Beautiful British Columbia and it’s wines! The Wine Ladies Radio/TV! Feb 2010

Watch The Wine Ladies TV “live” on www.thatchannel.com Wednesday at 2:30pm. Join us as the award winning wines of British Columbia’s two distinct wine producing regions of Vancouver Island and the Okanagan Valley(Mission Hill Family Estate www.MisssionHillwinery.com ) take centre stage this week. Wine and cheese… the perfect pairing and marriage! In studio, hailing originally from out west, Mark Moffatt, sommelier, wine writer and owner of Dine N’ Vines www.dinenvines.com will lead us through a tasting of the wines from the Olympic province as well a Gurth Pretty, professional chef, cheese connoisseur and author will give all of the cheesy facts. www.cheeseofcanada.ca. Click here to watch www.thatchannel.com Caption : Mark Moffatt of Dine N’ Vines Caption: Canada’s Food and Beverage Ambassador Gurth Pretty. Caption: Mission Hill Estate Winery If you missed last week’s show not a problem. With the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in full swing we thought that it would be a perfect time to celebrate the birth of the Olympics, the origin and the history of the games, the culture, the cuisine and the wines of the Olympics’ birth country… Greece. Joining us in studio today Wednesday Feb 17th LIVE, first of all, to explore the origin and the history of the games, to bring the beautiful country of Greece alive for us we are honoured to welcome the Consul General of Greece, Dimitrius Azemopoulos http://www.grconsulate.com/isto/ We’ll also discover and sample some traditional Greek recipes here today, one of our absolute favorite types of cuisine, Tony Pethakas, owner of Mezes Restaurant http://www.mezes.com is here with us. And finally, to enhance the conversation and the wonderful food, from the Kolonaki Group, http://www.kolonakigroup.com/kolonaki/kgi/products.html purveyors of fine wines and spirits from Greece, Giovanni Priorello, joins us too. For a complete podcast of this show and all episodes of The Wine Ladies TV check out http://www.thatchannel.com/TheWineLadies

Beautiful British Columbia and it’s wines! The Wine Ladies TV! Tune in 2:30pm Wed Feb 24th

Join us as the award winning wines of British Columbia’s two distinct wine producing regions of Vancouver Island and the Okanagan Valley(Mission Hill Family Estate www.MisssionHillwinery.com ) take centre stage this week.

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Tony Pethakas of Mezes Restaurant 

It’s All Greek To Me! Greece. The Wine Ladies TV explore the wines of Greece with Boutari.

Boutari

Boutari

 We are celebrating the Olympics today. The birth of the games which started a long time ago in 776 BC in the exquisite country of Greece. The games back then allowed for all the countries to compete. If at war a truce was enacted so that the athletes could travel in safety to participate. The Olympics today haven taken a 12 century sabbatical were rekindled in 1896 in Athens. Greece have now transitioned to a global competition. More than 80 countries at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics ( out of 195 in the world) participated. We thought it would be fitting to find out more about the glorious country of Greece, the history of the games, the myths and legends, the culture, food and of course the wine.

It’s All Greek To Me! Greece. The Wine Ladies TV explore the wines of Greece with Boutari Santorini.

Joining us in studio to explore the origin and the history of the games and to bring the beautiful country of Greece alive for us we were honoured to welcome the Consul General of Greece, Dimitrius Azemopoulos. The ancient Greeks, the Consul General revealed to us, “knew that in order to have a healthy mind you need to have a healthy body.” That Greek philosophy is evident in the beautiful ancient nude statues celebrating the beauty of the body. In fact, stated Dimitrius, “the ancient Olympic athletes competed in the nude which was meant to showcase the form and beauty of a fit body often covered in olive oil for greater appearance of the body.” The Renaissance period , with its classical literature and mythology had a lot to do with the resurrection of the Olympic games.

Today we honour our athletes with gold, silver and bronze medals, but in ancient times the athletes were awarded an olive branch, much honoured throughout Greece, especially in the athlete’s home town, or large sums of money and prizes including vats of the famous Greek olive oil. “Although the truth , myth and legends are often intertwined or lost about the ancient Olympics, the spirit lives on”, noted Dimitrius.

God of the vine, grape harvest, winemaking, wine, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, and theatre

God of the vine, grape harvest, winemaking, wine, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, and theatre

Dionysus, one of the twelve Greek gods is the ancient Greek god of wine.

The inspirer of ritual madness and ecstasy freeing one from one’s normal self, by madness, ecstasy or wine.“The wines of Greece have had an exceptional history, in fact the Roman nobility preferred the wines of Greece over those of Rome”, Giovanni Priorello from the Kolonaki Group revealed on the show. There is evidence of wine stored in clay jars as far back as 7000-5000 BC.

Grapes are grown in all parts of Greece, including Macedonia and Thrace, Peloponnessos, Ionian Islands Cyclades ( which includes Santorini) With over 300 grape varieties planted in Greece, the country has a vast diversity of climates throughout from the coolver vineyards in the mountains of Pelopennese to the intense heat such as Crete and Rhodes where the grapes are picked in July. Giovanni stated that, “where before Greek wines were often used as just a house wine, now they are exceptional wine lists made with the wines of Greece”.  Wines we tasted on the show available through the Kolonaki Group

1.2008 Boutari Santorini ($16.95)  is a wine with a brilliant, pale yellow colour and a pleasant distinctive aroma of exotic fruits. A fatty wine with a very good balance, full taste and long aromatic aftertaste.

2. 2008 Boutari Moschofilero ($14.40) LCBO general list Moschofilero Boutari presents a brilliant, crystal-clear, white yellow colour with grayish tints. A fresh wine with intense floral and fruity aromas, dominated by the aromas of white rose, melon and citrus trees. A well-balanced fresh wine, with intense flavour and long aromatic aftertaste (orange blossom, grapefruit).

Boutari Moschofilero

Boutari Moschofilero

3. Boutari Agiorgitiko ($12.95) LCBO general list. Deep ruby colour and intense aroma of red fruits marmalade, berry, cherry, accompanied by sweet ageing aroma. On the pallet the wine gives a velvet taste with good structure. Round and fatty with flavours of chocolate, honey and dry nuts.

Boutari Agiorgitiko

Boutari Agiorgitiko

4. 2004 Boutari Grand Reserve Naoussa ($18.00). A wine with deep red colour, typical aromatic character of Xinomavro, cedar, olive, tomato juice, spices and mint. In mouth it is balanced full-bodied with good acidity and sweet flavor of vanilla, cocoa, berry surrounded by the oak barrel.

Boutari Grand Reserve Naoussa

Boutari Grand Reserve Naoussa

Tony Pethakas of Mezes Restaurant which means a “selection of appetizers”. Dolmathes (stuffed green vine leaves).

Tony Pethakas of Mezes Restaurant which means a “selection of appetizers”. Dolmathes (stuffed green vine leaves).

The proprietor Tony Pethakas of Mezes Restaurant which means a “selection of appetizers” brought in the classic Greek cuisine including Spanakopita ( spinach phyllo pastry, Dolmathes (stuffed green vine leaves), grilled shrimp and lamb chops. This style of cuisine represents the idea of a selection of appetizers or small dishes to taste, nibble and share with friends and family. The food was delicious, refreshing and wonderful with the wines. Opa!

On this week’s radio show….Out of the ordinary,but quite extraordinary!Dining on dirt or in the dark?

The Wine Ladies SPOTLIGHT – Christine Cushing Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Tune in every Wednesday “LIVE” at 2:30pm – 3:30pm to The Wine Ladies TV on http://www.thatchannel.com as we host guests from the world of wine, food and the fabulous lifestyle it entails. To listen or subscribe to the podcasts http://www.thatchannel.com/thewineladies. The show is a perfect spot to share with our viewers, listeners and readers our latest discovery deserving of a special mention, an innovative wine accessory, a delectable wine we just tasted , a new spirit, cocktail or beer and much more. Introducing The Wine Ladies SPOTLIGHT! Every week we will pick something special and share it with you! Check out the http://www.thatchannel.com/thewineladies for a complete podcast from Feb 17th ,2010 It’s All Greek To Me! The Wine Ladies TV! This week’s SPOTLIGHT….. Christine Cushing Extra Virgin Olive Oil Homer the legendary Greek epic poet called olive oil liquid gold. The Greeks consume almost 25 L of olive oil per capita annually and 22.9 L of wine as a comparison which is more than twice that of any other Mediterranean country. Olive oil is said to add longevity to one’s life, so combined with the Greek’s consumption of red wine, we know the Greeks are onto something here! For this week’s spotlight we wanted to keep with the Greek theme. We know that Christine Cushing www.christinecushing.com, award winning celebrity chef who happens to also be Greek has a line of wonderful food products available for sale including her Christine Cushing Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Her olive oil comes from the island of Crete where olives have been grown commercially as far back as 3000 BC. The olive oils of Crete are considered the finest and are sought after by celebrities from all over the world. Christine Cushing Extra Virgin Olive Oil is distinctly fruity, slightly grassy with a gentle peppery finish. Simple delicious on its own, drizzled on fresh vegetables or use in your favourite recipes. Order your Christine Cushing Extra Virgin Olive Oil on line here now. http://www.christinecushing.com/product-olive-oil.php Caption: Watch Christine on Fearless In The Kitchen on VIVA TV The Wine Ladies TV Wednesdays 2:30-3:30pm (live on ThatChannel.com): Sisters, business partners, national newspaper columnists, TV personalities and radio hosts, these ladies share their passion for wine, food and living to the fullest and without hesitation. Their motto, “everything in life somehow comes back to the vine,” keeps audiences entertained and informed. Join the ladies every Sunday morning at 8:30am on The Jewel Network ( Jewel 88.5 FM in Toronto, Jewel 98.5 FM in Ottawa, Jewel 107.7 FM in Hawkesbury) as they host special guests from all walks of life on their weekly wine and lifestyle radio show. Watch The Wine Ladies on their web TV episodes “ One Sip At A Time” as they conduct two-on-one interviews featuring leading chefs, winemakers, business entrepreneurs, financial gurus, sports stars and innovators in the entertainment, literary and fine arts communities. Georgia and Susanne have a talent for discussion that’s always fun and enthusiastic . The Wine Ladies philosophy is that “Wine is part of living well, with joy, with good friends and good food, from a simple table wine to a Grand Cru”. To watch and subscribe to the podcasts http://www.thatchannel.com/thewineladies

The Wine Ladies SPOTLIGHT – Christine Cushing Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Tune in every Wednesday “LIVE” at 2:30pm – 3:30pm to The Wine Ladies TV on http://www.thatchannel.com as we host guests from the world of wine, food and the fabulous lifestyle it entails. To listen or subscribe to the podcasts http://www.thatchannel.com/thewineladies.

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The Wine Ladies in Spain for a wine, culinary and cultural tour!

We invite you to join us. Espagne here we come! The Wine Ladies TV!

We are thrilled to announce that we are going to Spain in June 2010 leading a wine, culinary and cultural tour to the fabulous Rioja as well as stops in Madrid, Barcelona and more. With only a small group with us (just 30) we will visit wineries, tapas bars, museums and maybe a little Flamenco dancing too. This is an incredible chance to discover the monumental heritage, dazzling environment and to become acquainted with the customs and lives of the Spanish people. Taking this trip to Spain means to live an experience that you will never forget.

For a complete details http://www.ECO-MOZAIC.COM or call 416 585 2258 and 1 800 267 9339.

To view the complete itinerary and prices please Spain Tour. Joining us on the TV show was Brenda Hanson Operations Manager for ECO-MOZAIC www.eco-mozaic.com who highlighted the what, where and when of this 10 day excursion. From the endless attractions and architectural heritage of the Royal Palace in Madrid, to the fertile landscapes forests, mountains, beaches and steep coasts of Bilbao and the splendour of the City of Wine “Marques de Riscal” Winery designed by the famous Canadian architect Frank Gehry we know that this trip will be a celebration of diversity and immense pleasure for the mind, spirit and body. To help bring the fabulous Spanish cuisine to life we were delighted to have Executive Chef and proprietor Chris McDonald of the award winning CAVA Restaurant www.cavarestaurant.ca located in mid-town Toronto wow us with his culinary magic. CAVA in Spanish means, cellars for aging wines as well as sparkling wine where it is made just outside of Barcelona. Chris’s restaurant offers a wide range of wines by the glass and specializes in “small plates made for sharing otherwise known as tapas”, he explained. Tapas are a cultural phenomena in Spain whereby friends and family get together, share a small bite and a drink and are meant as a precursor to the main meal. Chris prepared some classic tapas dishes for us to share including a delicious Octopus dish (Pinchos) with two kinds of peppers and olives from Spain served at room temperature as well as the classic Clams with Chorizo with fresh parsley, garlic and butter. Simply divine. We were surprised to learn that Spanish cuisine is typically not too spicy and more on the mild side, one of the exceptions being the spicy Chorizo sausage that accented the Clam dish we enjoyed. All of this was paired with a white wine from the Rioja, made by the famous Spain producer, the R. LÓPEZ DE HEREDIA VIÑA TONDONIA RESERVA WHITE 1989. This wine was impressive, made with the Viura grape variety and already over 10 years old its golden colour still vivid was layered with notes of hazelnut, orange peel and apple. Luscious, almost Sherry like, distinctive and delicious. Toni Batet Collado Export Manager, Miguel Torres, Canadian Market and sommelier explained that Spain is the 3rd largest producer of wine in the world but in fact has the most vines planted throughout the entire world. The Rioja region is located in the north of Spain and is divided into 3 sub areas and was the 1st wine region officially created in the 1920’s. The Tempranillo is the local red grape variety often with cherry notes and spice with aging potential. Next on our tasting truly was spectacular. adventure was to move into the red category whereby we tasted the Torres Ibericos Crianza Tempranillo 2006 http://www.torres.es/eng/asp/nv_ficha.asp?Ficha=producto&Cod=71 . A Crianza is a category of wine is one in which the wine needs to be aged in the barrel for at least 12 months and 6 months in the bottle. Deep coloured with a lovely balance this modern-styled Rioja combines sweet, creamy blackberry fruit with spicy oak. Good acidity keeps things fresh. Chef Chris brought in something quite special, an Ibérico ham also called Pata Negra or “black hoof” to pair with the Torres Ibericos Crianza Tempranillo 2006 . “This is the best of the best, the caviar if you will, made from an ancient race of pigs in the north-west region of Spain’, explained Chris. Carefully looked after and attended to these pigs in the later part of their lives live in the Oak forest feeding on acorns, which gives this special ham a nutty Oak flavour and aged for over 30 months. Only 3 spots in Toronto have this and Cava Restaurant is one. It

For a complete podcast of the show go to www.thatchannel.com/thewineladies Wines we tasted on the show. 1. R. LÓPEZ DE HEREDIA VIÑA TONDONIA RESERVA WHITE 1989 LCBO # 0356352 Price: $59.00 2. Torres Ibericos Crianza Tempranillo 2006 Rioja, Spain Agent: www.familywinemerchants.com Price: $17.00 3. R. LÓPEZ DE HEREDIA VIÑA CUBILLO CRIANZA 2002 VINTAGES 692780 Price:$26.95 Price: $ 26.95 Wine, Red Wine, 12.5% Alcohol/Vol.

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Espagne here we come! We invite you to join us in Spain. The Wine Ladies TV

 

If you missed last week’s show not a problem. Espagne here we come! We invite you to join us in Spain June 2010 for our wine and culinary tour. Be sure to watch this Wednesday Feb 10th as we reveal the itinerary of this glorious adventure, discover the leading wine growing region of Rioja, tapas, tempranillo and perhaps a little flamenco! Three guests join us in studio to answer any questions you might have. Proprietor and chef of CAVA restaurant www.cavarestaurant.ca Christopher McDonald one of Canada’s most respected chefs, known for a creative, first-principles approach to cooking and the relationship between food and wine. Also in studio Toni Batet Collado who promises to bring a taste of the Rioja wine region representing the well known and respected house of Torres. http://www.ibericoswine.com/index-en.php Rounding out our guest list, Brenda Hanson Operations manager of ECO-MOZAIC www.eco-mozaic.com who will bring the scrumptious details of the paths we will take while in Spain from wineries to tapas bars to museums and more. Adios a mis amigos….. until Wednesday

If you would like to join us in Spain in June go to www.ECO-MOZAIC.com or call 416 585 2258 and 1 800 267 9339 for details. For a complete podcast of this show and all episodes of The Wine Ladies TV check out http://www.thatchannel.com/TheWineLadies

The Wine Ladies SPOTLIGHT – VINTURI WINE AERATOR

Tune in every Wednesday “LIVE” at 2:30pm – 3:30pm to The Wine Ladies TV on http://www.thatchannel.com as we host guests from the world of wine, food and the fabulous lifestyle it entails. To listen or subscribe to the podcasts http://www.thatchannel.com/thewineladies. The show is a perfect spot to share with our viewers, listeners and readers our latest discovery deserving of a special mention, an innovative wine accessory, a delectable wine we just tasted, a new spirit, cocktail or beer and much more. Introducing The Wine Ladies SPOTLIGHT! Every week we will pick something special and share it with you! Check out the http://www.thatchannel.com/thewineladies for a complete podcast from Feb 10th ,2010 Espagne here we come! The Wine Ladies TV! This week’s SPOTLIGHT….. VINTURI Wine Aerator If you’re looking for a sleek looking, quick and easy, affordable and portable wine decanter your search is over. The VINTURI Essential Wine Aerator is all of that and more. Perfect for decanting just one glass if that’s your pleasure, this light, hand held aerator draws in the proper amount of air for the proper amount of wine. Simply hold the VINTURI over the glass and pour. It’s easy, it’s immediate and it allows for individuals to decide uniquely if they would like their glass of wine decanted or not. You’ll notice a better bouquet, enhanced flavours and smoother finish. It’s that fast. It’s that easy. Have your VINTURI on hand for all wine openings to enhance the flavour of your wine. The handy travel pouch allows you to bring your VINTURI to restaurants, dinner parties, a girls night out and more. Included in the beautiful gift box is a no-drip stand and a travel pouch. Acrylic aerator and stand are dishwasher safe. The travel pouch is machine washable. Order your VINTURI on line here now. http://www.thewineladies.com/vinturi_wine_aerator The Wine Ladies TV Wednesdays 2:30-3:30pm (live on ThatChannel.com): Sisters, business partners, national newspaper columnists, TV personalities and radio hosts, these ladies share their passion for wine, food and living to the fullest and without hesitation. Their motto, “everything in life somehow comes back to the vine,” keeps audiences entertained and informed. Join the ladies every Sunday morning at 8:30am on The Jewel Network ( Jewel 88.5 FM in Toronto, Jewel 98.5 FM in Ottawa, Jewel 107.7 FM in Hawkesbury) as they host special guests from all walks of life on their weekly wine and lifestyle radio show. Watch The Wine Ladies on their web TV episodes “ One Sip At A Time” as they conduct two-on-one interviews featuring leading chefs, winemakers, business entrepreneurs, financial gurus, sports stars and innovators in the entertainment, literary and fine arts communities. Georgia and Susanne have a talent for discussion that’s always fun and enthusiastic . The Wine Ladies philosophy is that “Wine is part of living well, with joy, with good friends and good food, from a simple table wine to a Grand Cru”. To watch and subscribe to the podcasts http://www.thatchannel.com/thewineladies

The Noble Art of Sabrage and a hockey skate?

Dear Wine Ladies, Sabering a bottle of sparkling wine with a hockey skate; how perfect for the winter Olympics this month! I enjoyed seeing that on your show last week with Daniel Speck. My question is about the Cuvee Catherine sparkling rose, or roses in general. How and when is the red wine added to the sparkling wine to give it the colour? Barbara Barrie, Ontario Dear Barbara, When making a sparkling rose, the colour is achieved in one of two ways; most often, it is made by adding a small proportion of red wine to the white or, much less frequently by allowing the skins of the dark grapes to stay in contact with the juice for a brief time. If the rose is made this way it is called “rose de saignee” which means to bleed, in French, the colour of the dark grapes “bleeds” into the juice. In the case of Henry of Pelham’s Cuvee Catherine, grape skin contact with the juice is avoided. Mr. Speck explained “ we only want the best juice from the middle of the berry, we whole cluster press and press fraction from there. Ninety-nine percent of all sparkling rose wines are made by adding an oz. of red wine to the cuvee.” Cuvee Catherine is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, two of the three grape varieties legally permitted to produce Champagne. (pinot meunier is the third). A greater percentage of Pinot Noir is used giving the wine a roundness, it has good fruit and leans more to the fresher side than the toastier. Rose de saignee sparkling wines, usually with a deeper hue, tend to be richer in red fruit flavours such as raspberries and cherries; they also tend to pair well with foods such as pigeon, duck or lamb To watch Daniel Speck try to open the Cuvee Catherine with a hockey skate check out www.thatchannel.com/thewineladies The Wine Ladies TV Wednesdays 2:30-3:30pm (live on ThatChannel.com): Sisters, business partners, national newspaper columnists, TV personalities and radio hosts, these ladies share their passion for wine, food and living to the fullest and without hesitation. Their motto, “everything in life somehow comes back to the vine,” keeps audiences entertained and informed. Join the ladies every Sunday morning at 8:30am on The Jewel Network ( Jewel 88.5 FM in Toronto, Jewel 98.5 FM in Ottawa, Jewel 107.7 FM in Hawkesbury) as they host special guests from all walks of life on their weekly wine and lifestyle radio show. Watch The Wine Ladies on their web TV episodes “ One Sip At A Time” as they conduct two-on-one interviews featuring leading chefs, winemakers, business entrepreneurs, financial gurus, sports stars and innovators in the entertainment, literary and fine arts communities. Georgia and Susanne have a talent for discussion that’s always fun and enthusiastic . The Wine Ladies philosophy is that “Wine is part of living well, with joy, with good friends and good food, from a simple table wine to a Grand Cru”. To watch and subscribe to the podcasts http://www.thatchannel.com/thewineladies