Category Archives: Merlot

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.


Wine apps, Merlot, and our BC Election Special Part 2



0:00 – 12:19: If you’d like to use an “app” to keep track of the wine you drink and make notes, what’s a good one? We review.

12:19 – 20:50: The Pick of the Week is “Rewen” Malbec from Argentina, we also mix in a review of the “Tinhorn Creek” Merlot from B.C., 2014.

20:50 – 42:11: The Dork Uncorked B.C. Election Special Part 2! Covering the election from a liquor perspective. In this edition, BC NDP candidate David Eby, who has served as the opposition liquor critic, sketches out what an NDP government would do. If you missed our election special part 1, find the podcast episode DU 068.


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