Debra chats with Andrew Pirie, one of Tasmania’s most iconic winemakers, about Tasmania’s counterintuitive geography and why he’s chosen to make wine in the northern part of the island. He discusses his recent foray into single-vineyard wines, a lifelong dream of his, and how they are the “Apogee” of his winemaking career. Finally, Andrew gets into that trickiest but most crucial of sparkling wine discussions: what is the perfect bubble?( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
Debra meets Simon-Charles Lepage of boutique Champagne house, Dosnon & Lepage, and asks him straight up what it’s like to be such a small and new (just five years old) player within such a well-known and well-established region. Simon explains how their unique terrior and location has meant they’ve taken a Burgundian approach to Champagne making, as well as why the work relationship between himself and good friend and business partner Davy Dosnon works so well.
Simon tells Debra why they use oak barrels for their Champagne, why people love Champagne so much and what he loves most about working at Dosnon & Lepage.( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
Debra talks Barolo with one of the queens of the “King of Wines”, Chiara Boschis of Azienda Agricola E. Pira e Figli a winery located in the village of Barolo in Piemonte, Italy. She talks about Piemonte and the 11 villages encompassed within the Barolo DOCG and the conditions that Barolo producers work with in the region. They go on to discuss Chiara’s family history (nine generations of winemakers!) and how the women’s liberation movement gave her the freedom to break out on her own as a winemaker, as well as explain the amazing spirit of winemaking in Barolo in the 80’s and 90’s.
They conclude by discussing what makes Barolo the “King of Wine”, including terroir, aging potential and its food-friendly nature.( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
Debra catches up Helmut Plunien of Bischöflichen Weingütern, a winery which has vineyards in the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer Valleys, and a history dating back to the 2nd Century through the Hohe Domkirche. He explains that he’s seen and worked in these ancient cellars and that they are wonderful, but enormous – in fact even requiring a bicycle transportation to get around – and have fantastic old oak barrels, perfect for Riesling.
Helmut tells Debra how they choose which wines to put in oak and which wines to put in stainless steel barrels, and how they manage the process of replacing these old oak barrels over time. He and Debra also discuss the volume of the barrels and how they compare to other regions. They go on to discuss the particulars of Mosel Valley Riesling, the unique challenges of the region and the 2009 vintage.( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
Debra meets with Hanno Zilliken of Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken, a winery located in Germany’s Mosel Valley. Hanno tells Debra that Riesling needs tough extremes to thrive and produce the very best aroma, and how when it is “too easy” for grapes to grow, you may get a fantastic fruit size, but no concentration of flavor. He further illustrates his point comparing great aromatics in Riesling with greenhouse-grown tomatoes.
Hanno concludes by discussing why, at the time of the interview, he is so nervous about the 2009 vintage because the grapes were in such a fantastic position with incredible potential that they were going to risk holding off harvest for at least another two weeks.( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
The HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair gets underway next month. The fair’s fifth edition opens 8 November and continues through 10 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Exhibitors from Azerbaijan and Russia are
first-time participants, while France and Italy will feature the largest pavilions. Master of Wine Debra Meiburg previews wine from some of the 930 exhibitors taking part in this year’s event.