13 Dec 2009

Meet the Winemaker (Episode 4): Sam Neill, Two Paddocks Wines

World renowned actor and proprietor of Two Paddocks Wines, Sam Neill charmingly takes over the interview with Debra in a host-like manner, explaining why his decision to set up his vineyards in Central Otago New Zealand was an accident of sorts, the trickiness of pinot noir and why choosing a favourite wine is like choosing a favourite child.

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6 Dec 2009

Meet the Winemaker (Episode 3): Ernie Loosen, Dr. Loosen

As one of the world’s most famous producers of riesling, Ernie Loosen, of Germany’s Mosel Valley winery Dr Loosen, shares his feelings on how the city of London influenced his winemaking, his theory that all great wines share common characteristics, and how he feels about facing the critics each time he embarks on a new project.

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2 Dec 2009

Meet the Winemaker (Episode 2): Andrew Buttery, Gemtree Vineyards

Andrew Buttery of Gemtree Vineyards, located in South Australia’s McLaren Vale, tells Debra why McLaren Vale is one of the best places in the world to live and grow grapes for wine, how his winery plans to live up to James Halliday’s claim that they are one of the “10 Dark Horses” of the year, and how they just discovered via DNA testing that the Spanish “threw them a pup” when sending them Albariño.

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27 Nov 2009

Meet the Winemaker (Episode 1): Philippe Magrez, Magrez Group

Debra catches up with Philippe Magrez of Magrez Group at a stylish Hong Kong dinner, where he explains the details of the 35 weird and wonderful locations the Magrez Group has wineries, where they plan to head to next – Italy, China or both – and what his favourite part of the job is.

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