Category Archives: Okanagan

Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon



0:00 – 12:00: Pick of the Week! Tinhorn Creek 2015 Chardonnay, from the Okanagan.

12:00 – 19:25: We review the Invictas Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, from Chile. Why? Because it showed up at the house during an Easter weekend gathering.

19:25 – 31:14: Cork Dork Rod gives us the basics about Cabernet Sauvignon

31:14 – 40:11: Booze in the News!


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.


Bacon, eggs and wine! Plus, BC Election Special Part 1



2:08 – 6:40: Bacon and eggs and wine! Do you have breakfast for dinner sometimes? If so, what wines pair well with it? There are a couple answers, according to Cork Dork Rod Phillips. First off, pick any simple, affordable Chardonnay. Or, if you’re jazzing up your eggs with extra spices or something like sun dried tomatoes, Rod recommends a Rosé. For a red, well, that gets into Rod’s pick of the week…

6:40 – 9:08: Pick of the week! Paul Mas Valmont Rouge from France. It’s a blend of grenache, carignan, syrah and merlot. You should be able to find a 1-litre bottle for $11.79. And, it could also go with breakfast for dinner.

9:08 – 19:56:  We discuss Gehringer Brothers Riesling from the Okanagan Valley.

20:10 – 41:18: The Dork Uncorked BC Election special! Covering the election from a liquor perspective. In this edition, we interview the BC Liberal Party’s John Yap, who has served as the government’s Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Reform and led recent changes including wine in grocery stories.


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