All Summaries for Matthew's World of Wine and Drink

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An Englishman in California soaking up the sun, I am a WSET Diploma graduate and Certified WSET Educator. I blog about wine, teach it at all levels, and drink plenty of it. Follow me on twitter @mattswineworld or check out my website:

Brazil: Interview with Flavio Pizzato
Brazil's wine industry has gone through many changes since the 1990s, and is still finding its feet. The focus on quality wine began with sparkling wine, with investment from French producers, and has continued with a focus on grape varieties such as Tannat. The climate changes drastically from region to region, and grape-growing can be difficult. My interview with winemaker Flavio Pizzato explores why Brazil is quite different from other South American wine countries.
Sun, September 17, 2023
Brash Higgins: McLaren Vale
Brad Hickey has been making wine in McLaren Vale for over fifteen years, in a range of styles that reflect the Mediterranean climate of the region. This episode focuses on his experiences in McLaren Vale, and the wines being made there. A great insight into one of Australia's most historic but experimental wine regions.
Sun, September 10, 2023
Champagne Interview with Garth Hodgdon of Cage Imports
A conversation with Garth Hodgdon of Cage Imports, which imports 15 small Champagne producers into the USA. We talk about trends in Champagne, how to discover those small producers (and who they are), who's drinking champagne, and why Meunier rocks! Visit Cage Imports:
Sun, September 3, 2023
Plantings in Mexico date back to the 1520s, although the development of the wine industry was curtailed by Spanish colonial intervention. Since the 1980s, there has been a renaissance for Mexican wine, with many regions emerging. In this episode, I interview Stephen Ott of Nossa Imports about the wine regions of Mexico, the grape varieties, the styles of wine, and the potential future of Mexican wine. Connect with Stephen at Nossa Imports:
Sun, August 27, 2023
Georgia is one of the world's oldest winemaking countries. Traditions—such as amber wine and wine made for home consumption—continue, which make Georgian wine a wonderful trip to the past. But it's also an evolving wine country, with regions producing different expressions from the many local grape varieties. In this episode, I interview Tom Williams of Eat This! Food & Wine Tours, who specialises in explorations of Georgian wine and provides a fascinating insight into Georgian culture. If you're visiting Georgia, then connect with Tom through his website:
Sun, August 20, 2023
Emeritus Vineyards - Dry Farming in Sonoma County
Interview with Mari Jones of Emeritus Vineyards in Sonoma County, who began the conversion to dry farming in 2008. In tandem with the selection of suitable clones and rootstocks, the vineyards are now well-established without the need for irrigation. Mari tells how they oversaw the conversion and the consequent health of the property.
Sat, August 12, 2023
Long Island
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Long Island has unique growing conditions heavily influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. I interview three producers: Jenny Smith from Pellegrini (on the North Fork), Roman Roth of Wölffer Estate (in The Hamptons), and Jonathan Romberg of RGNY (a much younger winery also on the North Fork). Our conversation explores the growing conditions, the styles of wine, and the market for Long Island wines.
Tue, August 8, 2023
Wine has been made in Albania for thousands of years, and grape-growing used to be central to its culture before rule by the Ottoman Empire and then an isolated communist regime led to a centuries long decline in wine production. It's still a predominantly agricultural country and winemaking is coming back, with international varieties and interesting, largely unknown indigenous grapes.
Fri, August 4, 2023
Montenegro and Kosovo
Two neighbouring countries, formerly of Yugoslavia. Kosovo's winemaking history goes back 2,000 years, with a renewed focus on quality after the bulk wines under Yugoslavia. Montenegro has one of the largest vineyards in Europe, with research into indigenous varieties and how best to develop them to advance the country's wine culture. Lots of history, with exciting potential for the future.
Tue, August 1, 2023
North Macedonia
The small, landlocked country of North Macedonia has a long winemaking history. The source of much of the former Yugoslavia's bulk wine, there is a renewed focus on quality in identifying the best sites. This episode prevents an overview of the growing conditions, the grape varieties, and the styles of the wines.
Sun, July 30, 2023
Episode number four on the wines of the former Yugoslavian countries. Serbia's climate is continental, influenced by the river Danube and by mountains. There are some international varieties planted, but also indigenous varieties and some local crossings. Only 5% of wine is exported and the industry is quite fragmented, but the wines are of increasing interest and well worth exploring.
Wed, July 26, 2023
Episode 2 of my series on Balkan wine: Croatia. A beautiful country which attracts two and a half times as many tourists as residents, the wine regions can be divided into coastal and continental inland. There are some similarities with nearby Slovenia, Italy, Austria, and Hungary, as well as international varieties and those unique to Croatia. A fascinating wine country which is rightly gaining some more attention.
Thu, June 29, 2023
First episode on the wines of the Balkan States, starting with Slovenia, a country with lots of connections with neighbouring regions of Friuli in north-east Italy and Steirmark in southern Austria. The climate changes from Mediterranean on the coast to continental further inland, leading to a variety of styles. There's also the tradition of skin-contact white wines, which has been influential around the world. A country whose wines are well worth exploring.
Sun, June 4, 2023
Portuguese Grape Varieties
250 indigenous varieties plus a handful of international; different names for the same variety, named after animals, people, and often hard to pronounce; field blends in a small, fractured vineyard ownership; maritime and continental climates: for such a small country, Portuguese wine is hard to pin down, but an understanding of the varieties helps. Here's an overview of some of the major white and black varieties and the regions they're grown in to gain a sense of Portuguese wine.
Thu, April 6, 2023
Austrian Grape Varieties
This episode explores some of the 40 grape varieties approved in Austria, including the classics such as Grüner Veltliner, Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent, and Zweigelt, lesser-known but historic varieties such as Welschriesling and Rotgipfler, and international varieties Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir.
Mon, March 20, 2023
Scarce and Wild Italian Grape Varieties
Conversation with Sheila Donohue of Vero Vino, who specialise in importing "scarce and wild" Italian grape varieties. We discuss four lesser known—or completely unknown—varieties local to their regions : Schioppetino, Boschera, Famoso, and Durella. Expect lots of acid talk!
Sun, March 12, 2023
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