Living Wine + Living Well

The Rio Theatre is alive and well. So is the Canadian “Living Wine” premiere I attended there last night with a delightful pre-show wine tasting. The VIP wine tasting experience highlighted a number of thoughtfully curated living, biodynamic, and organic wines from local producers and distributors. Plus a special glass of Else Wines’ ‘Muscat on Skins.’

You’ve got to hand it to the Rio.  This multidimensional independent theatre is a Vancouver classic!  It has it all. Although it was touch ‘n go for a while it’s now going stronger than ever. I just found out about the wine tasting/film combo by attending a movie there the week prior – Downton Abbey “A New Era” – which was fabulous.

Summerhill Selectiona few of my favourites shown here! Proprietor Stephen Cipes was instrumental in fighting for organic practices for wine making in the Okanagan, B.C.  A true pioneer.  It’s happening little by little.

There’s so many great things about the Rio.  For starters it’s conveniently located steps away from the Commercial Drive/Broadway Skytrain Station if you want to leave your car behind.  They show everything from Cult Classics to must-see feature films.  They have live entertainment including comedy and burlesque festivals, local musicians and fashion shows.  Also Live Satellite for Oscars, Grammys, UEFA Euro Soccer and other events.

They have the best concession in the city and they serve only real buttered popcorn – the absolute best!

 “LIVING WINE” the documentary must-see for wine enthusiasts:

This documentary merges sweeping wine country footage with insightful interviews with wine makers. Filmmaker Lori Miller showcases the dynamic natural wine movement that is transforming a growing number of Northern California vineyards.

The natural wine movement in the U.S. is about 25 years behind the organic food movement, and “Living Wine” follows innovative natural winemakers in Northern California who stay true to their disparate and unique artistic and ecological visions, while managing to save their businesses during the worst wildfire season on record.

As we start to learn about farming grapes naturally – no chemical inputs of any kind – our experts: Dr. Tim LaSalle (Center for Regenerative Agriculture) and Elizabeth Candelario (Mad Agriculture) explain that chemicals used to make ammunition for bombs during World War II became repurposed as synthetic fertilizer after the war, and that agriculture is a major cause of climate change as the tilling of soil causes carbon release and soil degradation, and the use of chemical inputs (fertilizers pesticides, and herbicides) contaminate our waterways. We later learn about the processes used to make conventional wine – lots of additives and manipulation of flavors in the production process.

The doc delves into farming techniques, philosophies, and spirituality.A must-see for wine enthusiasts.

More ABOUT the Rio:

Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage for live events, and 420 comfortable seats (with adjustable arms in case you’re on a date).

In 2012, The Rio won a hard fought battle with the BC Liquor board, to change the liquor laws so that movie theatres could serve alcohol. Since the BC Liquor Laws were changed in 2012, The Rio has full bar service with a wide range of local Craft beer & cider, local organic wines, mixed drinks & cocktails, plus their signature artisan Grilled Cheese sandwiches!  Pretty amazing, right?

I mean…c’mon!

Local boy Ryan Reynolds helped save the Rio.  The actor was a vocal supporter of ongoing efforts to secure funding for the historic venue and stave off a bid from a potential new owner that could have seen the demise of the theatre.

He tweeted: The Rio Theatre in Vancouver is legendary. Spoiler Alert: I plan to be buried there. 

An Instagram message from Ryan Reynolds:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/blog/ryan-reynolds-offers-surprise-video-message-to-help-save-vancouver-s-legendary-rio-theatre-watch-1.4724376

Photos: d. king

Living Wine Trailer:

Rio Calendar:

Personal Post – What’s the Point of Wineing?

   I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy a nice glass of wine everyday now and then.  wine3

So have you ever wondered how wine is rated and how they (whoever “they” are) set the criteria for arriving at a certain number to determine how good a bottle is?

 There are basically three respected wine point rating systems:

1)  Wine Spectator a lifestyle wine magazine whose editors review more than 15,000 wines each year in blind tastings held at their offices in Napa, New York and in the vineyards of EuropeSo how do I get a job? I like both wine and traveling & don’t even mind being blindfolded sometimes

85 – 89 very good, a wine with special qualities

90 – 94 outstanding, a wine of superior character and style

95 – 100 classic, a great winewine2

2) Wine Advocate – a bimonthly wine publication that features consumer advice and ratings from wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. and other reviewers from specific wine regions around the world.

80 – 89 an above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavour as well as character with no noticeable flaws.

90 – 95 an outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character.  In short these are terrific wines.

95 – 100 an extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety.

oron swift3) Wine Enthusiast – a lifestyle wine magazine whose ratings are based on tastings by the magazines editors and other qualified panelists from around the world.

87 – 89  Very Good

90 – 93 Excellent

94 – 97 Superb

98 – 100 Classic

I’m thinking of starting my own club called “The Enthusiastic Wine Aficionados“.  A lifestyle club, whose ratings will be based on tastings from me and a select group of complex characters friends with serious drinking problems expertise.  We’ll drink to anything so we’re already way ahead of the game – just haven’t figured out our point system yet.  It will probably go something like this:

80 – 85 that’s not bad

86 – 95 pretty darn good

96 – 99 doesn’t get much better

100 – it got better

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