Hardy Wallace of Dirty and Rowdy on Mourvèdre - SoundCloud (2267 secs long, 241 plays)Play in SoundCloud
Mourvèdre is one of the great Mediterranean grapes, but it's often neglected as the third and least important of the GSM varieties. However, there's much more to it than that. In this episode, I talk to Hardy Wallace of Dirty & Rowdy, a California producer that's become known for their single-varietal, single-vineyard wines from Mourvèdre. Hardy discusses what Mourvèdre is like to work with in the vineyard, why he thinks it's the ultimate expression of California, and why it's capable of making such varied wines.
Food & Wine Pairings with Andreya Nightingale (I) - SoundCloud (1197 secs long, 584 plays)Play in SoundCloud
In the first of two episodes on pairing with food and wine, I'm joined by chef Andreya Nightingale of Mortar Pestle Cooking. We discuss the concepts behind food and wine pairings, what to pair with Chardonnay from different climates, and a specific dish that Andreya has prepared to match with Beaujolais!
Interview with Eric Lyman (II) - Everything Makes A Difference - SoundCloud (1770 secs long, 820 plays)Play in SoundCloud
In this second episode featuring an interview with a winemaker, we talk about what goes on in the winery - from when the grapes come in until fermentation is complete - and we discuss the merits of how much a winemaker should intervene (or not).
Viticulture in Romania dates back to the 7th century BC, and the country has a rich tradition with many indigenous grape varieties. However, only 11% of wine is exported and Romanian wine is little known outside the country. Romania has the potential to expand abroad, as the wines are improving and are good value. So learn about this very varied country before the wines become better known!
The culture of winemaking in the Eastern Mediterranean goes back thousands of years, although it's only in the last thirty years that quality has begun to slowly re-emerge. This episode focuses on the culture of winemaking in Turkey, Israel, and Lebanon, and the challenges those countries face.