13 episodes

BÂTONNAGE is a wine related podcast named after the french term for stirring lees in a barrel to create structure and texture. Hosted by food and wine writer Fiona Beckett and Master of Wine Liam Steevenson, it tackles intriguing topics from the world of wine on a fortnightly basis with the help of expert guests. Produced by David McWilliam BÂTONNAGE is an engaging 40 minutes of stimulating conversation, relaxed and approachable yet informatively educational. 'Stirring Discussions about Wine'.

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BÂTONNAGE is a wine related podcast named after the french term for stirring lees in a barrel to create structure and texture. Hosted by food and wine writer Fiona Beckett and Master of Wine Liam Steevenson, it tackles intriguing topics from the world of wine on a fortnightly basis with the help of expert guests. Produced by David McWilliam BÂTONNAGE is an engaging 40 minutes of stimulating conversation, relaxed and approachable yet informatively educational. 'Stirring Discussions about Wine'.

    Batonnage Ep. 13 - Is shipping wine in bottle a thing of the past? with Richard Lloyd

    Batonnage Ep. 13 - Is shipping wine in bottle a thing of the past? with Richard Lloyd

    Liam and Fiona talk to Richard Lloyd, the General Manager of Accolade Wines, Europe's largest bottler of bulk wines. They discuss the process of shipping wine in containers, the quality, environmental and economic impact as well as consumer perception. The future of the wine industry and why we should all be excited about it.

    Batonnage Ep. 12 - The revival of Southern France with Jason Yapp

    Batonnage Ep. 12 - The revival of Southern France with Jason Yapp

    Liam and Fiona talk to Jason Yapp of Yapp Brothers in Mere, one of the UKs leading independent wine merchants and authorities on the Rhône and the Loire. Today however they talk Southern France, fascinating region that it is.

    • 43 min
    Batonnage Ep. 11 - The Future of Wine with Robert Joseph

    Batonnage Ep. 11 - The Future of Wine with Robert Joseph

    Fiona and Liam discuss the future of wine with wine industry entrepreneur Robert Joseph. Together they talk about bottles and whether they are the long term solution for wine packaging. They consider whether the appellation system is aiding or hampering the industry, and what is the future of retailing, are supermarkets the long term solution or will the answer come through social media platforms. Robert as always is deliberately confrontational, challenging of conventions and leaving you thinking.

    Recorded at Bar 44, Clifton, Bristol

    • 55 min
    Batonnage Ep. 10 - When is a wine faulty? with Jamie Goode

    Batonnage Ep. 10 - When is a wine faulty? with Jamie Goode

    Fiona and Liam discuss wine faults with wine critic, Jamie Goode. What makes a wine faulty? How can you tell? What should you do next? To the scientist, these things may be clear-cut, but aesthetically wine faults can be a source of character - and even of wine typicity. Reduction for instance is a facet of wine-making, yet in extreme cases can make a wine revoltingly smelly. Let Jamie help you march with confidence through the minefield.

    • 48 min
    Batonnage Ep. 9 - What's behind the British gin boom? with Susy Atkins

    Batonnage Ep. 9 - What's behind the British gin boom? with Susy Atkins

    Liam and Fiona talk to Sunday Telegraph drink writer Susy Atkins about the reasons for the unstoppable rise of gin and why it’s become a collector’s item. What makes a great gin, how to choose the right tonic, how best to serve it and and when and if you should drink your gin neat. Twist off the top and dive in!

    Liam and Fiona talk to Sunday Telegraph drink writer Susy Atkins about the reasons for the unstoppable rise of gin and why it’s become a collector’s item. What makes a great gin, how to choose the right tonic, how best to serve it and and when and if you should drink your gin neat. Twist off the top and dive in!

    • 45 min
    Batonnage Ep. 8 - Dan Jago & the UK wine trade

    Batonnage Ep. 8 - Dan Jago & the UK wine trade

    In this episode, Fiona and Liam are sharing wine and conversation with an extraordinary player in the UK wine trade, Dan Jago. Having held top positions at Bibendum Wine, Tesco and latterly Berry Brothers and Rudd, Dan has a broader view than most of the diverse UK wine market. This recording was made at the BBR offices in St James’s, London, a few days before his departure from his position as CEO of the company.

    • 55 min

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