017  $18.49

Seventy-Four K –  2017  $25.99 ($2 off in December at BC Liquor Stores)

And last but not least – The surprising sale of Road 13 to Anthony von Mandl
Family of Wines.

Sam Jonnery – Wine Director, Gotham Steakhouse

Steve Schmeitenknop – Beverage Director, Hy’s of Canada (was there opening

Megan Buckley – COO, Hy’s of Canada & Gotham’s opening GM

Steve. Megan.TDM

Earlier this year, the  team from Hy’s and Gotham visited with Road 13
Vineyards, the 2018 Canadian Winery of the Year, to craft a proprietary red
wine exclusively for Hy’s of Canada’s three British Columbia restaurants.

Working carefully with Road 13, they created a  gorgeous blend that
perfectly compliments Hy’s and Gotham’s  menus.

The wine:
named 18-six-18,  was added to their  wine lists in early December. It’s a
great blend from Road 13’s Blind Creek Vineyard in The Similkameen. 34%
Merlot. 46% Cabernet Sauvignon. 5% Petit Verdot. 15% Malbec


Notes of Cassis, Black fruit.  In the mouth, a sense of black pepper, sage,
dark chocolate, anise and more.

Only available at the three BC restaurants.

In addition, Gotham will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in early 2019
and we get some stories on those years.


Gotham is famous  for being the home away from home for visiting hockey
teams, film and music stars.

Megan brings perspective on the 20 years of Gotham and how much the
restaurant business has changed in Vancouver in those 20 years.

Sam and Steve talk about creating their blend and then answer today’s three
questions.  Wines of the Year. Trends.  Wine Gifts.



Dan Wright –  Winemaker at Unsworth Vineyards  (Cowichan Valley)

Dan Wright (Unsworth)

I’ve done a number of Unsworth features. With Chris and Tim Turyk. However,
I had never interviewed Winemaker Dan Wright.

First time we met I told him the next interview was his. Along comes new
releases from Unsworth and the perfect opportunity to get together.

Dan talks about new releases, the 2015 Cuvee De L’ile (traditional method
sparkling)  and a new dessert wine called Mistelle. (Mistelle is made from
100% estate Pinot Gris fortified with a spirit made from the Pinot Gris

and 2016 Symphony (red blend – Cabernet Libre & Petit Milo)

Dan also describes CharmeCharme Rose  – Pinot Noir And the very popular

Lots to like here!

Dan also answers today’s three questions..

Wines of the Year, Trends. Wine Gifts


Rhys Pender – Master of Wine/Partner at Little Farms Winery/ Wine Plus WSET

Rhys Pender – Little Farm & Wine Plus (Lionel Trudel)

Rhys is the first of three wine ambassadors/teachers who I’m pleased to call
a friend.

(Next Week, Kurtis Kolt from The Georgia Straight and DJ Kearney Global Wine
Expert and New District consultant will be featured in a special on Wines of
the Year, Trends of 2018 and Wine Gifts.

We’ll publish all three lists before we’re done.)

As a Master of Wine, Rhys had tasted thousands of wines, so to ask him to
narrow his recommendations down to a handful is a tough call. It took him a
day or so to really think about his choices but here they are and Rhys
explains why.

He took on the Trends and Wine Gifts questions as well.

  • Le Vieux Pin Cuvée Violette Syrah ($27)
  • Pewsey Vale Contours Riesling 2012 ($43 Private stores)
  • Louis Jadot Meursault ($94)
  • Joie Farm Gamay ($24)
  • Fitz Blanc de Blancs ($42.50)

Trends – Natural becoming mainstream but worrying trends of sugaring up
And as gifts – Fitz Blanc de Blanc ($42.50). In fact any Blanc de Blancs
bubbly. Or Chablis or Beaujolais because that’s what I want!




Three Questions for DJ Kearney – Global Wine Ambassador and Kurtis Kolt Wine
Column Georgia Straight and Wine Ambassador.

Wine of the Year. Trends for 2018.Wine Gifts.

And a quick conversation with Madeline Puckette – Wine Folly

A visit to Kutatas on Salt Spring Island

With Mira and Dan.

Best interviews of the Year

November 24th 2018- A Church. A Fort. A Chef and One of NZ’s Best,  Felton Road.


A Church. A Fort. A Chef and One of NZ’s Best,  Felton Road.

OK.  Let’s take them one at a time.

Evan Saunders –  Winemaker at Blasted Church  (Okanagan Falls)

Evan Saunders

Evan grew up on the Canadian prairies.

Became a Micro-Biologist at UVic.

Which led to the wine course at Brock in Ontario and finally his first
winery at Osoyoos La Rose and a 3-year mentorship with their winemaker
Pascal Madevon.

Now Evan’s  talent has been fully recognized at Blasted Church, south of
Penticton, overlooking Skaha Lake and part of the Okanagan Falls Winery

Blasted Church is unlike any other winery in Canada.

They make over 30 different wines, even though they keep changing, their
labels are totally one-of-a-kind  and very likely bother some wine fans who
happen to be religious.

Best of all, they make wine fun and funny AND they come through with solid
wines in the bottle.

Evan has created several new wines. The revered series featuring Answered
Prayers AND Nectar of the Gods (in partnership with pal  Pascal Madevon)

Plus Bible Thumper.

Down the road watch for Evan’s influence on the Blasted Church reds  That’s
his specialty.

Heads UP – we didn’t have room for all of Evan’s recommendations for last
week’s Winter Whites.

Here’s his list of Winter Whites  which he talks us through on today’s show

2017 Sauvignon blanc – 25% barrel fermentation, about 6% Semillon, estate
Sauvignon blanc

2017 Small Blessings Semillon – about 45 cases, barrel fermentation, 11
months on lees, Semillon from the North shore of Osoyoos Lake

2016 Bible Thumper – barrel fermentation, Viognier, Roussanne blend

2016 Nectar of the Gods – Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cot noir blend,
22 months in barrel, about 50% new French oak  ( It’s not White. Evan will


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Rolf de Bruin – Fort Berens co-founder. (Lillooet BC)

Rolf de Bruin Fort Berens

Rolf and his wonderful wife/partner Heleen Pannekoek share the management
duties at  Fort Berens  in Lillooet, BC

They were the first winery in the area but  Rolf tells us about the four
growers now operating in the area plus yet another winery   Cliff and Gorge
will open at Texas Creek Ranch,  Spring 2019.  Plus a new GI has been
approved for Lillooet and so beginning with their next vintage they will be
able to use Lillooet VQA on their labels.

Fort Berens Winery

Rolf was also happy to announce the release of their exceptional  Reserve


Cab Franc


Plus their Classics

Pinot Noir

Cab Franc


In May they planted their new Red Rock Vineyard with 4 acres of Merlot and 5
acres of Cab Franc.

Early in 2019, they plan to plant more Riesling, Cab, Gruner, and Merlot.

Things are looking good in Lillooet.  Have a listen to Rolf and then make
plans to give them a visit in 2019.


Nigel  Greening –  Felton Road  (NZ)


Maker of one of the world’s finest Pinot Noirs. No Question.

This Central Otago icon produces stunning biodynamic wines year after year.
These guys really know their stuff.

In 2010 Felton Road was designated a Grand Cru winery of New Zealand. This
Grand Cru status, currently only held by two other wineries (including Ata
Rangi), recognizes the premier producers of Pinot Noir in New Zealand.


Winemaker Blair Walter is a master of less is more, Pinots are unfined and
unfiltered and challenge the very best the world has to offer.

Felton Road is situated on warm, north facing slopes of glacial loess soils
in Bannockburn, in the heart of Central Otago. The modern gravity fed winery
receives 100% estate grown fruit from its three vineyards that are all
farmed biodynamically and are fully certified by Demeter. Minimal
intervention in the winemaking with such practices as wild yeast, no fining
or filtration, allow the unique vineyard characters to further express their
considerable personality.

Since the first vintage in 1997, Felton Road has acquired a formidable
worldwide reputation.

Felton Road is one of the legendary names in New Zealand wine. They’re
probably the most famous of the Central Otago wineries, making some highly
regarded Pinot Noirs.

It was my great pleasure  to spend a number of hours talking to Owner, part
time chef and team leader Nigel Greening.

Looking for one of the best wineries anywhere in NZ?

You’ve just found it.  Felton Road.


Chef Andrey Durbach – Il Falcone (Courtney, BC)

Andrey and Sian Durbach moved to the Comox  Valley, Vancouver Island over
a year ago from Vancouver. They had been  running multiple  downtown
Vancouver restaurants. High Tempo Rooms.

Sian and Andrey Durbach

Before he became an outstanding graduate of the CIA,  Culinary Institute of
America in NYC, he had first made a name for himself in Vancouver working
with Bishop’s, Il Giardino and Café de Paris.  He launched Etoile in 96.
There he learned the hard lessons of running a restaurant. Sold the place
and hit the road re-learning the trade.

When Sian and Andrey returned to Vancouver 2 years later they partnered with
Chris Stewart and opened Parkside, La Buca and Pied-a-Terre. Cafeteria
followed with its $20 or less menu. My favorite was Sardine Can. A tiny
room in Gastown.

No matter what the location I always noticed and liked his cooking.

Well,  imagine my delight to discover that Sian and Andrey had opened Il
Falcone in downtown Courtney.

Why Courtney?

Andrey explains in the interview that he and Sian finally wanted to work for
themselves and the best place was a former Mexican restaurant in Courtney.
Surrounded by burnt yellow stucco walls enclosing a courtyard filled with
black cherry, fig, and other fruit trees..you swear the restaurant was
somewhere in Italy.  Perfect. We’ve been three times and all three we sat
outside under those trees. Glorious.

And the food?

Italian dishes with no excuses…Nothing but the best. It helps that they’re
surrounded by hundreds of farms, fisheries specialists and foragers working
the land. One of the best cheese makers in Canada is right around the

Andre says he and Sian pretended to be Italians moving to the Comox Valley
and they did what they’d do back in Italy..source and cook local. Cook like
the Italians would.

The wine menu?  Almost exclusively Italian.

For anyone who’s traveled to Italy..no matter what small town you were in,
there would always be one Italian restaurant as its centerpiece. That’s what
they’ve tried to do here. Just off the beaten path..a discovery waiting to

Is it worth the flight or ferry? Yes and absolutely yes.

As Andrey told Montecristo magazine..

“My kind of diner is one who loves unctuous, delicious food, and is willing
to chance the unfamiliar. It’s a diner who knows and trusts the kitchen and
the servers, a person who wholeheartedly invests in the visceral experience
of a meal. This is what I’m after.”

I guess the question for you is – are you that diner?



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Mulligan Stew December 30th 2017-The Year End Stew – Best Interviews 2017


Lots of interviews this year..so how do you pick the best of the best?
They pick you actually.
These interviews are the ones that stayed with me..resonated with truth,
passion and humour.
Two hours of the years most memorable interviews.. (and YES, I could have
done 3-4 more shows.)

Robbie Robertson – Original member and songwriter for The Band.  One of the
greatest most influential  groups ever. Talking about his book Testimony,
Dylan, The Last Waltz and writing The Weight!
The Wood Brothers – Wonderfully talented, gifted singers and songwriters.
Talking about The Band and their influence.
LeeRoy Stagger – Surely in the running for Top 100 albums of the year
Ron Sexsmith – Talking about The Last Rider and what his early years were
Susan Tedeschi – Her husband Derek Trucks had to take another phone call but
Susan finished off our interview with some great thoughts about a  life in
Stephen Fearing – Talking about his single Blowhard Nation and what
influenced the song.

Rhiannon Giddens – It’s all about what happens to her when one of the most
influential Producers T Bone Burnett offers to produce a solo album so the
World can really hear her voice. Interview backstage at this year’s Edmonton
Folk Festival
The Juno Couch – Yes it was recorded in 2016 but I played this special and
portions of it all during 2017..so I fudged a bit.
It was worth it – interviews with Buffy St Marie, Tom Cochrane, Miranda
Mulholland, Matt Good and Alan Doyle. All on the Couch together.

Bruce Cockburn – His first interview for new album Bone on Bone. Again, a
must have on the Top 100. Talks about the song that started it all Three Al
Purdy’s for a $20 bill

Bare Naked Ladies – Interviewed them twice..this one in Nanaimo. Focused on
an album that did not get the recognition it deserved, with The Persuaders.
And how that collaboration changed the way BNL sing some of their songs.
Grant Lawrence – On his book on The Smugglers  Dirty Windshield.
This interview was about Grant and Nardwuar knocking on my door Halloween
Valerie June – again at the Edmonton folk festival. There’s also a YouTube
version of this CKUA interview. I expect her album will be Top 10, maybe
even Top 5

Huey Lewis – I really wanted to talk to Huey again,  as  I hadn’t seen him
for many years.  I loved his blues take on hit music. We shared a common
take on what was great music. I asked him what it felt like walking out on
stage after all these years..what went on inside of him when the audience
found its voice.
By the way – Most of these interviews will be –  In the Raw – on the
Mulligan Stew website . www.mulliganstew.ca<http://www.mulliganstew.ca>
And in January on the Mulligan Stew PODCAST


Mulligan Stew Best interviews of 2017 www.mulliganstew.ca
Robbie Robertson Interview Testimony
forever young/Baby let mne follow you down (live) The Band with Bob Dylan The Last Waltz
www.canadahouse.com Years best interviews Mulligan Stew
Robbie Robertson Interview Testimony
Helpless (li ve) The Band with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell The Last Waltz
Robbie Robertson Interview Testimony
The Weight The Band Best of
Mulligan Stew – Year 22 Best interviews of the year – NEXT Wood bros. LeeRoy Stagger
The Wood Brothers Interview
Ophelia (live) The Wood Brothers Live from The Barn
Leeroy Stagger Interview
I want it all Leeriy Stagger Love versus
Ron Sexsmith Interview
Susan Tedeschi Interview
Just as strange tedeschi trucks band Live at the Fox Oakland
Stephen Fearing Interview
Blowhard Nation Stephen Fearing every soul’s a sailor
Mulligan Stew Best interviews of the year NEXT Rhiannion Giddens. Juno Couch
Rhiannon Giddens Interview
waterboy Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow is my turn
www.coyotesbanff.com Mulligan Stew with tdm
The Juno Couch – Calgary Buffy, Tom Cochrane, Matt Good, Alan Doyle, Miranda Mulholland
The big ones get away Buffy St marie Power in the Blood
come out with me alan doyle a week at the warehouse
mulligan stew year 22 TD Mulligan – Next Bruce Cockburn
Bruce Cockburn Interview TD Mulligan
Three al purdy’s Bruce Cockburn Bone on Bone
Bare Naked Ladies Interview
Old Apartment Bare Naked Ladies . The Persuasions Ladies and Gentlemen. The BNL with The Persuasions
Grant Lawrence Interview
The Smugglers Best of
Valerie June Interview
slip slide on by Valerie June The order of time
Huey Lewis Interview
Its all right (live) Huey Lewis and the News best of live
Thank you for listening Have a great 2018

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Mulligan Stew July 15th 2017- The Long days of Summer!


Is it the music? The weather? Moving outdoors as much as possible?
The looooog days and nights?
It all works. It’s Summer in Canada and the days are precious.

The music festivals are stacked up and ready to go.
I’m starting in Courtney Comox Northern Vancouver Island.
The vancouver Island music festival is fabulous.
In part because singer/songwriter and brilliant guitarist Doug Cox spends his year talking backstage to performers. Inviting them to join the music wheel.
From the line up We’ll play Emmy Lou Harris, bare naked ladies and Colin Linden.
I also have LIVE tracks from Dylan, Annie Lennox, Joe Bonamassa, Fats Domino, Eric Clapton (twice) The Eagle’s, Bruce Cockburn.
I hope to do an interview with Colin Linden and Bruce Cockburn. Colin produced Bruce’s new album Bone on Bone.
Got some Carl Perkins, Dave Edmunds and David Vest.
We finish off with Bonnie Raitt, Blue Rodeo, Roger Roger and Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions.
Enjoy your festival and Summer


Mulligan Stew Terry David Mulligan July 15 2017
Born to run Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The Essential Bruce Springsteen
A hard rains gonna fall (live) Bob Dylan – Rolling Thunder Bob Dylan Live 75
Dear Mr Fantasy (live) Clapton & Winwood Live at Madison Square Garden
www.canadahouse.com www.mulliganstew.ca Coming Up – VanIslandMusicFest
mama just wants to Barrelhouse (live) Bruce Cockburn Circles in the Stream
Tennesse Waltz Emmy Lou Harris Cimaron
This is Mulligan Stew Year 21 with tdm Coming UP – Emmy Lou. The Ladies and Linden
Invitaton to the blues Emmy Lou Harris & Rodney Crowell Old Yellow Moon
Lovers in a dangerous time (live) Barenaked Ladies Warchild – Peace Songs
The Hurt Colin Linden Rich in Love
www.coyotesbanff.com Mulligan Stew Next – Etta James and Toots in Memphis
Sunday kind of love Etta James At Last
Why (live) Annie Lennox Medusa – Live in Central Park
Ive got Dreams Toots and the Maytals Toots in Memphis
Playlist www.mulliganstew.ca facebook mulliganstewmusic Twit @ tdmulligan
Roll over bethoven Carl Perkins Most wanted
Bad is Bad Dave Edmunds Repeat when Necessary
Kingsnake David Vest devestatin rhythm
Livin Easy (live) Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall
Mulligan Stew TD Mulligan Next – Eagles Live
Take it easy (live) The Eagles Hell Freezes Over
TDM www.mulliganstew.ca year 21
Ain’t that a shame (live) Fats Domino Live in Montreaux
Coming up – Led Zeppelin and Clapton plays Dylan TDM
Darlene Led Zeppelin Coda
Don’t think twice (live) Eric Clapton Dylan 30th anniversdary Concert Celebration
The road is my middle name Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time
Thanks for listening Mulligan Stew with tdm
New morning Sun Blue Rodeo In our nature
Think of me Roger Roger Fairweather
Mulligan Stew www.mulliganstew.ca Amen is Next
Amen The Impressions Greatest Hits

Mulligan Stew July 8th 2017- The Protest Song-Special Feature!


It all started with Stephen Fearing’s Blowhard Nation.
One of the first musical responses to Donald Trump’s  road to the Presidency.

Now featured in FYIMusic!  

Having been right in the middle of the 60’s musical revolution, lead by the songs of Dylan and voice of Joan Baez, I wondered where the voice of the music business was in the mix.
Many of the songs we’re playing now were written and recorded during the election process and now months of Trump in office.
Some of my questions were:
If there is a push back from the music makers where is it and who is it?
How did the election affect your new songs?
Is there room for protest songs in today’s music and radio?
I had no problem gathering replies. Everyone seemed to have an opinion.
So.  From 8:30 to 9:30  this Saturday our guests will be

  • Ron Sexsmith
  • Joel Plaskett
  • The Wood Brothers
  • Leeroy Stagger
  • Blackwell and the Rodeo Kings
  • Stephen Fearing
  • Colin Linden
  • Tom Wilson
  • Alan Doyle
  • Bob Rock
  • Susan Tedeschi – Derek Trucks



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