Uruguayan sommelier Charlie Arturaola was named as the International Wine and Spirit Competition's "Communicator of the Year" in 2012. The recent star of wine film "El Camino del Vino," he is famed for his palate.
Interview by Amanda Barnes Posted Wednesday, 15-May-2013
In 2003, at just 26, American Alpana Singh became the world's youngest female Master Sommelier. Well-known from her years hosting the Emmy Award-winning restaurant show "Check, Please" on Chicago television, Singh is co-owner of The Boarding House, a five-story restaurant in the city.
Interview by Tyler Colman Posted Wednesday, 08-May-2013
Bollinger's Ghislain de Montgolfier is the former president of the Union of Champagne Houses. In this interview with Caroline Henry, he addresses some of the key issues facing the region – and remembers the day he made a grown man cry.
Fred Schrader is the founder and proprietor of Schrader Cellars in California's Napa Valley. The winery made history in 2008, when its CCS and “Old Sparky” wines became the first to be awarded three successive 100-point scores by Robert Parker.
Interview by Jennifer Ashcroft Posted Wednesday, 17-Apr-2013
Anthony (Tony) Terlato, 78, is a living legend in the U.S. wine industry. From stacking boxes in his father’s Chicago liquor store, he has become one of the country's most important importers of fine wine through his company Terlato Wines, which also owns wineries such as Rutherford Hill, Chimney Rock and Alderbrook.
Interview by Rebecca Gibb Posted Wednesday, 10-Apr-2013
Pedro Parra is a wine terroir consultant based in Concepcion, Chile. While his main focus is on developing new vineyards in Chile and Argentina, he has also worked with leading winemakers in Europe, including Alberto Antonini and Jacques Lardière.
Interview by Rebecca Gibb Posted Wednesday, 27-Mar-2013
Alder Yarrow is the author behind one of the world’s most successful wine blogs, Vinography. He writes from his San Francisco home when he’s not running his consultancy and design firm, or spending time with his wife and daughter.
Interview by Rebecca Gibb Posted Wednesday, 13-Mar-2013
Antonio Galloni made news earlier this month with his announcement that he is leaving The Wine Advocate to launch his own website. In 2012, he wrote one-third of the Advocate's reviews, covering California, Burgundy, Champagne and Italy.
Interview by W. Blake Gray Posted Wednesday, 20-Feb-2013
Ned Goodwin is an Australian Master of Wine living in Japan with his wife and two children. He is the wine buyer for Nippon Airways, the face of Heidsieck Champagne in Asia, runs Wine & Spirit Education Trust classes in China and has launched his own label, Good Wine.
Interview by Rebecca Gibb Posted Thursday, 14-Feb-2013
Antonio Amorim runs the world's biggest cork producer, Corticeira Amorim. Since he took over the reins from his uncle, Americo, in 2001, the company has spent millions on improving the performance of cork.
Interview by Rebecca Gibb Posted Thursday, 31-Jan-2013
Mylène Bru is a winemaker based in the village of Saint-Pargoire, in the Languedoc region of France. Although she comes from a family of winemakers, she broke away to establish her own vineyard and produce wine to biodynamic standards.
Interview by Lyndy Stout Posted Thursday, 24-Jan-2013
Former metals trader José Bento dos Santos founded Quinta do Monte D’Oiro in Portugal in 1992. A lover of fine food as well as wine, he is president of the Paris-based International Academy of Gastronomy.
Interview by Sarah Ahmed Posted Sunday, 20-Jan-2013
Krug is still managed by descendants of the original family, despite being purchased by luxury goods company LVMH in 1999. Sixth-generation Olivier Krug told Caroline Henry about his family history, playing football in the cellars, and why producing Krug is like making ratatouille.
Denis Dubourdieu is professor of oenology at the University of Bordeaux, as well as being a winemaker and consultant. With his wife and sons he runs estates in the Sauternes, Graves and Cadillac appellations, covering 135 hectares.
Interview by Jane Anson Posted Thursday, 17-Jan-2013
Actor Sam Neill's success on the big screen allowed him to set up Two Paddocks, a small pinot noir producer in Central Otago in 1992. A life in wine is something of a family tradition: in 1861, his great-grandfather founded Neill & Co, a New Zealand importer of wines and spirits.
Interview by Rebecca Gibb Posted Monday, 24-Dec-2012
Susana Balbo is one of the most influential winemakers in Argentina. She produces wine under her own label, Dominio del Plata, and is also a consultant to a number of wineries in other New World countries.
Interview by Amanda Barnes Posted Thursday, 20-Dec-2012