An hour of relaxed, unpretentious, informative and engaging conversation – an indispensable guide to what to drink and why.


The Drinking Hour

Episode 18 - Deano Moncrieffe and Freddy Bulmer
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.
Episode 17 - The Guardian’s Fiona Beckett and hail Sollasa!
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.
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.
Episode 15 - Mirabeau founders, the Cronks, and buying spirits
David talks to Stephen and Jeany Cronk, who gave up the rat race to start a winery in Provence and spirits buyer Dave Roberts
Episode 14 - No/Low alcohol, Marlborough Sauvignon shortage and beer
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.
Episode 13 - Oz Clarke OBE and William Lowe MW
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.
Episode 12 - Highlights from Series One
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
Episode 11 - Going East, Portugal and own-brand wine
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.
Episode 10 - Champagne, Sherry and Cider
David celebrates Champagne with Essi Avellan MW, enthuses about Sherry with Martin Skelton of Gonzalez Byass and finds out why Cider is Wine!
Episode 9 - Old vines and single malt v blended whisky
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.
Episode 8 - The perfect glass, New Zealand and fine Cognac
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.
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.
Episode 6 - Jancis Robinson OBE MW and Nebbiolo
David talks to Jancis Robinson OBE MW about a life in wine, plus David Gleave MW extols the virtues of Nebbiolo.
Episode 5 - English sparkling, Chardonnay, Tequila and Mezca
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
Episode 4 - Natural Wine, Burgundy and Turkey’s grapes
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.
Episode 3 - Urban wineries, Riesling and King Edward vodka
Setting up an urban winery, the wonders of noble Riesling and the king of potatoes in a new vodka.
Episode 2 - Gin, Pinot Noir and the wines of Georgia
Gin, Pinot Noir and the wines of Georgia
Episode 1 - Airline drinks, sustainability & groovy grüner
Airline drinks, sustainability and groovy grüner
Pilot Episode
David talks festive drinks with Freddie Bulmer, The Wine Society, in association with the International Wine and Spirits Competition - using the best in the world to judge the best in the world
Presented by
David Kermode