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In The Vineyard With Podcast
In depth conversations with leading figures in the world of wine. On location in their wineries, bars, vineyards and tasting rooms.
Apr 5, 2023
Episode 56 - In The Vineyards of Nemea with Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, Gaia Wines
In this episode I was driving in the car with Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, co Owner of Gaia Winery in Nemea, in the Peloponnese peninsula, Greece. Later, we walked through the Agiorgitiko and Verzami vineyards, chatting about this beautiful region and its wines.
Nov 25, 2022
Episode 55 - Keermont Vineyards - Alex Starey
In the episode I was in the vineyard with Alex Starey, winemaker at Keermont Vineyards, in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Keermont is located in a long narrow valley that is tucked between the Helderberg and the Stellenbosch Mountains. Right at the tope of his vineyards, near an open pool feeding from the local spring, we sat on a sunny mid-winter day to chat about this relatively new estate. Keermont was bought by current owners Mark and Monica Wraith in 2003. they originally planned to plant vineyards and sell the grapes but a chance introduction to Alex changed that. A single barrel was made in 2007 and since the results were so good the green light was given to make more wine under the Keermont label. Since 2007 the estate under Alex’s leadership is going from strength to strength with emphasis on Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, Merlot with some petit Verdot and malbec too. The range includes an excellent Chenin Blanc as well a white blend that includes seven varieties. Enjoy hearing the personal story of a wine maker returning home from making wines abroad to make wines in his childhood valley and the story of an estate that is less than 20 years old.
Nov 18, 2022
Episode 54 - Oldenburg Vineyards - Nic Van Aarde
In this episode I chatted to Nic Van Aarde, winemaker at Oldenburg Vineyards in Banghoek, Stellenbosch, South Africa. You can hear all about the mystical Rondekop Hill, the centrepiece vineyards at the heart of this beautiful estate. We discussed the Grenache, each vine supported by a rock, against the ferocious wind, the Cabernet Sauvignon, with putting green grass between the rows of vines, the Stone Axe Shiraz and why the valley was called 'Scary Corner' by the Dutch settlers. Join us for a visit to one of the most beautiful High valleys in the Cape, Banghoek. Make sure you hold on to something solid once the wind come rushing over the mountains!
Nov 2, 2022
Episode 53 - Warwick Estate - Christiana Von Arnim and JD Pretorius
In this episode I was chatting to Christiana Von Arnim CEO of Warwick Estate in Stellenbosch and JD Pretorius, her winemaker. On a sunny, midwinter afternoon, we sat in the winery's garden to talk and taste their superb range of wines. It was a pleasure discovering their vision and plans for the future of the Warwick estate as well as how they preserve and maintain what was started by the iconic winemaker Norma Ratcliffe.
Oct 28, 2022
Episode 52 - Bertus Van Zyl
In episode 52 we conclude a short visit to northern California, where I already spoke to Cathy Corison, Dave Gates from Ridge Vineyards and Rebekah Wineburg from Quintessa Estate. Bertus van Zyl, winemaker at Tank garage ( a cool converted Gas station), as well as James Cole Winery and his own project Belong Wine Co, which he started 5 years ago with his wife Alli. From Stellenbosch to California, through the eyes of Bertus.
Oct 14, 2022
Episode 51 - Rebekah Wineburg - Quintessa
Can a bottle of wine change your life? If you are in a receptive mode, the stars are aligned for you and the right questions asked, Yes says Rebekah Wineburg, winemaker at Quintessa. In our latest episode she recalls such an encounter with a bottle of Ornellaia 1998 while having lunch in San Francisco, with her father. This bottle started her very own ‘Butterfly Effect’ that led her eventually to be at the helm of one of California’s premium estate, Quintessa.
Sep 23, 2022
Episode 50 - Ridge Vineyards - David Gates
50 Episodes! In this milestone episode, I was chatting with Dave Gates, Head of Vineyard Operations and VP at Ridge Vineyards in Northern California. We discussed his interesting route into wine from his home farm in Central Minnesota, through agriculture in Southern California, to eventually Viticulture in UC Davis. Dave is now in his 34th year in Ridge and his encyclopaedic knowledge of vineyards, soils, climates, fruits and the wines they are able to produce is simply awe inspiring. I asked him about his favourite site (‘’like choosing children’’) and what excites him about Zinfandel in particular, as it is the grape most associated with Ridge (65% of production). Of course, we mentioned the legendary Paul Draper, founder of Ridge, now in his mid-80’s, who is still involved in some key events in the winery’s calendar. we also talked about the challenges of water shortages, the old, engrafted zinfandel vines, his experience as a wine blender and as tradition of the podcast dictates, his Desert Island wines of choice. Enjoy!
Sep 16, 2022
Episode 49 - Cathy Corison - Power and elegance
In this episode, I chatted with a real Californian pioneer, Cathy Corison, of Cathy Corison Winery in Napa Valley. Cathy is a champion of Cabernet Sauvignon, who always managed to marry the qualities of power alongside elegance and finesse beautifully. Not an easy fit. You can hear about her early years as a young winemaker. She spoke of taking on complex and big operations, for which in hindsight, she is happy to admit, they (her and other 20-something-year-old winemakers of the time) should probably not have been responsible. In our conversation, Cathy was telling the story of what it was like, standing by your fruit and not bowing to the ‘Parker trend’ of big, overripe and extracted Cabernets of old, in the process forgoing any salary for a decade! She also described her ‘Bench’ Terroir, what it is like and how it translates in her wines. We discussed the challenges of fires and water shortages and the obligatory question of what wine she’d be happy to take with her to a desert island (Cabernet-Sauvignon?... you might be surprised!). This episode is the first of 4 episodes exploring the people and wineries of Northern California. Please consider subscribing to the newsletter and follow the show on your favourite podcast platform. Your comments, either here or on Instagram are always greatly appreciated! Moshé
Aug 25, 2022
Episode 48 - Rosé Journey with Liz Gabay MW
‘’If you include white grapes in a Rosé you can do longer maceration, you can get more texture, more concentration, more roundness, keeps the colour pale. Provence Rose is different, often because of that.’’ And that concisely is the whole secret according to Rosé Specialist Liz Gabay MW. In this conversation we discussed all things Rosé and her brand-new book about the Rosés of South of France. We covered grape varieties, various terroirs, countries, and regions hot on her list of exciting rosé discoveries in 2022 and her own Rosé wine, which she is producing in Slovakia using traditional methods and local grape varieties.
Jun 22, 2022
Episode 47 - Alessio Inama - Veneto, Italy
A conversation with Alessio Inama from The Inama Winery in the Veneto region in North Eastern Italy. Listen to Alessio talking about the Soave Classico, a fantastic wine made from Garganega grapes that portray its Volcanic terroir beautifully. The wine’s journey from mediocracy in the 80’s to starring in wine lists in some of the world’s best restaurants is another subject of discussion. We hear him talk about the reds, all coming from a hilly region called Colli Berici, further east from Soave, where the grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere, probably the family’s most celebrated red grape. I hope you enjoy the exploration. Please share this episode and use #inthevineyardwith
May 12, 2022
Episode 46 - Jane Anson
A long-awaited conversation with Jane Anson, the award winning author and commentator of all things Bordeaux. It was a pleasure to record this conversation as regular listeners to my podcast will know, I love hearing about the person as much as I enjoy discussing the wines. In the last 20 years, through her work for Decanter and later as an independent publisher, Jane is in many people’s eyes the authority on Bordeaux and rightly so. The veteran wine writer John Stimpfig has described her as ‘’The world's most informed and accomplished expert on the wines of Bordeaux’’ Anson’s tome Inside Bordeaux was described by Dr Jamie Goode as a ‘’Category Buster’’. In my view it is a must on any wine lover’s shelf! She has won several awards for her writing, including Louis Roederer Wine Online Communicator of the Year 2020, and Born Digital Best Editorial 2020. Her latest project, www.janeanson.com is a beautiful resource full of information all things Bordeaux and sele…
1 hr 1 min
Apr 27, 2022
Episode 45 - Harashim Biodynamic Galillean Winery
In this episode, the first recording in a vineyard for nearly two and a half years (!) , I was talking to Yuval Erlich from the small biodynamic vineyard of Harashim. The winery is located in the High mountains (850m)of the Western Galilee in Israel where Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are grown in complete harmony with the local natural forest and Garigue. Harashim winery is located in Mitspe Harashim (village), where the entire community lives according to principles of deep respect and minimal interruption to the natural environment they're living in. Enjoy listening!
Mar 3, 2022
Episode 44 - Sarah Pidgeon - Wynns Coonawarra
In this episode, I was talking with Sarah Pidgeon, assistant wine maker at Wynns, the historic Coonawarra Estate. We discussed her route into winemaking, What makes Coonawarra so unique and suitable to produce great Cabernet Sauvignon (and Shiraz!). Her line of wine under the V&A Lane label, the threat of global warming, whether other varieties can be introduced into Coonawarra, how their wines age over time and what she will be happy to drink on a desert island. Enjoy!
Feb 11, 2022
Episode 43 - Charles Lachaux – Domaine Arnoux Lachaux
In the Episode, I was chatting with Charles Lachaux from Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux, from Vosne-Romanee, about his untraditional viticulture and winemaking techniques, his wines, what In his view is the key ingredient every Pinot Noir should have. You can also hear his views over Pinot Noir from the rest of the world, his desert island wine choice and what he wishes for his wines to taste like in 30 years time.
Sep 27, 2021
Episode 42 - Gordon Russell - Esk Valley wines, New Zealand
In this episode, I was chatting to Gordon Russell, winemaker for the last 34 years at the Esk Valley winery, in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. We naturally discussed his wines, including his Malbec based, legendary red wine, ‘’The Terraces’’ made from a field blend of Malbec-Merlot-Cabernet Franc from a one hectare sloping, terraced vineyard that is one of New Zealand’s most famous single plots. His latest wine, an Albarino of incredible quality, The Gimblett Gravels , matching food to the local Crayfish, matching wine to Reggae music and much more. Yes, there is the obligatory mention of Sauvignon-Blanc but only when we both mentioned that we completed an hour’s chat without talking about... Sauvignon-Blanc! Please subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcast or on my site www.inthevineyardwith.com Happy listening (and drinking) Moshe
1 hr 3 min
Sep 2, 2021
Episode 41 – Marta Galli - Le Ragose Estate-Veneto
In this episode I had the pleasure of talking to Marta Galli from La Regose wine estate, located in the Valpolicella hills, just north of the city of Verona. I first tasted Le Ragose wines in 2014 and became a fan ever since. In this episode you can hear us talk about her Grandparents decision to move form the city to Le Ragose in 1969, in order for her Grandfather, Arnaldo, already an experienced Oenologist, to produce his own wines. There’s also a beautiful story of her Grandmother (Also called Marta), that soon after purchasing the estate and despite being a mother of four children ,took a leading role in the winery. She was one of the founding members of Donne Del Vino (Women in wine), promoting the roles of women in the Italian wine industry. They had 20 members in 1988, currently membership is 900. We discussed the main grapes grown on the estate, the wines they produce (including a very rare ‘Amandorlato’, a style between the sweet red Recioto and the dry Amarone), her…
Aug 18, 2021
Episode 40 - Paul Cluver - Elgin, South Africa, how a wine region is born
In this episode, I was talking to Father and son team of Paul Cluver Senior and Junior about their Elgin vineyards and wines. It is a fascinating account filled with brave and visionary decisions and visions. Planting a vineyard against all professional advice, in times when South African wines were not exported in any volume and when there was no other vineyard planted anywhere in the valley. We chatted about the early years, planting and trying hard to ripen Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot despite the cool climate, aiming to make a Bordeaux blend, and how finally, after advice from Paul Pontallier of Chateau Margaux, deciding to abandon those and realising the region’s potential of world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. You can also hear them describe their wines, from the village series, to the Estate range to the flagship label of Seven flags, now considered amongst South Africa’s best Pinot and Chardonnay. Sustainability, climate change, growing tomatoes and figs also feature…
1 hr 1 min
Jul 22, 2021
Episode 39 - Gaia Wines - Yiannis Paraskevopoulous
In this episode I was chatting with Yiannis Paraskevopoulous from Gaia Wines on the island of Santorini and the Nemea region in Greece about his personal journey into wine, making wines in Santorini, experimentation with ageing white wines on the sea floor, off the coast of the island, the main characteristics of Nemea as a region and Aghiorgitiko, its main grape. We discussed Assyrtiko and its qualities and heard about the latest from Yiannis, an orange Assyrtiko, ageing in Ceramic sphere for 4 years. Yes, it has tannins and before you ask…. He can’t stand the term ‘’Natural wine’’ ! What wine he’ll take to a desert island and where is the most beautiful vineyard on earth ( after Santorini …). Prepare to be surprised!
Jun 11, 2021
Episode 38 - Pinot Noir in South Africa's cool regions Elgin v Hemel-en-Aarde Zoom Meeting
In this live webinar, Cathy Van Zyl MW and I hosted Hannes Storm (Storm Wines) and Richard Kershaw MW (Richard Kershaw Wines) for a comprehensive discussion about the Pinot Noir wines of Elgin and Hemel-en-Aarde in South Africa. We heard from them about the unique terroir in each zone, their choices of vineyard sites, clones, rootstock as well as the challenges, such as disease and pests (watch out for the Baboons!) You can hear Hannes and Richard describing their wines, with in-depth analysis and explanation as to how each component of the Terroir translate to the final result in your glass. For Pinot Noir lovers and especially for seekers of new and exciting regions, this episode is a must! The presentation can also be viewed on our youtube channel, which you can access via www.inthevineyardwith.com under the Video section, where you can also find Richard Kershaw’s presentation.
1 hr 28 min
Jun 4, 2021
Episode 37 - Kate McIntyre MW – Moorooduc Estate- Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Listen to my chat with Kate McIntyre MW from Moorooduc Estate, in the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. Kate was telling me about her parents’ decision to buy land and plant a vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula in the early 80’s. About the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir they’re making. Her way through wine and her long journey to become a master of Wine. Her inspirations from elsewhere in the world of wine and much more.
Apr 29, 2021
Episode 36 - The New Wines of Mount Etna with Benjamin Spencer - Part 2
In this episode (part2 of 2), Ben was able to address some question presented by some friends of the podcast and the Etna Wine School. Issues we covered: growing vines and making wines on an active volcano, the different aspects of the mountain and the micro climates, soil types, training methods... Pistachios, favourite food and wines pairings, global warming, sparkling wines of Etna and more. Press Play and enjoy!
Apr 29, 2021
Episode 35 - The New Wines of Mount Etna with Benjamin Spencer - Part 1
In this episode I was talking to Benjamin Spencer about the wines of Mount Etna, in Sicily, Italy. This is part 1 of 2, you can hear Ben telling us about his love affair with Sicily and Mount Etna in particular. The grapes and vineyards of the mountain. Nerello Mascelese, Caricante and much more...
Apr 19, 2021
Episode 34 - Anselme Selosse - In French
My original conversation with Anselme and Guillaume Selosse. My questions in English, answers are in French.
Apr 16, 2021
Episode 33 - Anselme Selosse - Domaine Jacques Selosse
An interview (in English) with one of the world’s most original and visionary winemakers, Anselme Selosse and his son Guillaume Selosse. We discussed his early days beside his father, the decisions that led him to move to biodynamic viticulture. A fascinating description of his wines from individual plots (lieu-dits) and his view of retirement.
Feb 26, 2021
Episode 32 - Cedric Mousse from Champagne Mousse Fils
In this conversation I was talking with Cedric Mousse, from the Champagne of Mousse Fils in the village of Cuisles in the Vallee de la Marne. Mousse is a Meunier specialist with incredible terroir driven Champagne ( and a beautiful Ratafia too!) that has followers the world over.
Jan 28, 2021
Episode 31 - Champagne JM Sélèque with Jean-Marc Sélèque
One of the rising stars of Champagne, Jean-Marc Sélèque was talking to me about his vineyards and wines, his Polish origins, convincing his family that investing in the vineyards and a new winery are justifiable long term decisions, the uniqueness of the Coteaux Sud D’Epernay and what is behind his winemaking philosophy.
Dec 24, 2020
Episode 30 – Champagne Larmandier Bernier with Arthur Larmandier
In this episode, I was chatting to Arthur Larmandier about the family estate their beautifully crafted wines. You can read more about the visit and the wines on the website or via Instagram @in.the.vineyard.with www.inthevineyardwith.com www.larmandier.fr
Nov 27, 2020
Episode 29 - The East Mediterranean With Demetri Walters MW and Adam Montefiore
In this episode I hosted two of the leading experts on the wines of the East Mediterranean. Demetri Walters MW and Adam Montefiore. We hear about the ancient wine routes and the fame those wines achived in the ancient world. Fast forward to the more recent history of the last 400 years and the Ottoman rule and how it affected the region. The 60’s and 70’s with East European tankers filling up on cheap wine in the port of Limasol, the association of Israeli wine with Kosher, sweet red wine, the cycle of the wine calendar in the Arab world and much more! Native/indigenous grapes. Wine styles. Opportunity for marketing and educating the world of wine on the beauty of these wines took of course, centre stage. Enjoy!
1 hr 26 min
Nov 16, 2020
Episode 28 - Justine Tesseron Château Pontet-Canet
In this conversation, Justine Tesseron, of Chateâu Pontet-Canet in Pauillac, Bordeaux, is telling the story of the family’s arrival from Cognac back in 1961. The purchase of Pontet-Canet and raising it to one of the most desired Pauillac wines in the last 20 years with glowing reviews. We talked about the decision to go organic and the move to full biodynamic viticulture; the experimentation with amphora and what it meant for the wines. Lastly, Justine introduced details of their latest project, the Californian Bordeaux blend produced from vines planted by the late comedy genius Robin Williams in his Villa Sorriso, on Mount Veeder. The wine, called Pym-Rae is a honouring the vineyard’s name, chosen by Williams, after his children middle names.
Nov 10, 2020
Episode 27 - Thibault Liger-Belair, Nuits-Saint-Georges
I visited Thibault Liger-Belair in the beautiful ‘’Les Saint Georges’’ Vineyard and in the cellar of his new winery on the edge of Nuits-St-Georges, in December 2019. We discussed Biodynamic viticulture in Burgundy, his decision to abandon Paris at an early age and move back to his ancestral vineyards of Bourgogne. His mission, to give Nuits-St-Georges its first Grand Cru vineyard, changing the status of the Premier cru vineyard Les St Georges. Explaining that the name of the village (Nuits) was changed in the 19th century to bare the name of its best terroir (Saint-Georges). Thibault was keen to tell me about his love to Cru Beaujolais and working with Gamay (some vines there are 110 years old) and vinifying it in Nuits-St-George with the utmost respect to the individual plot.
1 hr 13 min
Sep 12, 2020
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.
1 hr 1 min
Aug 18, 2020
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.
1 hr 51 min
Jul 9, 2020
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…
1 hr 14 min
Jul 2, 2020
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.
1 hr 24 min
Jun 19, 2020
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 t…
1 hr 43 min
Jun 11, 2020
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.theo…
1 hr 18 min
Jun 5, 2020
Episode 20 - Viruses and other villains in the vineyards
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.
1 hr 20 min
May 30, 2020
Episode 19 - Ken Forrester and Andrea Mullineux Chenin Blanc tour of South Africa
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.
1 hr 31 min
May 23, 2020
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.
1 hr 32 min
May 11, 2020
Episode 17 - JM Cazes Château Lynch-Bages
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.
1 hr 16 min
May 6, 2020
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. Watch the video.
1 hr 13 min
May 1, 2020
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. Miquel, the unofficial global ambassador for Catalan wines, entertains and informs the audience about the turbulent history of the region, the topography, the terroir, the people and many unknown facts.
1 hr 47 min
Apr 2, 2020
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…
1 hr 2 min
Feb 28, 2020
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.
Feb 14, 2020
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.
Jan 29, 2020
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 anecdotes.
Jan 10, 2020
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.
Nov 14, 2019
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.
Oct 7, 2019
Episode 8 - Jenkyn Place Vineyards
From hops to vines! 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). https://www.jenkynplace.com/
Sep 20, 2019
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!
Aug 30, 2019
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.
Jul 26, 2019
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.
Jun 28, 2019
Episode 4 Oia Vinyart
In depth conversation at the Oia Vinyart.
Jun 13, 2019
Episode 3 Hatzidakis Winery
In depth conversation with Konstantina Chryssou from the Hatzidakis winery Santorini, Greece.
Jun 5, 2019
Episode 2 Venetsanos Winery
In depth conversation with Petros Vamvakousis from the Venetsanos winery Santorini, Greece.
Jun 3, 2019
Episode 1 Introduction
In depth conversations with leading figures in the world of wine. On location in their wineries, bars, vineyards and tasting rooms.