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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."

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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."

    May 30th, 2020- David Farran Pres.  Eau Claire Distillery, Turner Valley & A Revisit to Tofino Food and Wine

    May 30th, 2020- David Farran Pres.  Eau Claire Distillery, Turner Valley & A Revisit to Tofino Food and Wine

     

    David Farran Pres.  Eau Claire Distillery, Turner Valley & A Revisit to Tofino Food and Wine

      

    THE SHOW

     For years, a huge percentage of the grains that were grown by farmers in Alberta were shipped to The UK to make Scotch. 80% of all that Scotch was made with Alberta Barley.

    The distillers who did make spirits in Alberta , made  whisky in bulk.

    Then David Farran  left his management position at Big Rock Brewing and began the dream of starting Alberta’s  first ever craft distillery. Eau Claire was born in Turner Valley South of Calgary.

    David partnered with brewer and distiller Larry Kerwin in 2014 to launch the first micro distillery in Alberta,  Eau Claire Distillery.

    The spirit maker?  Caitlin Quinn, Glaswegian and very talented.

    Eau Claire can be found in beautiful Turner Valley..on Sunset Blvd.  Yup.  The old movie theatre and dance hall building built in 1929.

    I love the fact that they harvest with Percheron horse teams, trained by The Amish. The only people still harvesting by horse.

    Does it make for better spirits?  You tell me.

    Parlour Gin. Ploughman’s Rye, Cherry Gin, Saskatoon Honey Gin, Dill Pickle Vodka,  Three Point Vodka and Alberta’s first single malt whisky.

    Prickly Pear equinOx and many more.

    They open their Tasting Room first week in June.

    Local farmers. Local grains.

    “from farm to glass”

    www.eauclairedistillery.ca

     

    Remembering The Tofino Food and Wine Festival  (2019)

    The Tofino Food and Wine fest was always one of the outstanding events on the calendar.

    Sure there were lots of other food and wine gatherings,  in ballrooms, basements and  convention centres. None of them could match holding a wine festival in a beautiful community garden and a RAINFOREST.

    It was organized by Kira Rogers and a wonderful team of volunteers.

    We covered the event as part of our Tofino food and craft special.

    Months later a press release arrived from Kira cancelling future events.

    “For the past 16 years, our experience in working with the British Columbia LCRB has been positive, constructive, helpful and supportive. In 2019, our 17th year producing this well-loved event, our experience was the opposite: obstructive, hostile, intimidating and rude. We felt like an opponent.”  

    Way to go LCRB.

     While we wait for the possible return of this wonderful gathering, I thought I’d offer the interviews we did last year.

    Kira Rogers – organizer

    Sara Triggs – Culmina Sales and Marketing Manager  Culmina.ca

    Rob Hammersley – Owner Black Market Wines  BlackMarketwine.ca

    Chris Smith – Island rep for Way West Wines  waywestwines.com

    David Gouge – Owner Sea Star Wines. Pender Island  seastarvineyards.ca

    Paul Gardner –  Co-Owner Pentage    pentage.com

    STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

    Block Party at The Birth Block Vineyard – a series.

    Unsworth

    Orofino

    Row 14 at Klippers

    The Hatch

    Road 13

    Valeria Tait and Ian Sutherland – 2Houses

    BC Wine Lovers Cookbook

    Ned Bell

    • 1 hr 6 min
    May 23rd, 2020- OUR RESTAURANTS ARE OPEN – NOW WHAT?/ NUDE BEVERAGES- THE STORY/FORT BERENS

    May 23rd, 2020- OUR RESTAURANTS ARE OPEN – NOW WHAT?/ NUDE BEVERAGES- THE STORY/FORT BERENS

    OUR RESTAURANTS ARE OPEN – NOW WHAT?/ NUDE BEVERAGES- THE STORY/FORT BERENS

    THE SHOW

    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:

    Consider

    Modify

    Eliminate

    Maintain

    Provide

    Create

    Manage

    Support

    Ensure

    Encourage

    …and for the restaurants..directions such as

    Remove, used multiple times

    Provide

    Consider

    Limit

    Encourage

    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

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

    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

     

    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:

    “SOLD OUT”

    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.

    https://nudebeverages.com/covid-relief-fund/

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

    www.nudebeverages.com

    @nudebeverages

    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

                          (828-667-777-115-47)

    2018 Pinot Noir – from estate, Similkameen & West Kelowna.

    • 56 min
    May 15th, 2020 – The WHISKY SPECIAL, featuring Davin de Kergommeaux, Eau Claire & Shelter Point

    May 15th, 2020 – The WHISKY SPECIAL, featuring Davin de Kergommeaux, Eau Claire & Shelter Point

    The WHISKY SPECIAL, featuring Davin de Kergommeaux, Eau Claire & Shelter Point

    THE SHOW

    Davin De Kergommeaux – The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries

    “There is a movement stirring in Canada’s spirits world”

      “There was a time, in the decades after Prohibition, when Canadian whisky was all the rage in America, when a bottle of Crown Royal sat on the bar cart of any serious imbiber. But by the time the renaissance in whiskey making and drinking began in the early 2000s, the Canadian product had long ago been dismissed as bland and bottom-shelf.”  (NY Times 2018)

     Davin has been featured on Tasting Room Radio a number of times.

    He is the voice, face and author who best represents Canadian Whisky.

    Check out his bio….

    DAVIN DE KERGOMMEAUX is an independent expert who has been writing, talking, and teaching about whisky in all its forms and flavours for two decades. He is the world’s leading authority on Canadian whisky, and has been called “Canada’s unofficial whisky ambassador” as well as being named one of the most influential Canadians in Food and Drink by The Globe and Mail in 2016.

    He is a former contributing editor to Whisky Magazine, and has contributed to or co-authored eight other books about whisky, spirits, and cocktails. He now writes full-time, and is regularly featured in many websites and publications, including Whisky Advocate.

    De Kergommeaux is the founder and chairperson of the prestigious Canadian Whisky Awards and publishes comprehensive tasting notes on his website, www.canadianwhisky.org.

    Penguin Random House has released his landmark book The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries with co-author Blair Phillips.

    It begins:

    “There is a movement stirring in Canada’s spirits world”

    Davin de Kergommeaux is acknowledged as the man leading the movement.

    When I first met him I admitted right away that I had no history with his spirits world.  (Lemon gin does not count)



    So he became my teacher and I hope  through Tasting Room Radio he became yours as well.

    This book is a huge read. There are over 200 distilleries mentioned…  it may take you many months and many sips  to read the whole book but what a journey.

    Davin talks about tasting and discovering these fine craft Distilleries

    Eau Claire – Turner Valley, Ab

    Forty Creek – Grimsby. On

    Two Brewers – Whitehorse, Yukon

    Shelter Point – Campbell River, BC

    Rheault – Hearst,  On

    IronWorks – Lunenburg, NS

    Black Velvet – Lethbridge, Ab

    Dairy – Almonte, On

    Crown Royal

    And others…

    Two distilleries are featured in the last half of this week’s “Room”



     Eau Claire Distillery  –  Turner Valley , Alberta – just south of Calgary.

    They were the first hand crafted whisky in Alberta.  Noted for old school horse farming, a wonderful single malt now in its third batch and their very popular Parlour Gin  . Our guest is Glaswegian  Caitlin Quinn, Master Distiller.

     Shelter Point –  Campbell River, BC

    When we first started Tasting Room Radio  years ago  we heard about “this guy on Vancouver Island making whisky”

    That guy turned out to be owner/farmer  Patrick Evans.  He has 155  hectares to work with and a great team that includes Head Distiller Leon Webb and our guest Distillery Manager Jacob Weibe

     

    FYI – when asked by officials,  they quickly turned their spirits into hand sanitizer for all of us to use.  It’s a  safeguard  against the virus. That commitment alone should solidify OUR commitment to tasting their whiskeys, Gin and  Vodka.

    www.canadianwhisky.org.

    https://eauclairedistillery.ca/

    https://shelterpoint.ca/

    • 55 min
    May 9th, 2019 – Zooming with Jason and Naomi Priestley!

    May 9th, 2019 – Zooming with Jason and Naomi Priestley!

    Zooming with Jason and Naomi Priestley at Home

      

    THE SHOW

     

    Jason Priestley. Naomi Priestley  – At Home in North Hollywood, Ca.

     I’ve been very happy to call them friends for a long time.

    Jason Priestley and I would see each other at auditions for TV and film roles in Vancouver.

    Then he headed for LA and the rest you know.

    We created and co hosted Hollywood and Vines TV. 3 years of shows from vineyards and kitchens in Italy, USA (California, Washington and Arizona), Mexico  and across Canada.

    He met Naomi while acting in London. Jay didn’t know it yet but he was “done, like dinner”.

    Naydog is a force… We had lots to get caught up on.  The kids, the USA and it’s pandemic and political crisis.

    Plus three wines. The Rose they were drinking and my two – both with stories attached. Winemakers Cut and “The Mulligan” from Berens and Hitchcock.

    Nay asks about returning to The Guadalupe Valley outside of Ensenada Mexico. It was just waking up to the possibilities of winemaking there when we visited over 10 years ago. Now it’s just exploded.

    We talk about the status of his current series Private Eyes, thoughts on shooting film and tv down  the road and how their  family, their  neighbours and fellow Californians are handling 2020.



     

     

     

     

     

     

    Its casual but a lot of fun. It gets serious a couple of times because it’s a serious time we’re all living in.  Cheers.  Enjoy!!

     

    Mark Wachtin and Mich Pambrun   (Storied Wines and Spirits)

    These two interviews were left over from our coverage of Swirl and Untapped in Parksville earlier this year.

    I like these guys and I really like their portfolio. They represent – check this out –

    (Vancouver Island)

    Rathjen, Unsworth, Wayward Distillation

     (Okanagan)

    Anthony Buchanan

    Bella

    Lock and Worth

    Desert Hills

    Kitsch

    Nagging Doubt

    Nichol Vineyard

    Synchromesh

    Ursa Major

    Skaha Vineyards

    Scenic Road Cidery

    Tall Tale

    That is an impressive list of clients.

    You can tell these guys know their wines and winemakers.

    Mark Wachtin

    Founder – Storied Wines & Spirits

    It’s all about the people—conversations, stories and histories. Vancouver Island raised (free range) with a lifetime in hospitality, Mark’s drawn to smaller, family-run operations, sustainable farming and handcrafted production methods.

    Motivated by both the traditional and the new wave of producers, Mark has paired wine and food in world-class hotels, restaurants and eateries. Mark’s commitment is best expressed in his strong relationships with sommeliers, chefs, bartenders, servers and retail product consultants.

    Mich Pambrun

    North Island Sales & Marketing Representative

    Michel Pambrun, former DJ and hospitality pro from Manitoba, is an

    Internationally accredited sommelier. Michel celebrates natural, sustainable terroir-driven wines and their environments.

    His many distinctions include participation in multiple Gold Medal Plates events curating pairings and perhaps his finest harvest, the raising of  two incredible daughters.

    http://www.storiedwinesandspirits.com/

    STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

    Fort Berens

    Davin de Kergommeaux

    (The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries)

    Nude Beverages.  On a big time roll

    • 50 min
    May 2nd, 2020 – BC WINE MONTH 2 WITH RHYS PENDER & BREAKING BREAD/ HOSPITALITY HUSTLE

    May 2nd, 2020 – BC WINE MONTH 2 WITH RHYS PENDER & BREAKING BREAD/ HOSPITALITY HUSTLE

    BC WINE MONTH 2 WITH RHYS PENDER & BREAKING BREAD/ HOSPITALITY HUSTLE



     

    THE SHOW

     

    April was BC Wine Month.

    Wine Master Rhys Pender (Little Farm Wines) set out to remind all wine fans why BC has such great wines and celebrate all of the choices we have.

    Part one took us from April 1 -15..with musical interludes via his ukulele.



    Now we present almost all of part two , including the Ukulele jam

    (We had TRR  edited and done, when his  last rant and his wrap up was released…a tad too late for this)

    Rhys rants us through cellaring BC wines, 2019 Vintages, bottle aged BC wines, Riesling, single vineyards, organics and Syrah ( a tricky wine to sell but maybe the best wine we grow)

    Rhys Pender MW is a wine educator, freelance wine writer, wine judge and consultant to the industry. Working in the wine trade since age 14, Rhys’ career has included experience in the vineyard, cellar, wine retail, education and hospitality – providing knowledge in all facets of the business. In 2010 Rhys became Canada’s youngest Master of Wine (MW)

    Rhys instructs the Okanagan WSET® and educational programs for Wine Plus+.



    Enjoy the rants..Rhys knows what he’s talking about.

    https://winebc.com/wine-bc-events/

    https://www.mastersofwine.org/rhys-pender-mw

    https://littlefarmwinery.ca/

    https://www.wineplus.ca/about/

    Breaking Bread and Doing The Hospitality Hustle

     All of us are going through these “strange days indeed”!

    Nobody more so than the men and women of the culinary, wine and hospitality industries. Tasting Room Radio knows a lot of these fine people having done interviews with them for over 12 years.

    Thing is, there are 1000’s who we haven’t met and they’re all out of a job and having to pay rent, feed themselves,  take care of families and of course,

    That’s why we’re doing feature stories and interview on events and social movements that have the potential to help.

    The first press release for Breaking Bread came in from at SMC Communications  March 13th

    VANCOUVER, BC (March 13, 2020) — Members of Vancouver’s hospitality community are uniting in solidarity to urge the public’s support of the local independent restaurant and service industry as well as those whose livelihoods rely on them, by offering myriad ways to show support during this unprecedented time of COVID-19.

    Comprising 23 local restaurants and counting, this newly formed collective wants to reassure the public that they remain committed to doing everything possible to ensure the health, safety and well being of their guests and staff.

    They will continue to implement all guidelines set out by such regulatory bodies as Vancouver Coastal Health, the World Health Organization and Centres for Disease Control.

     

    You’ll happy to know that it was such a hit that Breaking Bread has gone National.

    THIS Press Release came in April 28th

    Founded on March 13, 2020 by hospitality communications agency SMC Communications, Breaking Bread was born out of a collective of 23 restaurants in the Greater Vancouver area that came together to urge public support in response to COVID-19. Since then, the website has expanded to more than 1,500 listings nationwide and is growing in new features and businesses by the day.

    For more information or to stay up to date on all the latest news, visit breakingbreadnow.com,

    • 1 hr 2 min
    April 25th, 2020 – SOSIMA OLIVERA – OAXACA MESCAL MASTER & FUNDRAISING FOR BC HOSPITALITY  

    April 25th, 2020 – SOSIMA OLIVERA – OAXACA MESCAL MASTER & FUNDRAISING FOR BC HOSPITALITY  

    SOSIMA OLIVERA – OAXACA MESCAL MASTER & FUNDRAISING FOR BC HOSPITALITY

      

    THE SHOW

     Stay safe and well.  Please watch over each other and Be Kind.

     We start with the headlines.

    During this pandemic restaurants and wineries have been shuttered. The hospitality business has been struck a dark blow.  Staff and employees of every description are now sheltered  at home, unable to work and watching their saving disappear. There’s bills to pay and families to feed.

    This week we spotlight the first of  two support movements.

    The HOPE Fund has been organized by the 44 wineries of  Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country!



    Following the closure of tasting rooms, Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country launches the HOPE Fund (Helping Our People Eat), which will support up to 200 family meals per week for members of the region’s hurting hospitality industry, who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.

    In partnership with Oliver-based deli Oliver Eats Ltd., the fund will help them to produce fresh and frozen family meals that will help support those that are usually employed by wineries,  restaurants and other hospitality businesses in Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country (McIntyre Bluff to the Border) but are out of work due to the pandemic.

    The organization’s 44 member wineries range from some of the largest winemaking brands in the Okanogan Valley to small, independent family run estates. All are donating to this cause in a unified offering of support to the people that help make this area so special.

    One of our guests Derek Uhlemann, founder of Oliver Eats said:

    “From farm hands to dishwashers, cellar hands to servers, these people are the backbone of our region and it would be shockingly different if they weren’t around.  The pandemic is a shared hardship and we wanted to support our workers with nutritious, delicious family meals.”

    Guests are:

    Jennifer Busmann – Executive Director of Oliver/Osoyoos Wine Country

    https://www.oliverosoyoos.com/

    Derek Uhlemann – Founder of Oliver Eats  https://olivereats.com/

    Jeff van Geest – Executive Chef Miradoro Bistro at Tinhorn Creek https://www.tinhorn.com/Restaurant

    https://www.hellobc.com/

     

    Sosima Olivera – Mezcal Master (Oaxaca)

    Mezcal FaneKantsini (@fanekantsini) 

    Mezcal FaneKantsini – Home | Facebook

    http://tlayudona.com.mx/

    Our featured guest is Sosima Olivera. A Mescal Master in Oaxaca.

    Mezcal is the distant cousin of Tequila. For fans, the search for real mescal starts in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico  (wa-hawka)

    The tasting session with Sosima in Oaxaca was a Christmas present from our daughter Kate.

    Kates husband Pete was along for the tasting,

    • 1 hr 2 min

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