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The Drinking Hour

Episode 25 - Vermouth special
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - A celebration of Vermouth - an aromatised wine that’s the mixologist’s hero - with Roberto Bava, MD of Cocchi and President of the Consorzio Vermouth di Torino, Luca Marchiaro export manager of Antica Distelleria Quaglia and Jon Lister, of Speciality Brands. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 24 - The Best of Series 2
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - The final instalment of our second series - and we’re celebrating our best bits. We’ve been fortunate to welcome some big names, with plenty to talk about, so sit back and enjoy the highlights - in the next hour, we’ll hear from Oz Clarke OBE, an early evangelist for English wine, Fiona Beckett, the Guardian’s much respected wine critic who’s a food pairing specialist, Stephen and Jeany Cronk who gave up their London lives to launch a wine brand in Provence, Domaine Mirabeau, and the legendary Sacha Lichine who gave up his Bordeaux First Growth to launch a wine brand in Provence, Whispering Angel from Chateau D’Esclans, then there’s Dr Jamie Goode, talking wine science and how to make sense of it and the brilliant Deano Moncrieffe, a Tequila and Mezcal specialist, who’s on mission to make the drinks world better reflect those it serves. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 23 - Sacha Lichine and Roger Jones
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - David talks to Sacha Lichine, the head of Chateau D’Esclans and creator of Whispering Angel, the world’s most famous rosé and also Roger Jones, for years a Michelin-starred chef and a celebrated wine connoisseur. Drinks featured: Château Tamagne Collection Madeira de Kuban Reserve 1991, Russia (gold) Monteoro 2019, Sella & Mosca, Vermentino Di Gallura DOCG (gold) Nicolas Feuillatte Réserve Exclusive Brut NV (silver) Château Paul Mas Clos Des Mûres 2019 (silver) Black Stallion Estate 2019 Pinot Noir, Los Carneros (silver) @4089Silverado Le Naturel 2020 Aroa Bodegas Garnacha Blanca (silver) In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 22 - Dr Jamie Goode and Freddy Bulmer
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - David talks to Dr Jamie Goode about the latest edition of his book, Wine Science, and finds out which wines give him a thrill, plus Freddy Bulmer’s back for his monthly insight into life as a buyer. Drinks featured: Cuvee Monsignori 2018, Estate Argyros (gold) Limne 2020, Tenuta Roveglia, Lugana (silver) Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2019, Domaine de la Motte, Chablis (silver) Ledaig 10 YO Single Malt Whisky, Tobermory (gold) Angostura 7 Year Old Rum (silver) Frapin Cognac VSOP (silver) In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 21 - Armagnac and Guy Woodward
Spirits expert Joel Harrison on the wonders of artisanal Armagnac and David talks to Guy Woodward, editor of Club Oenologique about a life in wine writing and what he loves to drink. Drinks featured: Waitrose & Partners No.1 Armagnac VSOP (Gold) Bas Armagnac 1991 Château de Lacquy (Gold) Blend XO Armagnac, Armagnac Janneau (Gold) La Rioja Alta, Viña Ardanza, Rioja Reserva 2015 (gold) District 7 Chardonnay 2019, Scheid Family Wines, Monterey (silver) Lustau Brandy De Jerez Solera Reserva, Emilio Lustau (gold) In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 20 - Bordeaux and wine investment
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - Bordeaux, the Hot 50, the wines to search out and how to find real value in the world’s most famous wine region with Richard Bampfield MW. Plus, Anthony Maxwell of Liv-ex tells David about the latest trends in the fine wine market. Winning drinks featured: Tesco Finest Margaux 2015 Chateau Boyd Cantenac (silver) Waitrose No 1, Château Suduiraut, 2013 Sauternes (silver) Crème De Cassis De Dijon, Gabriel Boudier (gold). In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 19 - Vins de Provence rosé special
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - David hears about the incredible success of Vins de Provence rosé, exploring the nuanced styles that come from the 3 appellations and their sub-regions and rosé’s amazing food pairing potential. Guests: Brice Eymard, Managing Director of the CIVP Keith Murray, Château Routas, Routas 2020, Coteaux Varois en Provence Emeline Codeluppi, Château Saint Maur, Clos de Capelune, Côtes de Provence Eric Kurver, Maison Saint-Aix, AIX, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 18 - Deano Moncrieffe and Freddy Bulmer
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - David talks to Deano Moncrieffe, creator of the cocktail of the year, about the magic of Mezcal and the importance of diversity in the drinks trade, plus Freddy Bulmer of the Wine Society reflects on a buyer’s life. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 17 - The Guardian’s Fiona Beckett and hail Sollasa!
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - David talks wine pairing with The Guardian’s critic, Fiona Beckett and finds out about Sollasa, a brand new drink to match Indian cuisine, was designed. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 16 - Rum Show Special
A Rum Show Special: Dawn Davies MW and Mitch Wilson of Black Tot Rum discuss how rum is made, its history and look ahead to the Rum Show. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 15 - Mirabeau founders, the Cronks, and buying spirits
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – David talks to Stephen and Jeany Cronk, who gave up the rat race to start a winery in Provence and spirits buyer Dave Roberts. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 14 - No/Low alcohol, Marlborough Sauvignon shortage and beer
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – David talks to Christine Parkinson about the revolution in low and no alcohol drinks, Freddy Bulmer from the Wine Society on dealing with a shortage of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and buying beer, with Alex Davies of Virgin Wines.  In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 13 - Oz Clarke OBE and William Lowe MW
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – David talks to the legendary Oz Clarke OBE about a lifetime in wine and his passion for English and Welsh wine and William Lowe MW, Master Distiller at Cambridge Distillery on what makes the perfect gin.  In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 12 - Highlights from Series One
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – David presents a highlights selection, including Jancis Robinson OBE MW, David Gleave MW, Sarah Abbott MW, Dawn Davies MW, Mick O’Connell MW, Kelly Stevenson and Freddy Bulmer. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 11 - Going East, Portugal and own-brand wine
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – David heads to Eastern Europe with Freddy Bulmer of the Wine Society, talks Portugal with Dirceu Vianna Junior MW and looks at how own-brand wine is chosen with Rebecca Palmer of Corney & Barrow. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 10 - Champagne, Sherry and Cider
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – David celebrates Champagne with Essi Avellan MW, enthuses about Sherry with Martin Skelton of Gonzalez Byass and finds out why Cider is Wine! In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 9 - Old vines and single malt v blended whisky
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – Sarah Abbott MW talks to David about a project to protect endangered old vines and Joel Harrison has the lowdown on single malt versus blended whisky, plus medal winners from the IWSC. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 8 - The perfect glass, New Zealand and fine Cognac
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – David talks to Victoria Burt MW about what makes the perfect glass, Rebecca Gibb MW has the story of New Zealand wine and Cognac connoisseur David Brown on hunting down the finest examples. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 7 - Being biodynamic, Chile and making a mixer
David talks to Yangarra’s winemaker Peter Fraser about being biodynamic, plus Alistair Cooper MW in Chile and the Double Dutch duo, Raissa and Joyce on making the perfect mixer. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 6 - Jancis Robinson OBE MW and Nebbiolo
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – David talks to Jancis Robinson OBE MW about a life in wine, plus David Gleave MW extols the virtues of Nebbiolo. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 5 - English sparkling, Chardonnay, Tequila and Mezca
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – David talks to Jacob Leadley of IWSC gold medal winner Black Chalk, Mick O’Connell MW on his love of Chardonnay and Dawn Davies MW has the lowdown on Tequila and Mezcal. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 4 - Natural Wine, Burgundy and Turkey’s grapes
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – Talking ‘natural wine’ with Freddy Bulmer, hearing why Burgundy would be Giles Burke-Gaffney’s Desert Island Drink and Isa Bal MS on the wines of Turkey.  In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 3 - Urban wineries, Riesling and King Edward vodka
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – Setting up an urban winery, the wonders of noble Riesling and the king of potatoes in a new vodka. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net - using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 2 - Gin, Pinot Noir and the wines of Georgia
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – What makes a true Master Distiller, is Pinot Noir the perfect desert island grape and getting to know the wonderful wines of Georgia, plus IWSC medal winning recommendations. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 1 - Airline drinks, sustainability & groovy grüner
In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – How to buy for the sky, how airlines choose our drinks, what makes a wine sustainable and what makes grüner veltliner a groovy grape, plus IWSC medal winning wines and spirits. In partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Pilot Episode
David talks festive drinks with Freddie Bulmer, The Wine Society, in partnership with the International Wine and Spirit Competition www.iwsc.net – using the best in the world to judge the best in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Presented by
David Kermode