Category Archives: Box Wine

Live from the Victoria International Wine Festival



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.


The problem with California Wines. Plus, Tempranillo and Blue Grouse



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.


Wedding Episode. Plus, other stuff



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


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.


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