Monthly Archives: June 2017

Vancouver Island Sparkling Wine. Plus, why is everything so expensive?



0:00 – 14:13: A trip to the baseball game at Royal Athletic Park leads to a quick review of Spinnakers’ “Original Pale Ale,” which in turns leads to a good old fashion bitch session about why alcohol costs so much at restaurants and… well… ball parks. Resident cork dork Rod Philips gives us answers.

14:13 – 23:40: Wine gifting etiquette. When giving, or receiving, a wine at a dinner party of other function, is it expected that the wine be used as part of the night? Don’t do what Ryan did and horde the good stuff when he gets a wine gift, like he did with a bottle of 90-point “Monasterio de Las Vinas” Garnacha-Tempranillo from Spain (which we review, since it came up).

23:40 – 38:26: We feature Vancouver Island sparking wine. Apparently, the region’s climate is perfect for this style and some wine makers are trying to capitalize on that with under the name “Charm de L’ile.” We try the Averill Creek “Charm de L’ile” from Duncan. Thumbs up! And, hot tip, buy it as a farmer’s market for $18.

38:26 – 44:25: Pick of the Week! It’s the Cote Mas Rosé from France’s Languedoc region. $13.99 for 1-litre at BC Government Liquor Stores.


Call-in Show #1



Live call-in show! We talk about all kinds of stuff with help from listeners on the phone… such as:

•Rod recommends Lovico Gamza from Bulgaria. Gamza is a grape you might never have tried, but you can find it for less the $10 and we’ll just call it our “Pick of the Week.”

•Luz Del Sur Carémère-Cabernet Franc from Chile. It’s a secondary label you find at Everything Wine, often on sale for $8.99. Ryan recommends it as a nice, smooth, easy drinking fruity wine for a good price. However, it was missing something. Turns out that something is “structure.” Rod explains what “structure” means.

•Tips for Cabernet Franc: apparently Tinhorn Creek, Hester Creek, and Gehringer brothers make some great B.C. versions. Or, from France, many blends from the Loire Valley contain primarily Cabernet Franc.

•We recommend A Chianti Classico from the 2012 vintage in response to a question about a father’s day gift. Apparently 2012 is the year to look for!


The rosé show. Plus, pairing with dark chocolate



0:00 – 20:45: All about rosé wines.

20:45 – 28:00: When somebody calls/texts/tweets/emails Rod Phillips with a wine question, Rod calls it a “Wine-1-1” call. Here’s his latest — what wine pairs well with dark chocolate?

28:00 – 38:47: We revisit the 90-point Paxis red blend from Portugal, a previous pick of the week. A wine so good it made Ryan confused.

38:47 – 41:57 Since this is the rosé show, the Pick of the week is a rosé. Domaine Fazi from Corsica.


Great Canadian Beer Episode!



The co-founder of Victoria’s Great Canadian Beer Festival Gerry Hieter is our special guest for this special episode! We talk all about this year’s 25 edition of the GCBF, the history behind the festival, and Gerry’s journey in the evolving craft beer industry.

This week’s Pick of the Week is appropriately themed – Phillips’ “Short Wave West Coast Pale Ale.”