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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

Matthew's World of Wine and Drink Matthew Gaughan

    • Education
    • 4.7, 45 Ratings

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

    New York State

    New York State

    New York State is becoming more and more associated with quality winemaking, even if hybrids still dominate plantings. It has an extreme climate: inland it's cool continental, while on Long Island it's maritime with hurricanes a hazard. However, ambitious producers are learning to work with the conditions to produce extremely interesting wines from Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and Gamay. Definitely a wine region to keep an eye on.

    • 14 min
    California (IV): Central Valley and Sierra Foothills

    California (IV): Central Valley and Sierra Foothills

    Central Valley is the agricultural heart of California, home to Gallo, the world's biggest winery. There are, however, pockets where quality wine is made, such as the increasingly interesting Lodi. The Sierra Foothills are where California's modern history begins, with the 1849 Gold Rush. As in Lodi, there's plenty of old-vine Zin but particularly exciting are wines made from Mediterranean varieties such as Mourvèdre. These are definitely regions to look out for in the future.

    • 14 min
    California (III): Santa Cruz Mountains and Central Coast

    California (III): Santa Cruz Mountains and Central Coast

    Although not as famous as Napa Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and surrounding AVAs have a lineage just as long and prestigious, although neighbouring urbanisation has hindered development. To the south are regions with a more recent history such as Paso Robles and Santa Barbara. This episode looks at the huge variety of styles of wine produced south of San Francisco nearly all the way to Los Angeles - exciting, diverse, and often high quality regions.

    • 21 min
    Favourite Producers (VIII): Alto de la Ballena

    Favourite Producers (VIII): Alto de la Ballena

    This episode focuses on a lesser-known producer and region: Alto de la Ballena from Maldonado in Uruguay. Although small, Alto de la Ballena are a fantastic example of the quality of wine being made in Uruguay and the direction the country's wines is going in. Perhaps best known for the unusual, distinctive Tannat-Viognier blend, they also make superb Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and magnificent Merlot. Wines to check out if you can find them.

    • 10 min
    California (II): Sonoma and Mendocino

    California (II): Sonoma and Mendocino

    The second episode of the California series focuses on Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. Sonoma is the historic heart of California's commercial wine industry, the first grapes planted in 1819 and the first winery was in 1857. It's very diverse, according to exposure to the ocean, altitude, and soil types, with a wide variety of grape varieties planted. And then there's Mendocino to the north, more remote with some extremely interesting wines being made. A lot to talk about, so dive in!

    • 24 min
    Favourite Producers (VII): López de Heredia

    Favourite Producers (VII): López de Heredia

    My latest favourite producer is an obvious choice for a wine geek like me: Rioja's López de Heredia, an historic, traditional producer whose winery and style of wine are like going back to the nineteenth century. They produce some of the most extraordinary reds, whites, and rosés in the world - once tried, never forgotten.

    • 15 min

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California (I): Napa Valley

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