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Scott McWilliam

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Release Date: 08/20/2019

Martin Kaiser of Doña Paula: A podcast with 'Viticulturist of the Year in Argentina'. show art Martin Kaiser of Doña Paula: A podcast with 'Viticulturist of the Year in Argentina'.

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is the Argentine arm of the . In this podcast Martin Kaiser, wine maker and viticulturist at Doña Paula tells us that Doña Paula is an Estate winery and as such all of the grapes they use are grown on their own land.    Where the grapes are grown is decided by an ultra scientific approach to an analysis of the varied soils high up in the Andes of Mendoza. It's fascinating. For a quick peek at this We are introduced here to Doña Paula by the (very good and widely availaable) Los Cardos varietal wines. Martin then introduces his other ranges including the fabulous  Altitude...

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Tenuta San Leonardo Podcast with Anselmo Guerriera Gonzaga show art Tenuta San Leonardo Podcast with Anselmo Guerriera Gonzaga

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is in Trentino. The Alto Adige is to its north while Valpolicella is to the south. In this podcast Anselmo Guerrieri Gonzaga recounts his family history and how he works with his father Marquis Carlo to produce sensational wines. The Guerrieri Gonzaga family has run the San Leonardo estate for the past 300 years. Across 25 hectares they grow an eclectic mix of classic French grape types such as Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. In addition they purchase some Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling both of which make exceptional wines. The classic nature of the red wines produced...

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Lidl and Richard Bampfield MW: Summer Specials from Lidl show art Lidl and Richard Bampfield MW: Summer Specials from Lidl

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brings us an interesting and wide variety of wine styles. At times the selection available might be seasonal or themed. To help us through the eclectic nature of wine specials, grape types and areas of origin Lidl employs the services of a , to help us. To help us even further Lidl has a (flattering) photo of Richard beside each of its wine sections. In this podcast we chat with Richard about Lidl, his 100 point Scores and the current selection of summer wine styles available at Lidl. We begin with the Gavi at €9.99 mention the Sparkling Ribolla Gialla €16.99 and along the way find time...

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Sustainability in the Wine Trade: Elena Carretero of the Santa Rita Group show art Sustainability in the Wine Trade: Elena Carretero of the Santa Rita Group

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Across the world of wine we hear the word 'Sustainable' again and again. Very often it's linked to a 'green movement' of some vague description, 'organic viticulture' and its dislike of artificial fertilisers or just plain old 'keeping the land in a good condition to pass on to the kids'! Sustainability is much more and all of these. In this podcast we hear from Santa Rita that it covers Vineyards, Cellars, Workers and Community, Marketing and Suppliers - effectively everything from the soil to the bottle and all the way to you!  Elena Carretero is a leading expert on the subject...

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Charlie Herring: Tim Phillips' Walled Vineyard in the New Forest show art Charlie Herring: Tim Phillips' Walled Vineyard in the New Forest

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Where to start with Tim Phillips? Rome? South Africa? Montepulciano? The New Forest in Hampshire? It's an interesting list and makes a fascinating podcast! This is very much a story of  'How to When Noone had Even Thought it Possible' sort of podcast. Fabulous and Brilliant. This is . Before our current lockdown travel restrictions the WinePod was due to visit the New Forest in Hampshire to help advertise a number of wine talks due to take place at the .* One of these talks and tastings would have been presented by Tim Phillips, owner and winemaker at the . Charlie Herring is a walled...

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Marlings: The Story of a Vineyard in the Extraordinary New Forest show art Marlings: The Story of a Vineyard in the Extraordinary New Forest

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is a vineyard in Hampshire that makes award winning wine and carries the - 'an accreditation scheme set up to develop and support the production, processing and distribution of local produce from the New Forest'.  Before our current lockdown travel restrictions the WinePod was due to visit the New Forest to help advertise a number of wine talks due to take place at another member of the New Forest Marque - the .* One of these talks and tastings would have been presented by Paul Cartmell, owner at Marlings.  Rather than let the opportunity to work with two exceptional New Forest...

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Stefano Gagliardo: Barolo and Family, a Class apart. show art Stefano Gagliardo: Barolo and Family, a Class apart.

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Stefano Gagliardo's family make some of the finest expressions of Barolo from vineyards (Piedmont: NW Italy) that his father Gianni took charge of in the 1970's. The very best land is essential to producing quality Nebbiolo grapes and that's what we find every time we are fortunate to taste a In this podcast Stefano explains the intricacies involved in working the land organically with an increasing emphasis on biodynamic principles. He also tells us how he microvinifies some of his finest plots to make unique wines that answer solely to their tiny terroir, as MEGA designated Cru wines...

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Wink Lorch: Author and Educator: Jura Wine and Wines of the French Alps show art Wink Lorch: Author and Educator: Jura Wine and Wines of the French Alps

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published '' in 2014 and followed it with '' in 2019. Both books were researched to the 'nth' degree, very well laid out and filled important gaps that had been left behind by almost every wine book before them. These are books that every wine library, educator and sommelier should have, read and use. They are travelogues, they bring us detailed wine and food knowledge and, most importantly, introduce us to the people and artisans of the regions involved.  In this podcast Wink talks of the pitfalls associated with self publishing and how she became a leading expert on wines that are...

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Sam Barry talks Jim Barry Wines: A Beacon of Brilliance show art Sam Barry talks Jim Barry Wines: A Beacon of Brilliance

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is in the Clare Valley of South Australia. The valley is synonymous with quality wine and even boasts a Riesling Bike Trail! Jim Barry was an impressive individual - the first professionally qualified winemaker ever employed in the Clare and the 17th Degree in Oenology from the famous Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1947. 60 years ago he began his own operation and today under the guidance of his son Peter and grandchildren, Tom, Sam and Olivia has been named by Australia's wine bible, James Hallidays Wine Companion.   The Jim Barry story is facinating. Look it up . Their...

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Brian Maloney of de Loach Vineyards, Sonoma and the Russian River Valley show art Brian Maloney of de Loach Vineyards, Sonoma and the Russian River Valley

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is one of the very great wines from the Sonoma Valley in California. In this podcast Director of Wine at de Loach, Brian Maloney, talks to us about growing up on a farm in Sonoma, joining the wine trade and ultimately, under the stewardship of the Boisset family, becoming one of the foremost authorities on winemaking across the region. Brian tells us about how he brings out the best from Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (and then mentions Ribolla Gialla!) His wines are soft, generous, crisp and characterful. They reflect terroir and Brians skills, can be drunk young and age...

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More Episodes

Scott McWilliam recently presented a truly wonderful tasting in Dublin. It arrived to us in three distinct flights. Each was fascinating. 

Scott's family makes some of the most awarded wines in Australia at McWilliam's Wines home to the McWilliam's and Mount Pleasant labels.

Our blog over at WineIreland.blog guides us through the tasting which culminated in two of the finest wines we have tasted this year - the Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon and the Maurice O'Shea Shiraz 2014. 

After the tasting Scott chatted to us at the WinePod about how his family makes some of the finest wines in Australia. 

Thanks to Ampersand Wines and also to the Australian Embassy where the tasting was held  Indeed, thanks to Ambassador Richard Andrews for the use of his office for the podcast interview! 

On an aside it is brilliant to see that McWilliam's presented the Maurice O'Shea Award 2019 to Robert Hill Smith of Yalumba. This is a coveted award to an organisstion, event or individual for outsanding contribution to the Australian Wine industry. Listen HERE to Robert when he visited us at the WinePod earlier this year!

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