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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The co-founder of Victoria’s Great Canadian Beer Festival Gerry Hieteris 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.”
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!” PaxisRed 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.”