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.
Interview by Rebecca Gibb Posted Monday, 02-Jun-2014
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.
Interview by John Stimpfig Posted Monday, 28-Apr-2014
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