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Cava is Spain's answer to Champagne, but lacks both a reputation for quality and a sense of identity. But is that changing? This episode explores how producers are trying to improve the quality of the wines—although this has not been without controversy as some producers have formed their own breakaway organisations. Exciting times for the future o…
 
A conversation with Peter Fraser of Yangarra Estate in McLaren Vale, Southern Australia, revolving around old vines, the history of the region, Grenache and Roussanne. McLaren has a rich winemaking history, but one which has changed over the last 20 years. Learn how McLaren Vale has changed, but also how old vines contribute to character and qualit…
 
Bolivia may not be known for its wine industry, but wine has been made there for hundreds of years. I interviewed Ramón Escobar of Chufly Imports about Bolivian wine, as well as how wine can benefit the local economy given that it brings jobs to so many sectors. And if you thought plantings in Argentina were high altitude, Bolivia is another level.…
 
Sauvignon Blanc is sometimes dismissed as producing one-dimensional wines which are grassy, herbaceous, and vegetal, designed to be drunk now. This episode discusses the much more versatile, varied, and diverse nature of Sauvignon Blanc, exploring the Loire, Bordeaux, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Chile, and California, from dry to s…
 
Chenin Blanc is one of my favourite white grape varieties, with its high acidity and characteristic waxy texture. It's made in a range of styles, from dry to sweet to sparkling. This episode explores all the regions in which Chenin Blanc is grown, from the Loire to South Africa to California and even Argentina.…
 
Merlot is the most planted grape varieties in France, and important across the world yet many consumers don't appreciate the quality and range of wines made from the variety. This episode explores the different regions for Merlot, the styles of wines, blends, growing conditions, and champions Long Island and Uruguay!…
 
An in-depth conversation with Michael Terrien of Obsidian Ridge about Lake County, the importance of elevation, and the shiny, sharp obsidian rocks. Michael has worked with the high-elevation Obsidian Ridge vineyard for 20 years: the interview records how he has learnt from the land to make wine that reflects the land's character.…
 
Syrah, aka Shiraz, produces some of the finest wine in the world in a range of climates: from the northern Rhône to all over Australia to Hawke's Bay to South Africa to California and Washington. Known for its meaty, peppery style, arguably no grape more reflects where it comes from. Listen and learn all about Syrah!…
 
Grenache is one of the world's most planted grape varieties, commonly found in warm Mediterranean climates such as the south of France, eastern Spain, Australia, and California. This episode explores the extraordinary diverse range of wines made from Grenache: different blends, rosé, fortified wine, and from old vines. In a warming climate, Grenach…
 
Sardinia is a large, rugged island with a strong Mediterranean culture; it has a strong if rustic winemaking tradition which is beginning to become more internationally relevant. In this episode, I interview Mark Middlebrook of Portovino, an importer of unusual Italian wine. We talk about Vermentino and Cannonau (Grenache), as well as extraordinary…
 
An interview with Clémence Lelarge-Pougeot of the Champagne producer Lelarge-Pougeot who specialise in Meunier. The interview explores the evolution of a grower-producer and the increasingly important role of Meunier in Champagne production. Clémence is about as charming as can be, so have a listen and drink a glass of champagne!…
 
Nova Scotia is a small region off the eastern coast of Canada, which is slowly attracting attention due to the increased quality of its wines. The cool Atlantic climate are great for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and traditional method sparkling wines, as well as dry, crisp white wines.Sophia Luckett (of https://www.the-drink-talking.com) joins me on t…
 
Carignan, Cariñena, Mazuelo, Samsó, Carignano: call it what you like, the variety has had an up and down history. Long used in bulk regions like Languedoc due to its high yields which lead to astringent tannins, there are now producers working with old vines to make more concentrated, intense, and successful wines. This explores Carignan in all its…
 
Thirty years ago English sparkling wine wasn't a thing; twenty years ago it was barely known about; ten years it was little understood; now it's appreciated as one of the best regions for quality bubbles; the next ten years may see England really become established on the world map. To discuss all this more, listen to my interview with Trevor Cloug…
 
The final episode on Greek wine features a brief defence of Retsina, a style of wine made since antiquity. When Greece opened up to tourists in the 1960s onwards, Greek wine unfortunately became synonymous with cheap, industrial Retsina. But, whisper it, is Retsina finally getting better?โดย Matthew Gaughan
 
The fourth episode on Greek wine focuses on other black grape varieties such as Mavrodaphne and Limniona, as well as trends for natural and biodynamic winemaking. So much has changed in Greece over the last forty years, yet such change has been based on championing historic, indigeneous varieties.โดย Matthew Gaughan
 
Continuing the focus on Greece, this episode looks in detail at two of the country's major black varieties: Agiorgitiko and Xinomavro. Quality and styles vary, but there's some exceptional wine being made, particularly from Xinomavro. Talking about these two varieties also emphasises the diversity of Greece's geography and styles of wine.…
 
In the second episode focusing on Greek wine with importer Dionysi Grevenitis, we discuss the country's white wines. Following on from the first episode's focus on Assyrtiko, the conversation moves to Malagousia, Moschofilero, and Robola and the huge variety of white wine made in Greece.โดย Matthew Gaughan
 
Greece's wine history goes back thousands of years but it's only over the last 40 years that the industry has got back on track, with the production of outstanding white wine as well as very good red, from both indigenous and international varieties. I interview Dionysi Grevenitis, who has imported Greek wines for the last decade as the country has…
 
The third and final episode of my interview with Jérôme Hainz of www.bottlestops.com continues to focus on changes in German wine, in this instance the effect of climate change, the rise of organic and biodynamic practices, and how all this is affecting styles of wine in Germany.โดย Matthew Gaughan
 
Germany is most famous for Riesling - and rightly so - but there's a lot more to the country than just Riesling. This second part of my interview with Jérôme Hainz of BottleStops (www.bottlestops.com) focuses on other styles and grape varieties: Sekt and rosé, both of which have greatly increased in quality in recent years, as well as Pinot Noir, P…
 
First of a three-part series focusing on Germany, with the help of with of Jérôme Hainz of BottleStops (www.bottlestops.com) who runs a tour company in German wine country. As travel is difficult right now, the next best thing is to get news from the source! This episode focuses on how German wine has changed in the last twenty years or so, develop…
 
Wine is made in every state in the USA: this episode focuses on the lesser known but states that have potential to make interesting wine - Virginia, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Idaho. All states figuring out which varieties work best in which locations, and all worth keeping an eye on.โดย Matthew Gaughan
 
New York State is becoming more and more associated with quality winemaking, even if hybrids still dominate plantings. It has an extreme climate: inland it's cool continental, while on Long Island it's maritime with hurricanes a hazard. However, ambitious producers are learning to work with the conditions to produce extremely interesting wines from…
 
Central Valley is the agricultural heart of California, home to Gallo, the world's biggest winery. There are, however, pockets where quality wine is made, such as the increasingly interesting Lodi. The Sierra Foothills are where California's modern history begins, with the 1849 Gold Rush. As in Lodi, there's plenty of old-vine Zin but particularly …
 
Although not as famous as Napa Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and surrounding AVAs have a lineage just as long and prestigious, although neighbouring urbanisation has hindered development. To the south are regions with a more recent history such as Paso Robles and Santa Barbara. This episode looks at the huge variety of styles of wine produced south …
 
This episode focuses on a lesser-known producer and region: Alto de la Ballena from Maldonado in Uruguay. Although small, Alto de la Ballena are a fantastic example of the quality of wine being made in Uruguay and the direction the country's wines is going in. Perhaps best known for the unusual, distinctive Tannat-Viognier blend, they also make sup…
 
The second episode of the California series focuses on Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. Sonoma is the historic heart of California's commercial wine industry, the first grapes planted in 1819 and the first winery was in 1857. It's very diverse, according to exposure to the ocean, altitude, and soil types, with a wide variety of grape varieties plante…
 
My latest favourite producer is an obvious choice for a wine geek like me: Rioja's López de Heredia, an historic, traditional producer whose winery and style of wine are like going back to the nineteenth century. They produce some of the most extraordinary reds, whites, and rosés in the world - once tried, never forgotten.…
 
Beginning a new mini-series on California with Napa Valley, the state's most famous wine region. The episode traces the history of wine production back to the 1830s, and what makes Napa so unique through the climate, soils, geography, grape varieties, and the styles of wine made there.โดย Matthew Gaughan
 
This series on my favourite producers doesn't just focus on famous, iconic estates but new, up-and-coming wineries that point towards the future of their region. Savage Grace is a winery in Washington State making refined, elegant, and vibrant wines that just keep getting better and better - wines that show how Washington is developing and maturing…
 
The production of sweet wine in Bordeaux goes back 300 years, and up until the Second World War it accounted for a third of all wine made in Bordeaux. Now it's only 2%, but the small regions of Sauternes and Barsac make some of the greatest and most iconic sweet wines of the world - definitely wines any student should know about.…
 
White Bordeaux is severely underappreciated, it was historically very important. Plantings of white varieties are slowly beginning to rise, so there is a welcome movement back to white wine. This episode focuses on the different varieties - mainly Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon - the different appellations, and the different price points in the conte…
 
Continuing the focus on Bordeaux, this episode is all about Cabernet Sauvignon and the prestigious appellations associated with this world famous variety, explaining what makes Bordeaux Cabernet so individual and distinctive.โดย Matthew Gaughan
 
The fifth episode on my series featuring my favourite producers goes to Australia, and the great fortified wines of Rutherglen. The producer is Pfeiffer; Chris Pfeiffer started his first solera system in 1984 and now his daughter Jen is taking over the reins. As well as red and white wine, they make all the historic styles of Australian fortified w…
 
Merlot is the most planted grape variety in Bordeaux, and is the base for wines at all price points and levels of quality. This episode focuses on the variety, its characteristics and the key Merlot-based appellations such as St-Emilion and Pomerol as well as nearby good-value alternatives.โดย Matthew Gaughan
 
The fourth episode of my series on my favourite producers turns to Italy, with a Barolo producer that bridges the modern and the traditional. G.D. Vajra was started by Aldo Vaira in the early 1970s and his children are continuing in his footsteps with superb Barolo as well as a range of classic Piemonte varieties such as Dolcetto, Barbera, and Frie…
 
The first of five new episodes on Bordeaux, France's largest appellation and one of the most famous and historic. This episode gives an overview of Bordeaux's history and how that is intrinsically linked to the development of its trade structure, classifications, markets, and styles of wine.โดย Matthew Gaughan
 
The third of my favourite producers is Fernando de Castilla, who in the last twenty years have paralleled the transistion in sherry from quantity to quality. Run by Norwegian Jan Petterson, all the styles of sherry are produced, as well as brandy, vinegar, and vermouth. Tasting through Fernando de Castilla's range of wines is a history lesson the s…
 
The second episode of my series on favourite producers features Montsecano, a producer of Pinot Noir in Chile's coastal Casablanca region who make wine quite like no other in the country. It's a joint project between former photographer Julio Donoso and Alsace producer André Ostertag; between them they make the best Pinot in Chile. Listen to find o…
 
A new series for my podcast! It features 25 of my favourite producers from around the world - producers whose wines I love drinking and who have shaped or are shaping the direction of important wine regions. First up: Andrew Will of Washington State, an iconic producer in the young region who have led the way in quality, style, and character. Must …
 
In this third and final episode exploring on the Loire Valley, the focus is on its reds, rosés, and sparkling wines. The greatest and most famous red wines come from Cabernet Franc, but there are plenty of other grapes such as Pinot Noir, Gamay, Malbec, and Pineau d'Aunis. There's plenty of rosé too, and there are several appellations for sparkling…
 
The second episode focusing on the Loire Valley, looking at the many and varied appellations for white and sweet wine in the large region: from Sancerre to Vouvray to Coteaux du Layon to Savennières to Muscadet and more!โดย Matthew Gaughan
 
Revisiting the Loire Valley, with the first of three episodes focusing on the large, varied, and wonderful region. This episode looks at the grape varieties of the Loire Valley, their characteristics in the vineyard and the styles of wine they produce - including Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Melon, and other less well-known variet…
 
Katie Nelson has been making wine since the 1990s, and she is now based in Washington State where she makes the popular Borne of Fire Cabernet-based wine. In this interview, she talks about Cabernet Sauvignon - how it grows in Washington, the importance of site, tannin management, and other issues. Listen to get the lowdown on Cabernet in Washingto…
 
Third and final installment in my interview with Clay Mauritson. In this episode, we talk about three single-vineyard Zinfandels which all come from the Rockpile AVA. All different expressions of Zinfandel, we talk about how the variety expresses the terroir of California so well.โดย Matthew Gaughan
 
Zinfandel is the signature grape of California, although it's one that often misunderstood. Clay Mauritson reveals the many challenges that Zinfandel poses - but why it's well worth the effort. Plus he talks about the small, unique Rockpile AVA and why it's like no other in California.โดย Matthew Gaughan
 
First of three interviews with Clay Mauritson of Mauritson Wines located in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, in which he talks about his family history which dates back to 1868. That history parallels the ups and downs of the California Wine Industry - from the beginnings in the nineteenth century, through government intervention and corporate take…
 
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