Ian Tostenson

December 12th, 2020 – The Wine Diva Returns with her Top 50 for 2020  and Ian Tostenson on BC’s Restaurants


The Wine Diva Returns with her Top 50 for 2020  and Ian Tostenson on BC’s Restaurants



Top 50 Wines for 2020  – Daenna van Mulligan   The Wine Diva

Daenna Van Mulligen

Daenna makes her lists. Lots of them.   Three  weeks ago it was Holiday Budget Bottles ($16 dollars or less)

This week its Daenna’s Top 50 Wines for 2020.     (Over $20 and 92 Points or higher)

“These special bottles are great gift options or to stock your own cellar with.   After this year you might want to hoard them for your own pleasure because we all need spoiling”  The Wine Diva (prices may vary, some wines may be sold out)

*for the n/a prices please go to www.winediva.ca and look under Wines, then wine lists)


Chateau Lynch-Moussas Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France $90.00

Domaine des Deux Roches, ‘Vielles Vignes’, Pouilly-Fuisse, Burgundy, France $50.00

 Penner~Ash Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, WA $60.00

 Corcelettes Estate Winery ‘Talus’, Similkameen Valley, BC N/A

 Stonestreet Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California $55.00

 Foxtrot Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, BC N/A

Copain ‘Les Voisins’ Chardonnay, Anderson Valley, California $50.00

Schrader Cellars ‘Double Diamond’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Calif. N/A

 Township 7 Vineyards and Winery ‘Seven Stars Equinox’, Okanagan Valley N/A

Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro, Gran Selezione Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy $48.99

Araldica ‘Corsini’ Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy $45.00

Altesino Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy $60.00

Tedeschi ‘Marne 180’ Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy $59.00

Bollinger Champagne ‘Special Cuvee’, Champagne, France $89.99  Langmeil ‘Valley Floor’ Shiraz, Barossa Valley Australia $34.00

CedarCreek Platinum ‘Block 5’ Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley $35.00

Aldegheri Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto Italy $65.00

Hester Creek Estate ‘Garland’, Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley BC N/A

Lunessence Winery & Vineyard Marsanne Roussanne Viognier, Okanagan Valley BC N/A  Tantalus Vineyards Old Vines Riesling, Okanagan Valley BC $31.00

Clos du Soleil ‘Grower’s Series’ Middle Bench Vineyard Syrah, Similkameen Valley, BC N/A

Mission Hill Family Estate ‘Jagged Rock Vineyard’ Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, BC $45.00

L’Acadie Vineyards Prestige Brut Estate, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia $55.00

Quails’ Gate Estate Winery Syrah ‘The Boswell’, Okanagan Valley BC N/A

Anthony Buchanan Wiines ‘Ashlyn’ Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, BC $32.00

Painted Rock ‘Red Icon’, Skaha Bench, Okanagan Valley BC $55.00

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley BC $35.00

1 Mill Road ‘Home Block’ Pinot Noir, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, BC N/A

SpearHead Pinot Noir ‘Saddleblock’, Okanagan Valley BC $40.00

Jim Barry ‘The Lodge Hill’ Shiraz, Clare Valley Australia $35.00

Vasse Felix Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia $50.00

Penfolds ‘Bin 407’ Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia $100.00

Stag’s Hollow Pinot Noir, Shuttleworth Creek Vineyard, Okanagan Falls, BC N/A




NEXT WEEK – Bubble for the Holidays


Can our Restaurants survive?  – Ian Tostenson President/CEO BC Restaurant and Food Services Association. (BCRFA)

Ian Tostenson

While we all hunker down and try to work how we’ll survive this pandemic and the economic fall out,  our local and regional restaurants are doing everything they can to stay open and keep staff working.

Vancouver and Victoria, for example, have always seen serious bustle on the weekends.  That bustle has moved to the suburbs. People staying close to home. Supporting their locals.

Everchanging health restrictions, a lost patio season, delivery costs, bubble diners, bankruptcies looming, travel restrictions. It all seems endless for the hospitality industry.

Our guest is Ian Tostenson, Pres/CEO of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Assn.

If anyone has the answers, it’s Ian.

This is a two part interview that hopefully brings clarity to a muddled dining landscape.

Thank You Ian





Bubble for the Holidays and gifts

The Wine Diva

Whisky Special

Creek and Gully Cider









First things first – we hope this finds you safe and well.

I’m sure you heard that BC’s restaurants are being allowed to re-open.  Be forewarned – they won’t look or feel like what you’re used to.


(the BC Governments document here)

Here are  the words that keep popping up under General Considerations:











…and for the restaurants..directions such as

Remove, used multiple times





Here’s a link from Scout Magazine that breaks down the original document and gives you the info you need to know.  https://scoutmagazine.ca/2020/05/15/new-table-service-protocols-for-bc-restaurants/

Tasting Room Radio reached out to three leaders in the Food and Beverage industry to get their opinions and reactions.

Andrew Morrison – Editor in Chief  www.ScoutMagazine.Ca

andrew morrison

Scott Ward – President/COO Brown’s Restaurant Group https://brownssocialhouse.com/

Scott Ward

Ian Tostenson – President and CEO of BC Restaurant & Food


Services Assn  https://www.bcrfa.com/about-us

We‘ll keep going back to this story  as it unfolds.

Julius Markarewicz  – Founder of Nude Beverages

julius-makarewicz- in the beginning…


The press release was one of many that day. It said something like “ Nude Beverages is shipping more product to Ontario because in their debut they:


Nude is Canada’s original sugar free Vodka Soda Brand.

It all started in 2013 when Julius thought he saw a gap in the adult beverage market. Right then he  started his plan to launch an RTD (ready to drink) beverage.

But first, he had to convince the BC Liquor Board to sell his discovery in their stores.

Nude was sugar, sweetener, gluten and carb free.

48 hours before the window of opportunity was closed, he sat opposite their headquarters in a Starbucks and drank a lifetime of coffee and let the decision makers across the street know  that he was “right there:” if they had a questions.

At the last minute they called and he/they were in.

Nude sold 1Million cans in 2019 with a 30% market share.

It’s been a blur every since.  They have now sold 44 Million cans across Canada and in a growing number of US States.

Nude comes seven flavours now with more to follow.  Besides the original vodka soda, there’s gin soda, iced tea, tequila soda etc.

Nude feels it’s important to give back to the community and are developing relationships with animal rescue groups as part of their company expansion plans with more charities and movements added every month.

They have also committed to the covid relief efforts.


Julius will bring us up to speed with this two part interview.



Rolf de Bruin  – co-founder of Fort Berens Wines


With his wife Heleen, they moved from Holland to BC, eventually choosing Lillooet to plant and grow their own dreams, in the form of a vineyard and winery. On a day-to-day basis, Rolf helps lead the Fort Berens team by example and by inspiration. He also manages the sales and marketing for the business. Eleven owners show great teamwork.

Rolf takes us through tasting notes and price points of their new releases

2019 Pinot Gris – 10% barrel age.  Yummy! Apples, lemon, vanilla

2019 Riesling – blend of 3 vineyards. Classic honey- grass notes. Apple, pear ,citrus

2019 Rose – 5 clones all from estate. floral nose & strawberries in the mouth


2018 Pinot Noir – from estate, Similkameen & West Kelowna. French Oak. Cherries. berries. Pepper around the edges. (perfect with salmon)

2017 White Gold Chardonnay. Dry Creek Vineyard, Fort Berens Estate.

Aged in French Oak until blending. Texture, acidity, apples and orange. Pasta/chicken

2017  Red Gold– Dry Creek Vineyard.67% Merlot & 33% Cab Franc.(passimento style)

Aromas of blackberries & plums,  sage & liquorice. Flavours of spice, dark fruit, oak.

Great with game, beef, hard cheese and a hammock.



Block Party – a series.

Eau Claire Distillery

Noble Ridge

Unsworth. Orofino. Row 14.The Hatch. Road 13

(a virtual road trip)

Lock and Worth

Anthony Buchanan

Mt Boucherie

Bartier Brothers