Mommy & Me Tea: Show Notes Episode 25

April 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

Pendray-Logo-Black-Gold-rgb-300x205This was not today’s show, but somehow I forgot to post it last week.

Today’s show was a bit of surprise. Carol had heard about a Mommy & Me tea at the Pendray (Gastby Mansion) and it triggered memories, so we thought we would invite Jayde Eastbrook to come in and tell us about it.

Link to podcast (when available)

Segment 1 ~ The Weather & The Farmer’s Almanac

In recent weeks we have been enjoying some fantastic weather and the question on everyone’s lips was “will this continue?” and for that answer I have turned to the Farmer’s Almanac. I have found it to be a great predictor of long range forecasting.

For years I would get the long range forecast to help predict inventory needs for liquor stores.

The Farmer’s Almanac has been around a long time and has consistently delivered long range forecasts. It reputation for accuracy came close to 100 years ago when it had predicted snow in July. Turns out that a major volcanic eruption in Asia spread high level ash over the globes atmosphere causing temperatures to drop in July, which lead to snow in July. From then on Farmer’s have been turning to the Almanac. I raise a glass to the Farmer’s Almanac.

Segment 2 ~ Mommy & Me Tea (Mother’s Day, May 8)

Jayde Eastbrook joins us to talk about a unique experience that I can only imagine happens in Victoria – Mommy & Me Tea. A chance for mom’s and their kids to get dressed up and go for afternoon tea.

People have taken it to a whole new level of dressing, including Fascinators (this was news to me: huge headdress type units that Kate Middleton often wears), and all of their finery.

Chef has prepared a number of classic and unique offerings that there is something for everyone including a huge variety of teas.

Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year when it comes to restaurants so the Pendray wanted to do something unique.

If you are interested in going it is best to get reservations now. Call the Gatsby Mansion 250-381-3456 and ask to be put through to the Pendray.

Segment 3 ~ Tea Sommelier

Did you know that the Pendray has their own tea? It is a line of teas that is specifically chosen by a Tea Sommelier (Reza Nasooti). Yeah a Tea Sommelier, chooses their teas and then and only for them.

This is something that I will have to do more research on for sure.

Segment 4 ~ Aromatic Whites

With this weather and the thought of floral teas I couldn’t help but daydream about a lovely glass of aromatic white wine.

I started thinking Moscato (like fresh peach juice),  Gewurztraminer (lychee nut, pears, spice) or a Riesling (pear, orange blossom).

Here are few of my favourites that you can find in the market right now.


Peter Lehmann Moscato ~ $16, Australia, Private Stores (limited stock).

Innocent Bystander ~ $18, Australia, both private and public stores.

Batasiolo Bosc Moscato ~ $21, Italy, both private and public stores.


Valckenberg Pflaz Gewurztraminer ~ $20, Germany, both public and private stores.

Gray Monk Gewurztraminer ~ $15, BC, both public and private stores.

Cono Sur Gewurztraminer ~ $10, Chile, both public and private stores.


Balthasar Ress Riesling ~ $17, Germany, both public and private stores.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling ~ $17, Washington State, both public and private stores.

Gehringer Private Reserve Riesling ~ $14, BC, both public and private stores.

Best Buy of the Week ~ Gehringer Private Reserve Riesling, $14 –  truly delicious Riesling from some of BC’s oldest vines.

Tune in Sat. April 30, 2016 For the Mother’s Day Show – Beer, Wine & Cheese Selections for Mom


Hardy’s Riesling Gewurztraminer

January 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

Score: 8.2 – Over Delivers/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/4dc/16438419/files/2015/01/img_0657.jpg
Price: $10.99

About the Wine: For the money there are few light, fresh slightly sweet wines that can compete with this one. The nose is full of peach, pear and citrus fruit with hints of fresh spring flowers (I envision an old Irish Spring Soap commercial; do you remember those or am I dating myself?). The palate is light and fresh and bursting with fresh tropical fruit. The finish is, again, fruity but with a kiss of sweetness which makes it easy to reach for a second or third glass. The good news is that it is lighter in alcohol at 11.5% so having a second glass isn’t likely to put you under the table.

The balance between fresh lively fruit, freshness and subtle sweetness at this price means this wine Over Delivers. Why not a Best Buy you ask? Good question- it is definitely on the cusp of greatness. A few years back there would be no question of its Best Buy status, however in recent years, perhaps due to increased popularity around the world, the quality has dropped a little.

Value: This wine is worthy of a trade up in price from the likes of Copper Moon, Naked Grape and Barefoot Pinot Grigio, and it is worth a trade down in price from some of the big brand California wines like Beringer & Woodbridge Pinot Grigio. I would also suggest that this wine is a better buy than the Jackson-Triggs 2013 VQA Riesling-Gewurztraminer at $13.99.

Added Value: There are many scenarios where this wine will shine. Girl’s Night Out, Crowd Pleaser, Wedding Wines, Movie Night, Date Night, these are all occasions where this wine will offer greater value than just what is in the bottle.

Service: Chill down to about 8C. If there is condensation on the bottle when you take it out of the fridge, then let it warm up just a bit before enjoying. Serving food with this is fun as you can have some creamy cheeses like Brie, or you could enjoy some shellfish like prawns or shrimp. My fave pairing has been with fresh fruit on some light ricotta cheese.

Grapes: Riesling, Gewurztraminer

Store Section: Australia

Appellation: South East Australia

Available: BC Liquor Stores, Everything Wine , Metro Liquor, Hillside Liquor Store, Liquor Express, Cascadia Liquor Stores, Beverly Corners Liquor Store

Buy Online/Delivered to Your Door: Everything Wine, Metro Liquor,

Alcohol: 11.5%

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