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Susie and Peter are married Masters of Wine who bring wine to life with a smile via interviews, chat, food, tips, your questions, gentle bickering and a certain amount of over-sharing. (And yes, they probably should get out more...) A top-10 US & UK podcast (Chartable - Apple, Food), recommended in The Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Decanter, Great British Podcasts and more. Reviews say: 'Laugh-out-loud' (Claire); 'Love these guys (almost as much as wine): educational, invigorating and damn funny too' (JDPWalker); 'Relatable, entertaining, light-hearted' (The Drinks Business); 'Best wine podcast out there' (Mickey); and 'A complete tonic for the heart, mind and soul' (Drinks Network).

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Susie and Peter are married Masters of Wine who bring wine to life with a smile via interviews, chat, food, tips, your questions, gentle bickering and a certain amount of over-sharing. (And yes, they probably should get out more...) A top-10 US & UK podcast (Chartable - Apple, Food), recommended in The Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Decanter, Great British Podcasts and more. Reviews say: 'Laugh-out-loud' (Claire); 'Love these guys (almost as much as wine): educational, invigorating and damn funny too' (JDPWalker); 'Relatable, entertaining, light-hearted' (The Drinks Business); 'Best wine podcast out there' (Mickey); and 'A complete tonic for the heart, mind and soul' (Drinks Network).

    Matching Food and Wine: Curry!

    Matching Food and Wine: Curry!

    Curry. We all love it. So what's the best wine to drink with it?!

    Here be answers. As well as a bit of chomping (sorry), mention of whipping (no idea how that came up) and of course delicious wines all in the mix.

    This is a short-form Live episode, the first in our food-and-wine matching mini-series brought to you in association with Wine Club by Majestic.

    It's also available in video format so if you'd like to see us in action, check out our YouTube channel: Susie & Peter On Wine.

    The curry in question is a very simple and very delicious chicken tikka massala. So we're finding wines to match the aromatic spices, tangy tomatoes and creamy richness.

    We come up with a classic match, a slightly left-field match and then a wild card option. All the way explaining our thinking so if you can't get hold of these exact wines, you can no doubt find similar versions to suit you.

    The recipe we're using is inspired by our friend and brilliant food writer Jo Pratt, developed as part of our What Food What Wine competition. It's available, together with all links, photos, wines and more details from the show, here: Show notes for Wine Blast S3 E26: Matching Food and Wine: Curry!

    Remember: fight heat with sweet! Also: it's not always the wines that taste the best on their own that end up going best with the food.

    Do send us in your thoughts, we'd love to hear from you! What do you think of our choices? What are YOUR favourite matches with curry? Any curry-related drinks disasters to relate?!

    Let us know your thoughts on Instagram or Twitter. Or send us a voice message via Speakpipe.

    Wines featured in this episode (all from Majestic):
    Definition Mosel Riesling 2019, 10.5%, Germany (£7.99)Nero Oro Rosé 2021, 12.5%, Sicily (£8.99)Casal Sta Maria Reserva Branco 2019, 13.5%, Portugal (£199 as part of the Grand Tour case in Wine Club by Majestic)This show is brought to you in association with Wine Club by Majestic. Check it out!

    • 10 min
    Why Bother Matching Food and Wine? (Here's Why - and How)

    Why Bother Matching Food and Wine? (Here's Why - and How)

    Some people say choosing the right wine for your food (or vice versa) is too complicated. Or that it's all nonsense, so not worth bothering with - just go with whatever you fancy.

    We beg to differ - in the most strident of ways.

    We've both spent more than 20 years matching wines to food on TV, radio, events, podcasts and print. We know food is one of the best ways to make sense of wine, to learn more and to get beyond the pretentiousness - by focusing on basic flavours and personal pleasure.

    Finding out what works best for you and yours takes a bit of time and an open mind, though. So let us help you!

    This episode is the first in a mini-series (in association with Wine Club by Majestic) focusing on food and wine pairing. In this one, we sock it to the naysayers and serve up our 7 top tips to match wine and food successfully, illustrating the basic logic by pairing a series of wines to a cheese board. (The results are almost certainly not what you'd expect).

    We also grill Majestic buyer Elizabeth Kelly MW on her favourite food and wine matches, guilty pleasures and top tips - and we hear briefly from Louis Roederer cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon and gastrophysicist Professor Charles Spence.

    All that, AND we answer a question from Jonathan in New York about whether his wine fridge is ruining his treasured bottles...

    Following on from this appetising entrée will be a series of short-form video pods, in each of which we'll take one dish and find a wine or two that works as a delicious pairing. Again, explaining the logic as we go along, and having a bit of fun along the way.

    We hope you enjoy the episode! Do let us know your thoughts on Instagram or Twitter. Or send us a voice message via Speakpipe.

    Wines featured in this episode to match with cheeses (all available from Majestic):
    Chateau de Crezancy Sancerre 2021, 12.5% (£17.99)Marques del Atrio 2 Cepas Rioja Blanco de Guarda 2019, 13% (£199 as part of the Grand Tour Wine Club case)St Veran Haute Cuvee 2020 Rijckaert F Rouve, 13% (£16.99)Definition Hautes Cotes de Nuits 2017, 12.5% (£14.99)Castelanu de Suduiraut 2014, 13.5% (£12.99 for half)As ever, all wine details, links, photos and more are on our website: Show notes for Wine Blast S3 E25: Why Bother Matching Food and Wine?
    This show is brought to you in association with Wine Club by Majestic. Check it out!

    • 49 min
    Wine from the Arab World

    Wine from the Arab World

    Aghi Ourad is a Brit of Algerian descent who wants to change the way we think about wine from the 'Arab world' (his phrase).

    Places like Algeria and Lebanon, where wine production has a surprisingly long history but currently operates in a challenging environment for religious, social or economic reasons.

    Such wines from Muslim-majority countries, in Aghi's view, are under-appreciated and yet offer great interest and value for wine lovers. So he's set up a business, The Other Grape, to sell these wines and tell the stories of the people and places that make them.

    Aghi has written movingly about suffering personal humiliation as a result of his 'Muslim appearance' and suffering from imposter syndrome with his own, European society. He's also very honest about the 'schizophrenic' attitude to alcohol in Muslim-majority countries like Algeria.

    We quiz Aghi about the relationship between Islam and alcohol, as well as the wines from Algeria and Lebanon today. We also dive into the fascinating wine history of these countries - did you know, for example, the following factoids?
    Algeria was once the fourth-biggest wine producer in the world.Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia accounted for two thirds of the world's wine exports in the 1950s.Algeria was partly responsible for the development of France's famous appellation contrôlée system.Peter also reflects on his recent trip to Lebanon, to film for his new wine and travel show, The Wild Side of Wine, and shares his insights into the wine scene there.

    We talk indigenous grapes and unique wines, sampling a Lebanese Obeidy (white), an Algerian red blend from the Monts du Tessala, and a tiny-production Syrah from the Batroun hills of coastal Lebanon.

    There's also poetry in this episode, as well as talk of big guns, power cuts, Islamophobia, drones, phylloxera and what exactly constitutes an, 'angry wine'.

    We hope you enjoy the episode! Do let us know your thoughts on Instagram or Twitter. Or send us a voice message via Speakpipe.

    Wines featured in this episode:
    Chateau Oumsiyat Obeidy 2018, 12.5%, LebanonSaint-Augustin Monts du Tessala AOG 2017, 13%, AlgeriaSept Syrah 2019 Batroun, 14.5%, LebanonLinks

    Aghi's wine business we discuss in this episode is The Other Grape - you can get 10% off if you use the code SP10.

    Here's a link to see the trailer and find out more about Peter's new TV series, The Wild Side of Wine

    This is Alex Rowell's book Vintage Humour: The Islamic Poetry of Abu Nuwas
    As ever, all wine details, links, photos and more are on our website: Show notes for Wine Blast S3 E24: Wines from the Arab World.

    Finally, do check out our previous episode on Lebanon (S1 E22) to hear from Chateau Musar's Marc Hochar and Lebanese wine expert Michael Karam.

    • 54 min
    The World's BIGGEST Wine Competition

    The World's BIGGEST Wine Competition

    Fancy tasting 18,000+ bottles of wine in a week? Humping and dumping 73,000+ bottles? Herding 250+ international wine judges? Dodging bottle crushers and giant wormeries?

    And, after all that, the real question is: what's it all for?!

    We go behind the scenes at the world's biggest wine competition, the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), to tackle these very questions and issues.

    What even is a wine competition? What's the point? What does it mean when you see a medal or award on a bottle? What really goes on behind the scenes? And how do you start minimising the environmental impact of a giant operation like this?

    We dive in with the help of DWWA co-chair Michael Hill-Smith MW plus members of the Decanter team including Events & Awards Director Victoria Stanage, Head of Logistics Simon Wright and Awards Executive Shivani Tomar.

    To spice things up, Susie references Peter's 'legendary stamina' (deep breath) and threatens divorce. There's also mention of anaerobic digestion, violent disagreements, a heart-warming wine story from Ukraine, the dirty topic of making money and the world's biggest ever party. All that, and some brilliant wines.

    We hope you enjoy the show! Do let us know your thoughts on Instagram or Twitter. Or send us a voice message via Speakpipe.

    Here's the link to all the headlines & results from the Decanter World Wine Awards 2022. And to the Guardian piece on the Ukrainian winery that won gold.

    As ever, all wine details, links, photos and more are on our website: Show notes for Wine Blast S3 E23: The World's Biggest Wine Competition.

    Cheers!

    Wines mentioned in this episode
    Georges de la Chapelle Champagne Cuvee Nostalgie Brut NV, FranceAttis Embaixador Albarino 2018, Galicia, SpainHacienda Lopez de Haro Rioja Gran Reserva Rosado 2009, SpainAlbert Bichot Hospices de Beaune Cuvee Cyrot-Chaudron Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2020, FranceMadame Veuve Point Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes 2019, BurgundyMossi 1558 Impetuoso Classico Gutturnio Superiore 2019, Emilia RomagnaBulas Cruz Diwine Douro 2020, PortugalDomaine Verzier St Joseph Empreinte 2020, FranceBisquertt Crazy Rows Carignan 2020, Maule, ChileMorrisons Gran Montaña Malbec 2020, ArgentinaVagabond Wines Chardonnay 2020, Essex, UK

    • 59 min
    Armenia's Ambition: ancient, conflicted, hopeful

    Armenia's Ambition: ancient, conflicted, hopeful

    Armenia is not the first country to spring to mind in terms of wine.

    But this is one of the most ancient winemaking cultures in the world. The broader Caucusus region - including Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, is where the winemaking vine is believed to have first been domesticated.

    By way of proof, a 6,000-year-old winery was unearthed in the Areni-1 cave complex in the Vayots-Dzor region of Armenia. And the country may have anything up to 1,000 different species of vitis vinifera winemaking vines - testament to its longevity in wine terms (the vine tends to mutate naturally over time).

    And yet...what do we know of Armenian wine?

    Relatively little, if you're anything like us.

    And that has to do with geopolitics as much as anything else - from the Armenian genocide to the Soviet occupation, the 20th century was hard on Armenia and its people. Its historic winemaking culture suffered, and it was shut off from the world.

    Now, however, a new generation of Armenians are daring to revitalise this somnolent wine history. We talk to two of them - Aimee Keushguerian of Keush, WineWorks and Zulal. Also Juliana del Aguila Eurnekian of Karas.

    They're brave because the region remains imperilled. The ongoing conflict with Azerbaijan has seen vineyards and farmers caught between warring factions. This is life or death stuff.

    But, from the little we've dipped our toes in these particular waters, it's clear to us that there is huge potential in Armenian wine. In wine terms, Armenia is most certainly one to watch.

    We hope you enjoy the programme! Do let us know your thoughts on Instagram or Twitter.

    As ever, all wine details, links, photos and more are on our website: Show notes for Wine Blast S3 E22: Armenia's Ambition.

    Cheers!

    Wines featured in this episode
    Keush Ultra Brut Nature 2017 Blanc de Noirs, 12.5%Zulal Voskehat Reserve 2018, Vayots Dzor, 13%Zulal Karmir Kot 2018 Reserve, Vayots Dzor, 15%Karas Family Wine Estates White Blend 2020, Ararat Valley, 13.5%Karas Orange Wine ‘Kraki Ktor’ 2020, Ararat Valley, 12.5%Karas Areni 2019, Ararat Valley, 13.5%Karas Single Vineyard Areni 2020, Ararat Valley, 13.5%

    • 55 min
    Tasting 1982 Bordeaux

    Tasting 1982 Bordeaux

    Some wines or vintages achieve legendary status. The 1982s in Bordeaux are a case in point. So what's it really like to taste a bunch of 1982 clarets, 40 years on - featuring some of the best wines of the vintage? 

    1982 was a year that famously split opinion - the Brits copping the flak for labelling it too high-yielding, too ripe and 'Californian' in style, saying it would never age. On the opposing side was American wine critic Robert Parker, who championed the vintage and later went on to become one of the most influential wine writers of modern times. 

    As for how the wines have held up... In this episode, we spill the beans, while also explaining the historical context as well as the nature of the vintage and the individual wines tasted. These include Chateaux:
    Mouton-RothschildPichon ComtesseLéoville Las CasesLéoville PoyferréGruaud LaroseDucru BeaucaillouAlong the way we discuss the importance of storage, other vintages that can lay claim to being the, 'vintage of the century,' British Railways, current prices for these bottles - and which modern vintages may prove to be as great as 1982 in time.

    NB: Wine Blast Live is a video-podcast and you can find the video on our YouTube channel

    It's also over on our website, where you can find the full Show Notes for Tasting 1982 Bordeaux podcast on susieandpeter.com

    • 19 min

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