Category Archives: Special Guest

Winter Beer Review with the Thirsty Writer, Joe Wiebe



A beer episode with special guest Joe Wiebe. We look at what’s new in local craft beer as we shift into winter brews, update the local industry as more breweries prepare to open, and discuss coming beer related events.

The special guest “Pick of the Week”: The Oktoberfest Flammenbeer, which is a collaboration between Swans Brewery and White Sails Brewing that was winner of the BC Beer Award’s Best in Show Award. It’s a special brew and might be hard to find, so don’t wait. Bonus pick –  Vancouver Island Breweries Hermannator is out for the Christmas season.


The Pilsner Episode with Sean Hoyne



Sean Hoyne of Victoria’s Hoyne Brewing returns to Dork Uncorked for an episode all about Pilsner. It’s a beer often associated with the sometimes maligned American-style lagers, but it has a long history and a lot to offer.
The pick of the week is (surprise surprise) the Hoyne Pilsner. But we also talk about the “Four Winds Pilsner” from Delta, BC and the “Pilsner Urqell” from Plezen in the Czech Republic.

Meet Hoyne Brewing’s Sean Hoyne. Plus, a Great Canadian Beer Festival follow-up



It’s the return of special guest Gerry Hieter from the Greater Canadian Beer Festival, who also brought along Sean Hoyne – the man behind one of Victoria’s successful craft breweries and a long time player on the local beer scene. It’s a conversation that veers into beer.


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.


Great Canadian Beer Episode!



The co-founder of Victoria’s Great Canadian Beer Festival Gerry Hieter is our special guest for this special episode! We talk all about this year’s 25 edition of the GCBF, the history behind the festival, and Gerry’s journey in the evolving craft beer industry.

This week’s Pick of the Week is appropriately themed – Phillips’ “Short Wave West Coast Pale Ale.”


Pinot noir, saison beers, and special guest Terry Moore



0:00 – 4:00: Introducing radio host Terry Moore, who previously hosted a wine talk program with Rod.

4:00 – 27:40: A winding Pinot Noir discussion eventually leads us a Pick of the Week from guest Terry… Burrowing Owl Pinot Noir 2012, which you can only find in restaurants. Terry gets a second pick of the week (because he’s special) Valdo Prosecco.

27:40 – 29:50: Rod’s turn for Pick of the Week is the Renmano Chardonnay from Australia… in the 2-litre box for $18.

29:50 – 42:58: Beer talk! Rod says saison is a beer to watch. We get the history of this brew and Rod suggests you check out Unibroue’s “La fin du Monde” from Quebec, or the “Saison Dupont” from Belgium. Since everyone else got a Pick of the Week, Ryan tags on Vancouver Island Brewery’s new “Sombrio Citrus Session Ale,” a nice pale ale with some hops and a twist of orange peel.


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.