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David Kermode, wine expert, talks through his top drinking picks of the week.

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David Kermode, wine expert, talks through his top drinking picks of the week.

    Episode 94 - Xavier Baker, Mermaid Gin

    Episode 94 - Xavier Baker, Mermaid Gin

    In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. The Isle of Wight Distillery is on a mission to make top notch spirits in a sustainable, community-focused way. David talks to co-founder Xavier Baker about IWSC gold medal winning Mermaid gin and vodka and the ethos behind it.
    Drinks featured:
    Isle of Wight Distillery, Mermaid Pink Gin (gold)
    Opihr Aromatic Bitters Gin (gold)
    Seppeltsfield Road Distillers, Musician’s Cut Gin (gold)
    Vánagandr Destilerías London Dry Gin (gold, plus trophy in the G&T category)
    Trading Tides Gin - Third Eye Distillery, Goa (gold in the G&T category)
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    • 36 min
    Episode 93 - Old Vines special

    Episode 93 - Old Vines special

    In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. What makes an old vine worth treasuring? David heads to Italy for the Old Vine Conference inaugural ‘field trip’, hearing from Sarah Abbott MW, Domenico Veronese and Claudio and Niccolo Zani.
    Wine featured (all old vine wines):
    Le Bortole - Suprème Dry 2021 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore (gold)
    Quest Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2021 (gold)
    Luca Old Vine Malbec 2020 (silver)
    Grgich Hills Estate Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (silver)
    Bellingham ‘Bernard Series’ Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2021 (silver)
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 92 - Greener wine

    Episode 92 - Greener wine

    In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Virgile Joly winner of the IWSC’s inaugural Green Wine award and Master of Wine Ray O’Connor, wine director at Naked Wines, join David to talk about sustainability and its importance to the world of wine.
    Wines featured: (all Naked Wines this week)
    Virgile Joly 2020 Côtes Du Rhône Villages Plan De Dieu (bronze)
    Grasshopper Rock Earnscleugh Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018, Phil Handford (silver)
    Small and Small Sylvia Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2021 (bronze)
    Carlos Rodriguez Morum 2021 (bronze)
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    • 50 min
    Episode 91 - Drinks trends in 2023

    Episode 91 - Drinks trends in 2023

    In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. David is joined by Richard Siddle, editor-in-chief of The Buyer, to look ahead to 2023 and how global events, and the latest trends, could have an impact on what goes in our glass. 
    Drinks featured: (note first spelling is correct/lower case/upper etc - Maori name)
    te Pa Family Vineyards Signature Series Sauvignon Blanc 2021 (gold)
    Diemersdal Wine Estate - The Journal Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 (gold)
    Tinwood Estate Blanc de Blancs Brut 2017 (gold)
    Moloko Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2021 (silver)
    Whitley Neill Connoisseur's Cut Gin (gold)
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 90 - Dry January

    Episode 90 - Dry January

    In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. David is joined by Carl Anthony Brown and Tim Blake of alcohol-free producer, Crossip, sponsors of the IWSC ‘emerging talent - bartender of the year’ competition, to talk about innovation in the world of low and no alcohol.
    Drinks featured (all low/no and all gold medal winners):
    Crossip Dandy Smoke 
    Flor de Madre - Agua de Madre - Blood Orange Bitters Water Kefir
    Giesen 0% Merlot NV
    NON 7 Stewed Cherry & Coffee
    Bark and Bitter Novara Bitter Aperitivo
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    • 57 min
    Episode 89 - Christmas Edition, with Freddy Bulmer and Joel Harrison

    Episode 89 - Christmas Edition, with Freddy Bulmer and Joel Harrison

    In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Australia is our theme with Freddy Bulmer, Wine Society buyer, as he reflects on an epic post-pandemic trip there, ahead of the Society’s festive rush, while Joel talks about his latest book, ‘One Minute Cocktails’ that’s perfect for New Year celebrations.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Wine Bug ,

Highly recommended

Very quaffable, light-hearted but very educational at the same time. A nice diversity of topics. A joy to listen to!

G.dubs ,

The Drinking Hour

This was a great discovery - really fun, educational but accessible approach to wine. Loved it

Dimpsvinogirl ,

Very well researched podcast!

I really enjoyed listening to David, he is such a great speaker. Also Episode 2 is my favourite, who knew there was so much to learn about the humble potato! Love the different speakers as well. Great show for anyone who is passionate about food, wines, spirits and culture.

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