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.”
Interview by Katherine Cole Posted Monday, 14-Apr-2014
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.
Interview by Katherine Cole Posted Monday, 31-Mar-2014
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.
Interview by Adam Lechmere Posted Monday, 24-Mar-2014
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.
Interview by Rebecca Gibb Posted Monday, 17-Mar-2014
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.
Interview by Katherine Cole Posted Monday, 10-Mar-2014
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.
Interview by Adam Lechmere Posted Monday, 03-Mar-2014
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."
Interview by Adam Lechmere Posted Tuesday, 11-Feb-2014
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.
Interview by Adam Lechmere Posted Friday, 31-Jan-2014
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.
Interview by Adam Lechmere Posted Thursday, 19-Dec-2013
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.
Interview by Rebecca Gibb Posted Wednesday, 11-Dec-2013
One of the most influential wine commentators in the world, Steven Spurrier sprang to fame as the organizer of the Judgment of Paris in 1976. Today, in addition to being a wine writer and consultant, he is the proprietor of a 10-hectare vineyard at his farm in Dorset.
Interview by Adam Lechmere Posted Tuesday, 26-Nov-2013
U.S. scientist Greg Jones is the man credited with inventing the academic field of wine climatology, back in 1997. Today, he sits on numerous scientific committees and is an expert on the effects of climate change on viticulture. Based at Southern Oregon University, Jones was included in Decanter’s 2009 wine industry “Power List."
Interview by Katherine Cole Posted Wednesday, 20-Nov-2013
Celebrated Napa winemaker Bo Barrett has been involved in every vintage of Chateau Montelena since 1972. Since the death of his father, Jim, earlier this year, the estate has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its Judgment of Paris-winning Chardonnay has been named one of the "101 Objects That Made America."
Interview by Erica Landin Posted Wednesday, 13-Nov-2013
In 2012, Jacques Lardière retired after 42 years as technical director of prominent Burgundy producer Maison Louis Jadot. However, the wild-haired and outspoken oenologist came out of retirement after Jadot purchased Resonance Vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Katherine Cole caught up with Lardière as the Jadot team prepared for their first Oregon harvest.
Leslie Sbrocco describes herself as "author, consultant, TV host, and wine lover." She launched Winetoday.com for the New York Times in 1998, and since then has written "Wine for Women," and "The Simple and Savvy Wine Guide."
Interview by Adam Lechmere Posted Wednesday, 30-Oct-2013
Serena Sutcliffe MW has been Sotheby’s international wine specialist since 1991. In this interview with Adam Lechmere, she talks about the auction world and wine fraud, but also about music that makes her dance.
Interview by Adam Lechmere Posted Wednesday, 23-Oct-2013
Fourth-generation producer Bruce Tyrrell runs Tyrrell's Wines in the Hunter Valley. In 1989, he provoked a family feud by holding back 1,000 cases of Vat 1 Semillon. Released seven years later, it went on to become one of Australia’s most celebrated white wines.
Interview by Adam Lechmere Posted Tuesday, 15-Oct-2013
French wine consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt provides advice for 90 different clients all over the world, including war-torn Syria. A self-described "terroirist," he has two wineries of his own: Domaine de l'A in Bordeaux and Derenoncourt California in Napa.
Interview by Sophie Kevany Posted Wednesday, 09-Oct-2013