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Robert Hill-Smith of Yalumba

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Release Date: 02/26/2019

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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Stuart Dudley: Villa Maria Viticulturist and Vintage (Movie ) Star show art Stuart Dudley: Villa Maria Viticulturist and Vintage (Movie ) Star

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Before everything locked down we had the distinct honor of chatting to Villa Maria viticulturist Stuart Dudley. The occasion was the premier of the movie 'Vintage'. It was a suitably glittering launch held at the Stella in Rathmines and hosted by Irish agents Barry Fitzwilliam.    and yes, I managed to forget Stuart was the viticulturist and not the winemaker!! Blame the popcorn.  Stuart entertaining Tomas Clancy at the Stella event Vintage follows the major players as they take on the task of bringing grapes in for a vintage in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. This is a...

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Laurent Miquel: Lanquedoc Magic show art Laurent Miquel: Lanquedoc Magic

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In this episode we are joined by Neasa Miquel. Neasa is from Ireland and has worked alongside her husband Laurent to make the family estate in the Languedoc into one the finest of its kind. Visit their website. It's an informative trove about the Miquel estates and the wines of the Languedoc. This podcast was recorded via Zoom as Neasa (along with the rest of France) is in lockdown at the family farm. How are they coping? What are the wines that the Miquel label brings to us? How have they been so innovative over the years in championing Viognier, Syrah and Albarino from the south of France?...

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Marius Kotze of la Motte and Leopards Leap in South Africa show art Marius Kotze of la Motte and Leopards Leap in South Africa

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Clearly a few days can make a difference! I recorded with Marius Kotze ( and ) when he was in town just a few weeks ago. He was participating at his agents' () portfolio tasting. Brilliant event held at the Market Bar on Fade Street. Packed to the rafters with customers and filled with excellent wines.   This interview followed on from an earlier thirty minutes spent with Marius last year. . Our podcast today must, by the very nature of how Cophid19 has affected us all, be treated as a time capsule. Incredible three weeks. Marius told us today that,' We cannot sell in any channel in...

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Majorca Wine: Jose Gonzalez of Can Xanet show art Majorca Wine: Jose Gonzalez of Can Xanet

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There is no doubt that many island wineries will find it hard to 'tough it out' this year. Many depend on a tourist market to drink their wines. There are no tourists. Other's are totally dependent on export markets that have, for the time being, ceased to trade. And yet their grapes continue to grow, their vineyards continue to need maintenance and their families need to be looked after. Tough times. Recently the WinePod recorded a fascinating interview with Jose Gonzalez, owner and winemaker at .  We wish him, and his colleagues across the island, well. In this podcast we learn new...

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Robert Hill-Smith is one of the great names from the Australian wine industry. He is the fifth generation in charge at the Yalumba Winery and has just been joined by the sixth - his daughter Jessica.

Yalumba is a founding member of the prestigious Australia's First Families of Wine.

Yalumba is a winery at Angaston in the Barossa Valley of South Australia. It is also a world respected label bringing us wines from the Barossa and Eden Valleys and Jansz from Tasmania. Everything from Yalumba is quality, value and innovative.

Robert joined me at the WinePod on his recent visit to Ireland. We recorded at Whelehan's Wines. Yes, he tells a good story.

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