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Join wine commentator Terry David Mulligan for some great fun learning about wine and those that both make and drink it on Tasting Room Radio. "I take the daily conversations between chefs, sommeliers, wine growers/owners/makers, writers, artisans and throw in the occasional celebrity and see how the mix works. Tasting Room Radio is the radio version of an audio blend, a Meritage for the soul."

Tasting Room Radio Terry David Mulligan

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Join wine commentator Terry David Mulligan for some great fun learning about wine and those that both make and drink it on Tasting Room Radio. "I take the daily conversations between chefs, sommeliers, wine growers/owners/makers, writers, artisans and throw in the occasional celebrity and see how the mix works. Tasting Room Radio is the radio version of an audio blend, a Meritage for the soul."

    December 4th, 2021- Budget wine gifting for The Holidays with The Wine Diva!

    December 4th, 2021- Budget wine gifting for The Holidays with The Wine Diva!

    Budget wine gifting for The Holidays with The Wine Diva!




    For 15 years Daenna van Mulligen (The Wine Diva) has created her Top 100 wines.  For 15 years we’ve welcomed the audio version of her choices.  All wines have been tasted and scored – www.winescores.ca  Those receiving 89 points or better and under $20.00 make the list.

    When I saw her 2021 list get posted – www.winediva.ca – I knew once again it was time for The Wine Diva to make her seasonal appearance on Tasting Room Radio.

    Daenna is a highly respected wine judge and reviewer who tastes every day of the year. Her tasting notes are always a great read and her instincts about where wine is headed and labels to keep an eye on always find their mark.

    If you go to the Wine Diva website, you’ll see a heading of WINES. Click on that and on the drop-down list click on wine lists. Just a note,  there’s a link that says print up as a shopping list.  I highly recommend doing this. Keep it handy for easy reference at home or when shopping and you’re facing a wall of wines.

    Keep in mind when you read her rave reviews,  that all wines mentioned here are under $20.00  Several are steals.

    On the interview, I divided up her wines into three categories –

    Roses,  Reds and Whites!

    The last segment of the show is Daenna taking us through her Wines of the Year.

    Here are the wines we talked about 

    From Top 100 under $20 list… 

    * Jose Maria da Fonseca ‘Periquita’, Portugal $10.99

    * Red Rooster Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley, BC N/A

    * Monte del Fra Bardolino DOC, Custoza, Verona Italy $16.99

    * Oops ‘Voluptuous Beauty’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley Chile $15.99

    * Intrigue Wines ‘I Do’ Sparkling, Okanagan Valley BC $20.00

    * Medici Ermete ‘Concerto’ Lambrusco Reggiano Frizzante, Emilia-Romagna, Italy $19.99

    * Undurraga ‘Sibaris’ Reserva Especial Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley Chile $17.99

    * Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon, California $20.00

    * Robin Ridge Gamay, Similkameen Valley BC N/A

    * Bodegas Piqueras Castillo de Alamansa Reserva, Alamansa Spain $15.99

    * Red Rooster Winery Cabernet~Merlot, Okanagan Valley, BC N/A

    * Ryder Estate Pinot Noir Rose, Central Coast California $19.99

    * Luccarrelli Primitivo, Puglia Italy $15.99

    * Luccarrelli Negroamaro, Puglia Italy $15.99

    * Errazuriz ‘Max Reserva’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Aconcagua, Chile $19.99

    * Cirro Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough New Zealand $20.00

    * Vina Chela Reserve Malbec, Mendoza Argentina $15.99

    * Bizou + Yukon ‘Savvy~Gris’, Okanagan Valley, BC N/A

    * Bizou + Yukon ‘Pinkie’ Rose, Okanagan Valley, BC N/A

    * Fort Berens Estate Winery Pinot Gris, British Columbia $20.00

    * Hester Creek Viognier, Okanagan Valley, BC N/A

    * IMBZZL ‘Ruse’ Rose, Okanagan Valley, BC $19.99

    * Soito Wines ‘Taleiga’ Dao Tinto, Dao Portugal $20.00

    * Spearhead Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC $20.00

    * Journey’s End ‘Bees Knees’ Chenin Blanc~Viogner, Mount Rozier, Western Cape South Africa $15.00

    * Quails’ Gate Chasselas~Pinot Blanc~Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley $19.99

    * Spier ‘Signature Collection’ Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch South Africa $13.99

    * Bartier Bros. Rose, Okanagan Valley BC $17.99

    * Lake Breeze Winery Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley, BC N/A

    * Township 7 ‘7 Blanc’ Okanagan Valley, BC $18.00

    * Sandhill Rose, Okanagan Valley BC $20.00

    * Pentage Winery Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC N/A

    * CedarCreek Estate Winery Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC $18.99

    * Intrigue Wines Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley BC $17.

    • 58 min
    November 27th, 2021- The Hatch becomes Jason Parkes Customs/Emily Walker Wine List/New Emandare pours

    November 27th, 2021- The Hatch becomes Jason Parkes Customs/Emily Walker Wine List/New Emandare pours

    The Hatch becomes Jason Parkes Customs/Emily Walker Wine List/New Emandare pours



     Jason Parkes is….

    * A  former member of a punk band whose van broke down and he needed money to fix it – so he made wine.

    * the hub of an ever-expanding wheel.

    * The dark star at the center of a distant universe

    * Lead singer of the house band Proper Man

    * Founder,  winemaker, visionary winery owner who surrounds himself with like-minded thinkers and doers.

    Actually,  his greatest talent is being a husband and father.  From that family base comes his strength to start The Hatch, then create, build, open, or buy  Hatching Post Brewery, Crown and Thieves, Black Swift Vineyards, Screaming Frenzy, Truck 59 CiderHouse,  Smoke Show by JPC, Gobsmacked, and Jason Parkes Customs.

    JPCustoms will become the new name of the overall company.

    That’s why it was time to slow the man down long enough to talk things through and get a sense of what the road ahead looks like.

    There are very few BC wineries expanding at this rate. Not just creating new wines and new destinations but whole new concepts in how to reach people, how to entertain them, and at times speak an entirely different language.  Best of all, the wines are as memorable as the man.

    “do you feel lucky?  Well do ya,  punk?” 

    “Dirty” Harry Callahan





    Emily Walker  – Wine Director Naramata Inn

    (a video of Emily’s interview and her wines can be found below)

     Imagine you’re Emily Walker and you are the Wine Director of the historic Naramata Inn in the village of Naramata.

    The Inn is surrounded by 100’s of wineries. As far as the eye can see.

    Every one of those wineries would like to be on Emily’s wine list but only a select few are chosen.

    It’s those choices I wanted to know more about.  Many of the wines she chooses are small lots. Perhaps as few as 25 cases.

    But in between those hard-to-find wines, you’ll find gems that we can all search for. They’re all worth the chase.

    Emily Walker is up to the task. Running wine programs at The Four Seasons Vancouver, the group Sommelier at all Tap and Barrels, and the opening of the Fairmont Pacific Rim in time for the Winter Olympics. Emily Walker brings all that big room experience into a dining room built-in 1907. You are going to love the experience.

    I asked Emily to choose a handful of wines to tell us about.

    Lightning Rock  –  2021 Rose Pet-Nat  $29 (Summerland)

    No sugar. No yeast. Whole cluster & double pressed. One night on skins. Fermented in concrete tanks. Cloudy. Lower alcohol. Yummy!


    CoolShanagh  2018 Chardonnay (Naramata Bench)

    Pedro Parra,  renowned soil expert proclaimed their soil conditions Top 15% in the World.  Matured in a combination of new oak, concrete, and stainless steel… Notes of nutmeg and caramel. Mighty texture and finish. Award-winning chardonnay!!



    Scout Vineyards  Syrah  $39 (Similkameen)

    Made in Georgian Clay Vessels.  Neutral oak. Unfined and unfiltered. A very different wine. Unpolished. Layered and textured.

    And gorgeous. Special Syrah from a very special spot.


    Nichol Vineyards  St Laurent.  A medium-dark red. The oldest St Laurent in Canada. Ripe blueberry and cassis on the nose.  Tannins, acidity, and pepper in the mouth.  Unfined & unfiltered. Cellared in Neutral French Barrique.



    • 1 hr
    November 20th, 2021- Island Cider Tour/Time Family of Wines/Eau Claire 005/Sandra Oldfield

    November 20th, 2021- Island Cider Tour/Time Family of Wines/Eau Claire 005/Sandra Oldfield

    Island Cider Tour/Time Family of Wines/Eau Claire 005/Sandra Oldfield


    It’s been a wild week!



    Rare Full Moon





    Sandra Oldfield.


    Jay Jordan – GM Cascadia Liquor Quadra Victoria.  (WSet 2 – Spirit Specialist)

    I came across a Jay Jordan blog he posted in late  September on the Cascadia website.

    He called it Island Hopping Cidery Tour.  https://cascadialiquor.com/blogs/blog/vancouver-island-cider-tour

    I was ready for his tour.  I Love my ciders and admire the artists who create them. Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are blessed with many choices. Many destinations. Best of all it has always been a home for heritage orchards and hundreds of different apples for cider making.


    Jay starts with Saanich  where Growers Cider first started in 1922.

    Also  in Saanich

    Junction Cidery – Their first cider was rhubarb. Lots more coming.


    Sea Cider Farm and CiderHouse – Made their first cider in 2007. One of BC’s leading cideries.



    The Gulf Islands

    The Gulf Islands were once the apple farming capitol of BC. That’s why you can find 450 different types of heritage apples on these island jewels.  Salt Spring Island has a yearly Apple Fest (Oct 2021)



    Pender Island

    Twin Island Cider –  Voted the Best Cider at the last BC Cider Festival. Harvest antique and heritage fruit from orchards on Pender, Mayne, and Saturna Islands. Some of those orchards were planted almost 150 years ago. Matt and Katie are using old-school techniques plus Pet Nat and small-batch offerings. Very different and surprising ciders.  Bravo!!


    Salt Spring Island

    Salt Spring Wild –  Working with over 450 varieties. Some are over 100 years old. A crazy hopped apple and bitter orange rosemary.


    Ciderworks – 10 years of planting heritage apples.  3,500 trees and 365 varieties.  The ciders show amazing balance and complexity.



    Cowichan Valley

     Valley Cider – North of Duncan. Bruce McKinley creates small-batch ciders using wine and beer techniques.

    Very authentic and fun releases such as a bacon-infused cider called Oink. www.valleycider.com


    Merridale Cidery and Distillery-  Very popular destination. (right beside Unsworth Vineyards)  In the Cowichan Valley. Making classic English pub cider.

    Also a very busy distillery. (Cow Gin anyone)



    Thank You Jay Jordan.   www.cascadialiquor.com

     Caitlin Quinn – Master Distiller.  Eau Claire Distillery  Turner Valley, Alberta

    The return of a fine whisky maker, Caitlin has created Eau Claire’s  newest release

    Eau Claire Single Malt Whisky Batch 005.

    Alberta’s first single malt is batch distilled in the traditional way.  In her Glaswegian accent, Caitlin says “Batch 005 is a throwback to Batch 002 with the reintroduction of ex-Sherry Casks in this blend. I believe it will turn out to be a lot of peoples favorite batch so far”

    Nose – burnt sugar, dark chocolate

    • 57 min
    November 12th, 2021- Talking to Platinum winners of “The Nationals”

    November 12th, 2021- Talking to Platinum winners of “The Nationals”

    Talking with Platinum winners of  The Nationals and  next weeks Will Travel For Food




    The 20th National Wine Awards of Canada wrapped up earlier this month in Penticton. It’s the best such competition in Canada which is why they’re called “The Nationals”

    It’s been fully 20 years since the first competition in 2001 drew 528 wines from 71 wineries, judged by eight men.  20 years later, 26 judges — 14 men and 12 women — tasted 2,075 entries from more than 260 wineries. 

    Many of the judges have been guests on Tasting Room Radio and certainly, a great many of the wineries have appeared as well.

    The Platinum winners were announced this week and I tried to find as many as I could – on the day.

    “And so to the top drops – the best 1.4% of the 2075 wines entered in the 2021 National Wine Awards of Canada! To reach this rarified level is a major accomplishment of which the 24 different winemakers should be very proud. (Yes, there were four wineries with more than one platinum). The judges thank and congratulate you!”

    David Lawrason – Mentor, organizer and judge


    Platinum winning  guests include:


    Jeff Martin – La Frenz  Founding Co-Owner/Lead Winemaker.

    As I started to type this info I knew Jeff and La Frenz had won double platinum for:

    2019 La Frenz Reserve Ensemble  (Naramata Bench)

    La Frenz Non Vintage Liqueur Muscat (Naramata Bench)

    and have now been named The  2021 Best Small Winery in Canada.


    Here’s why –

    6 Gold and 5 Silver

    La Frenz N/V Liqueur Muscat

    La Frenz 2019 Reserve Ensemble

    La Frenz 2019 Reserve Chardonnay

    La Frenz 2018 Cabernets Rockyfeller Vineyard

    La Frenz 2020 Riesling Cl. 21B Freedom 75 Vineyard


    For the record, the Best Performing Small Winery of the Year is awarded to the top-scoring winery that produces 10,000 cases of wine a year or less. The top 5 wines from each winery are used to calculate the winner. Congratulations to everyone at La Frenz.

    The above all happened in real-time. Couldn’t be happier.

    Jeff and Niva Martin.  Great people and really good friends. Fantastic staff!



    Jan Nelson  CEO Maverick Estate Winery  (Oliver)

    2019 Maverick Bush Vine Syrah  – ironic because that’s what Jan and I talked about in July,  bush fires.

    Maverick was judged the #3 Best Small Winery in Canada. Here’s why –

    1 Platinum, 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze

    Maverick 2019 Bush Vine Syrah

    Maverick 2020 Amber Pinot Gris

    Maverick 2019 Rubeus

    Maverick 2020 Cross Road Chardonnay

    Maverick 2020 Carbonic Syrah




    Evan Saunders  – Blasted Church  Winemaker  ( OK Falls)


    Blasted Church was honored with double Platinum for:


    2019 Blasted Church Big Bang Theory   Merlot driven Bordeaux Blend


    2019 Blasted Church Cabernet Franc. Balanced, smooth, and round.  Beauty!




    • 43 min
    November 6th, 2021- The 8TH Annual 4 F’s & Michelle  Bouffard

    November 6th, 2021- The 8TH Annual 4 F’s & Michelle  Bouffard

    The 8TH Annual 4 F’s & Michelle  Bouffard on Somm. of the Year & Tasting Climate Change



     It started 8 years ago as an idea. Let’s take some great food and wine and go fishing.

    I made my pitch to:

    John Weber    co-founder and winemaker at Orofino (Similkameen)

    Mark Filatow  Award winning Chef, Sommelier and Partner at Waterfront Wines Restaurant (Kelowna)

    Rhys Pender  Master of Wine,  Little Farm Wines, wine judge  & WSET Educator Wine Plus+ (Similkameen)

    Over the first 7 years we’ve lake fished, drift fished the Similkameen and Kettle Rivers,  salmon fished in Campbell River and hiked into remote lakes. Best of all, every time we gathered,  we all brought wines that we felt would be appreciated and Mark Filatow would create firepit meals that always featured huge Tomahawk steaks.

    This year the guys went fishing when they could and I was house bound on Vancouver Island.

    So… This week we met on Zoom and talked great wines.

    For year 9  they’re coming to Mill Bay Vancouver Island.

    Here’s a list of wines we each would have brought this year.

    Chef Mark Filatow   Waterfront Wines

    Markus Altenburger, Chardonnay vom Kalk, 2019, Weinland, Austria


    Weingut Kruger-Rumpf, Munsterer Kapellenberg Riesling Kabinett 2001, Nahe, Germany


    Veronica Ortega, ‘quite’ Mencia 2019, Bierzo, Spain



    John Weber  Orofino


    Jean Foillard Morgan 2019

    Orofino Passion pit cab 2011

    La Rioja Alta gran reserva 904 2001 mag



    Rhys Pender MW  WinePLus+

    Vajra Rosso 2019

    Wynn’s 2007 Coonawarra Cab

    Azahar Vinho Verde 2018





    Else Wines – Jocko  (Echo Bay) a light cab franc

    Modest Wines –  2018 zed’s dead (Zinfandel)

    Maverick Estate Winery – 2019 Bush Vine Syrah

    Thomson and Scott – Noughty  Organic Sparkling Chardonnay (alcohol free)

    Odd Bird – Blanc De Blanc (Liberated from Alcohol) Sparkling Chardonnay

    Rust Wine Co    Solus (Golden Mile Bench)



    Sommelier, Author, journalist, speaker, educator, consultant.

    Michelle Bouffard is a “force”.  She leads by example. Caring enough about this planet and its winegrowers that she conceived of and started Tasting Climate Change. The event takes place every two years. This year it will be held on line from Nov 8-30.   (Info below)

    Tasting Climate Change is an international event organized founded and lead by Michelle, who acts as moderator of the conference. Michelle also offers training and consulting on the impact of climate change in the wine world.

     Originally from Quebec, Michelle moved to Vancouver to complete her Bachelor of Music degree in classical trumpet where she unexpectedly ventured into wine while working in a fine dining restaurant. Determined to make her mark in the wine industry, she graduated as a sommelier with the highest honours from the International Sommelier Guild in 2003 and completed the Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in 2005.

    Michelle was the co-owner of House Wine from 2003 to 2015. She also founded and was  president of BC chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers.

    Michelle now lives and teaches WSET courses in Montreal and gives numerous training sessions including for wine associations such as Inter Rhône and Wine Australia. She works closely with the nursery Lilian Bérillon located in the Rhone Valley acting as a wine educator and ambass...

    October 30th, 2021 New releases: SummerHill & Clos Du Soleil.

    October 30th, 2021 New releases: SummerHill & Clos Du Soleil.

    New releases from SummerHill and Clos Du Soleil.

    (Ezra Cipes & Michael Clark )



     Ezra Cipes  – CEO   Summerhill Pyramid Winery (South Kelowna Slopes)

    Ezra Cipes was 5 years old when his family moved from New York in 1968! Since that epic move, he has grown up in the wine industry and feels blessed to now lead a company dedicated to creating beauty in collaboration with nature.

    After working in the wine production cellar while attending public school in Kelowna, Ezra embarked on a career in music. He worked as a touring and session musician and became a published songwriter.

    He and his daughter Ruth along with his brothers Ari, Gabe, and Mathew have created a band called The Oot ‘n Oots.   Making music for all ages.  For children, that can be appreciated and even liked by adults. The music they make is labeled Kindie and it’s growing every year.

    Despite his love for music, Cipes has always felt called back to the vineyard. Home on the family farm, Ezra initiated a half-acre permaculture garden, selling vegetables and herbs to Summerhill’s onsite Sunset Organic Bistro. After reconnecting with the winery and the land, Cipes knew he needed to assume a greater role at the winery. He became Chief Operations Officer in 2008 and CEO in 2012. Recently Ezra has taken a leadership role in the Canadian wine industry as a director of the Canadian Vintners Association, Vice-Chair of the British Columbia Wine Institute, and Chair of the BC Wine Appellation Task Group!

    Summerhill is the first biodynamic winery in Canada and shortly will become part of the wine-growing area known as South Kelowna Slopes. (along with Cedar Creek and St Hubertus)

    We welcome back Ezra Cipes.  CEO of Summerhill and co-founder of The Oot ‘n Oots.  The new Oot’nOots album is Ponderosa Bunchgrass and The Golden Rule. 

    Ezra brings new releases –

    2020 Estate Grown Biodynamic Chardonnay $40

    25%  in 500 liter oak barrels – 75% in stainless steel.  100% delicious!

    2020 Estate Grown Biodynamic Riesling $29

    Naturally fermented temperature-controlled stainless steel. These Riesling clone 21B vines were planted in – 1978!!

    2020 Estate Grown Biodynamic Gruner Veltliner $28  Naturally fermented with ambient farm yeasts.  10-year-old vines.

    2020 Estate Grown Biodynamic Pinot Noir $40  Fermented 10,000 litre oak tank. 3 months in Neutral oak barrels. Unfined/unfiltered

    Cellar to 2030.



     Michael Clark – GM and Winemaker at Clos Du Soleil  (Similkameen)

     Clos Du Soleil is a small artisan winery and estate vineyard on the Upper Bench of the South Similkameen Valley.

    They produce ultra-premium quality wines, borrowing an aesthetic derived from the great wines of Bordeaux, but stamped with the flavors and aromas of their particular piece

    of hard and rocky Similkameen land.

    Through traditional winemaking techniques, informed by research, but adhering to the philosophies of minimal-interventionist winemaking and biodynamic viticulture,

    they produce wines that are complex and classic, age-able, and truly elegant.

    Winemaker Michael Clark presents two amazing releases.

    2020 Capella – 80% Sauvignon Blanc 20% Semillon $28 (le Cote Vineyard)

    Light gold in the glass. Aromas of grass and lemon/lime..grapefruit?

    Flavors of peach & ripe apricot, pineapple, lemon & lime. Beautiful acidity.

    Fermented in French Oak Puncheons. Barrel-aged 9 months. Blending together best barrel lots. Wow.

    Can be cellared. Released end of November.  410 cases. Did I say wow – I meant WOW!

    2020 Winemaker’s Series  100% Chardonnay – $24.90

    Apple, lemon, floral notes.  Flavors of ripe melon, apple & pineapple.

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