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
Later this week in Hong Kong, Christie's will auction more than 720 lots from the wine collection of a leading Singapore kidney specialist, Dr. Gordon Ku. The sale, titled "Dr Ku's Apothecary," is expected to realize more than $2.7 million.
Interview by Diana Goodman Posted Wednesday, 28-Aug-2013
Terry Theise has shaken up the American wine scene since he introduced the market to fine German riesling in the mid-1980s – followed by grower Champagne and Austrian wines. Katherine Cole sat down with the famously opinionated importer.
Interview by Katherine Cole Posted Wednesday, 21-Aug-2013
Retired statistics professor Robert Hodgson has owned Fieldbrook Winery in northern California for 35 years. Several years ago he released a study which showed that wine judges at the California State Fair gave dramatically different scores to the same wine when tasting it blind on two different occasions. The study has popped back into the mainstream media this year, cited as proof that wine tasting is "junk science" or "bullshit." W. Blake Gray asked Hodgson what the study really means.
Interview by W. Blake Gray Posted Wednesday, 17-Jul-2013
Caroline Frey has been winemaker at her family's Haut-Médoc third-growth estate Château La Lagune since 2004. The family also owns Domaine Paul Jaboulet in the Rhône Valley, along with a 45 percent stake in Champagne house Billecart-Salmon.
Interview by Panos Kakaviatos Posted Wednesday, 10-Jul-2013
Chantal Perse and her husband Gerard, a supermarket magnate, purchased Saint-Émilion estates Château Monbousquet and Château Pavie in 1993 and 1998 respectively. Since moving to Bordeaux, they have made major improvements at Pavie, resulting in its 2012 promotion to premier cru grand classé A.
Interview by Rebecca Gibb Posted Wednesday, 03-Jul-2013
Marilisa Allegrini is a sixth-generation member of top Valpolicella wine producer Allegrini Estates. As head of sales, she works with her brother on all aspects of the family business. In 2001, she added Poggio al Tesoro to the company's portfolio, and later acquired the Montalcino estate San Polo.
Interview by Erica Landin Posted Wednesday, 26-Jun-2013
Véronique Drouhin-Boss is head winemaker at both Domaine Drouhin in Oregon's Dundee Hills, and Maison Joseph Drouhin in Burgundy. She spends most of her time in France with her three children, and has barrel samples sent by air overnight from Oregon every month.
Interview by W. Blake Gray Posted Wednesday, 19-Jun-2013
In the early 1970's, teenager Doug Shafer moved with his family from Chicago to California, where they started a new life as pioneer winegrowers in the Stags Leap district. Shafer Vineyards' Relentless blend was the Wine Spectator's 2012 Wine of the Year.
Interview by Rebecca Gibb Posted Wednesday, 12-Jun-2013
French winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet is a world-renowned producer of merlot and was responsible for Pétrus wines for 44 years. He retired in 2007, but still acts as a consultant to wineries around the globe.
Interview by Amanda Barnes Posted Wednesday, 29-May-2013
Gina Gallo, granddaughter of Julio Gallo, is the winemaker of the Gallo Signature Series, based in Sonoma. She is married to Jean-Charles Boisset, from the family that is Burgundy's largest wine producer. They live in Robert and Margrit Mondavi’s former hilltop property in Yountville with their twin daughters, born in 2011.
Interview by Tyler Colman Posted Wednesday, 22-May-2013