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If you work in wine or would like to, subscribe to Interpreting Wine and discover the latest trends in the drinks and hospitality industry. Special focus on wine education for WSET Diploma (Level 4) and MW (Master of Wine) students.
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Register for full, free access to the summit: www.interpretingwine.com/summit   Welcome to Day 2, Session 2 of the Interpreting Wine Hospitality Summit 2020. We continue with restaurants and travel to Heritage Restaurant West Sussex to speak with Chef-Owner Matt Gillan and General Manager Hannah Bamford. We hear origin stories from the pair and how they came to be working together in setting up the restaurant. They take us inside the story of opening the restaurant in August 2019, giving us a virtual tour of front of house and the kitchen. They talk about the immediate reaction in March 2020, when it became apparent the restaurant would have to close. We discuss keeping their customers engaged during lockdown, while being mindful that their regulars were unable to visit. The pair finish by looking ahead, beyond the immediate situation and talk to their future ambitions.   Episode outline: Origin Story Virtual tour of Heritage, location, property, front of house and kitchen Initial reactions in March Engaging with customers over lockdown Looking ahead   Guest Links https://heritage.restaurant/ https://www.instagram.com/heritage_mattgillan/ https://www.instagram.com/mattgillan_chef_/ https://www.instagram.com/hannah.bamford/   The Interpreting Wine Hospitality Summit was recorded in September 2020, with the world recovering from the global pandemic and the hospitality sector still particularly challenged. This series of seven episodes features some of the UK’s most respected voices discussing the impacts on wine, food, cocktails, bars, retail and events. Listen, share ideas and reconnect during this four day virtual summit held across web, podcast and social media. Please do share using the hashtag IW Summit and encourage anyone who might be interested to sign up at www.interpretingwine.com/summit    Intro and outro musicWelcome to the Show Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Guest: Matt Gillan and Hannah Bamford, Heritage Restaurant Date recorded: 13 September 2020   CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Register for full, free access to the summit: www.interpretingwine.com/summit   Welcome to Day two Session one of the Interpreting Wine Hospitality Summit 2020. Today is all about restaurants and we start with a long overdue visit to Tredwells to speak with Chef Owner Chantelle Nicholson. We first hear her origin story and transition from studying law into various roles in hospitality. Looking at her up to date ideas for what a restaurant can be, which has developed during lockdown. We talk about the circular economy and the passion that Chantelle has for supporting local producers. Chantelle takes us inside decisions she made at the start of lockdown and discusses how the team kept on the same page and communicated throughout. She discusses how they reopened and thoughts on keeping staff engaged throughout. Chantelle shares the triple whammy her part of Central London is suffering and how this contrasts with London neighbourhoods. What people learned about food during lockdown and how their buying habits may have changed for good. We talk no-shows and how the industry might start to change perceptions. Before she looks ahead to the end of furlough and beyond. Episode outline: Origin Story The essence of a restaurant The circular economy and supporting local producers Chantelle’s response at the start of lockdown Team communication during lockdown Coming out of lockdown Central London’s triple whammy vs the neighbourhoods Innovation during lockdown and how buying habits have changed No-shows The future   Guest Links https://www.tredwells.com/ https://www.instagram.com/tredwells/ http://www.chantellenicholson.com/ https://www.instagram.com/chef_chantelle/   The Interpreting Wine Hospitality Summit was recorded in September 2020, with the world recovering from the global pandemic and the hospitality sector still particularly challenged. This series of seven episodes features some of the UK’s most respected voices discussing the impacts on wine, food, cocktails, bars, retail and events. Listen, share ideas and reconnect during this four day virtual summit held across web, podcast and social media. Please do share using the hashtag IW Summit and encourage anyone who might be interested to sign up at www.interpretingwine.com/summit    Intro and outro musicWelcome to the Show Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Guest: Chantelle Nicholson, Tredwells Date recorded: 11 September 2020   CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Register for full, free access to the summit: www.interpretingwine.com/summit   Welcome to Day one Session two of the Interpreting Wine Hospitality Summit 2020. We continue with wine and pay a visit to Quality Wines Farringdon to meet Gus Gluck. Possibly my favourite place to drink wine in London, not least down to Gus’ warm welcome, wine selection and intimate atmosphere, he led innovation in response to COVID-19 and was the first person I saw using taster sizes for Instagram live tastings. Gus reflects on the days and weeks before lockdown, when the writing was increasingly on the wall about the severity of COVID. Before he brings us up to date and discusses how Quality Wines has adapted and continued to operate without losing its soul. He talks about the challenge of converting former retail customers back to eating in and paying the premium for service. Gus gives a high-level review of innovation in the sector during lockdown discussing the can-do attitude he saw and continues to see. The impacts of lock-down on mental health at all levels in the industry in the wake of those businesses who closed their doors for good this year. We discuss the idea of no-shows in post-COVID world and the unseen cost of rent. Before looking ahead for his new business GB Wine Shippers and his clients.   Episode outline: Origin Story Response to COVID pre-lockdown- Quality Wines, London hospitality and GB Wineshippers Price sensitivity post-lockdown Real innovation  Mental health  How is the industry addressing no shows Rent Eat Out To Help Out Looking ahead for GB Wine Shippers   Guest Links https://www.gbwineshippers.co.uk/ https://www.instagram.com/gbwineshippers/   The Interpreting Wine Hospitality Summit was recorded in September 2020, with the world recovering from the global pandemic and the hospitality sector still particularly challenged. This series of seven episodes features some of the UK’s most respected voices discussing the impacts on wine, food, cocktails, bars, retail and events. Listen, share ideas and reconnect during this four day virtual summit held across web, podcast and social media. Please do share using the hashtag IW Summit and encourage anyone who might be interested to sign up at www.interpretingwine.com/summit    Intro and outro musicWelcome to the Show Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Guest: Gus Gluck, GB Wine Shippers Date recorded: 4 September 2020   CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Register for full, free access to the summit: www.interpretingwine.com/summit Laure Patry Executive Head Sommelier for Jason Atherton (Social Company) is a former guest on Interpreting Wine, previously appearing in April 2018 in episode 66. She starts this conversation by bringing us up to speed with the last 29 months, the openings she’s been involved with and how her role has changed. I was then keen for her to describe the early days of the pandemic and how they mobilised as a team to first clost sites and ultimately make the most of the lockdown and the unexpected learning opportunities it presented. Laure describes how suppliers and producers embraced technology and were extremely generous in the face of uncertainty. She talks price and how the lockdown has educated customers and staff on the real cost of high quality ingredients. Before looking ahead to the end of the furlough scheme and ending on a positive with future opportunities for sommeliers   Episode outline: Catch up Inside the early days of the pandemic Technology Closures  Price sensitivity EOTHO The customer experience Innovation in the sector Future opportunities for sommeliers Guest Links https://www.jasonatherton.co.uk/ https://twitter.com/_socialcompany https://www.instagram.com/_jasonatherton/ https://www.facebook.com/JasonAtherton.Chef/ The Interpreting Wine Hospitality Summit was recorded in September 2020, with the world still recovering from the global pandemic and the hospitality sector particularly challenged. This series of seven episodes features some of the UK’s most respected voices discussing the impacts on wine, food, cocktails, bars, retail and events. Listen, share ideas and reconnect during this four day virtual summit held across web, podcast and social media. Please spread the word using the hashtag IW Summit and encourage anyone who might be interested to sign up at www.interpretingwine.com/summit    Intro and outro musicWelcome to the Show Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Guest: Laure Patry, Social Company Date recorded: 4 September 2020   CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Marketing GM Charlotte Read and CEO Philip Gregan take us on a deep dive into this most successful of industry bodies. We discover the origins of the New Zealand wine industry and hear how the Sale of Liquor Act 1959 helped to lay its foundations. Before hearing about the industry pioneers and the first stirrings of international recognition for New Zealand wine and its Sauvignon Blanc in the 80s and 90s. The pair then give us an overview of the current state of New Zealand Winegrowers and how they serve their 1,400-1,500 members. Philip giving an overview of NZ Winegrowers responsibilities and Charlotte speaking to the marketing structure and specific digital initiatives she’s overseen since the start of the pandemic. New Zealand having harvested at the height of the pandemic the pair share some of the initiatives successfully employed by wineries to limit transmission. They share how the pandemic has affected consumption of New Zealand wine around the world. We close out looking ahead for the industry and upcoming digital initiatives. Episode outline: The origins of the New Zealand wine industry New Zealand Winegrowers overview  Three key marketing pillars and practical initiatives Vintage 2020 in the times of COVID The flow of NZ wines around the world Looking ahead for New Zealand Winegrowers   Sign up for the last of the New Zealand wine diaries. Organic Wine - Dispel the myths and embrace the future Lead Master - Stephen Wong MW With - David Keck MS, John Szabo MS & Ronan Sayburn MS Wed, Sep 23, 2020 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM BST https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3020237903612787472?v=jcwgUPmpM88&feature=youtu.be NZ Wine Annual Report: https://www.nzwine.com/en/media/statistics/annual-report/ www.nzwine.com   NZW conducts a wide range of activities including: coordination of research programmes to progress the grape and wine industry; provision of a generic marketing platform for New Zealand wine makers in key markets; stewardship of “brand New Zealand wine”; provision of timely and accurate data and business information to grape growers and wine makers; and, representation of industry interests to national and local Government and in international fora.  Philip Gregan is the Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand Winegrowers, the national industry organisation that represents, researches and promotes the interests of New Zealand grape growers and wine makers. Philip has been with New Zealand Winegrowers and its predecessor, the Wine Institute of New Zealand, since starting as a Research officer in 1983. He has held the role of Chief Executive Officer since 1990. Philip has gained Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (Hons) degrees, majoring in Geography, from the University of Auckland.Charlotte Read has over 20 years of international sales and marketing experience; from launching new brands of NZ milk products in Singapore and Thailand to launching wine store formats in the UK, to promoting premium New Zealand (NZ) wines and building and managing their distribution is over 40 countries across Europe and Asia.  Whilst based in China, Charlotte then joined NZ Trade and Enterprise,  the NZ government’s export business development agency,  based in the NZ Embassy in Beijing.   Upon returning to NZ, Charlotte soon returned to the wine industry becoming NZ Winegrower’s GM of Marketing in late 2019.    Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Guest: Philip Gregan and Charlotte Read, New Zealand Winegrowers  Date recorded: 6 September 2020 CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Register for Interpreting Wine Hospitality Summit: www.interpretingwine.com/summit Episode outline:  Viticulture Vinification Maturation First wine pair: 2019 Václav Magister Pinot Blanc | 2018 Václav Terroir Pinot Blanc Second wine pair: 2019 Balaž Chardonnay | 2016 Balaž Tannowitz Chardonnay Sur lie barrique PDF ‘A Comparison of Vineyard & Cellar Techniques for Producing Simple v. Complex White Wines’: www.interpretingwine.com/mazey Home tasting Contact: mikemazey@gmail.com http://www.winewordsthebook.com/en/   Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Guest: Mike Mazey, Winemaking Consultant, South Moravia Date recorded: 10 Aug 2020 Listen and subscribe: www.interpretingwine.com  CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Listen and subscribe: www.interpretingwine.com  I continue my journey in the Czech Republic, visiting Gurdau Winery in Kurdějov. We hear the story of how the region’s vineyards fell into disrepair, reducing from 400 ha to zero as recently as the 1960s. Before taking a deep dive into the operations of the winery, its famous mentor and plans to grow their footprint sustainably and sensitively to their picturesque surroundings.  With 80% of production is riesling we focus on the grape for the tasting, tasting recent vintages of the village, premium and sweet ranges. Before she looks ahead to the coming 12 months for the winery.   Episode outline: Origin Story Kurdějov Gurdau vineyards Philosophy Looking ahead   Wines tasted: Riesling 2018, Vesnice Kurdějov Riesling 2019, Vesnice Kurdějov Riesling 2019, Stará Hora Sweet Riesling 2019, Stará Hora   https://www.gurdauvinarstvi.cz/en/ https://www.instagram.com/gurdau_vinarstvi/ https://www.facebook.com/gurdauvinarstvi/   Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Guest: Natalia Dvorak, Gurdau Winery Date recorded: 13 Aug 2020 Listen and subscribe: www.interpretingwine.com  CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com    Brno and South Moravia special featuring bar and bistro Atelier. We first hear from Milan describing how he fell in love with hospitality before describing the origins of Atelier and how it developed from a pop-up to its current permanent site in Brno. Arielle talks about her transition from working in hospitality in New York to moving to Brno and establishing Civil Wines. Milan takes us on a virtual tour of Atelier, changes over time and how it was received in the local and Expat communities. Before Arielle goes deeper into the reaction and Atelier’s place within the Expat scene. On the food side we talk about authenticity and how Atelier stays true to its place in Moravia while bringing in their influences. Milan then introduces us to the Cuvee Atlelier produced by local winery Plener. Arielle first looks ahead to the development of Civil Wines and wider promotion of Brno as a tourist destination. Milan talks about his focus going forward and how Atelier will keep developing.   Episode outline: Origin Story: Milan and Arielle Atelier Virtual tour Authenticity of local food while integrating inspiration from outside Tasting: Plener Cuvee Atelier Looking ahead   Guest contact details: Milan: https://www.instagram.com/atelier_bistro/ Arielle: https://www.instagram.com/civilwines/   Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Guest: Milan Bukovsky, Atelier Bar + Bistro and Arielle DeSoucey, Civil Wines Date recorded: 10 Aug 2020 Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com    We finish our brief tour of Organic Spain with a podcast first, an island producer from Mallorca, Bàrbara Mesquida Mora, Mesquida Mora, growing on 20 hectares across 8 plots. Our first stop with Bàrbara is in one of their vineyards, which was chosen to illustrate the past and present of the project. She tells us about her multi-generational connection with the land, how the project started and its philosophy. We get an insight into local grape varieties Callet, Manto Negro, Prensal and how they perform in the local terroir and also the interplay with older French varieties. We get an overview of the winery’s three ranges of wine Sincronia, Acrollam and two premium reds, Trispol and Sotil. Our second stop takes us to a vineyard showing the future of the winery to the site of a Prensal vineyard. Looking closely at the plant and an overview of the harvest dates. Before we head back to the winery for a tasting and explanation of three wines, the Acrollam Blanc, the Acrollam rosé and the 2017 Trispol. Bàrbara then looks ahead to travel plans, which were still valid last year. These will give you a sense of where these wines are being enjoyed around the world.   Episode outline: Origin Story.  Vineyard Tour Tasting Looking ahead    Wines tasted: Acrollam Blanc Organic (https://www.enotriacoe.com/products/still-wine/2018-acrollam-blanc-organic-mesquida-mora) Acrollam Rosé Organic 2017 Trispol All wines at https://en.mesquidamora.com/   Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Guest: Bàrbara Mesquida Mora, Mesquida Mora Date recorded: 2 May 2019 Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com    Next stop on the journey through Organic Spain is Rodolfo Valiente, Director of Vegalfaro Viñedos & Bodegas in Utiel Requena. I had the pleasure of visiting the winery and pulling up a barrel for a 1:1. He gives a brief overview of the family history before taking us behind the winery’s decision to transition into 100% organic viticulture. He gives an overview of the Utiel Requena region and specifically the local bobal grape and how it performs in the regions’ soil, before talking about the winery’s own denominación de origen, D.O.P. Pago de los Balagueses. We get a virtual tour of the different sites, across the main winery and Pago de los Balagueses. Rodolfo takes us through the different wines in their range, that includes cava, white, rosé and red and wines made in stainless steel, oak and amphora. Demonstrating his sense of experimentation as well as his connection to the past. He talks about the export structure for the winery, discussing where his range is being enjoyed. Enotourism, given the winery’s location 20 minutes from Valencia and 1 hour 40 from Madrid. We taste two wines, 2015 Caprasia Bobal and 2015 Pago De Los Balagueses Syrah. Before Rodolfo looks ahead and what constitutes continuous improvement for his very different wine ranges.   Episode outline: Origin Story Wines tasted: 2015 Caprasia Bobal (Tech sheet: https://vegalfaro.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Tech-Sheet-Caprasia-Bobal-%C3%81nfora.pdf 2015 Pago De Los Balagueses Syrah (https://vegalfaro.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Tech-Sheet-Pago-Balagueses-Syrah.pdf UK importer: www.vintageroots.co.uk Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Guest: Rodolfo Valiente, Director of Vegalfaro Viñedos & Bodegas Date recorded: 4 October 2018 Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com    We start our journey across Organic Spain in the Santa Olalla area of Toledo. Uva de Vida were one of the first wineries I ever visited when starting the podcast in 2017. So it is my pleasure to finally be able to bring you their story here. We hear from Carmen the origins of both her interest in wine production and connection with the land. Before trying two wines based on the nine hectares of graciano they farm. The 2012 Uva De Vida 'Latitud 40' and the 2012 Uva De Vida ‘Septenio’ a wine blending a small proportion of wine from the following three vintages. Before she looks ahead to the impact they are making in the local community and the message they want their wines to take out into the world.   Episode outline: Origin Story Wines tasted: 2012 Uva De Vida 'Latitud 40' Graciano  2012 Uva De Vida ‘Septenio’ Looking ahead   https://www.uvadevida.com/ https://www.instagram.com/uvadevida/   Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Guest: Maria Carmen López Delgado, Uva De Vida Date recorded: 12 March 2018 Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Today’s episode of the podcast is a Rosé tasting for Diploma students with Anne McHale MW.  En route to becoming an MW, Anne collected three awards for outstanding achievement, covering both the theory and tasting components. Calibrate your palate with Anne’s as she assesses the 2019 Provence rosé from Le Grand Cros at WSET Level 4. Fear not, if you can’t get this exact rosé you can still taste along with any young Provence rosé. Anne gives exam tips specific to rosé, covering bottle ageing and identifying Old World vs. New World rosé. Before broadening out into general advice for Diploma exams, and discussing her Diplomatherapy online coaching service. Simply a must listen if you or anyone you know is sitting unit D3 this October. Episode outline: Anne origin story Practical tasting of Le Grand Cros Rosé 2019 at SAT Level 4 Bottle Ageing in Rosé Identifying Rosé from Old or New world Exam technique for wine appearance Assessing three wines in an exam setting Quality Assessment in the D3 exam Diplomatherapy deep dive Find out more about Diplomatherapy at www.annemchale.com/diplomacoaching Please mention ‘Interpreting Wine’ if you sign up for the waiting list. Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Guest: Anne McHale MW Date recorded: 29 June 2020 Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com 
Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  Enter prize draw to win a case of wines from the series at www.interpretingwine.com/fineslovenianwine   We finish this Slovenia series with a visit to Zaro wines in the Istrian peninsula. Perhaps fittingly they are located in the far West of Slovenia, close to borders with Italy and Croatia. Even more fittingly the rain was coming down as we sheltered under an umbrella for Matej to describe the history, landscape and microclimate of his vineyard sites. This informs the house philosophy to grape growing and winemaking, and ultimately the style of the wine. From our spot in the vineyards we head to the cellar and taste a trio of barrel samples. Before heading to the Manzoli Wine Bar in the centre of Isola, where we taste the current vintages of the previously tasted barrel samples. And finish proceedings with a tasting of two reds. Listen right the way through for details of the Orange Wine Festival that the winery helps to arrange in Vienna.   Episode outline: Hillside: Terroir Origin Story Cellar: Barrel sample tasting Manzioli Wine Bar: Tasting Orange Wine Festival Wines tasted in cellar Malvazija Istriana 2019 Barrel Sample Malvazija Istriana (skin contact) 2019 Barrel Sample Malvazija Istriana (skin contact) 2018 Barrel Sample Wines tasted in wine bar Malvazija Istriana 2018 Malvazija Istriana (skin contact) 2017 Zaro Refosk 2016 Zaro ‘Gran Morer’ 2016 www.vinozaro.com Enter prize draw to win a case of wines from the series at www.interpretingwine.com/fineslovenianwine For more information about wine tourism in Slovenia please visit  www.enjoy-slovenia.com/about-us/ Email Mojca at info@enjoy-slovenia.com and please mention Interpreting Wine Wines and spirits from the producers featured in the series can be ordered at www.fineslovenianwine.com   Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Guest: Matej Zaro, Zaro Wines Date recorded: 25 September 2019 Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  Enter prize draw to win a case of wines from the series at www.interpretingwine.com/fineslovenianwine   Nearing the end of the trip, we kicked off my last day in Slovenia with an interview with Mojca Cvetek, Founder of Enjoy Slovenia, the tour company who organised the logistics for all parts of the epic three day tour. And Fine Slovenian wine, the webshop where you can purchase wines from the series. We hear the chain of events that awoke her entrepreneurial spirit and saw her launch first Slovenian wine selections and then found Enjoy Slovenia to bring visitors closer to the real Slovenia. We hear how she builds relationships with winemakers and get an insight into some of the authentic experiences her clients have enjoyed over the time, giving a real insight into the mindset of Slovenian hospitality.   Episode outline: Enjoy Slovenia origin Story Developing winemaker relationships Slovenia culture deep dive Health benefits Ljubljana Looking ahead   Enter prize draw to win a case of wines from the series at www.interpretingwine.com/fineslovenianwine For more information about wine tourism in Slovenia please visit  www.enjoy-slovenia.com/about-us/ Email Mojca at info@enjoy-slovenia.com and please mention Interpreting Wine Wines and spirits from the producers featured in the series can be ordered at www.fineslovenianwine.com   Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Guest: Mojca Cvetek, Enjoy Slovenia, Fine Slovenian Wine Date recorded: 245 September 2019 Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  Enter prize draw to win a case of wines from the series at www.interpretingwine.com/fineslovenianwine   We finished the second full day touring in Slovenia with a visit to Vrabči Homestead in Pliskovica, less than 10 minutes from Rencel by car, staying in the Karst region, close to the Italian border. Here we were greeted by brothers Ivo and Edi Šuc, responsible between them for production and sales and marketing respectively. Edi takes the lead on the interview, we get an introduction to the brothers, before discussing production methods and regional drinking culture. Before embarking on an epic tasting ranging from the wine that they produce for consumption in its own right and use as the base for their spirits, in all 4 wines and 10 spirits. Edi interspersing each with local flavour and insight into the traditions that the brothers are helping to preserve.  Episode outline: Origin Story Production methods Drinking culture Tasting Wines: Malvazija Terran 2015 Non oblitus Terran Liqueur  Spirits Doktor Suc 38 (https://fineslovenianwine.com/product/doktor-suc-38/) Orehovc (semi-sweet spirit with walnut) (https://fineslovenianwine.com/product/orehovc-semi-sweet-spirit-with-walnut/) Sage  Koromac (semi-sweet spirit with fennel) (https://fineslovenianwine.com/product/koromac-semi-sweet-spirit-with-fennel/) Tropinovec (grape marc spirit) (https://fineslovenianwine.com/product/tropinovec-grape-marc-spirit/) Herb distillate Brandy Terra Rossa Koretto (grape marc spirit coffee) (https://fineslovenianwine.com/product/koretto-grape-marc-spirit-coffee/) Sostanca za BRINTONIK (a blend of juniper brandy with domestic spirits) (https://fineslovenianwine.com/product/sostanca-za-brintonik-a-blend-of-juniper-brandy-with-domestic-spirits/) Brinjevec Visits can be organised by emailing info@vrabci.si Hostel Pliskovica: https://www.facebook.com/HOSTELKRAS/ https://fineslovenianwine.com/brands/homestead-vrabci/   Enter prize draw to win a case of wines from the series at www.interpretingwine.com/fineslovenianwine For more information about wine tourism in Slovenia please visit  www.enjoy-slovenia.com/about-us/ Email Mojca at info@enjoy-slovenia.com and please mention Interpreting Wine Wines and spirits from the producers featured in the series can be ordered at www.fineslovenianwine.com   Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Guest: Edi Šuc, Vrabci Homestead Date recorded: 24 September 2019 Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  Enter prize draw to win a case of wines from the series at www.interpretingwine.com/fineslovenianwine   Leaving the Cejkotova Homestead Goče it was a short drive to cross into the Karst region, close to the Italian border. Here we were met by winemaker Joško Renčel and son-in-law Žiga Ferlež, who handled the interview on Joško’s behalf. We first hear the origin story of the winery and we get a virtual tour of the terroir in the region. We take a look inside the two cellars before tasting 5 wines. All with age, some with significant age, that perfectly shows the style and philosophy of Renčel Boutique Wines.   Episode outline: Origin Story Terroir tour Cellar tour Tasting Looking ahead   Wines tasted: Teran 2006 (https://fineslovenianwine.com/product/teran-rencel/) Vitovska 2015 (https://fineslovenianwine.com/product/vitovska-rencel/) Sauvignon 2015 Golden tears, 2006 (https://fineslovenianwine.com/product/golden-tears-rencel/) 2003 Sweet Wine Barrel Sample   https://fineslovenianwine.com/brands/rencel/   Enter prize draw to win a case of wines from the series at www.interpretingwine.com/fineslovenianwine For more information about wine tourism in Slovenia please visit  www.enjoy-slovenia.com/about-us/ Email Mojca at info@enjoy-slovenia.com and please mention Interpreting Wine Wines and spirits from the producers featured in the series can be ordered at www.fineslovenianwine.com   Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Guest: Žiga Ferlež, Renčel Boutique Wines Date recorded: 24 September 2019 Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Enter prize draw to win a case of wines from the series at www.interpretingwine.com/fineslovenianwine Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com    Continuing our journey in the Vipava Valley we arrived at the village of Goče meeting Davorin Mesesnel and his son Christian. They are an integrated farm, with animals, vegetables and produce around 20,000 bottles each year from a mixture of local and international varieties. They specialise in wines that have been aged. We get a deep dive into their approach to farming and winemaking. Christian then takes us to look at their current winery, talks production and how they treat the Rebula grape. Finally we head to the 700 year old cellar and taste a special local dessert wine.   Episode outline: Origin Story Farming philosophy Winery tour. Rebula Tasting.  Old cellar   Enter prize draw to win a case of wines from the series at www.interpretingwine.com/fineslovenianwine For more information about wine tourism in Slovenia please visit  www.enjoy-slovenia.com/about-us/ Email Mojca at info@enjoy-slovenia.com and please mention Interpreting Wine Wines and spirits from the producers featured in the series can be ordered at www.fineslovenianwine.com   Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Guest: Davorin and Christian Mesesnel, Cejkotova Homestead Goče Date recorded: 24 September 2019 Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  Enter prize draw to win a case of wines from the series at www.interpretingwine.com/fineslovenianwine   Setting out on our second full day of wine tasting we left Sanctum in the Slovenian Styria and traveled West via Ljubljana to the Vipava valley one of the sub regions of the Primorska region. Working on 15 hectares, Guerilla is one of the few certified biodynamic wineries in the country. We started at the site of their modern cellar, looking out to the home blocks. Exploring the rebula, zelen and vineyards we take a deep dive into their terroir. And at the winery we take the same path that the grapes take which uncovers the history and philosophy of the winery. Before tasting 7 wines that represent the three lines of wine, Guerilla Classic, Guerilla Selection and Guerilla Extreme.   Episode outline: Slovenia regional overview Regional Soil  Rebula vineyard tour Zelen vineyard tour Winery tour Wine Tasting   Wines tasted: Castra brut nature 2016 (http://guerila.si/wine/castra-brut-nature/?lang=en) Zelen 2018 (http://guerila.si/wine/zelen/?lang=en) Pinela 2018 (http://guerila.si/wine/pinela/?lang=en) Malvazija 2018 (http://guerila.si/wine/malvazija/?lang=en) Retro selection 2017 (http://guerila.si/wine/retro-selection/?lang=en) Rebula extreme 2016 http://guerila.si/wine/rebula-extreme/?lang=en Amphora red 2016 (http://guerila.si/wine/amphora-red/?lang=en)   Enter prize draw to win a case of wines from the series at www.interpretingwine.com/fineslovenianwine For more information about wine tourism in Slovenia please visit  www.enjoy-slovenia.com/about-us/ Email Mojca at info@enjoy-slovenia.com and please mention Interpreting Wine Wines and spirits from the producers featured in the series can be ordered at www.fineslovenianwine.com   Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Guest: Martin Gruzovin, Guerila Date recorded: 24 September 2019 Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  Enter prize draw to win a case of wines from the series at www.interpretingwine.com/fineslovenianwine Leaving Maribor following the tasting and cellar tour we headed North to the Slovenian Styria and Sanctum cellar. With Špela Stržišar partner of Sanctum Wines Founder Marko Podkubovsek we learn just how deep the winemaking tradition runs in the Slovenian terroir. We hear in-depth the philosophy behind Sanctum and perhaps never before has anyone described just how committed one has to be to make wine, when you’re trying to make the best wine you can. Winemaker Nick Gee joins us for a tasting of three wines, and we look ahead to the future of Sanctum. Episode outline: Origin Story Wines tasted: Chardonnay, Sanctum (https://fineslovenianwine.com/product/chardonnay-sanctum/) Pinot Noir, Sanctum (https://fineslovenianwine.com/product/pinot-noir-sanctum/) My Red, Sanctum (https://fineslovenianwine.com/product/my-red-sanctum/) https://fineslovenianwine.com/brands/sanctum/   Enter prize draw to win a case of wines from the series at www.interpretingwine.com/fineslovenianwine For more information about wine tourism in Slovenia please visit  www.enjoy-slovenia.com/about-us/ Email Mojca at info@enjoy-slovenia.com and please mention Interpreting Wine Wines and spirits from the producers featured in the series can be ordered at www.fineslovenianwine.com Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Guest: Špela Stržišar and Winemaker Nick Gee, Sanctum Wine Date recorded: 23 September 2019 Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  Starting at the Old Vine House with our guide we are introduced to some of the artefacts and the story of the world’s oldest vine, which grows alongside the property. We then look into the present of Slovenian winemaking, we get an overview of the regions and their influence on the winemaking culture. Before tasting six wines that illustrate the regional style and diversity. The second part of the episode looks into the past of Slovenian winemaking with a tour of Vinag Wine Cellar. Touching on the political turmoil that dramatically affected the way wine was made in Slovenia when it was part of Yugoslavia. You’ll also hear about exceptional vintages to look out from the latter part of the 20th century. Episode outline: What happens with the wine from the oldest vine in the world? Virtual tour of Slovenian winegrowing regions. Comparative tasting of Slovenian wines Vinag Wine Cellar: Look into the past of winemaking in Slovenia, inside a concrete barrel Wines tasted: Freser, Laški Rizling 2018 (https://www.freser.si/en/shop/product/vina/laski-rizling) Sauvignon Extrem 2016 (https://www.instagram.com/menostavnodobravina) Falot, Sauvignon 2018 (http://www.falot.si/) Bajta Modra Frankinja (Blaufrankisch) Rosé Pét Nat (https://www.kobalwines.si/wine-2/?lang=en) MARKUS Renski rizling 2015 (https://www.freser.si/en/shop/product/vina/markus-renski-rizling) Ducal Wines, Laški rizling (welschriesling) 2013 (https://ducalwines.com/en/ducal-wines/) For more information about wine tourism in Slovenia please visit  www.enjoy-slovenia.com/about-us/ Email Mojca at info@enjoy-slovenia.com and please mention Interpreting Wine Wines and spirits from the producers featured in the series can be ordered at www.fineslovenianwine.com Intro and outro musicThe New Investorshttp://newinvestors.dk/Contact: glenn@velournet.dk Maribor Wine Deep Dive Date recorded: 23 September 2019   Subscribe to the podcast or discuss sponsoring your own episode or series at www.interpretingwine.com  CONTACT  Instagram: https://www.interpretingwine.com/instagram Facebook: https://www.interpretingwine.com/facebook Twitter: https://www.interpretingwine.com/twitter Email: hello@interpretingwine.com
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