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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

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/

 

 

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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-

 

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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-

 

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Music courtesy of 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.

 

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Music courtesy of Shakamoraine-

 

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Brooke Martin is a wine writer and wine blogger, and is the creator of The Brooke Blend. She is a force on Instagram, where she is a popular online wine presence. Her wine picks and conversations about wine resonate with her audience.

 

Join our conversation about how she discovered Napa and fell in love with wine, French rosé, Utah wine laws, social media and wine, boutique wineries, Brooke's stuck on a desert island grape varietal, and much much more.

      

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

 

Her website and blog can be found here- http://www.thebrookeblend.com/

 

Her Instagram page can be found here- https://www.instagram.com/thebrookeblend/

 

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 Utah.

 

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

 

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Jason Ocenas is the General Manager of Township 7 Wine in Langley, BC. We get into a variety of topics, including BC wine trends, natural wines, his origins into the wine industry, and the always popular stuck on a desert island grape varietal.       

      

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

 

The Township 7 website can be found here- https://www.township7.com/ 

 

His Instagram page can be found here-   https://www.instagram.com/jasonocenas/

 

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

 

 http://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

Audio recorded in person from the Township 7 Winery in Langley.

 

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

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

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Natalie MacLean is a wine writer, author, and wine reviewer. She is known for her beautiful story telling style that gets you as the reader immersed into her fun journey through the world of wine. She has been compared to Canada's version of Jancis Robinson.       

Join us as we get in to her personal journey with wine, her first experiences in Napa, and her online wine courses. We also talk about some of our most memorable wines.      

 

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

 

For Natalie's wine courses and wine reviews, her website can be found here- https://www.nataliemaclean.com/index.aspx

 

Her Instagram page can be found here-   https://www.instagram.com/nataliemacleanwine/

 

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 Ottawa.

 

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

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

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Sam Mudie is the General Manager for Cult Wines, Singapore. He joins me for a discussion on wine investment, specifically with a focus on the South East Asian market.      

We also get in to his personal journey with wine, some of his early influences, the rise of Napa wine for investment, and whether or not natural wines is trending within wine investment portfolios. This discussion was over Skype, so it has some crunchy parts as the wind played havoc with our signal. It is a great discussion, so I'm hoping you stick with some of the problem spots.      

 

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

 

For wine investing, Cult Wines can be found here- https://www.wineinvestment.com/

 

His Instagram page can be found here- https://www.instagram.com/stmoods/

 

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

 

 http://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

Audio recorded over Skype from his residence in Singapore.

 

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

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

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Esther Mobley joins me for some fun wine talk. In this episode, we discuss a variety of topics, including upcoming varietals in California, the current status of Napa Valley wines, the rise of Lodi, and the always popular natural wine debate and how it plays out in California, and the rest of the American wine scene. We also go back to how she got into her current role as the wine critic for the San Francisco Chronicle.     

 

Esther has worked as an editorial intern for the Wine Enthusiast and assistant editor for the Wine Spectator before landing her role as the wine critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. She primarily writes about California wines, and won an award for best writing by the Association of Food Journalists in 2017. She enjoys a well deserved reputation that allows her access behind the scenes into the world of American wine.    

     

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

 

 

All of her selected works can be found here- https://esthermobley.com/

 

Her Instagram page can be found here- https://www.instagram.com/esthermob/

 

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

 

 http://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

Audio recorded over FaceTime from her apartment in San Francisco CA.

 

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

 

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Join us as we sit around the dinner table at the Kitsch Wines property. In this episode, winemaker Grant Biggs cooks us dinner and we are joined by Katie Truscott, tasting room manager for Kitsch, plus Ria Kitsch, who is one of the founders of Kitsch Wines.    

 

This episode features another podcast opportunity from my recent trip to the Okanagan region, as we also highlighted in the last episode with Kelsey Rufiange from Echo Bay Vineyard.

 

In this episode we feature my stop in Kelowna to visit my friends at Kitsch Wines. We were joined for part of the podcast by Ria Kitsch, one of the owners of the winery.

 

As in the last episode, I was joined on this wine trip and in this podcast by my wife, as we shared dinner and a great wine conversation with the Kitsch team.      

 

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

 

 

The Kitsch Wines website can be found here- https://www.kitschwines.ca/

 

and Kitsch IG page here- https://instagram.com/kitschwines/

 

 

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

 

 http://friendsofthevine.podbean.com/

 

Audio recorded in person from the Kitsch Wines property in East Kelowna, BC.

 

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

 

http://instagram.com/ianswinetruths

 

 

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