Tag Archives: VQA

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.


B.C. Government marijuana distribution plans – what’s the deal?



Rod Phillips, the Dork, often pulls back the veil on the “bureaucracy of booze” in this province. It turns out the B.C. government plans to recreate that same system when recreational cannabis is legalized in 2018. Rod critiques the decision.

Also, a bit of wine. The Pick of the Week is a sparking wine, which you’ll find in private liquor stores for $11 or $12, the Jean Louis Couve Brut.

Rod also busts the show’s usual price cap for his birthday: The Domaine Antonin Guyon Chorey-les-Beaune from Burgundy.


Vintage Veracity



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
Chile: Anything
Argentina: Anything
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.


Beer format predictions. Plus French Malbec and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc



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.


Why 5 B.C. wineries are heading to the Supreme Court on a constitutional challenge



Short story: a coming Supreme Court of Canada case may shake up the way the liquor industry works in the country. What’s it all about?

Five small BC wineries have been granted permission to intervene by the Supreme Court of Canada in the inter-provincial shipping of liquor case R. v. Comeau. The Supreme Court will hear the case in early December 2017. Rod and Ryan interview lawyer Shea Coulson, of Coulson Litigation, who will speak for 50th Parallel Estate, Liquidity Wines, Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Okanagan Crush Pad Winery and Painted Rock Estate Winery.

Also, there’s a pick of the week: the Giacondi Sangiovese-Merlot from Italy, 1-litre for $8.99.

 

 


Wildfires, weather woes, and… restrictions on inter-provincial booze sales challenged in court



In this week’s show:

Booze In The News covers the wildfires in wine regions of California, Portugal, and Spain, plus we get an update on other ways this year’s weather has impacted wine. In other news, did you know you’re not allowed to buy alcohol in one province and take it home to another province? That’s a thing. And, it’s being challenged in court as unconstitutional.

Plus, we talk about a couple of specific wines: Beaumont Family Estates 2012 Gamay Noir from the Okanagan, and Remy Ferbras 2015 Costieres de Nimes from France.