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.

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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

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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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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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Elizabeth Gabay MW

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.

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Jean-Michel Cazes

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.

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