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New wine varieties, Australia’s WTO challenge, and getting into the “weeds”



New wine variety challenge (for wine newbies looking to explore)

Refosco: An Italian red grape variety from the Veneto region. Rod recommends Masi Modello.

Viura: A Spanish white varietal that’s often found in blends. If you can’t find it, the runner up white is Viognier

Pick of the Week: Yalumba Organic Shiraz from Australia.


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


Cider in grocery stories and a wine with a hint of eucalyptus?



(Originally recorded February 24, 2017) In this week’s show, Rod and Ryan tell the BC Government what they should have done in their recently budget – and that’s reduce liquor mark-ups. They also discuss the coming of cider in grocery stores, “BEV-X,” and Rod’s pick of the week is “The Cover Drive” from “Jim Barry in Australia, a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coonawarra region.