Cap Classique – South Africa’s Shining Star with Cathy Van Zyl MW Zoom Video

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.

Growing Cabernet in South Africa’s Best Known Wine Region Zoom Video

On Thursday 18th of June, we spent some time ‘in the vineyard with’ Cathy Van Zyl MW once again as she introduced us to the Stellenbosch Cabernet Collective (SCC). A dynamic organisation, representing this fantastic noble variety and spreading its fame across the globe. Guests on the show were Christo le Riche (Cellarmaster and chair of the SCC) and Alastair Rimmer (Cellarmaster at Kleine Zalze).

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:

For U.S orders :

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: Moldovan wine specialist Bulgarian wine specialist

and Romanian and Moldovan wine specialist

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.

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.

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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.

Jean-Michel Cazes Zoom Interview Video

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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