Category Archives: Côtes du Rhône

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.


Peller buys three iconic B.C wineries, what will that mean? Plus, we examine 5 Vineyards



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.


Gamay Noir Grapes, Cono Sur Brands, and… NAFTA?



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.


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)