An Englishman in California soaking up the sun, I am a WSET Diploma graduate and Certified WSET Educator. I blog about wine, teach it at all levels, and drink plenty of it. Follow me on twitter @mattswineworld or check out my website: matthewsworldofwineanddrink.com
Winemaker Interview: Peter Fraser of Yangarra
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 quality and the attributes of Grenache and Roussanne, as well as other Rhône varieties.
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 sweet wines and the many expressions made from the grape.
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!
Interview with Michael Terrien of Obsidian Ridge
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.
Concise summaries, perfect for diploma learning
Really enjoying these podcasts. Great to line a few up to listen to on a run, and get home having absorbed some more wine info.
They’re a great way of cementing what I’ve read and written about for my diploma studies, and the interviews add a bit of variety. Matt is knowledgable and the presentation is nicely paced, creating a very focussed and worthwhile listen.
The best wine podcast available
Knowledge, insightful and topical. The information comes so fast I have to listen a number of times and take notes! An episode transcript would be extremely useful for the newbie.
I’ve only recently discovered this podcast and have listed to five or six so far. They are excellent.