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
Brazil: Interview with Flavio Pizzato
Brazil's wine industry has gone through many changes since the 1990s, and is still finding its feet. The focus on quality wine began with sparkling wine, with investment from French producers, and has continued with a focus on grape varieties such as Tannat. The climate changes drastically from region to region, and grape-growing can be difficult. My interview with winemaker Flavio Pizzato explores why Brazil is quite different from other South American wine countries.
Brash Higgins: McLaren Vale
Brad Hickey has been making wine in McLaren Vale for over fifteen years, in a range of styles that reflect the Mediterranean climate of the region. This episode focuses on his experiences in McLaren Vale, and the wines being made there. A great insight into one of Australia's most historic but experimental wine regions.
Champagne Interview with Garth Hodgdon of Cage Imports
A conversation with Garth Hodgdon of Cage Imports, which imports 15 small Champagne producers into the USA. We talk about trends in Champagne, how to discover those small producers (and who they are), who's drinking champagne, and why Meunier rocks!
Visit Cage Imports: https://www.cageimports.com/
Plantings in Mexico date back to the 1520s, although the development of the wine industry was curtailed by Spanish colonial intervention. Since the 1980s, there has been a renaissance for Mexican wine, with many regions emerging. In this episode, I interview Stephen Ott of Nossa Imports about the wine regions of Mexico, the grape varieties, the styles of wine, and the potential future of Mexican wine.
Connect with Stephen at Nossa Imports: https://www.nossaimports.com/
Georgia is one of the world's oldest winemaking countries. Traditions—such as amber wine and wine made for home consumption—continue, which make Georgian wine a wonderful trip to the past. But it's also an evolving wine country, with regions producing different expressions from the many local grape varieties. In this episode, I interview Tom Williams of Eat This! Food & Wine Tours, who specialises in explorations of Georgian wine and provides a fascinating insight into Georgian culture.
If you're visiting Georgia, then connect with Tom through his website: https://eatthistours.com/
Emeritus Vineyards - Dry Farming in Sonoma County
Interview with Mari Jones of Emeritus Vineyards in Sonoma County, who began the conversion to dry farming in 2008. In tandem with the selection of suitable clones and rootstocks, the vineyards are now well-established without the need for irrigation. Mari tells how they oversaw the conversion and the consequent health of the property.
Fantastic Resource for Wine Education
I have listened to most of Matthew’s podcasts several times over the last few years in pursuit of successful CMS certifications. Very grateful to Matthew for the effort and accuracy of his program. Cheers, Will.
Engaging, inspiring, and informative! Can’t thank Matthew enough for putting out such an incredible podcast. No matter the topic, I learn something new every time I tune in. Keep up the great work, Matthew!
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