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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 295 | Corb Lund Interview, New Album ‘ EL VIEJO’

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Corby brings new, acoustic, live off off-the-floor music in his new album El Viejo (The Old One) in memory and tribute to his pal Ian Tyson.

Corby says that this album may be his best yet.

He brings memories of Ian and also how his audiences are different depending on where he’s playing,

For El Viejo Corb and the Hurtin’ Albertans played live, letting the songs reveal themselves. It was all captured by CKUA Alumni Scott Franchuck.

Corby describes it as “organic”.

We talked about his name “is that the name of the band?”

Touched on  his time with The Smalls and how this music connects to those days. “half urban/indy and half cowboys/ranchers”

We touched on Hearts on Fire Michael Barclay’s book on “6 Years That Changed Canadian Music” which in its promo mentioned cowboys who used to play speed metal. 

“the alt-country music in the late ’90s and 2000s was littered with x-punks who suddenly discovered acoustic guitar.”

That’s Corb. The Poet Laureate of the Albertan people.

March 5 Corb is in Vancouver at The Orpheum

March 7 Grey Eagle Calgary

March 9 Midway Edmonton

March 22 Zankel Hall / Carnegie Hall NYC

May 28 Amsterdam

And multiple dates in Europe with The Dead South.

February 24th 2024- Seven Wine Stars – Time to Buy B.C. We can ALL help!

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Seven Wine Stars – Time to Buy BC. We can ALL help!

 

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Christine Coletta – Co-founder  Haywire Wines (Summerland)

Grant Stanley – Winemaker and GM of Spearhead  – (East Kelowna) 2022 Best Small Winery in Canada.

Rhys Pender – Master of Wine and co-founder Little Farm Wines (Similkameen)

Kimberly Hundertmark – Executive Director Okanagan Wine Festivals (Fall Fest starts today)

Sandra Oldfield – Partner Elysian Projects and Organizer of  Fortify Conference in Penticton Nov 15

Tim Pawsey – Writer and Wine Judge (Hired Belly)

Leslie D’Andrea – Co-founder and CEO Noble Ridge Winery (OK Falls)

 

If ever the BC Wine industry could use your support, it’s right now .

Discover the Wines, Wineries and Vineyards of British Columbia | Wine BC

Farming and making wine is a long hard road during the growing season. The past farming year was hit with

wild fires, smoke, a December freeze that killed many vines and the MacDougall Creek Fire, one of the largest and most dangerous  fires overlooking West Kelowna.

Then, at the height of the fires,  the BC government shut down the highways into the Okanagan.  Wine fans and tourists were asked to stay home.

They did stay home and when the roads opened again they either stayed home or went elsewhere.

The wineries, restaurants and accommodation business in the Okanagan lost weeks of customers and income.

The lost revenue and the reduced fruit crop has put a hurt on many small wineries. Some will be lost. Many are holding on hoping for a better year ahead.

Of course, now comes another challenge. The Alberta government has threatened to pull BC Wines from their store shelves. Yup. Another holdup at the border.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

 Have a listen to these BC Wine leaders.  Lots of suggestions and much wise advice.

From buying BC wines for the near future and ordering a BC wine when dining.

Join a wine club. Shop on line. Gift your friends. Rethink new plantings!

Also the Winter Wine Events are on in the Okanagan.  Now’s the perfect time to visit.  Kimberly Hundertmark Executive Director gives us a primer on the events.

 

Spearheadwinery.com

Haywirewinery.com

LittleFarmWinery.ca

thewinefestivals.com

elysianprojects.com

Nobleridge.com

Timothy Pawsey

WineBC.com

Totabc.org

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

Vancouver International Wine Festival 

The French Door Winery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mulligan Stew Feb 24th 2024- Corb Lund and Wyatt C Louis Guest on a 90 minute Stew

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Corby brings new, acoustic, live off the floor music in his new album El Viejo (The Old One) in memory and tribute to his pal Ian Tyson.

Corby says that this album may be his best yet.  I completely agree.

He brings memories of Ian and their time together.  Corb also shares his thoughts on how his audiences are different depending on where he’s playing and how the songs of Alberta and cowboy life are received in the rest of Canada, The US and Japan.

For El Viejo Corb and the Hurtin’ Albertans played live, letting the songs reveal themselves. It was all captured by CKUA Alumni Scott Franchuk.

Corby describes it as “organic”.

We talked about his name “is that the name of the band?”

Touched on  his time with The Smalls and how this music connects to those days. “half urban/indy and half cowboys/ranchers”

We touched on Hearts on Fire Michael Barclay’s book on “6 years that changed Canadian music” which in its promo mentioned cowboys who used to play speed metal. 

“the alt-country music in the late 90’s and 2000’s was littered with x-punks who suddenly discovered acoustic guitar.”

That’s Corb. The Poet Laureate of the Albertan people.

March 5 Corb is in Vancouver at The Orpheum

March 7 Grey Eagle Calgary

March 9 Midway Edmonton

March 22 Zankel Hall / Carnegie Hall NYC

May 28 Amsterdam

And multiple dates in Europe with The Dead South.

FYI – The MS Podcast is the whole conversation – it has some very interesting exchanges, opinions and storytelling.

And the video version can be seen and heard on the Terry david Mulligan YouTube Channel.

Hour Two in this week’s Stew is actually only 30 minutes long.

I’m going to be talking to singer/songwriter Wyatt C Louis.

Wyatt then takes the Cold Bones Stage at 6:30.

There is so much promise in his music and voice. His songs are thoughtful but best of all memorable.

The most interesting music I’ve heard in a while. See if you don’t agree.

Wyatt’s new album “Chandler” is released on May 24.  He’s touring with William Prince on

Monday, Feb 26 N/Jube

Tuesday, Feb 27 S/Jube

Wyatt is nehiyaw (Plains Cree)

From Montana First Nation in Maskwacis (Treaty 6 Territory)

By the way the C in Wyatt’s name is “Chandler” and thus the album title.

-TDM

PLAYLIST:

Mulligan Stew with TDM Guests Corb Lund & Wyatt C Louis CKUA at Cold Bones Festival
if i had a boat The Bros. Landreth Undercover Brothers
Made up mind Bonnie Raitt Just like that
Seven Spanish Angels (live) Allision Russell & Norah Jones Willie 90
It takes a lifetime Jason Isbell Something more than free
Cross your fingers The Black Crowes Happiness Bastards
Mulligan Stew – Guests are Corb Lund and Wyatt C Louis
Born on the Bayou (live) John Fogerty Premonition Live 97
Catch you on the other side The Immediate Family Skin in the Game
Medicine Hat Blackie and the Rodeo Kings King of the Town
Deane House – River Cafe Coming UP – Corb Lund New album El Viejo
Corb Lund Interview with Terry Mulligan The Stew CKUA
I had it all Corb Lund El Viejo
Corb Lund Interview complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast Video version on tdm YouTube Channel
Girl with a Stratocaster Corb Lund El Viejo
Corb Lund Interview complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast and tdm YouTube channel
El Viejo Corb Lund El Viejo
Corb Lund Interview with tdm complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast Video version on TDM YouTube Channel
The Game gets Hot Corb Lund El Viejo
Coming Up on The Stew Wyatt C Louis At Cold Bones Fest but first an interview
Busker’s Paradise (live) Markus K Live with Looper #2
A Love The Pretenders Relentless
Mystery Train The Band Moondog matinee
Use Me Bill Withers Still Bill
Coyotes Banff Coming UP – Wyatt C Louis Cold Bones Festival – Drumheller
if not for you (demo) George Harrison All things must pass – 50th ann.
Wyatt C Louis Interview Then he’s live on Stew/CKUA from Cold Bones fest Enjoy!!!

EP 294 | Dominique Fils-Aime New Album ‘Our Roots Run Deep’

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Dominique Fils-Aimé presents her fourth album Our Roots Run Deep.

Dominique Fils-Aimé is a JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter from Montreal. Her new album invites us to deep dive into the roots of her soul with a strong desire to connect with one’s higher self and the desire to surround you in a soothing aural embrace.

On stage, whether in Canada, in Europe or the USA,  Dominique Fils-Aimé’s magnetic presence on stage leads the audience on a transcendent journey.

 

The Montreal-based JUNO award-winning singer-songwriter put the history of African-American musical culture into the heart of her work, reflecting on the social realities that influenced the genres of blues, jazz and soul. Her previous trilogy shed light on the history of Afro-American music, inspired by soul icons such as Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Etta James.

2018’s Nameless, was about confronting historical silences and sorrows. This blues-tinged album led to two sold-out shows at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2018.

Her second album, Stay Tuned! was a call for revolution. This album won the 2020 JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.

 Dominique Fils-Aimé [FEES-em-AY]  closed the final chapter of the trilogy with Three Little Words, a call for reconciliation. The record received rave reviews in prestigious publications all around the world. It made the Polaris Short List and claimed the #1 spot for best-selling album in Quebec and #2 in Canada.

In her fourth album entitled Our Roots Run Deep, Dominique crafts her latest album with a loose, dreamlike narrative structure that tells a story of growth. For Dominique, nature acts as an anchor and creates the unique but interconnected journey of a human being.

“Just as we cannot see the mycorrhizal network that allows trees in a forest to communicate with each other underground,” says Dominique. “I believe our souls do the same and that music can be a fertilizer for this invisible communication network.”

Dominique!

 

Saturday night  Feb 17 Dominique is appearing at Calgary’s Block Heater festival at Central United Church. When she takes the stage at 8:55 Dominique will not only charm the audience in the Church but will be streamed live on the CKUA Radio Network. Province-wide in Alberta and heard on the CKUA App.

www.mulliganstew.ca

 

February 17th, 2024- Wines of Romance from Township 7 and Rocky Mountain Whisky from Wild Life

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Wines of Romance from Township 7 and Rocky Mountain Whisky from Wild Life

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The press release arrived well in advance of Valentine’s Day.

These exceptional wines are not only perfect for cosy winter evenings but also make for delightful Valentine’s Day celebrations.

I’m 3 days late with this story but when Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday, I find most of my friends agree with me and move it to the weekend when we have time to call our own.

Anyway, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Mary McDermott – Winemaker Township 7 (Langley and Naramata Bench)

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery launches the seven stars club - My VanCity

Mary McDermott

Mary is a straight shooter. No catch-all marketing phrases. Just the facts and heartfelt reflections on the growing year and what the vineyard was trying to say to us.

Her training and years of seasonal survival have made Mary one of the winemakers to watch. Mary watches over the prime Naramata vineyards and their ever-evolving vineyards in Langley.

She is, after all, following in the footsteps of Michael Bartier and Bradley Cooper. High standards have risen even higher under Mary’s watch.

A wonderful winemaker and consummate craftswoman.

Tasting and Talking:

seven stars RIGEL 2021

Traditional method style, made with Riesling from the  Fool’s Gold Vineyard in North Oliver. Owned by Mark Antonello, well known vineyard manager.

The vineyard was researched and planted two decades ago by the legendary Richard Cleave. When he and Harry McWatters drove and walked around the Okanagan, they had their choice of “everything and everywhere”.  They picked the best plots of land to be had. If Richard Cleave’s name is linked to a vineyard, it’s Gold friends.

For example, the 2020 version of this sparkling wine was awarded Best Canadian Sparkling Wine 2023 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships in London.  Loaded with notes of citrus and minerality. The glorious mousse has a texture that never seems to leave my memory bank. The body remembers such moments.

383 six-bottle cases –  $36.97

seven stars POLARIS 2020

Named in honour of the North Star which has guided ships at sea for many 100’s of years.

Crafted in traditional Methode Champenoise style.

Polaris is a Blanc de Blanc made from 100% unoaked Chardonnay. It has been celebrated at the Canadian National Wine Awards, BC Lieutenant Governor  Awards, Global Awards in Australia and many more.

Notes of brioche, Granny Smith apples, peach, lime.

In a word – Polaris is complete!    1250 six-bottle cases –   $39.97

 

Benchmark Series Pinot Noir 2022

 

This wonderful Pinot came from long-time growers Dwight and Arnie Gash’s Remuda Vineyard in Okanagan Falls.

Mary works with ripe dark fruit which she ferments in their concrete egg and stainless steel.

Aged a full year in French Oak Puncheons.

Your nose will love the aromas of raspberries and cherries.

The palate is fully engaged with assembled fruit and delicious undertones. When your mouth is not busy with the pinot, it will be forming the words “wow”!

800 cases made – available at both wineries and online.

$41.97

www.township7.com

 

Matt Widmer – Co-Founder of Wild Life Distillery  Canmore, Alberta

 

Matt and Keith Founders of Wild Life

Matt and his co-founding partner Keith Robinson grew up together in the neighbourhood.

In their case, the neighbourhood was Banff and Canmore, Alberta. Rundle Mountain was in between them but it all worked out.

In 2017 they decided to build a distillery in Canmore – they called it Wild Life.

Craft spirits became a reality – whisky, gin, vodka, amaro, canned cocktails, bitters, etc.

While I was covering the Victoria Whisky Festival I heard their name being dropped several times. Then I saw they had won Two Gold Medals.

Wild Life Rye Whisky – Gold

Wild Life Wheat Whisky – Gold

 

Now comes Batch 001 of Wild Life Single Malt Whisky…just released.

WLD uses all Alberta grains and malt, including barley, wheat and rye. Water in the Canmore area is directly sourced from the Rocky Mountains. A local family farm grows grain exclusively for Wild Life Distillery. They also have a direct source of Guttino Rye from the family farm they work with.

As you can see the Rye and Wheat Whiskies have proven themselves.

The new single malt has vanilla and citrus on the nose & ends with ripe apricot.

The palate has light oak, nice rounded barley, caramelized dark honey and toffee.

For a first step single malt this whisky is well worth the wait. It’s going to be very popular.

FYI – The distillery has a bar in the tasting room and new cocktails are being created every day.

The back room has become where Open Mics are regularly found. Matt and Keith are often doing the playing and singing. If you’re a touring artist, get in touch.

Wild Life is a distillery to add to your “check this out” list and for certain a destination for those of you passing through one of the most stunningly beautiful places on Earth.

Congratulations to all at Wild Life Distillery!

www.wildlifedistillery.ca

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

 

Vancouver Wine Festival

Focusing on Italy and BC

 

 

 

Mulligan Stew Feb 17th 2024-Special Guest Dominique Fils-Aime

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One of Canada’s most promising artists is guesting on Mulligan Stew Saturday.

Dominque Fils-Aime makes music that sounds like no one else. A singular voice and craft.

She’s coming by to talk us through the latest album Our Roots Run Deep.

Nominated for a Vocal jazz Juno this year.

Wednesday night she was at The Arden. Thursday showcasing in   Los
Angeles and Saturday headlines Block Heater at Central United Church.

Her one-hour set will also be heard LIVE on CKUA starting at 8:55.

The complete interview can be heard on the Mulligan Stew Podcast and the video version on TerryDavidMulligan YouTube Channel.

FYI – On The Stew, we’ll celebrate this year’s Mardi Gras..which is just wrapping this weekend in New Orleans and for the first time anywhere the new single from Shawn Hall – Harpoonist. The song is Good People..which was part of our Juno Couch when he played a version of the song with Diggin’ Roots.

Terry

PLAYLIST:

Mulligan Stew -TDMulligan Guest . Dominique Fils-Aime Our Roots Run Deep
Get out my life woman (live) Allan Toussaint Dear Jerry
Junko partner Dr John Dr. John’s Gumbo
The music of Mardi Gras Mulligan Stew Coming UP
Old time Indians Los Hombres Caliente Vol 4 – Vodou Dance
Jambalaya (live) Fats Domino Live at Tipatinas
Yellow Moon The Neville Brothers Uptown Rulin’. Best of
The Stew – TDM Guest in Hour Two Dominique Fils-Aime
Burn as bright Bahamas (weather station) I must be in a good place now
Tulsa Time California Honeydrops covers from The Cave
A little bit Madeleine Peyroux Half the perfect world
Deane House/River Cafe – On the Bow -NEXT Robert Plant and Alison Krauss X3 -The Stew
Searchin for my baby Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Raise the Roof
Fortune Teller Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Raising Sand
Can’t let go Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Raising Sand
Todays Guest – Dominique Fils-Aime Then Her Live concert at 8:55 Mtn Right here on CKUA
Good People Harpoonist /Shawn Hall single
End of the Line Dr. John – Aaron Neville Things happen that way
Soul Second Line Papa grows funk Shakin’
Coming up in Hour Two – our guest Dominique Fils-Aime Then at 855 she’s playing live on CKUA
Leave this house Colin James Open Road
Lonely Teardrops (live) Bruce Springsteen Songs under cover
Having a party (live) Nathaniel Rateliff and Pres. Hall Jazz Band Live at Red Rocks
The Weight (live) The Band The Last Waltz
Coyotes Banff – Supporting CKUA for 25 years NEXT – Dominique Fils-Aime Our Roots Run Deep
Dominique Fils-Aime Interview She’s live on CKUA tonight at 855 Our Roots Run Deep
To walk away Dominique Fils-Aime Our roots run deep
Dominique Fils-Aime Interview Live tonight on CKUA at 8:55 from Block Heater
Give me a reason Dominique Fils-Aime Our Roots Run Deep
Dominique Fils-Aime Interview Complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast and tdm YouTube channel
Our Roots Run Deep Dominique Fils-Aime Our roots run deep
Dominique Fils-Aime Interview Performs Live at 8:55 tonight on CKUA Complete Int. on Mulligan Stew Podcast
Cheers to new beginnings Dominique Fils-Aime Our roots run deep
Mulligan Stew Complete interview on TD You-Tube Channel Next week – Corb Lund
Everlong (acoustic) Foo Fighters Greatest Hits
With God on our side The Neville Brothers (Aaron) Yellow Moon

EP 292 | Alan Doyle Interview and New Album ‘Welcome Home’

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Feb 9th Alan Doyle releases his next album Welcome Home

Feb 10 he guests on Mulligan Stew

“I have always struggled with the middle ground. I love playing live so much and I have rightly been accused of writing songs more for concerts than albums. Most people who come to my shows want that kind of night out. So, I have overlooked the lower and slower: The lower part of my vocal range and the slower songs. I’m letting myself do that for the first time on this record.”

Alan’s 6th solo album and 20th of his career. Alan is celebrating 30 years in music.

He’s been co-writinbg songs for Welcome Home with Donovan Woods, Jimmy Rankin and actor Oscar Isaac.

Alan starts a 45-night North American tour Feb 20 with 2 nights in Kelowna.

Feb 29 – Edmonton  N Jube

March 1  Calgary  S Jube

March 9 Massey Hall

Alan Doyle is a first-class storyteller who takes us through the songs and stories.

We talk about Tell Tale Harbour the play he produced.

Also was totally involved in The Tribute to Ron Hynes Album

And he has yet another best-selling book coming.

The beautiful Alan Doyle and his beautiful,  beautiful band charging into 2024. At CKUA

Mulligan Stew Feb 10th 2024-Special Guest Alan Doyle- New Album ‘Welcome Home’

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Feb 9th Alan Doyle releases his next album Welcome Home

Feb 10 he guests on Mulligan Stew

 

“I have always struggled with the middle ground. I love playing live so much and I have rightly been accused of writing songs more for concerts than albums. Most people who come to my shows want that kind of night out. So, I have overlooked the lower and slower: The lower part of my vocal range and the slower songs. I’m letting myself do that for the first time on this record.”

 

Alan’s 6th solo album and 20th of his career. Alan is celebrating 30 years in music.

He’s been co-writing songs for Welcome Home with Donovan Woods, Jimmy Rankin and actor Oscar Isaac.

Alan starts a 45 night  North American tour Feb 20 with 2 nights in Kelowna.

Feb 29 – Edmonton  Northern  Jube

March 1  Calgary  Southern  Jube

March 9  Massey Hall

And, of course

May 8 – Knuckleheads Saloon Kansas City (Alan Explains)

Alan Doyle is a first-class storyteller who takes us through the songs and stories.

We talk about Tell Tale Harbour the play he produced.

Also was totally involved in The Tribute to Ron Hynes Album

And he has yet another best-selling book coming.

The beautiful Alan Doyle and his beautiful,  beautiful band charging into 2024. At CKUA

Complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast and video version on terrydavidmulligan YouTube Channel

February 10th, 2024- Winter Wine Wars. Features on Orofino/Fort Berens

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Winter Wine Wars. Features on Orofino/Fort Berens

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The letters were received on Jan 22. It was the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission informing a considerable number of BC wineries that if they did not immediately stop shipping wines direct to consumers in Alberta, they would stop allowing those wines in their retail stores.

Legalities aside, the timing couldn’t be worse for BC wines and farmers.

Two winters of freezing vine damage, roadblocks in high season and wildfires have led to some wineries wondering if they can survive through 2024. Now this!

BC wineries are on record as offering to collect the taxes on their shipments, most of which are to members of their wine club.

In many cases, these are high-end, exclusive & hard-to-find wines, so the Alberta concern of younger drinkers getting their hands on these wines is simply not in play

To try and make sense of all of this new information I asked two valued wine friends to join me on Tasting Room Radio.

 

Sandra Oldfield – Former partner/winemaker in Tinhorn Creek. Now the founder of Elysian Projects and a steady voice in the Okanagan.

Sandra Oldfield Elysian Projects

You may remember Sandra from the 2011 wine war between BC and Alberta. To make a point about shipping across provincial borders in Canada,  Sandra ordered a shotgun from out of province and it arrived safe and sound. However, she was not allowed to ship or carry wines into Alberta. She still has that shotgun to remind her of how far we have yet to go.

 

www.elysianprojects.com

 

 

Al Hudec – Lawyer. Farris LLP. Specializing in wine law. Runs the Kelowna office of Farris LLP.

Al Hudec

Al is a prominent legal advisor to the BC Wine Industry and has been lead lawyer on many of Canada’s most significant Indigenous transactions of the past 12 years.

www.farris.com

 

WWW.WINEBC.COM

 

We’re going to cover a lot of ground here but please keep in mind that the wines we love sharing with family and friends come from the passion,  talents and hard work of small farmers in BC.

That’s who’s dealing with this bad news – in a year of bad news. Small farmers working sunup to sundown. Dealing with insects, fires, extremes in climate, smoke, hail and now regional politics.

 

Just when they really needed our support, there is another mountain to climb.

 

So, please buy BC as much as you can. We’ll get through this together.

www.winebc.com

 

 

 

 

John Weber – co-founder and chief winemaker at Orofino Vineyards in the Similkameen Valley.

Its been a while since John and I chatted about winemaking. Its usually about fishing.  No wait,  its always about fishing.

Please  head for the website.  As you can see they’ve been  very busy. And this is just the whites!!!

2022 Orange skin contact White

2022 Pozza Vineyard C ab Franc Rose

2022 Crossroads Riesling

2021 Home Vineyard Old Vines Riesling

2021 Chanrdonnay

2022 Sparkling Gamay Noir

 

Mostly we’re going to be talking about how the Similkameen is dealing with killer winter freeze, fires and  with climate change.  Which is what farmers do.

Every season and every year.

 

www.orofinovineyards.com

 

Alessandro (Alex) Nel – Winemaker at Fort Berens, Lilloett, BC

Before arriving at Fort Berens,  for over a decade Alex had been a winemaker at Cederberg Winery in the Western Cape of South Africa. While there he produced one of the Top 50 wines  in the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2021.

He’s also crafted wines in California, New Zealand and France.

We’re lucky to have him involved in BC wine.

Fort Berens winter scape

Alex and I will taste and talk our way through recent Fort Berens releases.  We’ll also talk about the awards they’ve won including a platinum medal at the 2023 BC Lieutenant Governor’s Awards. Also a Silver  Award and 91 points at Decanter World Wine Awards and the #3 Small Winery in Canada –  2022.

 

2021 – Small Lot Merlot  $32.99

A blend of 15-year-old Dry Creek fruit and young vines from Red Rock Vineyard. Beautiful texture and a long finish.

 

2021 – Cabernet Franc  (95%) Cabernet Sauvignon (5%)

15 months in French Oak (5% new)

Ripe black fruit, cassis, dried herbs and vanilla. $32.99

A beautifully crafted work of drinkable art.

 

2021  Meritage

Grown during the highest temp ever recorded in Lillooet

48 degrees.

Merlot (64%) Cabernet Sauvignon  19% and Cab Franc  (17%)

Plums, Cranberry, Cassis on the nose.

Chocolate, floral elements and long finish are outstanding. $31.99

 

2022  Pinot Noir.. Grown in two vineyards in Summerland and Naramata Bench. 9 months in neutral French oak. Alex used a Burgundy Yeast Strain. He liked the result.

I did as well.  This is a wine you want to keep an eye on. Such promise here.

 

www.fortberens.ca

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

 

Van Wine Festival

Township 7

Spring Releases

 

 

EP 291 | Paradigm 2022 Heritage Collection – Canadian Whisky of the Year

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Making great whisky is serious business.

Whisky takes time. You can create it and leave it in barrel “while your kids grow up and head off to college” kind of time.

For example, Paradigm Spirits -The Heritage Collection –  Whisky of the Year in Canada spent 19  years in barrels. Then along came friends and partners Michelle deBus and Irma Joeveer who were just beginning their whisky journey. They purchased the filled barrels to start Paradigm.

Then blended in some Oloroso Sherry and found a stunning balance between the corn whisky and sherry.

Davin de Kergommeaux Canada’s Whisky authority and founder of the Canadian Whisky Awards describes The Heritage as having

“sublime complexity and elegance with fresh fruity top notes”

This is a really nice story of people who dreamt a dream of making whisky and how it all led to being named Whiskey of the Year in Canada. Besting 200 other whiskeys.

Our guests are Irma Joeveer and Michelle Debus