Debra catches up with Genevieve Janssens, Director of Winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery. They discuss what the job of Director of Winemaking actually involves, along with what Genevieve’s French roots have brought to her predominantly Californian winemaking career. They discuss Genevieve’s experiences working with iconic figures Robert and Margrit Mondavi, as well as her current project of replanting Robert Mondavi’s To Kalon vineyard, recognized as one of the first-growth vineyards of the world.( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
Debra meets with Albiera Antinori, Vice President of Marchesi Antinori, owner of a significant portfolio of Italian wine brands and a highly influential family within Italy’s wine history and present day. They discuss grape varieties – particularly the cabernet franc that Antinori are “playing” with at the moment, along with blending, autonomous varieties and the many Italian varieties that Albiera prefers. Debra quizzes Albiera on the specifics of her role as VP, as well as the challenges of marketing the diverse brands in the Antinori portfolio – from selling the entry level wines, to protecting the image of their most prestigious brand.( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
Debra chats with Rosemary Cakebread of Gallica, a winery located in Napa Valley, California. A Californian wine industry veteran, Rosemary explains the roots behind her own label, its unique name, and reflects with Debra on the changes in Napa over her long winemaking career. They discuss the punch down program for Gallica’s cabernet and Debra and Rosemary discuss her marriage to Bruce Cakebread (winemaker at a different winery!), including how they met and whose wines they drink for anniversaries.
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Debra meets the charming Isabella Bisol of Ruggeri, regarded by many as Italy’s finest Prosecco producer. They discuss the pressure and atmosphere of Prosecco and whether it is uniform or varies across producers, as well as some of the standard sparkling wine pressure regulations. They discuss the bottling of Prosecco, and whether they bottle or order, or once a year, along with how long the fermentation process is. Finally, they discuss the different grape varieties used in Ruggeri’s various Proseccos, including an ancient and autochthonous red grape variety.( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
Debra catches up with Ronan Laborde of Château Clinet, a prestigious estate of the Pomerol wine region, a tiny appellation with 150 producers in France. They discuss the politics of now and the future in this small, yet crowded region, along with new developments and changes ahead for Château Clinet. They discuss both the official and unofficial launches of Ronan’s namesake line, along the upcoming launch of a world-first drop for a Grand Cru estate – you may be surprised by this one!( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
Debra chats with Olivier Bernard, owner of Domaine de Chevalier located in the Pessac-Léognan appellation of France. They begin by touching on his “paradoxical” feelings about the French and the delineation of Pessac-Léognan, as well as the challenges of frost within the vineyards. Debra then asks about what changes Olivier expects to see in his cellar in the next five years, which brings him to reveal what he believes to be his best wine yet.( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment