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Friends of the Vine features master somms, winemakers, wine writers and masters of wine. Our guests are knowledgeable, passionate professionals who love talking wine and all things related in the wine industry.

Episodes

Matt Landry is an engaging sommelier that is well known in the Vancouver wine scene. He currently is located at the Fiore restaurant where he shares stories, pours great wine, and drops some knowledge along the way.

 

In this episode, we talk about his wine collaboration with the Okanagan Crush Pad, the recent BC Somm competition, and some quick hot takes on wine that evolve into more insightful and thoughtful points on all things current in wine.    

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

Audio recorded in person from the Fiore restaurant located in Vancouver, BC. 

 

The Fiore Restaurant South Granville location has a website that can be found here-

https://fiorerestaurants.ca/

 

Matt's Instagram page can be found here-

  https://www.instagram.com/m.g.landry/

 

The Metro Vancouver Wine Club can be found here-

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1481961958539867

 

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Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

  http://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

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http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Elysia Myers lets us in to the fascinating world of painting art using real wine. She shares some stories of some of her work and how her passion for painting led her to this unique livelihood. We also share travel stories, our mutual love of mulled wine, and much more.   

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

Audio recorded over Skype from her residence in Colorado.  

 

Elysia's website for wine art pieces and commissions- https://elysiamyerswineart.com/ 

Her Instagram content can be found here-  https://www.instagram.com/elysiamyers.wineart/

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

 

 http://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Highlights from my various conversations over the last year, compiling 10 episodes in part one and 10 episodes in part two. I sit down with some great guests, and these are some snapshots from our chats, sharing their wine stories and experiences. 

-Sam Mudie- Episode 31

-Natalie MacLean- Episode 32

-Jason Ocenas- Episode 33

-Brooke Martin- Episode 34

-Jane Masters- Episode 35

-Anthony Buchanan- Episode 36

-Jason Parkes- Episode 37

-Keira LeFranc- Episode 38

-Nicole Muscari- Episode 39

-David Paterson- Episode 40

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

Audio recorded in person and over Skype, various locations.  

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

 

 http://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Highlights from my various conversations over the last year, compiling 10 episodes in part one. I sit down with some great guests, and these are some snapshots from our chats, sharing their wine stories and experiences. 

-Daryl McDonnell, BBQ Sessions- Episode 21

-Lawrence Francis- Episode 22

-Heather Lipp- Episode 23

-Cristie Norman- Episode 24

-Steve Halfnights, VIWF Recap- Episode 25

-Jack Chapman- Episode 26

-Anne Krebiehl- Episode 27

-Kelsey Rufiange- Episode 28

-Grant Biggs, Katie Truscott- Episode 29

-Esther Mobley- Episode 30

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

Audio recorded in person and over Skype, various locations.  

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

 

 http://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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David Paterson and I sit down and talk about the 2019 harvest, Okanagan viticulture, and the push for sub-appellations. His knowledge of the Kelowna wine scene is immense, and he shares it openly and honestly. His riesling is world class, and we discuss this grape and the others that Tantalus is known for. Of course, I also find out his desert island grape varietal, which is always a fun topic. 

David was born in Canada, raised in New Zealand, and returned to Canada as the winemaker for Tantalus Vineyards. He's been making wine for them for 10 years, and in the last 5 years, took on the role as GM. He received his winemaking degree from Lincoln University in Christchurch, NZ and following time spent working in the local NZ industry (Neudorf Vineyards) he travelled the wine world gaining experience.

While honing his skills over a handful of international vintages, he was fortunate to work with some incredible mentors along the way including Anna Matzinger at Oregon’s Archery Summit, Blair Pethel at Burgundy's Domaine Dublère, and Stephen Henschke and Paul Hampton at South Australia’s Henschke Cellars.

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

To follow the winery, go here-  https://tantalus.ca/

 

 Tantalus Vineyards can also be followed on Instagram here- https://instagram.com/tantaluswine/

 

Audio recorded in person from Tantalus Vineyards in Kelowna, BC.  

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

 

 http://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Nicole Muscari, aka Grape Chic, is a wine blogger, NY fashion expert, and has some of the most engaging Instagram content on wine, fashion and travel. She is currently awaiting the results on her WSET III, which we discuss, among many other things.

We talk Italian and French wines, wine road trips and wine regions, travel, her work in the fashion industry, wine blogging and the influence of social media and wine. We also share some of our favourite wine stories and experiences throughout the episode. 

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

To follow her wine blog, go here-  https://www.grapechic.com/

 

 She can be followed on Instagram here- https://www.instagram.com/grapechic/

 

Audio recorded over FaceTime from her residence in New York City.  

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

 

 http://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Keira LeFranc is the winemaker for Stag's Hollow. She got her start with Stag's Hollow, working a harvest. After living in Australia, running a wine bar, and  getting her wine making degree in New Zealand, she came back to Okanagan Falls, to mentor under then winemaker Dwight Sick.

 

She now spearheads the wine program, marking 2018 as her first solo vintage. Young, ambitious, talented, she is a star on the rise in BC wine. 

 

Wines Tasted-

2018 Muscat Frizzante

2018 Syrah Rosé

2018 Dolcetto

2016 Tempranillo Joven

2016 Tempranillo (85% Tempranillo, 15% Bordeaux Varietals)

 

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

To follow all new wine projects of Keira and the winery, go here-  https://stagshollowwinery.com/

 

Audio recorded in person at Stag's Hollow Winery, located in Okanagan Falls, BC. 

 

 She can be followed on Instagram here- https://www.instagram.com/stagshollow/

 

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here-

 

 http://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram here-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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This episodes features my conversation with Jason Parkes. The man behind the winery that is the hatch, and the various entities that flow from it. Jason and his team have made a name for themselves by being unique and providing some character and fun to the world of wine, and because of this, they are a known presence in the Okanagan. Their tasting room is always full. 

 

 Jason and I sat down for an hour and talked a lot of topics, some of them too controversial to be recorded. I learned a lot more about the man that runs this fun, dynamic brand known as the hatch. He has a great team of people that assist him, and because of them, his ideas have flourished.  

      

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

To follow all new projects and shenanigans of Jason and the hatch crew, go here- https://thehatchwines.com/

 

Audio recorded in person at Jason's residence, located in West Kelowna, BC. 

 

 

To follow Jason's current band, Proper Man, check them out here- https://www.propermanband.com/

 

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here

 

 http://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram here-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

All music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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This episodes features three short interviews, and a recap of the BC Pinot Celebration from Kelowna. I was fortunate enough to stay with my friends on the Kitsch Wines property, and sample 25-30 different wineries at this celebration.

 

Also, I was invited to the Garagiste North Wine Festival, which focuses on small wineries in BC, that make 2000 cases or less. Some of them truly are garagiste level, while others are verging on big name success. I was lucky enough to taste quite a few, with some of course being a very low intervention style, so a definite contrast to the bigger wineries. All in all, a great weekend. 

 

I also managed to record a few minutes with three of my favourites from the Garagiste North Wine Festival, which was at Sperling Vineyards in East Kelowna. Mike Mosny of Winemaker's Cut, Anthony Buchanan, who is the head winemaker of Desert Hills, now has his own side label called Anthony Buchanan Wines, and finally Tyler Knight from Lightning Rock, who shares the wine growing and wine making duties with his wife, Jordan Kubek. 

      

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

The Garagiste North Festival website can be found here- http://www.garagistenorth.com/

 

Audio recorded in person from Sperling Vineyards in East Kelowna, BC. 

 

Mike Mosny- https://winemakerscut.ca/ 

Anthony Buchanan- https://anthonybuchananwines.ca/

Tyler Knight- https://www.lightningrockwinery.com/

 

 

Photos from the wine festival courtesy of Jennifer Schell, who operates the festival, writes books, makes wine... all of her talents can be seen here-  

http://www.jenniferschell.com/

 

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here

 

 http://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram here-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

Music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

Follow them here: https://facebook.com/Shakamoraine/

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Jane Masters is a wine consultant, and Master of Wine. She has a well earned reputation in the wine community as someone who is full of knowledge and passion for wine, and eager to help share it with others. We get into her history, her origins, some of the roles she has had in wine, including her time as the chair for the Institute of Masters of Wine.

 

She shares some of her wine stories from consulting and her wine selection in her role as the Opimian wine club consultant, of which I am a member. In essence, the wines I get to drink each week are handpicked by Jane.  

      

Get ready for a fun conversation. Pull up a chair, grab a glass and enjoy!

 

The Opimian website can be found here- https://www.opimian.ca

 

 

Great photos of all our guests can be found on our website here

 

 http://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

Audio recorded over Skype from her residence in Nice.

 

 For all podcast updates and to follow the show look us up on Instagram here-

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

Music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

Follow them here: https://facebook.com/Shakamoraine/

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