Episode 26 – Israeli Wines with Adam Montefiore Part 1
Israrel’s most eminent wine ambassador, Adam Montefiore spent an engaging hour in the lead up to the Jewish New Year talking to me about the evolving Israeli wine scene.
We discussed the history from the mid 19th century, before the first Jewish settlers arrived and brought with them European Viticulture. Kiddush wines (sweet reds) and how the industry emerged from their unsophisticated image in the 80’s. The innovations that came in the following years, to this day, with around 300 wineries of various sizes and vineyards planted from the northerly, snow covered Mount Hermon to the Negev desert in the south.
This episode was sponsored by Kedem Europe, the UK’s largest importer and distributor of Israeli wines. Find them at www.kedemeurope.com for wholesale or for your nearest stockist.
Episode 25 – Cap Classique – South Africa’s Shining Star with Cathy Van Zyl MW
It’s the perfect weather for a chilled bottle of something fizzy. In my glass, a delicious Methode Cap Classique (MCC) Rose from Paul René in Robertson, South Africa.
To many of us MCC is a relative newcomer on the ever-growing traditional sparkling scene but next year South Africa will celebrate 50 years since its creation.
Unable to use the term Method Champenoise (or any mention of the Champagne region), the South African growers who drew inspiration from the French region came up with the ‘Classic Cape Methode’ or in French, Methode Cap Classic. The pioneering credit goes to the Simonsig Estate.
Episode 24 - A Greek Wine Odyssey Part 2 Naoussa, The northern Highlands Virtual Event with Stelios Boutaris CEO of Kir-Yianni
The second part of our Greek wine odyssey- Naoussa! Greece’s most important red wine region.
The land of Xinomavro . Green hills, sleepy villages, a patchwork of old vineyards growing this unique northern Greek grape.
In this conversation, I hosted Stelios Boutaris, CEO of Kir-Yianni, one of the most important estates in Naoussa and neighbouring Amindeo and a beacon of Greek winemaking. We were joined by the rising star Kostis Dalamara, owner and winemaker of Dalamaras winery, Christos Taralas from Taralas winery and Christopher Georgiadis from the small Argatia winery.
Conversation covered some of their personal choices in life, in winemaking, vineyard sites, terroir variations, clones and their main characteristics, vinification preferences, Tannin management, experimentation and whether the PDO can blend some other varieties (Merlot, Mavrodaphne) in order to round and soften the wine for slightly earlier drinking, or are they backing the 100% Xinomavro and showcasing it in its pure expression?
Episode 23 - A greek wine odyssey part 1 - With Chloi Chatzivariti and Laurens Hartman about the regions of Goumenissa and Amyndeo
The first leg of our Greek Wine Odyssey! On Wednesday 1st of July, our journey began in the northern Greek regions of Goumenissa and Amyndeo, in Macedonia. Laurens Hartman (Domaine Karanika) and Chloi Chatzivariti (Ktima Chatzivariti) shared their passion for these regions with us.
Episode 22 – Cathy Van Zyl MW Growing Cabernet in South Africa’s wine region of Stellenbosch
In this session, I hosted Cathy Van Zyl MW, Christo Le Riche, Cellar Master at Le Riche Wines and Chairman of the Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective and Alastair Rimmer, Cellar Master at Kleine Zalze winery.
We discussed the intricate details of the Stellenbosch Vineyards. Their complex geology, topography, soils, vineyard aspects, wind influences and of course, how all that translates to the liquid in the glass!
During this session, Christo and Alastair shared some fantastic 3D maps of Stellenbosch and other South African wine region, to emphasise geology, temperature variations between the regions and much more.
Listening to the audio session is highly recommended, as ever, but I feel that following this up with watching the YouTube recordings will give you a better insight from the excellent images shared so kindly by those passionate experts.
Enjoy listening and watching and please remember to drop me a line in the comment box. It is always great to hear what you think of the show and of course, if you have a future region or a grower you’d like to hear about in future recordings.
Episode 21 – Caroline Gilby MW – The Wines of Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova
Caroline Gilby MW is the world’s highest authority on Eastern European wines. In this interactive discussion, Caroline took us through the region’s turbulent past, from pre-communism wines to the exciting present day. We heard about the major grape varieties, the complex and diverse topography, the vineyard areas, the production levels, import/export and much more.
If you find the discussion interesting and want to learn more about the region Caroline coins as the “Exotic East” her fascinating book, The wines of Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova, is currently available to purchase via these links:
For orders from the UK and Europe : http://Bit.ly/BuyClassics
For U.S orders : http://Bit.ly/BuyClassicsUS
and if you use the following code, IVWGILBY40, you will receive a 40% discount off the listed price (valid until 30 June 2020). The wines for our prize draws were provided by the lovely people at the specialist agencies of:
www.moldovawine.co.uk Moldovan wine specialist
www.theoldcellar.com Bulgarian wine specialist and
www.transylvaniawine.co.uk Romanian and Moldovan wine specialist
Episode 20 – Viruses and other villains in the vineyards with Prof. Gerhard Pietersen and Aidan Morton
The Leafroll virus is a global issue and a hot topic amongst winemakers and Viticulturalists all over the world.
In this discussion, my Co-Host, Cathy Van Zyl MW and myself, hosted Professor Gerhard Pietersen from the Stellenbosch University and Aidan Morton from The Takora Wine Estate for an informative, up to date seminar about the topic. Other notable professionals that joined us in an open conversation and added from their experience were Alastair Rimmer (Kleine Zalze), Rosa Kruger (The Old Vine Project), Ido Lewinson (Barkan- Israel), to name but a few.
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 Chatzivariti - Part 1
A chat with one of Greece’s wine-making rising stars, Chloi Chatzivariti 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.