Caroline Gilby MW Bulgarian, Romanian, Moldovan Wine

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

Watch The Video

Caroline Gilby MW – The Wines of Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova Zoom Video

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

Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova -Europe’s final wine frontier? – Virtual Event

Wednesday 10th June at 19:00 BST (London Time) | 20:00 CET (Central European Time)

Join Caroline Gilby MW as she takes us on a tour of Europe’s final wine frontier. From Bulgaria’s indigenous grapes of Mavrud and Melnik to Romania’s Fetească Neagră and Fetească Regală and Moldova’s Viorica and Rara neagra. We’ll also hear about the role of ‘international’ grapes, new methods, low interventionists, organic farming, the transition from Communism, finding new markets and much more.

The session will be recorded for podcast (audio) and video (youtube).

https://us02web.zoom.us/s/8789896816

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.

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Viruses and other villains in the vineyards Zoom Video

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.

Viruses and other villains in the vineyards with Cathy Van Zyl MW – Virtual Event

Thursday 4th June at 19:00 BST (London Time) | 20:00 SAST (South African Standard Time)

Viruses and other villains in the vineyards – South Africa’s response to Leafroll and lessons for other countries with Cathy Van Zyl MW.

The session will be recorded for podcast (audio) and video (youtube).

https://us02web.zoom.us/s/8789896816

Cathy Van Zyl MW

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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Watch The Video

Chenin Blanc tour of South Africa with Ken Forrester and Andrea Mullineux Zoom Video

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.

Subscribe to be notified of the next live session.

South Africa’s Chenin Blanc story – still unfolding – Virtual Event

Thursday 28th May at 19:00 BST (London Time) | 20:00 SAST (South African Standard Time)

The Zoom sessions are continuing and this week we will explore the story of Chenin Blanc in South Africa with Cathy Van Zyl MW, in conversation with Ken Forrester and Andrea Mullineux. Two prominent figures in the renaissance of Chenin Blanc in South Africa.

The session will be recorded for podcast (audio) and video (youtube).

https://us02web.zoom.us/s/8789896816

Rosé – The Natural Approach – Elizabeth Gabay MW Zoom Video

Watch the Zoom video recorded on Friday 22nd May with 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.

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