Episode 19 - Chenin Blanc tour of South Africa with Ken Forrester and Andrea Mullineux
Listen to Cathy Van Zyl MW and Me in conversation with two of South Africa’s most respected winemakers. The charismatic “King of Chenin” Ken Forrester and one of Swartland’s biggest ambassadors, Andrea Mullineux. Comparing Chenin from their regions, the terroir characteristics, preferences in the vineyard and in the winery.
This is a first in a series of conversations with Cathy and myself, covering the major regions of this stunning country. On our tour, we will chat to truly inspiring winemakers.
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Episode 18 – Rosé – The Natural Approach – Elizabeth Gabay MW
Elizabeth Gabay MW a leading expert on Rosé wines and myself, were talking via zoom to a fascinating group of Natural winemakers from 4 different regions of Europe.
Amongst the issue we discussed:
What is Rosé wine? Can Rosé age?
Can Rosé be classed as a terroir wine?
What are the differences between Natural Rosé and standard Rosé?
What is the history of Rosé in the 4 respective regions?
Grape varieties, agricultural philosophies, vinification practices and much more.
Episode 17 - Jean-Michel Cazes Zoom Interview
This Saturday, I had the pleasure of talking to a true giant in the world of wine and one of the greatest ambassadors of Bordeaux. Jean-Michel Cazes is a pioneer and deserved part of Bordeaux history.
A true gentleman and a great storyteller, Jean-Michel joined us from his home in Pauillac, during lockdown. It was a tonic to us all to hear his anecdotes and thoughts.
Thank you to those who joined on the day. For those who couldn’t make it, feel free to listen or watch and share with your wine friends and of course subscribe to be notified of future events.
Episode 16 - Priorat Continued! Sara Perez and Rene Barbier Zoom Interview
Following our immensely successful first session, featuring Priorat with Miquel Hudin, it’s certainly left a taste for more! Listen to the interactive Zoom interview recorded on Tuesday evening 05/05/20 at 19:00 GMT as Sara Perez and Rene Barbier joined me and Miquel Hudin for a chat about working alongside their inspirational fathers, as well as their projects of passion.
Episode 15 - Priorat - A must listen! with Miquel Hudin
An interactive zoom meeting with an eclectic audience, including prominent winemakers from the region and further afield, Masters of Wine, sommeliers and wine enthusiasts from all over the world…
Episode 14 Heidi Schröck
Take a break from the news and join me on a visit to Austria. To the vineyards on the shore of Lake Neusidl and the town of Rust. Let Heidi and Georg Schröck, winemakers, lead you through the history of their picturesque lakeside town, their favourite grapes and wine styles.
What it meant to be a young female winemaker in the early 80’s. Returning home from South Africa, experimenting with Tempranillo and Nebbiolo, amongst others, and finding that the real treasures have grown here for centuries, the Furmint, Muskateller, Blaufrankisch and many more…
Episode 13 Champagne Jacquesson
Jean Herve Chiquet from Champagne Jacquesson, talking to me about breaking out with tradition and creating the 700 Cuvee series and his remarkable single vineyard Champagne. A fantastic ambassador of his champagne brand and all good, forward thinking champagne producers.
Episode 12 - Peter Liem
Award winning wine author and Champagne specialist, Peter Liem was talking to me in Epernay, in December 2019. We discussed the region’s changes in the last 20 years or so, grower champagne and the merits of the term, viticulture, site specific champagne, global warming and other sparkling wines made according to the champagne method.
Episode 11 – Champagne Geoffroy
One of Champagne’s most amiable characters, Jean Baptiste Geoffroy, owner and winemaker at Champagne Geoffroy in Ay. We discussed his range of wines, field blend Champagne, biodeversity, honey, ratafia, the next generation and a few more…
Episode 10 – Nutbourne Vineyards
Heading a gastronomic family with restaurants in London and a winery in West Sussex, Bridget Gladwin sat with me for a chat about the motivation to move to the countryside, her wines and her vines.
Episode 9 – Southlands Valley Vineyards
Following her dream of owning her own vineyard, Sarah Lavery is in charge of Southlands valley vineyards, a 2 hectare plot of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Maunier in the picturesque village of West Chiltington, in West Sussex.
From 2016, her wine maker is Dermot Sugrue and vinification is exclusively single vineyard.
Episode 8 - Jenkyn Place Vineyards
Listen to my chat with Simon Bladon, the owner of Jenkyn Place Vineyards in Hampshire, telling his story of buying a hop farm and having the foresight to plant a vineyard consisting of the three classic Champagne varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Maunier.
Simon is now producing world class sparkling wines from that classic blend, as well as a superb Blanc de Blanc 2015 (100% Chardonnay)
Episode 7 - Dermot Sugrue
Listen to my Chat with Dermot, telling me what inspired him to explore wine aged 15. His wine journey that led him from Ireland to East Anglia, through Bordeaux to Champagne and to West Sussex. How good is English Sparkling Wine and what the future might hold. It was a fascinating and full of good humour chat. Enjoy!
Episode 6 - Parris Sigalas
Listen to one of Greece’s most influential winemakers, talking about his childhood, his inspirations and the achievements and career highlights he is most proud of.
Episode 5 - Chloi Chativariti - Part 1
A chat with one of Greece’s wine-making rising stars, Chloi Chativariti of Chatzivariti winery, in Goumenissa, Northern Greece.
Episode 4 - Oia Vinyart
In depth conversation at the Oia Vinyart.
Episode 3 - Hatzidakis Winery
In depth conversation with Konstantina Chryssou from the Hatzidakis winery Santorini, Greece.
Episode 2 - Venetsanos Winery
In depth conversation with Petros Vamvakousis from the Venetsanos winery Santorini, Greece.
Episode 1 - Introduction
In depth conversations with leading figures in the world of wine. On location in their wineries, bars, vineyards and tasting rooms.