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When is the peak time to pick a grape? Science wants to know!



In this short interview episode, we speak with University of Victoria ecologist John Volpe.

Pick of the Week: Sea Cider’s Rum Runner cider.


The Smoke Show



This episode features special guest Matthew Noestheden, UBC Okanagan PhD student behind recent research into “smoke taint” in wine. A perfect topic for a smokey week in B.C.

Pick(s) of the Week: Santa Carolina Leyda Pinot Noir 2017 from Chile, and the Luigi Bosca Malbec 2015 from Argentina


2018 Great Canadian Beer Festival Preview



The man behind the Great Canadian Beer Festival, Gerry Hieter, joins the show to talk about this year’s edition.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Steamworks Brewing Brut IPA


2018 Victoria International Wine Festival (preview episode)



We speak with Victoria International Wine festival director Dave Bain about what’s in store for this year and talk about how the festival has grown over the past five years.

Picks of the Week:

Rod picks the Chevalier de Dyonis Pinot Noir from Romania and the Lobetia Tempranillo from Spain.

The special guest Pick of the Week from Dave Bain is – a beer. Fat Tug from Driftwood Brewery in Victoria.


Home grown wine review – with special guest Astrid Braunschmidt



The Dork, Rod Phillips, reviews two home made wines. Last fall, co-host Ryan Price started making wine from his backyard blackberries and purple plums. It’s now bottled and he saved the first tasting for this show.

And. we found someone else who had the same adventure! CFAX and CTV Vancouver Island meteorologist Astrid Braunschmidt made wine out of her greengage plums.

In this episode, we talk about the different methods used to home brew these wines and the results.

Astrid Braunschmidt with her homemade greengauge plum wine and Ryan Price with his homemade blackberry/purple plum wine.