Category Archives: Italy

Wines to help transition us into fall. Plus, rum!



Picks of the week:

Primativo: Tormaresca Neprica

Rioja: Viña Real Crianza


Half Bottles



We start the show with half bottles – wines that come in a 375ml format. It means you get half as much but at half the price. So, maybe a way to try an expensive wine without breaking the bank (as long as you don’t mind having less wine)?

Half bottles make up the “Picks of the Week:”

•Red – Masi Campofiorin, a red blend from Italy, in the 375ml bottle.

•White – Kenall-Jackson Chardonnay, from California, in the 375ml

In this episode, we also discuss the Pedra Cancela “Dao” from Portugal (excellent), and the Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier from Chile (mixed feelings).


Vintage Veracity



Rod breaks down which wine regions see a lot of variation from year to year and which ones don’t. Here are a few wine regions discussed that produce consistent wines year after year (with the caveat that there are always exceptions):

Italy: Calabria, Sicily and Puglia
France: Languedoc, Provence
Spain: La Mancha
Portugal: Anything from the Douro Valley and further south
Chile: Anything
Argentina: Anything
South Africa: Anyting

A few of the specific wines discussed:

Lopez de Haro Crianza (Spain), Cal y Canto Tempranillo/Merlot/Syrah (Spain) and the Pick of the Week is the Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir from Chile, which you should find for around $10.99.

We also start the show with a review of the entry level Alamos Malbec from Chile.


Beer format predictions. Plus French Malbec and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc



In this episode:

•Rod predicts the next packaging trend for craft beer.

•We dive into the difference between French and Argentinian Malbec. We discuss the Clos Troteligotte K-or from the Cohors region of France and the Alamos from Argentinian.

•Explaining the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc scene. We compare Kim Crawford and Stoneleigh and conclude that — the Seven Terraces Sauvignon Blanc is better than both.

•Pick of the Week: 2016 Gabbiano Chianti from Italy.


Why 5 B.C. wineries are heading to the Supreme Court on a constitutional challenge



Short story: a coming Supreme Court of Canada case may shake up the way the liquor industry works in the country. What’s it all about?

Five small BC wineries have been granted permission to intervene by the Supreme Court of Canada in the inter-provincial shipping of liquor case R. v. Comeau. The Supreme Court will hear the case in early December 2017. Rod and Ryan interview lawyer Shea Coulson, of Coulson Litigation, who will speak for 50th Parallel Estate, Liquidity Wines, Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Okanagan Crush Pad Winery and Painted Rock Estate Winery.

Also, there’s a pick of the week: the Giacondi Sangiovese-Merlot from Italy, 1-litre for $8.99.

 

 


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


Victoria restaurant history with Cafe Brio’s Greg Hayes



Interview show: Greg Hayes is the man behind Cafe Brio. Before that he helped shape the local restaurant scene with the Herald St. Cafe. He also has a lot of stories that you’ve gotta hear!

The pick of the week comes from our special guest. The winery is “Nals Margreid” in Italy. The wine is their “Sirmian Pinot Bianco.” You might find it at government liquor stores in the mid $20 price range.


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!