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Interviews

Mike Martini Talks Wine, Food and Trading Licks

In Napa Valley, "Martini" means wine, not cocktails and Mike Martini continues that tradition at Gallo.

Q&A: Becky Wasserman-Hone

Legendary Burgundy personality Becky Wasserman-Hone has been exporting great wines from small French domaines for 35 years through her Le Serbet brokerage.

Q&A: Danilo Drocco

Fontanafredda has long been a famous name in Barolo. Tom Hyland catches up with Danilo Drocco, the man behind the wines today.

Serge Hochar, the Brave Knight of Lebanon

Serge Hochar's ancestors were Crusaders and he wears the pin of the Knights of Malta. That martial background helps when there are battle tanks in your vineyard.

Q&A: Erwan Faiveley

For Domaine Faiveley director Erwan Faiveley, global warming has an upside.

Q&A: Alois Lageder

Alois Lageder is the owner of his family’s prominent Alto Adige winery and a champion of quality winegrowing in Südtirol.

Alfred Cointreau Looks Back in Angers

Descendant of founder Edouard Cointreau, 27-year-old Alfred Cointreau is the perfect ambassador for the family's famous liqueur.

Q&A: Michel Chapoutier, The Original Rhône Ranger

Soon to be president of wine trade organisation Inter Rhône, Michel Chapoutier purchased his grandfather's ailing wine business in 1990. Since then, he has turned the business around and spread the company's wings as far as Australia.

The President of Sherry: Beltran Domecq

Beltran Domecq is a winemaker with Sherry in his blood on both his mother's and father's side of the family. Today, he is president of the Consejo Regulador of Jerez, the governing body for Sherry.

Petrus Man's Californian Love Affair

Christian Moueix talks about poor harvests, the end of the futures market and the two loves of his life – Bordeaux and California.

Online Bidding Opens Up Wine Auctions To All

Christie's wine auction expert gives tips on getting your feet wet with affordable treasures at auction.

From Banking to Burgundy: Guillaume d'Angerville

Guillaume d'Angerville took over Volnay’s Marquis d’Angerville estate following the sudden death of his father Jacques in 2003. He reveals his hopes and fears to Adam Lechmere.

Philippe Bascaules: Trading First Growth Bordeaux For Napa

Three years ago Philippe Bascaules was named as the surprise appointment as managing director and winemaker of Francis Ford Coppola’s historic Inglenook winery. Before that he was Paul Pontallier’s No.2 at Château Margaux where he’d worked since 1990.

Bordeaux Needs to "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee" Says Sherry-Lehmann CEO

The posh Manhattan store that introduced many of France's top wines to America aims to stay relevant in an era of gray-market wines and online retail.

Q&A: Elena Pantaleoni, the Leading Lady of "Natural Resistance"

Elena Pantaleoni inherited the La Stoppa estate in Emilia-Romagna from her parents. Today, she is a respected leader in Italy’s natural wine movement. She features in “Mondovino” filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter’s new documentary, entitled “Natural Resistance.”

Meet Tokaj Disznóko's László Mészarós

László Mészáros, managing director of Tokaj’s Disznókő estate, talks about changes in the wind for Hungary's famous sweet wines.

Sexual Fantasies in the ABC Cellar with Jim Clendenen

Jim Clendenen, the owner of Au Bon Climat (ABC) has been called “the most iconic American wine personality since Robert Mondavi." He tells Katherine Cole that his honesty and lack of "self-filter" gets him in trouble.

The Oz Clarke Interview

One of the world’s best-known wine commentators started his academic life at a Catholic girls school, ending up at Oxford University. The former actor has a string of best sellers and dozens of prestigious awards to his name.

Alfred Tesseron: The Progressive Leader of Pontet-Canet

Alfred Tesseron is a man with a twinkle in his eye and great vision. In his 20 years at the helm of Pauillac estate Château Pontet-Canet, he has introduced unconventional methods including green harvesting, biodynamics and now amphorae. He reveals the ups and downs of his career.

Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle: From Grand Marnier to Grand Designs in Chile

Meet Grand Marnier heiress Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle. Not only does she run the family business, she has expanded her family’s empire to Chile. She founded Casa Lapostolle in 1994 and is still out working the wine market while her son Charles holds down the fort at Lapostolle.

The Mugnier Interview: The Master of Musigny

Frédéric Mugnier gave up a career in engineering to restore the family's vineyards, which had been contracted out since the 1950s. Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier is now the second-largest holder of grand cru vineyard le Musigny, and the domaine produces some of the most celebrated wines in Burgundy.

The Next Generation at Domaine Chevrot

Pablo Chevrot returned to the Côte de Beaune village where he grew up to take over the reins at the family domaine in 2002. He has since converted to organics but it's not been easy, he explains.

The Interview: Life is a Cabaret For Jean-Charles Boisset

From French Rabbit Tetrapaks to grands crus Burgundy, the Boisset empire marches on, with a self-confessed dreamer at the helm.

Q&A: Moët & Chandon's Benoît Gouez

Benoît Gouez has been chef de cave at Moët & Chandon since 2005. He has made wine in California, Australia, New Zealand and southern France. It is a career path, he says, "shaped by chance encounters … and a great deal of daring."

The DRC Interview: Aubert de Villaine

Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée Conti, talks wine, music, and his involvement with Burgundy's Unesco bid.

Being Burgundian With Bruno Clair

Domaine Bruno Clair was born out of the old Clair-Daü estate, which was dismantled in the mid-1980s after difficulties over inheritance. Bruno Clair, who took over what remained of the estate, now farms 24 hectares over nine appellations.

The Force Behind Deutz Champagne

Fabrice Rosset is the heavy who rescued Champagne Deutz, built Louis Roederer’s import arm, and jazzed up the Rhône’s Delas Frêres brand. He opens up to Katherine Cole.

Hugh Johnson on His Life in Wine

From his groundbreaking 1966 book "Wine," to "The World Atlas of Wine" and the hugely successful "Pocket Wine Book," Hugh Johnson, 74, is one of the world’s best-selling wine writers. He is equally well-known in gardening circles for his work in that field. "Were I to wear a hat, I would doff it in admiration," Steven Spurrier said, when he heard Johnson had been awarded the OBE in 2007.

The Wacky World of Sean Thackrey

Sean Thackrey is an art dealer turned idiosyncratic winemaker who has won critical acclaim for his unconventional red wines: Aquila, Orion and Pleiades. Drawing inspiration from his extensive collection of ancient wine texts, Thackrey ferments some wines in open vats under the stars.

Mastering Pinot Noir at Ata Rangi

Helen Masters is the effervescent winemaker at one of New Zealand's leading pinot noir producers.
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