Rod Phillips is the "Dork Uncorked." He's worked in many aspects of the wine industry from serving it to importing it to selling it to... well... drinking it. His mission is to break down barriers and talk about wine in a fun, accessible way. He joins co-host Ryan Price every week for a lively discussion and recommendations for great bottles for reasonable prices, usually under $20. Podcasting from Victoria, B.C., Canada, the show has a Vancouver Island flavour but isn't limited to British Columbia wines.
DU 240 Too many wines
Pick of the Week: Briccotondo Barbera, Italy
DU 239 Vancouver Island’s 2021 Vintage
Special Guest Picks of the Week!
2015 Louis Latour Chardonnay, a deep cut which is on the wine list at the Med Grill. France.
BC Wine Studio Sirens Call Harmonious, expensive but apparently punches above its weight. Okanagan.
DU 238 We take it back… a re-review
Pick of the Week: Folonari Valpolicella, Italy
DU 237 A French disaster. Plus, another round of “AND NOT PAIR THIS”
Pick of the Week: Bread & Butter Pinot Noir, 2019, California
"And Now Pair This" results:
California Roll - Pinot Grigio
Bread dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar - Sweet Vermouth
BBQ Chicken Thighs - Chianti (or the Giacondi Sangiovese Rubicone from Italy we mentioned last time)
DU 236 Special guest Shawn Soole, author of the “BC Spirits Cocktail Book”
Special Guest Pick of the Week: Maple Leaf Spirits' Lady of the Cask, (Brandy)
DU 235 And now, pair this!
Pick of the Week: Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State
And Now Pair This! results (abbreviated):
Pesto Pasta: Prosecco or Pinot Grigio
Nachos (no jalapenos): Tsantali Rouge (Greece) or Giacondi Sangiovese Rubicone (Italy)
Milk Chocolate: Port
Plain Potato Chips: Bread & Butter Chardonnay (California)
Basic Steak and Potatoes: Telmo & Ruth Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot (Chile)
Battered Fish and Chips: Chablis
Not pretentious - Great Intro to wine
Often wine podcasts speak the language of Somms...and you need to research the slang. This Pod is very different - it is meant for those just getting into wine. However, even an oenophile, like myself, enjoys their candour & enthusiasm. They stick to the under $20 bottles...but occasionally stray into high end grapes - Austin Hope anyone?
If you love BC wine, this Pod should be in your library.