Category Archives: Portugal

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.


The Portugal Show



The long promised examination of Portuguese wines, a wine country we talk about all the time because if its great wines at amazing values.

The Portugal themed Pick of the Week: Aveleda Vinho Verde. Find it at some private liquor stores around Victoria for approximately $14:99. Try it with white fish.

As a bonus, we discussed a few of our other favs from this part of the world: Periquita Red, the Casal Garcia Rosé, Dão, Paxis Red Blend, Pedras do Monte, and Ramos Pinto. Watch for all those names when you start exploring Portugal.

 

 


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.


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!


The rosé show. Plus, pairing with dark chocolate



0:00 – 20:45: All about rosé wines.

20:45 – 28:00: When somebody calls/texts/tweets/emails Rod Phillips with a wine question, Rod calls it a “Wine-1-1” call. Here’s his latest — what wine pairs well with dark chocolate?

28:00 – 38:47: We revisit the 90-point Paxis red blend from Portugal, a previous pick of the week. A wine so good it made Ryan confused.

38:47 – 41:57 Since this is the rosé show, the Pick of the week is a rosé. Domaine Fazi from Corsica.


Prosecco pairings! And, the big companies behind the lables



0:00 – 22:45: We dive deep into prosecco! It all started when Ryan made a paella style dish for dinner and didn’t know what wine to pair with it. Rod’s suggestion was prosecco. We discuss why and learn more about the Italian sparking wine.

22:45 – 34:50: There are three giant companies in Canada behind the plethora of “Cellared In Canada” wine labels you see on store shelves. We peel back the curtain and examine who owns what.

34:50 – 43:52: Pick of the week! Casal Garcia Rosé from Vinho Verde Portugal. Also, we revisit a previous pick of the week – the Paul Mas Valmont Rouge red blend from France’s Languedoc region – that is a great wine for a great price but is kind of hard to find right now. We help out.


What’s the deal with wine points? Plus, weather woes and B.C. gin



0:00 – 9:25: More weather woes. A cold wet spring persists for many parts of the world (Vancouver Island as well), what does that mean for wine producers?

9:25 – 20:05: And the best gin is from… B.C.? Long Table Cucumber Gin, made in Vancouver, has just won a best gin award in the United Kingdom.

20:05 – 36:24: “Pick of the Week!” Paxis Red Blend from Portugal. A 90 point wine that should go on sale for $13 or $14 at private liquor stores. This gets us into a discussion on the point system used to rate wines.

36:24 – 43:08: A California pinot noir that made Ryan go “meh.”


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)


Vancouver Island Brewery “reborn” and grape varieties that change names



(Originally recorded March 3, 2017) On this week’s show, Rod reports after attending the launch of Vancouver Island Breweries re-launch. Among the highlights is a new look, new recipes, and a new “Juan de Fuca Cerveza.” And the pick of the week! A Portuguese wine – Periquita