6 May 2015

Debra Meiburg MW Meet the Winemaker 214: Enrico Dellapiana, Rizzi Estate

Debra meets with Enrico Dellapiano of Rizzi Estate, located in the village of Treiso in the Barbaresco region of Italy. He gives an overview of Barbaresco wines, yet explains that every village and even every vineyard produces different wines, related to the unique geography and soil of the region. Passionate about soil, Enrico offers a great overview and comparison of soils within the region. He goes on to talk about the effect of concrete on wine and finishes by addressing the common comparisons with Barolo and the feminine character of Barbaresco.

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14 Apr 2015

Debra Meiburg MW Meet the Winemaker 213: Vanya Cullen, Cullen Wines

Debra catches up with Vanya Cullen of Cullen Wines, a flagship winery in Australia’s Margaret River region started by Vanya’s parents in the late 1960s. She explains the history of the winery and details the land and climactic conditions of the Margaret River region, as well as the (proposed) sub region of Wilyabrup, the region’s “sweetest spot” for cabernet sauvignon. They finish by chatting about the free time of a winemaker and Vanya’s other passions.

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8 Apr 2015

Debra Meiburg MW Meet the Winemaker 212: Rolf Binder, Rolf Binder Veritas Winery

Debra gets reacquainted with the Barossa Valley’s Rolf Binder of Rolf Binder Veritas Winery, one of the region’s highest acclaimed wineries, who tells her everything he loves (and not much he doesn’t love!) about winemaking, the region and working with the full cycle of agriculture. They chat about Rolf Binder’s and the region’s oldest vines, Rolf’s international projects, the Asian market, his 99-point score from Robert Parker, kangaroos in the vineyard and the many agricultural projects amongst his family members.

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1 Apr 2015

Debra Meiburg MW Meet the Winemaker 211: Marco Fantinel, Fantinel

Debra interviews Marco Fantinel of Fantinel, a top producer in Italy’s Friuli region established in 1969. Marco gives an overview of the region, and discusses why the small percentage of whites they produce are a major contributor to Italy’s quality white wines, and why their whites have so much flavour. He goes on to talk about Italy’s great indigenous grape varieties, including the famous picolit wine, which they are one of the biggest producers of. They discuss the acidic whites of the North, how they pair with Italian and Asian food, and Marco offers an introduction to Fantinel’s famous Prosecco.

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24 Mar 2015

Debra Meiburg MW Meet the Winemaker 210: Jean-Nicolas Méo , Domaine Méo-Camuzet

Debra catches up with Jean Nicolas Méo of Domaine Méo-Camuzet, one of the Côte d’Or’s most celebrated properties, much loved in Asia and and a personal favourite of Debra’s. They discuss David’s “rock star-like” tour of Asia, and Jean Nicolas offers his expert differentiation between the wines of the villages of Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St-Georges, along with his take on the changes and evolution in winemaking and his own personal experimentation. Then Debra asks the million dollar question – how does Jean Nicolas choose the bottle of wine he drinks with dinner at night time?

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17 Mar 2015

Debra Meiburg MW Meet the Winemaker 209: Etienne de Montille, Domaine de Montille

Debra meets with Étienne de Montille of Domaine de Montille, whose family has been a leading producer in Burgundy for the last 450 years, with the name attached to the winery for the last 300 years. He explains why the “de” in his name is the mark of the aristocratic roots and they discuss what Volnay wine is like these days (should it change?!). Étienne offers an interesting comparison between Volnay and Pommard and they muse about the reaction of the Asian market to Volnay wines, versus their Grand Cru neighbours, with Étienne showing a great understanding of the Asian wine market.

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