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
Carignan in the Mediterranean
My recent visit to Mediterranean France and Spain gave me a chance to explore the possibilities of Carignan. It's a contradictory variety: younger vines producer high yields while older vines produce low yields for completely different levels of quality. It can be a minor or significant part of a blend, or a single-varietal wine. But one consistency: warm Mediterranan climates, which is what this episode is all about.
Priorat is one of Spain's most prestigious regions, the vines grown on steep slate slopes. Garnatxa (Grenache) and Carinyena (Carignan) are the two most important varieties, often from old vines. The wines of Priorat are known as big and full-bodied, but as I learnt on a recent visit there's a lot more diversity than that.
Mourvèdre is a grape best known as part of a Rhône blend with Grenache and Syrah, but it makes fantastic wine in its own right and in a wide range of styles. Originally from Spain where it's known as Monastrell, it's also planted in California and Australia where it's sometimes called Mataró. Whatever its name, Mourvèdre prefers a warm Mediterrean climate - in Spain, France, California, Australia, and California.
Interview with Edouard Parinet of Château du Moulin-à-Vent
All-encompassing interview with Edouard Parinet of Château du Moulin-à-Vent, covering Beaujolais, Gamay, and the cru of Moulin-à-Vent itself. This is Beaujolais inside out — Edouard recognised the name of a restaurant before I'd even described it!
Interview with Ricard Rofes of Scala Dei
Priorat is one of the most historic wine regions in the Mediterranean, with plantings by monks going back to the 1200s. However, its modern history was only resurrected in the late 1980s—the region is a combination of the old and the new. In this interview, Ricard Rofes of Scala Dei, Priorat's oldest winery, talks about the history of Priorat, the climate and soils, the grape varieties, old vines, and in general the character of Priorat in relation to Catalan culture.
Interview with Mayte Calvo de la Banda of Bodegas Bilbainos
Interview with Mayte Calvo de la Banda of Bodegas Bilbainas/Viña Pomal in Rioja, in which we talk about the winery, different grape varieties, how the vineyard influences the style of the wines, and overall trends in a traditional region which is always changing.
Matthew is a wine god
Matthew has a passion for wine that goes beyond building a following. He loves what he does and also knows A LOT about wine. The history, the grapes, etc
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My absolute favorite podcast! I listen to Matthew’s episodes on repeat. They are clear and informative, and perfect for anyone interested in expanding their general wine knowledge, or for anyone studying the WSET courses. This podcast was such a big help for my level 3 exam.
I have been an admirer of the podcast since the beginning! Not only has and continues to help me further my knowledge in wine. The content is extensive, to the point, and very well delivered. As a sommelier on the floor with a busy home life (married and kids) their isn’t enough time of the day to read and study and Matt’s podcast is a reference I always go back to it! Continue the great content!