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. 19 - The trailblazer of the Lebanon: Faouzi Issa of Domaine des Tourelles
In this episode, Liam & Fiona talk to Faouzi Issa of Domaine des Tourelles about winemaking in lockdown, the challenges of growing grapes in the Lebanon and his fascination with Cinsault and Carignan.
Batonnage Ep. 18 - Winemaking in and out of lockdown, with Duncan Forsyth of Mount Edward Wines
Liam & Fiona talk to Duncan Forsyth of Mount Edward Winery in the Gibbston Valley of Central Otago, New Zealand about winemaking in lockdown; Pinot and other varieties, wines that make you smile, and the evolution of Mount Edward as a brand.
Batonnage Ep. 17 - Getting under the skin of Piedmont, with Scarpa Wines
In this episode, Liam & Fiona talk to Andrea Rochione (Rochionie) from Scarpa Wines in Piedmonte about the challenges of the last few months, the wines that they make, the region as a whole, Fiona admits cooking with one of the samples, and they share a few glasses too!
Batonnage Ep. 16 - What can sherry do to win back fans?
Liam and Fiona talk to sherry educator Owen Morgan, founder of the family owned Bar 44 group of tapas bars and restaurants about why sherry still struggles to win our affections. After its heyday in the 60s and 70s why did it fall out of fashion? Was it right to focus on drier styles like fino and manzanilla? Does the level or alcohol deter today’s drinker or Is there just too much competition from other drinks? Or maybe, just maybe, the secret is chocolate . . .
This recording was made last year before the current lockdown so Owen’s restaurants like all others in the UK are temporarily closed.
This podcast was recorded at Bar 44, Bristol and is sponsored by Tanglewood Premium Wine Accessories https://tanglewoodwine.co.uk/
Batonnage Ep. 15 - Challenging the way you think on Bordeaux, with Harold Langlais of Château Le Puy
In this episode Liam and Fiona talk Bordeaux with Harold Langlais from Château Le Puy, a small Château situated just outside St Emilion, who are innovatively changing the way you think about Bordeaux wine.
Batonnage Ep. 14 - Lessons in rule breaking from the Beer Industry, with Brett Ellis of Wild Beer
Liam and Fiona talk to Brett Ellis, a founder and Head Brewer of Wild Beer in Somerset, about wild yeast strains, creative brewing techniques and breaking the rules. The look at what this booming company has managed to achieved and lessons that can be learnt by the wine industry.