Monthly Archives: March 2017

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


Box wines, they don’t suck anymore – and the wine that came back from the dead



In this week’s episode, Rod talks about the virtues of box wines and that leads up to the pick of the week: Radio Boca’s Garnacha in a box.

Also, a listener question about Merlot leads us to the fascinating story of “Carménère,” a grape variety lost to history after disease devastated vines in Europe in the 1860’s. But then it was rediscovered in Chile where it had been brought by accident long, long ago. If you want to try it, Rod suggests looking for the Falernia Carménère.

Other wines discussed: Tinhorn Creek Merlot and the Tsantali Retsina

 


Greek wine stories and Langford Superstore gets booze on the shelves



(Originally recorded March 10, 2017) Rod breaks the news that the Langford Superstore will soon get wine on its shelves. Ryan does his first wine reviews of Periquita and Louis Bernard’s Cote du Rhone, and the Pick of the Week goes Greek (it’s Tsantili Red)


Vancouver Island Brewery “reborn” and grape varieties that change names



(Originally recorded March 3, 2017) On this week’s show, Rod reports after attending the launch of Vancouver Island Breweries re-launch. Among the highlights is a new look, new recipes, and a new “Juan de Fuca Cerveza.” And the pick of the week! A Portuguese wine – Periquita


Cider in grocery stories and a wine with a hint of eucalyptus?



(Originally recorded February 24, 2017) In this week’s show, Rod and Ryan tell the BC Government what they should have done in their recently budget – and that’s reduce liquor mark-ups. They also discuss the coming of cider in grocery stores, “BEV-X,” and Rod’s pick of the week is “The Cover Drive” from “Jim Barry in Australia, a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coonawarra region.


Will the BC Budget reduce booze prices? Also, barley wine!



(Originally recorded February 17, 2017) In this episode, Rod explains to Ryan how the BC Budget might change prices at the liquor store. We learn that sparkling wine and rosé wines a coming trend? And Rod recommends a barley wine.