The Dork, Rod Phillips, reviews two home made wines. Last fall, co-host Ryan Price started making wine from his backyard blackberries and purple plums. It's now bottled and he saved the first tasting for this show. And. we found someone else who had the same adventure! CFAX and CTV Vancouver Island meteorologist Astrid Braunschmidt made wine out of her greengage plums. In this episode, we talk about the different methods used to home brew these wines and the results.
We start the show with half bottles - wines that come in a 375ml format. It means you get half as much but at half the price. So, maybe a way to try an expensive wine without breaking the bank (as long as you don't mind having less wine)? Half bottles make up the "Picks of the Week:" •Red - Masi Campofiorin, a red blend from Italy, in the 375ml bottle. •White - Kenall-Jackson Chardonnay, from California, in the 375ml In this episode, we also discuss the Pedra Cancela "Dao" from Portugal...
Special guest Joe Wiebe, producer of Victoria Beer Week, previews this year's event. Pick(s) of the Week, beer edition: Category 12 Pivotal ESB. Also try New England IPA collaboration between White Sails Brewing in Nanaimo BC and Swans Brewpub.
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.