Booze In The News covers the wildfires in wine regions of California, Portugal, and Spain, plus we get an update on other ways this year’s weather has impacted wine. In other news, did you know you’re not allowed to buy alcohol in one province and take it home to another province? That’s a thing. And, it’s being challenged in court as unconstitutional.
Plus, we talk about a couple of specific wines: Beaumont Family Estates 2012 Gamay Noir from the Okanagan, and Remy Ferbras 2015 Costieres de Nimes from France.
0:00 – 33:24: Warning! This week’s episode takes a detour into home wine making. The “Dork Uncorked” Rod Phillips drops some knowledge as co-host Ryan Price tells of how he attempted to make wine out of his backyard plums and blackberries.
33:24 – 39:00: Why did Ryan smell an aroma of “latex glove” from an Okanagan Pinot Noir?
39:00 – 42:38: Rod’s “Pick of the Week.” It’s a Sake called Hakutsuru Superior Junmai Ginjo.
For the record here’s the recipe Ryan cobbled together to make 1 gallon (no guarantee this will be good!):
5 lbs pitted purple plums
2 lbs washed blackberries
3 litres boiling water (I should have put in a bit less)
2.25 lbs white sugar
1 tsp pectic enzyme
1 crushed campden tablet (potassium metabisulfite)
Let sit for a day
1 tsp yeast nutrient
1/2 tsp acid blend (citric acid, malic acid, and tartaric acid)
1 packet wine yeast (this seemed like a lot, but no disaster yet)
Rod and Ryan explore the Victoria International Wine Festival at the Parkside Hotel. This event is in it’ 4th year and the organisers hope to return for a 5th year, so if it sounds like fun (and it was!) there will be another chance to attend.
This episode features tips on how to taste at a wine festival, reviews of a few of the wines Rod and Ryan sampled (we hardly made a dent in what was offered), and of course a “Pick of the Week.” Out of the wines Rod and Ryan tried, they unanimously picked The Seven Terraces Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Fresh grapefruit, grassy aromas, bright and lively with tremendous balance. It sells for $17.49 OR buy it in a box! The price, matched with the taste experience, make it the pick of the week.
One of the three biggest corporations involved in Canada’s wine industry, Andrew Peller Limited (which owns several brand names and labels, including Peller Estates) has purchased three iconic B.C. VQA wineries: Tinhorn Creek, Black Hills, and Grey Monk. The Dork, who is Uncorked, describes this as a seismic shift in the province’s wine industry. We talk about what it could mean.
Speaking of wineries owned by major corporations, we get into a “case” study on 5 Vineyards, an entry level label produced by the Okanagan’s Mission Hill Winery(itself owned by another of the major wine corporations, Mark Anthony Brands International). Specifically, we compare the 5 Vineyards Chardonnay to the Tinhorn Creek Chardonnay, Both from the Okanagan, both good, both offer examples of terroir differences, but one at a more accessible price point.
And the Pick of the Week is the Cotes du Rhone “Le Dome du Grand Bois” for about $20.
0:00 – 24:50: This show’s mission is to find great wine for affordable prices, usually under $20. But the California section of the liquor store is proving to be a challenge for co-host Ryan. The under $20 range is filled with big brands from huge producers that — while safe and consistent — aren’t knocking our socks off. The Dork tries to help.
24:50 – 36:27: A listener question about the Radio Boca Garnacha in the 3-litre box (recommended in the wedding episode) gets us into the Radio Boca Tempranillo. And THAT gets us into the tempranillo varietal in general, and the Rioja and La Mancha wine regions of Spain. We specifically mention this Spanish blend from La Mancha, found at private stores: “Cal Y Canto” Tempranillo-Merlot-Syrah
36:27 – 40:33: The Dork is blown away by two white blends from Vancouver Island’s Blue Grouse winery in the Cowichan Valley. Under their “Quill” label, look for the “White” and “Off-Dry White” blends.
40:33 – 47:46: PICK OF THE WEEK! It’s the 90-point Porca de Murca red blend from the Douro region of Portugal. We found it for $13.99.
Sean Hoyne of Victoria’s Hoyne Brewing returns to Dork Uncorked for an episode all about Pilsner. It’s a beer often associated with the sometimes maligned American-style lagers, but it has a long history and a lot to offer.
The pick of the week is (surprise surprise) the Hoyne Pilsner. But we also talk about the “Four Winds Pilsner” from Delta, BC and the “Pilsner Urqell” from Plezen in the Czech Republic.
The Dork Uncorked, Rod Philips, gives tips form planning the drinks at a wedding, including what kinds of beer and wine to pick and how to handle the cocktails. And, since it fits into the wedding theme, we follow up with Ryan’s anniversary picnic and the wine that went with it.
Wine and drinks discussed:
•”Single Vineyard Viento Mar Block 21″ Pinot Noir from Cono Sur (as discussed last week).
•Sheringham Distillery Seaside gin
And two picks of the week:
•Pippins Apple Cider from Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse
•Villa Teresa Organic Prosecco
0:00 – 15:31: Ryan drank the Louis Latour “Bourgogne Gamay” 2013 from France (about $23), which provided an excuse to explore this variety. For those who also want to explore Gamay, Rod recommends trying an Okanagan option from producers such as Beaumont Family Estate Winery or Volcanic Hills Winery, both in the Kelowna area. Both should be $20 or under.
15:31 – 31:58: Catching up on good wines Rod has tried. We start with the Family Perrin “Cote du Rhone” 2014 for $16. Then we get into Cono Sur from Chile and their “Viento Mar” Block No. 21 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir. Lot’s to get into here.
31:58 – 36:19: Booze in the news — how B.C. wine on grocery store shelves made national and international news… as a NAFTA trade irritant.
36:19 – 38:19: Speaking of Cono Sur from Chile, the pick of the week is their Pinot Noir Rose in a 1-litre bottle.