Category Archives: Rosé

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.


Vancouver Island Sparkling Wine. Plus, why is everything so expensive?



0:00 – 14:13: A trip to the baseball game at Royal Athletic Park leads to a quick review of Spinnakers’ “Original Pale Ale,” which in turns leads to a good old fashion bitch session about why alcohol costs so much at restaurants and… well… ball parks. Resident cork dork Rod Philips gives us answers.

14:13 – 23:40: Wine gifting etiquette. When giving, or receiving, a wine at a dinner party of other function, is it expected that the wine be used as part of the night? Don’t do what Ryan did and horde the good stuff when he gets a wine gift, like he did with a bottle of 90-point “Monasterio de Las Vinas” Garnacha-Tempranillo from Spain (which we review, since it came up).

23:40 – 38:26: We feature Vancouver Island sparking wine. Apparently, the region’s climate is perfect for this style and some wine makers are trying to capitalize on that with under the name “Charm de L’ile.” We try the Averill Creek “Charm de L’ile” from Duncan. Thumbs up! And, hot tip, buy it as a farmer’s market for $18.

38:26 – 44:25: Pick of the Week! It’s the Cote Mas Rosé from France’s Languedoc region. $13.99 for 1-litre at BC Government Liquor Stores.


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.


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.


Wine sale alert! And, temperature really matters



On this week’s episode we have a “hot tip.” A number of factors have come together to create crazy wine sales at private liquor stores in British Columbia until the end of the month. Resident Cork Dork Rod recommends three great wines that are usually a little pricey but are currently as little as half price.

•Bird in the Hand, Sparkling Pinot Noir, Australia
•Louis Philippe Edwards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile
•Ruben and Flora, Cabernet Carmenere, France

In “Booze in the News,” we continue our coverage of Langford Superstore getting wine sales and what it means for the local retail scene. We also talk about how the Federal Budget will make your alcoholic beverages more expensive.

Ryan learns how wine temperature can drastically change the flavour of wine.

And the pick of the week: Domaine Houchart, Rose, 2016, France


Will the BC Budget reduce booze prices? Also, barley wine!



(Originally recorded February 17, 2017) In this episode, Rod explains to Ryan how the BC Budget might change prices at the liquor store. We learn that sparkling wine and rosé wines a coming trend? And Rod recommends a barley wine.