The Newest Wine Podcasts (2022)

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In 2019, James began a podcast present and we now have scores of revealed episodes during which James talks with winemakers and homeowners from Australia, France, Italy, Spain, america and plenty of extra prime wine areas. You’ll find all of the episodes on Apple Podcasts, Apple iTunes, Spotify or stream and obtain them for later beneath.

Click on right here to see our assortment of 2021 podcasts. We have now listed all of the podcasts from 2022 beneath.

Keep tuned for extra common podcasts speaking to the most important names in wine! You can too observe these podcasts right here.

Printed June 09, 2022 Senior Editor Zekun Shuai chats with Marcelo Papa, the winemaker and technical director of Chilean vineyard Concha y Toro, concerning the 2020 and 2021 vintages and the way the climate annually affected their wines.

Printed Might 12, 2022 Senior Editor Zekun Shuai talks with Santiago Deicas of Bodega Famila Deicas in Uruguay concerning the nation’s wine scene and about Familia Deicas’ newest releases.

Printed Might 1, 2022

Affiliate Editor Claire Nesbitt chats with Argentine winemaker Daniel Pi  on his household “storage wine” venture – Tres 14.

Printed Might 1, 2022

James sits down with Tony Soter of Soter Vineyards in Willamette Valley, Oregon, to debate the state’s evolving winemaking scene. James asks Tony about his views on how Soter Vineyards is doing now and what their future – and the state’s – appear to be.

Tony says the success of Oregon’s pinot noir lately is because of the maturing “ability units” of the state’s winemakers, and provides that the elevated consistency of the product comes from higher viticultural, higher winemaking expertise and the climatological change towards hotter temperatures.

“It’s additionally about understanding that Oregon is rarely going to compete on the world stage as something however a small producer of high-quality wines as a result of we don’t get the yields that different sunny climates do…  We’ve realized most likely a tough lesson however one which’s serving us nicely constantly now about cropping the vines conservatively in order that they’ve an opportunity to ripen in our comparatively restricted season.”

Printed April 26, 2022

James visited the vineyards of Okay Vintners in Walla Walla, Washington, after which spoke with winemaker Brennon Leighton concerning the significance of vineyards within the state’s winemaking aspirations.

“It’s important to creating genuine wines from the place that they arrive from,” Brennan says. “If you happen to’re not doing the viticulture proper, you’re not making an attempt to guard the integrity of the place… All the pieces we do with winemaking is to attempt to honor the place it comes from.”


Printed April 25, 2022

James chats with Herve Birnie-Scott and Marcos Fernandez of Argentine vineyard Terrazas de los Andes about how current harvests have gone and the way their work within the vineyards has translated to a greater high quality of wine.

Printed April 18, 2022 Affiliate Editor Claire Nesbitt tasted some new releases from Trapiche, certainly one of Argentina’s largest and oldest wine manufacturers, with Marcelo Belmonte over Zoom. Marcelo is the director of winemaking and viticulture at Trapiche and he referred to as in from Mendoza to debate the wines.

They tasted two chardonnays and malbecs from Trapiche’s Terroir Collection, a venture began in 2003. These are from single vineyards and goal to precise particular terroir and microclimates, in addition to the historical past and significance of the person grape growers. Their 2020 chardonnays from Fina Las Piedras and El Tomillo are intense but contemporary, a results of three separate harvests at completely different ripeness ranges to steadiness tropical, ripe fruit notes with acidity and class. The 2019 malbec from Finca Orellana, created from vines of greater than 70 years outdated, exhibits stunning darkish fruit and depth with silky tannins, in distinction to the extra structured, agency and targeted Finca Ambrosia, a malbec that has promising growing older potential. Additionally they tasted the very drinkable 2021 Oak Cask Malbec, an awesome worth purple at $10 a bottle.

Printed April 14, 2022 Affiliate Editor Claire Nesbitt not too long ago talked and tasted over Zoom with Piero Incisa della Rocchetta of Bodega Chacra in Patagonia, Argentina. They tasted Chacra’s newest vintages of pinot noir, together with his Sin Azufre (with out sulfur) wines and outdated vine Cincuenta y Cinco and Treinta y Dos (which was our wine of the yr in 2020), from vineyards planted in 1955 and 1932: structured, mineral and extremely contemporary. “It’s so exhausting to make dangerous wine right here – the protagonist right here is nature,” Piero says.

The 2021 chardonnays, made as a collaboration with Burgundy’s Jean-Marc Roulot, are taut, targeted and exact. The grapes for Chacra Chardonnay are from vines grafted onto 40+ yr outdated merlot vines. Each the pinots and chardonnays are mental and stuffed with rigidity but immensely drinkable.

2022 has been barely extra sophisticated, with sudden rain in the course of the purple grape harvest (the whites are to this point trying to be the “finest since 2017”), in order that the grapes have been picked later; they’re at present maturing in a mixture of concrete, clay and used oak barrels.


Printed April 12, 2022

From Napa, James talks through Zoom with the proprietor of Tuscany’s Tenuta San Guido, Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta, and her assistant, Elena Brachini, concerning the current Sassicaia vintages. James asks Priscilla concerning the rising season throughout 2019 and the way it was completely different from 2018.

Priscilla says 2019 was “fairly cool and contemporary within the spring and we additionally had a few hailstorms at a sure level however then … the actual summer time temperatures arrived after the second half of June.” The warmth wasn’t “uncontrolled,” although, and there have been superb circumstances in the course of the harvest, she says, with very good temperature variations between night time and day.

The principle distinction between the 2018 and 2019 Sassicaia, she says, is the 2018 is “a little bit bit lighter” than the 2019. “We expect it’s fairly consultant of our fashion – it’s so perfumed … with all these good herbs and flowers you get on the coast in the course of the summer time.”

Printed April 11, 2022

James not too long ago had a tasting over Zoom with winemaker Matt Mind and consulting enologist Andy Erickson of Alpha Omega in St. Helena, California. They mentioned the vineyard’s purpose of creating extra refined and clear winery sourced wines, which shone by means of notably in Napa’s excellent 2019 classic.

Printed April 4, 2022 Affiliate Editor Claire Nesbitt talks with Patrick de Suarez D’Aulan, the president of Alta Vista in Mendoza, Argentina, concerning the vineyard’s historical past and their manufacturing of single-vineyard wines.

Printed March 30, 2022

James and Paul Hobbs, the famend California winemaker and founding father of Viña Cobos in Mendoza, Argentina, compares Argentina’s 2019 classic with 2018 and 2020.

“There’s been a variety of variability in a few of these vintages, James,” Paul says. “There’s simply been a shifting within the climate and so there’s been extra rainfall, which I believe has been helpful for Mendoza.

“’19 was a shocking rising season, pretty uniform however sort of a moist January, February that gave approach to a good looking fall – dry, cool ripening interval,” Paul provides. “So the wines that we see, notably with ’19, are popping out with unbelievable construction and actually choosing up by means of their root system … every of the various kinds of terroirs that we work with. So the variety we’re seeing is fairly intense, and it’s so superbly rendered.”

Printed March 28, 2022

Tod Mostero, the director of Dominus Property, tells James concerning the challenges of 2019’s “actually wet yr,” in contrast with 2018, which was a lot drier, leading to a neater harvest.

Many of the rain in 2019 got here from January by means of April, Tod stated, leaving “actually moist soils and a variety of vegetative progress, which meant much more work within the winery.” Tod then made the choice to open up the cover to let the solar shine in, taking the danger that the uncovered vines could possibly be much less immune to the solar and warmth.

However what he realized, he stated, “is that by eradicating foliage early and letting the solar shine within the cover, the grapes get accustomed to daylight and so throughout a few warmth spikes … the vines that had their their cover opened up resisted completely and there was no harm.”

“While you open up the cover and also you expose grapes early on, the skins developed a thick type of coating to guard themselves, and so these berries have been stunning and good,” he stated, versus vines that had much more foliage, which ended up “blanched” after that they had been uncovered to solar in the course of the warmth spikes.

Printed March 27, 2022

James and Guillaume Boudet, the winemaker for HdV in Napa, California, focus on the variations between the 2018 and 2019 vintages.

“In the long term we’ll see which one is is healthier than the opposite one,” Guillaume says. “I believe ’18 is likely to be up there, but additionally ’19 has extra of this approachable appeal virtually from the get-go. However ’18 was really easy – it was a really compact classic however we have been capable of choose every little thing after we wished to select and nonetheless be capable of retain a variety of freshness and aromas within the wines… so time will inform however undoubtedly ’18 is is without doubt one of the prime three vintages that we’ve had in prior to now 10-15 years.”

Additionally they speak concerning the 2020 classic and the way the fires affected HdV’s operations.

Printed March 25, 2022

Affiliate Editor Claire Nesbitt and Santiago Achaval, the founding father of Argentine vineyard Matervini, talks Matervini’s 2019 and 2020 malbecs, and why malbec is completely suited to Argentine tastes and terroir.

“It’s our conviction after a few years of creating wine in Mendoza and in Salta and all through Argentina that malbec is the one selection that has the adaptability, the plasticity to do nicely in all of Argentina,” Santiago says. “Malbec does nicely in every single place – it does nicely from Patagonia to Hui Hui. It does nicely from 300 meters above sea stage to three,300 meters above sea stage. In each single location the place I’ve made wine, malbec is the most effective wine.”

Printed March 20, 2022

James talks with Carlo Mondavi, the founding father of Raen Vineyard in Sonoma Coast, California, concerning the position web site and microflora play in imbuing Raen wines with their coastal California traits.

“That is very California terroir,” Carlo tells James. “These stunning bushes, flowers, the grasses … even the filth that comes up and comes into contact with the vines and the clusters in the course of the last weeks of their evolution on the vine, after which we’ve this stunning coast right here that creates this unbelievable atmosphere.”

“We love the fog, and it actually simply creates such a mixture of nice geology web site and microflora, which i believe for me results in wines of unbelievable expression.”

Have a take heed to all Carlo’s ideas on Raen’s current vintages and their various personalities.

Printed March 19, 2022

Affiliate Editor Claire Nesbitt chats with Laura Catena, the managing director of Bodega Catena Zapata and founding father of Domaine Zico, and winemaker Alejandro Vigil, about their journey with pinot noir in Argentina and the way Domaine Zico got here to be.

“Pinot noir was at all times the heartbreak grape,” Laura says. “Pinot noir was at all times troublesome. We had just a few good vintages to start with, within the late ’90s… Due to that, we planted in Adriana.”

After which, she stated, “we had what I name the ‘darkish ages,’” marked by overproduction and decay. Following just a few discouraging vintages, Laura stated she and Alejandro then determined that “we’re actually going to do one thing vital with pinot noir.” It marked a turning level for Domaine Zico.

Printed March 16, 2022

James chats in particular person in Napa Valley with Maya Dalla Valle, the winemaker at Dalla Valle Vineyards, and Axel Heinz, winemaker at Ornellaia in Tuscany, concerning the 2019 classic for his or her joint venture, DVO, and the way it compares with 2018.

As to James’ query of which classic she likes higher, Maya stated: “It’s so exhausting. They’re each such high-quality vintages, however I might say six months in the past I might have stated ’18. I’ve been actually loving the ’18s and the depth that these wines have, and I really feel like they’re very philosophical wines that may proceed to attract you again and are very intriguing and actually make you assume.”

She continued: “However I really like the appeal of the 19s as nicely. ‘Pleasant’ will not be the suitable phrase to make use of for it, however they’ve this fragrant depth that I really feel very drawn to between the florality and the fruit. It’s very interesting. So it’s a troublesome name between the 2, I might say, however right now I believe the ’19’s are drawing me in a little bit extra.”

“That’s a pleasant downside to have,” James wryly replies.

DVO Napa Valley 2019

Printed March 10, 2022

Affiliate Editor Claire Nesbitt discusses the latest releases from Argentine vintner Bodega Catena Zapata with managing director Laura Catena and winemaker Alejandro Vigil.

Alejandro stated “2020 was the most effective vintages within the final 20 years” owing to low temperatures and dry circumstances in the course of the yr. There have been solely rainfalls, he defined – one in February and one in March, “but it surely’s excellent; a really, superb yr,” he added.

Catena Zapata Chardonnay Mendoza Adrianna Winery  White Stones 2020
Catena Zapata Chardonnay Mendoza Adrianna Winery  White Bones 2020
Catena Zapata Malbec Mendoza Adrianna Winery Fortuna Terrae 2020
Catena Zapata Mendoza Nicolas Catena Zapata 2019

Printed March 9, 2022

James is again in Napa Valley to fulfill with vineyard homeowners, winemakers and others within the area and style the 2019 classic. Right here, he chats with Continuum Property’s proprietor, Tim Mondavi, and his daughter Carissa.

James tasted Continuum’s 2019 bottling with Tim and Carissa, and he referred to as it “one other illustration of how 2019 allowed nice winemakers to provide exact and curated wines that emphasize their distinctive provenance and character.”

Tim stated of the development from the 2018 to 2019 vintages that there was “improved vibrancy, class, refinement in our wines all the best way throughout… All the pieces must be on the very highest stage. And we look after every little thing, even the younger vines, as in the event that they have been princes to be kings [old vines] someday.”

Continuum Napa Valley Sage Mountain Winery 2019

Printed March 8, 2022

James sat down in particular person in Napa with Scott Becker, the proprietor of Realm Cellars, and Benoit Touquette, the winemaker, to seek out out their ideas on the 2019 classic in Napa Valley. It was James’ first sit-down Zoom interview in two years, after he landed in america final week from Hong Kong.

Printed March 7, 2022

James and winemaker Fabien Teitgen of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte focus on Bordeaux 2019 and whether or not there’s something particular to Smith or Pessac-Leognan for the classic.

“For me, 2019 was the final simple classic we did: no frost, no hail, no mildew,” Fabien says. “So it was an excellent yr for the winery as a result of it was very simple to do; no huge downside to handle.”

James provides: “Some folks attempt to say it’s like ’16 however I discover it extra like ’15, as a result of additionally you style it and also you wish to drink it – you’ll be able to drink it, similar to ’15!”

Printed March 6, 2022

James talks with Sabine Eichbauer, the proprietor of Poderi Salicutti in Montalcino, Italy, together with Gianni Fabbri, Salicutti’s winermaker, about how they acquired began within the enterprise and the arc of their operations.

“We wished to put money into wine, not essentially a vineyard … however then we sort of fell in love, humorous sufficient, with an Australian [winery] close to Melbourne,” she stated. After failing of their try to purchase that vineyard, they quickly set their sights on buying Salicutti, despite the fact that “it was by no means actually available on the market,” however they quickly got here away with the property.

Since that point, they’ve been working to raise the standard of the Brunello they make, and are additionally experimenting with grapes on an additional hectare of property they bought.

Printed March 5, 2022

James discusses Napa’s 2019 classic with Rebekah Wineburg, the winemaker at Quintessa, and Rodrigo Soto, the property director.

“’19 is I believe one of the vital gracious vintages we’ve ever obtained,” Rebekah tells James. “It had the correct quantity of rainfall at the start of the season,” though there was delayed bud break in contrast with 2018. “However every little thing caught up with a pleasant, heat summer time, and canopies have been balanced, fruit stage was balanced, crop load was balanced, and also you simply flew into one other unbelievable, lengthy, exact, light harvest. It’s exhausting to not give too many superlatives to 2019.”

Provides Rodrigo: “Yields have been decrease than ’18 as nicely, in order that helps with the focus… Generally it’s exhausting to seek out the factors of distinction, however clearly the yield was certainly one of them, and naturally that brings a unique stage of focus to the wine. So out of a really easy classic by way of temperatures, you understand that you’ve got a little bit further energy, and it makes the wines completely incredible.”

Quintessa Napa Valley Rutherford 2019
Sauvigon Blanc Napa County Sonoma County Illumination 2019

Printed March 3, 2022

Noemie Durantou Reilhac of Chateau L’Eglise Clinet tells James she thinks Bordeaux’s 2019 classic might be thought of a “nice” one, partially due to the distinctive steadiness discovered within the wines.

“What I used to be shocked about was the standard of the tannins of the fruit,” Noemie says. “After we tried it en primeur it was a really flashy fruit, very seductive. Due to that, I used to be very actually pleased with the classic.. 2019 has gained a lot depth so I believe it’s much better in bottles.”

Have a hear to seek out out extra from Noemie and James on their ideas on how the 2018, 2019 and even 2020 vintages evaluate.

Chateau L’Eglise Clinet Pomerol 2019
Chateau L’Eglise Clinet Saintayme St.-Emilion 2019

Printed March 1, 2022

“I don’t know if it’s the most effective Cheval Blanc ever, however I do know it is without doubt one of the most Cheval Blanc ever,” Pierre-Olivier says of the chateau’s newest launch.

However how does it evaluate with 2018? “On the finish, ’18 is extra spherical, voluminous, candy, silky, ripe, intense,” Pierre Olivier says. The 2019, he says, “is for certain a high-level, high quality classic and is supposed to be a little bit extra educational with a sure energy.” It additionally has “an enormous density, however extra importantly than simply the density, an enormous depth. The wine has loads of layers, the size is big, and the best way the wine evolves on the nostril is typical of the DNA of Cheval Blanc.”

Château Cheval Blanc St.-Emilion 2019

Printed February 28, 2022

James asks Craig Isbel, the winemaker at Tarrawatta within the Barossa Valley, how the 2018 and 2019 vintages evaluate.

Craig stated ’18 had basic, cool circumstances within the Barossa, “and so we might choose and select after we picked, so we had the chance to be good and affected person. It was an awesome yr.” There was extra strain on for the ’19, he stated. “We had some frost in September; we had some fairly cool circumstances by means of winter, but it surely was fairly dry, after which we skilled some actually sizzling, windy circumstances by means of November … and that knocked the flowering round, so fairly low yields in 2019.”

In consequence, the 2019s have “brighter, floral characters, fairly a bit riper fruit, so most likely extra expressive and a little bit bit extra spectacular as younger wines… I believe the ’18s have the construction they usually’ve acquired that type of darker sort of look to them; a little bit extra refined and a little bit extra closed up  as younger wines after which they’ll proceed to evolve and doubtless find yourself being the higher wines down the observe.”

Printed February 26, 2022

Antoine Gimbert, the export director of Domaines Delon and Leoville Las Circumstances, discusses Bordeaux’s 2019 classic with James.

The ’19s “have already got this attraction that’s fairly shocking, actually,” Antoine tells James. “To date these wines are extraordinarily luscious however nonetheless supplying an awesome rigidity and freshness, and a construction that’s extraordinarily fascinating.”

Antoine additionally tells James about how the 2019 rising season affected the classic, and the way the Proper Financial institution wines so splendidly specific their particular terroirs.

Printed February 25, 2022

Affiliate Editor Claire Nesbitt chats with Edouard Vauthier of Chateau Ausone concerning the 2019 classic in St. Emilion.

“The standard of the classic for me was fairly contemporary and chic and it has actually, actually lengthy size and in addition the terroir was very nicely represented,” Edouard says. “We didn’t actually extract that a lot as a result of the pores and skin was nonetheless actually fairly thick. After that, the growing older course of was nonetheless the identical – 20 months within the barrel.”

Claire says of the Chapelle d’Ausone St.-Emilion 2019: “It’s so fragrant, so stunning… numerous black fruit and flowers. And it’s acquired this virtually barely candy fruit, virtually like a citrusy orange peel character to it on the finish that provides it this freshness, which is actually pretty.”

Edouard says the Chateau Ausone St.-Emilion 2019, in the meantime, represents the “better of the most effective” of what they’ve within the cellar.

Chateau Ausone St.-Emilion 2019
Chapelle d’Ausone St.-Emilion 2019

Printed February 21, 2022

James and Olivier Gailly, the business director of Chateau Pavie in Bordeaux, focus on the 2019 classic.

“We have been all fairly impressed in ’19 en primeur with the freshness we might get regardless of a comparatively heat yr,” Olivier tells James. “The excellent news is that after bottling, the wine actually retains its freshness, so I believe that’s one essential factor we discover on the entire vary.”

James additionally asks Olivier his opinion about planting cabernet sauvignon in Bordeaux’s Proper Financial institution. “

We regularly speak about it right here and we are saying cabernet sauvignon, when it’s planted in the suitable locations, that means it will get ripe, is a very welcome addition to the mix – we seen that. And right now within the winery of Pavie we’ve 20 % planted of cabernet sauvignon.”

Château Pavie St.-Emilion 2019

Printed February 19, 2022

James and Sonoma winemaker Paul Hobbs focus on how the 2019 classic turned out in Sonoma County, California.  James asks Paul what a few of the key factors of the classic are and “why it made such stunning wines.”

“We had good rains within the winter and notably late spring [so] the soil profile was fairly nicely recharged with water after we had years of drought,” Paul explains. “We had warmth spikes, however they have been very minor; very brief period … so the rising season was actually cool total. After which fall was delicate … and the cropload was naturally balanced so the vines appeared to recalibrate after the immense 2018 classic. So it was a well-balanced rising season.”

James stated of 2019: “The wines present very nice fruit-forward character, however nonetheless most of the wines have a few of the reserve of ’18.” Paul agrees, saying ’18 is shocking good, however ’19 is a “notch up above ’18, however they’re completely different,” with 2019 having a “little extra meat on the bone … superb delineation, very properly faceted and layered and nice depth, and the tannins are very refined.”

Printed February 17, 2022

James talks with Alexander van Beek, the final director of Chateau Giscours, about 2019 in bottle.

“I believe the 19 is a classic is without doubt one of the most exact vintages we’ve ever made, for various causes. The primary cause is we took a unique strategy to our work and preparation within the vineyards,” he stated. “I believe we by no means produced as juicy merlots as we each did … and one crucial aspect was we began to reap our vineyards not simply by terroir but additionally by age, that means that we undergo the identical parcel in several sequences.”

Alexander additionally tells James how the climate affected the classic, and compares his 2019 releases with the 2018s.

Printed February 15, 2022

Jean-Charles Cazes, the proprietor of Lynch-Bages, talks with James about his ideas on Bordeaux’s 2019 classic.

“It’a a classic that’s simple to know and may be very pleasing, even younger. I believe it’s not as tight because the 2010 once they have been in bottle, as an illustration. I believe it’s a extra ahead classic; it’s one of many nice vintages of the previous 5 years,” Jean-Charles stated. “2019 is probably the most accessible of these vintages due to the ripe fruit, and the tannins are very ripe and never aggressive in any respect.”

“I believe it’s a classic a bit just like the ’09, which can stay accessible at any stage.”

Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac 2019
Chateau Haut-Batailley Pauillac 2019
Chateau Ormes de Pez St.-Estephe 2019

Printed February 11 2022

James and Omri Ram, the winemaker at Chateau Lafleur, focus on Bordeaux’s 2019 classic.

“2019 is a really coherent classic, clearly marked by dry circumstances and by solar. These for me are clearly the 2 markers of the classic,” Omri stated. “Virtually no rain, winter is delicate so not an actual winter in our lexicon. Spring was early and the soil warmed up rapidly so we had this early bud break – a great indication for one thing fairly promising.”

Omri stated Chateau Lafleur didn’t get as a lot rain as a few of the different Bordeaux estates in 2019 as a result of the precipitation within the space was very localized. However he added that when rains did come, they have been “very welcome” due to the refreshing impact that they had on the vineyards.

Printed February 9 2022

Claire talks with Uva Mira winemaker Christiaan Coetzee concerning the influence the coronavirus pandemic has had on South Africa’s wine trade.

“There’s a variety of wine farms that may most likely by no means recuperate from Covid,” Christiaan says, including that on the upside, “When you’re pushed into the nook, you get the chance to replicate on the way you do issues and how one can enhance issues… We have been capable of lower a variety of prices in lots of, many areas of the enterprise, and we labored smarter.”

Christiaan stated that whether or not the nation can come into wine greatness “is dependent upon how a lot publicity we get within the subsequent 5 to 10 years,” however added that he believes the nation produces wines “which can be nearly as good as any wines on this planet. We are able to compete with anybody, however we’d like publicity to alter the notion.”

Printed February 2, 2022

Tor Kenward of Tor Wines in Napa Valley talks with James concerning the 2019 releases and the way they evaluate to 2018, which in keeping with James was “a wonderful yr, they usually made such stunning wines.”

“At this time limit, I believe ’18 is likely to be the stronger classic of the 2,” Tor stated. “What I really like concerning the ’19s [is] the ’19s have a little bit larger pH. Due to that, they’re actually beneficiant early on… They’re wines that I believe are enormously pleasing proper now the place a few of the ’18s are nonetheless barely exhausting and want a little bit extra time.”

Tor Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros Hyde Winery Cuvée Susan 2019
Tor Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros Beresini Winery Cuvée Torchiana 2019
Tor Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Oakville Tierra Roja 2019
Tor Napa Valley Pure Magic Vine Hill Ranch Winery 2019

Printed January  27, 2022 Affiliate Editor Claire Nesbitt sits down with Chris Mullineux of Mullineux Wines to debate how the South African wine trade has developed during the last 20 years, the place it’s heading and the influence the Covid pandemic has had on it.

Chris stated that after Nelson Mandela was freed in 1994 and the post-apartheid period started, “South Africans felt we needed to sort of imitate the nice wines of the world to make an impression, so attempt to make an awesome Bordeaux mix – that sort of factor,” he stated. However as winemakers’ confidence grew by means of the years, so did their adaptability and willingness to experiment with completely different wine kinds and varietals, particularly when it got here to chenin blanc.

Now, he stated, South African wines have their very own authenticity and are “not making an attempt to be one thing else.”

Printed January  26, 2022

James sits down with Mouton Rothschild’s Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy to debate how the climate affected the 2019 classic in Bordeaux, and the way the classic turned out now that it’s in bottle.

Jean-Emmnuel stated rain on the finish of July, at first of versaison, in addition to on the finish of September helped carry vines some aid. After the latter rains is when Mouton Rothschild picked the merlot, they usually additionally waited till the primary few weeks of October to select the cabernets with the intention to permit them to higher ripen, giving them finer tannins.

Their dialogue concerning the classic, viticulture and winemaking lasts till the 15:t0 mark, when James and Jean-Emmanuel flip to tasting.

Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 2019

Printed January  23, 2022

James and Philippe Bascaules, the managing director of Chateau Margaux, speak concerning the property’s newest releases, together with the Chateau Margaux Margaux 2019.

“’19 from the start was an distinctive classic,” Philippe says. “It has the identical stage of focus” because the ’18, however with a small change: the rain between merlot and cabernet sauvignon that “modified utterly the fashion of the cabernet sauvignon.” The end result within the ’19, he stated, is a wine that has a variety of appeal and is open: “In ’19, I believe we’ve an awesome expression of Chateau Margaux.”

James says upon tasting the Margaux Margaux 2019 that it “actually has this aroma of crushed stones, just like the soil of Margaux.” Philippe agrees, saying the minerality is a sign of a contemporary and pure wine.

Have a take heed to their dialog about classic, vinification and winemaking, which lasts till the 14:31 mark, once they flip their consideration to tasting.

Printed January  19, 2022

James and Eric Kohler, the technical director of Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Duhart Milon, focus on what went into the making of the 2019 Lafite Rothschild and different Domaines Barons de Rothschild releases, and the way Eric feels concerning the classic now that it’s in bottle.

“The fruit was scrumptious earlier than the harvest, [as was] the juice earlier than the vinification,” Eric stated. “If you happen to bear in mind en primeur, this classic at all times had an awesome concord, an ideal steadiness of freshness, an unbelievable focus however no aggressivity in any respect… This classic will likely be very simple to drink.”

Have a take heed to their dialog about classic, viticulture and winemaking, which lasts till the 07:22 mark, when James and Eric start tasting the Chateau L’Evangile Pomerol 2019, the Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild Pauillac 2019, the Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 2019 and the Carruades de Lafite Rotshchild Paulliac 2019.

Printed January  12, 2022

James chats with Justin Ennis, the winemaker at Joseph Phelps Vineyards in St. Helena, California, concerning the 2021 harvest in Sonoma Coast and Napa and concerning the new Joseph Phelps pinot noir releases from 2018.

Justin says the harvest in Sonoma was 14 % down total for pinot noir. Regardless of this, he says, 2021 ought to yield very prime quality. “Imagine it or not, summer time was pretty delicate. We didn’t have any vital warmth spikes out right here, nor did Napa, fairly frankly,” he stated. “It was a breath of contemporary air in comparison with 2020.”

Tasting the Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Freestone Property Proem No. 1 2018, James says: “This wine’s superb on the palate. It’s like actually type of zesty, zingy [with an] electrical type of acidity, and there’s a lot citrus fruit.” The No. 2 is fascinating, James says, “as a result of it’s a little bit bit softer, type of melts in your mouth. It doesn’t have that actually intense acid character. It’s very completely different.”

Eavesdrop on their complete Zoom chat to be taught extra about Justin’s winemaking methods and what the longer term holds for Joseph Phelps.


Printed January  10, 2022 Affiliate Editor Claire Nesbitt sits down with Claire Villars-Lurton, the proprietor of Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal, and her husband, Gonzague Lurton, the proprietor of Chateau Durfort-Vivens, to debate how their 2019 releases differ from 2018.

“’19 was very completely different from ’18,” Gonzague says. “18 was very sunny with a excessive stage of maturity and ’19 was brighter, I might say. In Margaux, particularly, we’ve this flowery style, which we’ve not that a lot within the ’18, which makes the wine … most likely much less heavy than ’18, however far more sensible. I believe they’ve a incredible power within the ’19.”

Discover out all their ideas about how the climate has impacted current vintages, in addition to how their biodynamic practices have helped shield their vineyards from the warming local weather in Bordeaux.

Wines so as of tasting:

Château La Gurgue Margaux 2019
Château Ferrière Margaux 2019
Château Durfort-Vivens Margaux 2019
Ceres de Haut-Bages Libéral Haut-Médoc 2020
Château Haut-Bages-Libéral Pauillac 2019

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