Prosecco pairings! And, the big companies behind the lables



0:00 – 22:45: We dive deep into prosecco! It all started when Ryan made a paella style dish for dinner and didn’t know what wine to pair with it. Rod’s suggestion was prosecco. We discuss why and learn more about the Italian sparking wine.

22:45 – 34:50: There are three giant companies in Canada behind the plethora of “Cellared In Canada” wine labels you see on store shelves. We peel back the curtain and examine who owns what.

34:50 – 43:52: Pick of the week! Casal Garcia Rosé from Vinho Verde Portugal. Also, we revisit a previous pick of the week – the Paul Mas Valmont Rouge red blend from France’s Languedoc region – that is a great wine for a great price but is kind of hard to find right now. We help out.


What’s the deal with wine points? Plus, weather woes and B.C. gin



0:00 – 9:25: More weather woes. A cold wet spring persists for many parts of the world (Vancouver Island as well), what does that mean for wine producers?

9:25 – 20:05: And the best gin is from… B.C.? Long Table Cucumber Gin, made in Vancouver, has just won a best gin award in the United Kingdom.

20:05 – 36:24: “Pick of the Week!” Paxis Red Blend from Portugal. A 90 point wine that should go on sale for $13 or $14 at private liquor stores. This gets us into a discussion on the point system used to rate wines.

36:24 – 43:08: A California pinot noir that made Ryan go “meh.”


What is siegerrebe? Plus, Rod drank a beer



0:00 – 9:23: The B.C. election is over… well… not really. After weeks of Dork Uncorked covering what the election means for liquor policy, we scratch our heads and ask what next?

9:23 – 20:40: Siegerrebe is a white wine grape that is commonly grown on Vancouver Island. We learn more about it.

20:40 – 31:22: Pick of the Week! EnvyFol’s grenache-syrah-carignan blend.

31:22 – 41:54: Rod drank a beer.


Election booze update. Plus, 2017 weather woes



0:00 – 20:30: Booze in the news! First, both leading parties in the B.C. election propose a change to liquor rules that might improve the drink menu at some restaurants. Second, we learn that many of the world’s wine regions are suffering from terrible spring weather.  What will that mean for the 2017 vintage?

20:30 – 34:30: Buying by the case update.

34:30 – 41:48: Pick of the Week! Mission Hill’s 2015 Five Vineyards Pinot Noir from the Okanagan. We also get a follow up review of the 2015 Tinhorn Creek Chardonnay and try a Spanish Garnacha from El Circo.


Pinot noir, saison beers, and special guest Terry Moore



0:00 – 4:00: Introducing radio host Terry Moore, who previously hosted a wine talk program with Rod.

4:00 – 27:40: A winding Pinot Noir discussion eventually leads us a Pick of the Week from guest Terry… Burrowing Owl Pinot Noir 2012, which you can only find in restaurants. Terry gets a second pick of the week (because he’s special) Valdo Prosecco.

27:40 – 29:50: Rod’s turn for Pick of the Week is the Renmano Chardonnay from Australia… in the 2-litre box for $18.

29:50 – 42:58: Beer talk! Rod says saison is a beer to watch. We get the history of this brew and Rod suggests you check out Unibroue’s “La fin du Monde” from Quebec, or the “Saison Dupont” from Belgium. Since everyone else got a Pick of the Week, Ryan tags on Vancouver Island Brewery’s new “Sombrio Citrus Session Ale,” a nice pale ale with some hops and a twist of orange peel.


Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon



0:00 – 12:00: Pick of the Week! Tinhorn Creek 2015 Chardonnay, from the Okanagan.

12:00 – 19:25: We review the Invictas Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, from Chile. Why? Because it showed up at the house during an Easter weekend gathering.

19:25 – 31:14: Cork Dork Rod gives us the basics about Cabernet Sauvignon

31:14 – 40:11: Booze in the News!


Wine apps, Merlot, and our BC Election Special Part 2



0:00 – 12:19: If you’d like to use an “app” to keep track of the wine you drink and make notes, what’s a good one? We review.

12:19 – 20:50: The Pick of the Week is “Rewen” Malbec from Argentina, we also mix in a review of the “Tinhorn Creek” Merlot from B.C., 2014.

20:50 – 42:11: The Dork Uncorked B.C. Election Special Part 2! Covering the election from a liquor perspective. In this edition, BC NDP candidate David Eby, who has served as the opposition liquor critic, sketches out what an NDP government would do. If you missed our election special part 1, find the podcast episode DU 068.


Bacon, eggs and wine! Plus, BC Election Special Part 1



2:08 – 6:40: Bacon and eggs and wine! Do you have breakfast for dinner sometimes? If so, what wines pair well with it? There are a couple answers, according to Cork Dork Rod Phillips. First off, pick any simple, affordable Chardonnay. Or, if you’re jazzing up your eggs with extra spices or something like sun dried tomatoes, Rod recommends a Rosé. For a red, well, that gets into Rod’s pick of the week…

6:40 – 9:08: Pick of the week! Paul Mas Valmont Rouge from France. It’s a blend of grenache, carignan, syrah and merlot. You should be able to find a 1-litre bottle for $11.79. And, it could also go with breakfast for dinner.

9:08 – 19:56:  We discuss Gehringer Brothers Riesling from the Okanagan Valley.

20:10 – 41:18: The Dork Uncorked BC Election special! Covering the election from a liquor perspective. In this edition, we interview the BC Liberal Party’s John Yap, who has served as the government’s Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Reform and led recent changes including wine in grocery stories.


Cider explosion! Plus, buying by the case



0:00 – 13:37: Spring is here and cider is about to explode as one of this year’s trends. Other “ready-to-drink” products, like hard lemonade, are also moving onto shelves. But that means this is the time of the year when, behind the scenes, heads are exploding trying to coordinate the logistics of getting products into stores. Rod explains.

13:37 – 28:25: We start by talking about Ryan visiting the big “Everything Wine” store for the first time and panicking. It leads us to buying cases of wine — a common practice in Europe that’s gaining popularity here with help from the Internet.

28:25 – 41:12: Pick of the Week! Jas de Lauzon, grenache-syrah blend, Luberon France.


Wine sale alert! And, temperature really matters



On this week’s episode we have a “hot tip.” A number of factors have come together to create crazy wine sales at private liquor stores in British Columbia until the end of the month. Resident Cork Dork Rod recommends three great wines that are usually a little pricey but are currently as little as half price.

•Bird in the Hand, Sparkling Pinot Noir, Australia
•Louis Philippe Edwards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile
•Ruben and Flora, Cabernet Carmenere, France

In “Booze in the News,” we continue our coverage of Langford Superstore getting wine sales and what it means for the local retail scene. We also talk about how the Federal Budget will make your alcoholic beverages more expensive.

Ryan learns how wine temperature can drastically change the flavour of wine.

And the pick of the week: Domaine Houchart, Rose, 2016, France