Debra meets with David Duband of Domaine David Duband and Domaine Francois Feuillet in Burgundy where they begin by discussing the unique rental arrangement David has on the property and the wines he produces. David goes onto explain why “bio” (versus “biodynamique”) is his limit, along with why he has gone from using a cold soak method to whole cluster soaking. They finish by revealing why David likes “everything” when it comes to his job.( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
After first meeting 15 years ago, Debra catches up with Véronique Sanders of Château Haut-Bailly, whose family has owned or run the property for four generations now. They discuss the gravel and sand soil conditions of the vineyard and how it does (or does not) effect the character of wine, before Véronique reveals her favourite aspect of being a winemaker. Véronique concludes by talking about the unique region of Pessac and its history, offering a “beginner’s guide” to Passac wine.( 0 Comments ) - Leave a Comment
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