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16 Dec 2014

Debra Meiburg MW Meets the Winemaker 197: Silvia Vannucci, Piaggia

Debra catches up with Silvia Vannucci, head of Piaggia winery in the Carmignano region of Italy, one of the oldest and smallest appellations in Italy, with just 12 producers and one of the first examples of DOCG around the world. They talk about the Carmignano blend, as well as being a woman in Italy’s male-dominated winemaking world and Piaggia’s winemaking techniques. They finish by touching on ideal food matches for Carmignano and tips for remembering this lesser known wine style.

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2 Dec 2014

Debra Meiburg MW Meets the Winemaker 196: Guillaume Mochel, Domaine Frédéric Mochel

Debra catches up with Guillaume Mochel of Domaine Frédéric Mochel, where she gets the lowdown on this near-350 year old family business, including what’s changed over that time at the vineyards and from a winemaking point of view. They talk about food matches for gewürztraminer, including the best time during the meal to drink it, as well as Guillaume’s opinion on sweet versus dry wine in Alsace. And finally, Guillaume’s shares his favourite part of the “job”.

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26 Nov 2014

Debra Meiburg MW Meets the Winemaker 195: Herve Deschamps, Perrier-Jouët

A true veteran of the Champagne game, Debra catches up with Herve Deschamps, Chef de Cave of Perrier-Jouët since 1983 (yes, 1983!). They discuss exactly what it takes to get to that enviable position, along with a chat about blending and how it is possible to predict what each blend will become (hint: it requires a lot of tasting and absolutely no computers!). They go on to muse about Perrier-Jouët’s Design Miami – where the idea comes from, what the motivation was and whether Herve thinks the feminie bottle design has affected the market. Finally they talk about the fruit behind the bubbles.

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12 Nov 2014

Debra Meiburg MW Meets the Winemaker 194: Hubert de Billy, Champagne Pol Roger

Debra and Hubert de Billy of Champagne Pol Roger catch up and discuss the unique ownership and management structure of this exclusive Champagne house, along with Hubert’s opinion on where Pol Roger is positioned in the market. Hubert explains his mission to change the perception and image of Pol Roger when his father brought him in in 1988 and how he went about this. They also discuss Pol Roger’s recent experimentation with sweetness and how market preferences differ globally.

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28 Oct 2014

Debra Meiburg MW Meets the Winemaker 193: Aymer de Baillenx, Chateau Beychevelle

Debra catches up with Aymer de Baillenx from Chateau Beychevelle, who tells her the charming story behind the winery’s name and its centuries-old label, featuring a dragon (well, technically a griffin!). They go on to discuss whether the dragon label is attributable to the winery’s success in China, then Aymer tells Debra of the virtues and “necessity” of organic winemaking, along with touching on other winemaking techniques, getting labour for the harvest and how to keep your workers happy.

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28 Oct 2014

Debra Meiburg MW Meets the Winemaker 192: Patrick Maroteaux, Château Branaire-Ducru

Debra and Patrick Maroteaux of Château Branaire-Ducru discuss the importance of the Asian market and how Château Branaire-Ducru cracked it with the help of Cathay Pacific. They laugh about the intriguing nickname that Château Branaire-Ducru has among many Chinese wine lovers (think: a kung fu legend!), before Patrick finishes off with a range of insights about the technicalities of vineyard plantation, in particular, density.

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