Pick of the week: Codorniu Cava (sparkling wine) from Spain
Pick of the Week: Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot
Pick of the Week – Côté Mas Rosé
Recorded live at the Victoria Public Market for the opening “Lift Off” event for Victoria Beer week 2018.
Rod and Ryan remember their favourite wines and beers of 2017, along with the life experiences that went with them.
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
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.
In this episode:
•Rod predicts the next packaging trend for craft beer.
•We dive into the difference between French and Argentinian Malbec. We discuss the Clos Troteligotte K-or from the Cohors region of France and the Alamos from Argentinian.
•Explaining the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc scene. We compare Kim Crawford and Stoneleigh and conclude that — the Seven Terraces Sauvignon Blanc is better than both.
•Pick of the Week: 2016 Gabbiano Chianti from Italy.
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.
Rod and Ryan wander the GCBF with a microphone. That’s about it.