Coming up on today’s show, we are talking about glorious food and drink from “across the pond” as they say. We’ll be covering from Ireland a feisty celebrity chef and an award winning whiskey. And from the UK a taste of England in a spirit you will covet. We promise!
We’ll start off with an Irish segment and an internationally known Celebrity Chef, visiting here in Toronto. She is Clodagh McKenna. You may have seen her on Rachel Ray ,on The Today Show or maybe even Marilyn Dennis. She is a TV Host, Cookbook author and restauranteur. How does she do it all?
She is absolutely divine and you are going to love her!!
So with the holiday season fast approaching Clodagh was recently here in Toronto to host an intimate and interactive holiday entertaining event.
The Wine Ladies were guests at the event and witnessed her Irish charm and fabulous cooking talents first hand! Clodagh shared not only her entertaining tips but also a few Guinness based holiday season recipes.CLICK HERE for recipes.
And then to our second segment we turn our focus to England and to the recently crowned “World’s Best Vodka” Chase Vodka, awarded in San Francisco. Chase Vodka is the first and sole British potato vodka on the market. Unique to Chase, it is truly a field to bottle spirit, with the full pedigree potatoes, grown, mashed, fermented and distilled on the Chase family farm deep in middle England.
We welcome head ambassador James Chase to the show. We learn a little about the company, what makes Chase so special, so smooth and so delicious! Perfect for the holidays too with beautiful packaging.
And to close off the show we are back to the Irish. Here’s one of the favorites of the boys in Susanne’s household, and that is Walsh’s Writers’ Tears Irish whiskey!
Our final guest today is the founder of Walsh Whiskey Distillery, Bernard Walsh. Joining us to share the story of Irish whiskey, from its earliest days, to now, how its made, how best to enjoy and what makes Writers’ Tears so unique and special. Bernard Walsh.
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A story from potato farmers to potato chips and crisps ( Tyrrell’s) to makers of the worlds fastest craft spirit brand, Chase Vodka.The incredible journey spanning 4 generations.
The potato farm is located in Herefordshire. A county that boasts some of the richest farmland in the world. It is here where they grow the King Edward, Lady Claire and Lady Rosetta potatoes for the distillery.
One of the best vodkas created entirely from field to bottle. This truly British vodka has exquisite quality and real provenance with 250 glorious Herefordshire potatoes in every bottle.
We turn our focus to England and to the recently crowned “World’s Best Vodka” Chase Vodka, awarded in San Francisco. Chase Vodka is the first and sole British potato vodka on the market. Unique to Chase, it is truly a field to bottle spirit. With the full pedigree potatoes, grown, mashed, fermented and distilled on the Chase family farm deep in middle England.
We welcome head ambassador James Chase to the show. We learn a little about the company. What makes Chase so special, so smooth and so delicious! Perfect for the holidays too with beautiful packaging.
On this week’s audio podcast…Holiday Entertaining with Celebrity Chef Clodagh McKenna, Guinness, Chase Vodka and Irish Tears’ Whiskey
Caesars, Music, Food
We’re on the hunt for the craftiest and most delicious Caesar in Toronto. Known as Canada’s greatest BOOZY invention. Toronto’s bars, restaurants and venues have created their own versions of this National drink.
A panel of judges will be crowning Toronto’s Best Caesar.
Your ticket includes 2.5 hours of enjoying TEN of the most creative and delicious Caesars in Toronto. Created by the finest restaurants and bars around. Includes yummy food and drink tastes from local companies, live music and more!
Tickets are only $20.00!
Three sessions available.
1:00pm – 3:30pm
4:00pm – 6:30pm (SOLD OUT)
This event is 19+
Proceeds benefit www.hygieneonwheels.org
“TAKING LIFE ONE SIP AT A TIME”
EPISODE 72: Toronto Caesar Challenge in support of HOW, Hygiene on Wheels.
We ‘re shifting our gears, just temporartily away from the vine to an iconic cocktail. What is Canada’s very own cocktail originally created in 1969 at the Calgary Inn? This drink was officially named Canada’s national cocktail by Parliament in 2009.
It is the the spicy, scrumptious, red hot cocktail, the Bloody Ceaser!
Coming up on July 7th here in Toronto is the inaugural Caesar Challenge. Major restaurants, bars and venues around the city will all gather to create their very own signature version of this National drink. Presented to an esteemed panel of judges! Including us!! We’ll be part of the judging committee too!
What a great time it is going to be. All those Caesar lovers out there showing off their creativity, drink, fabulous food and music. It is going to be awesome.
This event/competition is a fundraiser with the proceeds going to the organization, HOW, Hygiene on Wheels.
Founded by CEO Deborah Daniel. This is truly an inspired initiative to help the homeless have access to mobile showers, and laundry services using retired mobile Toronto transit buses.
Whether Irish or not, Saint Patrick’s Day celebrated worldwide!
Saint Patrick’s Day is a day of people dancing and singing in Irish pubs, like the one of our favourites in our home town, O’Finn’s Irish Temper. Watching parades and drinking lots of green beer, Irish whiskey and munching on Irish stew.
Do you know which city has the largest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade?
1.New York City, 2.Dublin, 3.Sydney, 4.Boston
Meanwhile in Chicago the GREEN goes to the extreme as they actually have a river dyeing ceremony. Just before their parade 45 pounds of eco-friendly vegetable dye is dumped in the Chicago River. The whole river turns a bright limes green colour.
Starting off with our first guest, Tyler Born from O’Finn’s Irish Temper.
Tyler and his brother Erin are the owners of O’Finn’s Irish Temper pub located in our home town of Oakville. They have taken the Irish pub to a new level. It’s upscale but still has the warmest hospitality, non pretentious, simply upbeat and great fun a “step up pub”. The huge focus is on fabulous fresh food and weekend entertainment.
Irish Whiskey is the focus next with Bernard Walsh of Writer’s Tears.
What would Saint Patrick’s Day be without Irish Whiskey? We welcome back to the show Bernard Walsh,founder of Walsh Whiskey Distillery. Producer of the multi-awarded “Writer’s Tears” Irish Whiskey. We learn a little bit about this unique old Irish Whiskey with a superb flavour and history.
Up next,Patti Jannetta Baker daughter and producer of “Memories of Louis Jannetta and the Imperial Room”.
Next we switch gears just a bit…
Singer, song writer, actress and daughter Patti Jannetta-Baker of the late Louis Jannetta joins us on the show next. Patti is producing an incredible evening celebrating her father Louis Jannetta. She is bringing to life her father’s book King of the Maitre’d’s, My Life Among The Stars with an amazing event taking place March 23rd., “Memories of Louis Jannetta and the Imperial Room.”
Excepts from our radio interview with Louis Jannetta on AM740 back in 2005.
Our radio show “Taking Life One Sip at a Time” is an radio audio podcast on which we share with the audience our passion and sense of adventure for delectable and fascinating foods, wine, spirits and lifestyle discoveries. Our motto “everything in life somehow comes back to the vine and to live life large and with integrity is intertwined with a variety of guests from around the globe… Chatting with celebrity chefs, celebrity winemakers, exotic food purveyors, artists, musicians, sports personalities, lifestyle advocates and fashion icons be sure to tune in for an hour of lively topical and educational conversation.
Napoleon Cortel Brandy
What a delicious show we have planned for you today. Our theme, Historical Treasures of France, in wine, in brandy and in fromage!!!
In our second segment we shift our attention to a time long before the 16th century and a spirit that was called brandewijn, a Dutch word which later became known as brandy.
Joining us will be Franck Lemonnier, Director International Sales for Cortel Napoleon Brandy which is one of the finest brandies available on the market today, aged in wood casks, and sealed with a cork closure. This brandy is sophisticated,award winning of course, delish!
Franck to fill us in on the journey of how brandy was discovered, what exactly is “brandy”, how best to serve it, enjoy it and the delectable details on Cortel!
Triumphant Taste with Cortel Napoleon V.S.O.P. – Great Value Gifting!!
Our first guest on the show today enjoys travelling around the world as a host of his own TV show, author of 4 books, owner of 5 restaurants, guest celebrity chef on long running City Line… who could it be????
There’s only one answer to that question and one man to fit the bill, and that is Celebrity Chef Massimo Capra! You all know him well, the charismatic, fun loving, moustachioed Massimo to join us as our first guest. Born in a small town in Lombardy , Italy, we chat with Massimo about his Italian roots and his latest venture Capra’s Kitchen, just recently opened to rave reviews!
The Wine Ladies visit Capra’s Kitchen and see first hand the secret’s of Chef Massimo and son Daniel’s secret of the signature pizza. Watch the tour here.
What spirit is perfect after meals, nicely chilled, pairs delightfully with dark chocolate and is used to “correct espresso” in Veneto?
We welcome another guest to the show,also calling in from Italy,from Processco, Veneto and although we’re going to stay within the region of Veneto we’ll turn our attention away from wine for a little bit and move to a “trending” refined white spirit housed in glorious artsy glass bottles.
This spirit is called Grappa, and we will be chatting with the founder of the multi generational luxury house of Bottega SpA, Sandro Bottega.
Did you ever want to be a winemaker of fine craft wines? Well now you can!
Our final guest Cathy Clark founder of Wines Unlimited, an independent winemaking store located in Oakville, Ontario. For over 30 years, Cathy’s winemakers have been crafting artisan wines for their clientele, great wines, beating out many on the shelves in blind wine tastings. Cathy joins us to fill us in on making a great wine! It”s inexpensive, fun and easy at Wines Unlimited to be your own award winning winemaker!
At Wines Unlimited in Oakville ready to make a The Wine Ladies Pinot Noir Rose from Chile. Cathy Clark and Gail Morrone our winemakers show us how it’s done! Winner Darlene Gustin who won the $250 gift certificate to make wine donated for the Anchor Bar’s VIP launch March 15th Women, Wine, Wednesdays with Jazz joins in too! Great fun and delicious too!
On this week’s audio podcast we welcome Bernard Walsh, founder of Walsh Whiskey Distillery and producer of multi awarded Writers Tears Irish Whiskey. A unique old Irish Pot still Whiskey with a supurb flavour and history.
Trending big time is Irish Whiskey!
19th and 20th century Ireland was a golden era both for Irish whiskey and for great Irish novelists and poets.
It’s perfect for our theme today, celebrating Valentines Day because Irish Whisky is for HIM and for HER! It is being enjoyed by both men and women. In fact, in 2014, women in the US represented 37% of whisky drinkers up from the 1990’s. Check out Women Who Whiskey!
Women Who Whiskey Toronto Chapter now accepting members.
About Irish Pot Still Whiskey
Single (or Pure) pot still whiskey is a type of whiskey traditionally made from a mixture of malted and unmalted barley distilled in a pot still. It is unique to Ireland. Not to be confused with blended whiskey, which is a mixture of column still unmalted grain whiskey and pot still single malt whiskey, “pure pot still” is a single whiskey made from a batch of Barley composed of both unmalted and malted barley that has been distilled in a pot still.
Pure Pot still came about in 1802 as a reaction to the introduction of Tax’s by the British on Irish Malt Whiskey. Irish Whiskey accounted for 90% of all the worlds exported whiskey and was seen as a cash cow by the British. By introducing this tax they hoped to “Cash in” on their neighbors good fortune. However in an effort to avoid taxes the Irish Distiller decided to use a higher percentage of unmalted barley (as opposed to Malted Barley) into the still. This resulted in a very different style of Whiskey and one which we have come to know as “Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey”. This style of Whiskey became known as the Champagne of Irish Whiskey. The much sought after liquid was a favorite with Irish writers through the 19th and 20th century.
Although Pure Pot Still was once widespread in Ireland, a number of historical factors including the The Irish War of Independence, the Irish Civil War, and prohibition in the United States led to a drastic reduction in the number of Irish distilleries. With this reduction in Irish whiskeys available came the loss in recognition abroad of the pure pot still style itself. The majority of the surviving distilleries began to produce blends and single malts to the detriment of the Pure Pot Still.
Writers Tears is leading the charge to recreate some of the great whiskies of 100 years ago. Writers Tears is a Vatting of Pure Pot Still and Single Malt (proportions are a closely guarded secret). The resulting whiskey is one of Ireland’s highest rated whiskies in the Whisky Bible…
“This whisky evokes the type enjoyed at the time of Yeats and Joyce a century ago in Dublin. A blend of pot still malted and unmalted barley, triple distilled and matured in American bourbon casks, it’s smooth with bourbon notes on a bed of malt. It slips down with ease; a honeyed vanilla-tinged fruit and kick of ginger linger hauntingly”. Margaret Swaine, The National Post
Join us June 30th, 2016 for Pintxos with Finca Hispana at restaurant Mercat del Carmen, Toronto. An evening of wine and food pairing featuring Peter Deutsch of Finca Hispana. A relaxed and fun Spanish style evening of wine and amazing pintxos. For more information.
And in our final segment, back to the grape, in its original state as a delectable table wine, in this case from the famous wine producing region of Rioja, Spain.
The house is Finca Hispana, a multi generational wine producer with vineyards located in the heart of Rioja. We’ll welcome Peter Deutch President Vindemia to join us and share the Finca Hispana story, talk a bit about the region and a super event he has coming up right here in Toronto, June 30, 2016.
On this week’s radio show…A salute to the glorious grape and beyond, from the table, to the fortified spirit, to the jewel of Spain, Rioja
We’ll start with our salute to the glorious grape, but beyond the grape as a table wine rather the role it plays in a variety of spirits of which there are many. Examples such as Pisco from Peru, Cognac from Cognac, Grappa traditionally from Italy…or as a fortified wine like Port from Portugal and of one of the jewels of Spain, Sherry.