This episode of Heard on the Grape vine is all about natural wine, an unusually complicated subject in the world of wine. To throw some clarity on the issue, I went to RAW, one of the biggest natural wine fairs in the UK, and spoke to the industry insiders.
For the third episode of Heard on the Grape Vine podcast, I travelled to Liguria, in northern Italy, to learn more about Sciacchetrà, a passito wine unique to the Cinque Terre.
You'll be able to find more details on the making of this episode and the wine at Amateur Wine.
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On fine teas with Jameel Lalani
For this second episode, we've gone zero alcohol. I met with Jameel Lalani, the founder of Lalani & Co, specialists in single batch teas, to discuss the world of fine teas.
The first time we met was perhaps five years ago to talk about the Japanese green tea matcha, a topic which we revisit here. We also talk about the ageing ability of teas, food and tea matching and Lalani's tea projects in Hawaii and east Africa. And some other fine tea related stuff.
Listen in here:
#HOTGV? What could this be? Why it's a new drinks podcast, which, in long form, spells out Heard on the Grape Vine.
Heard on the Grape Vine, or #HOTGV
Heard on the Grape Vine will, I hope, be the audio version of Amateur Wine in that it seeks to both entertain and educate the amateur wine lover who wants to learn more. Although primarily focused on wine, it will also feature spirits and other drinks.
On whisky with Sir Colin Hampden White
For this first podcast, I was joined by Sir Colin Hampden White, the launch editor of Whisky Quarterly, to talk and taste whisky. Expect thoughts on chilling whisky in Kenya, lipped glassware, kosher whisky and more.
Get the details of the whiskies we tasted at Amateur Wine: amateurwine.co.uk
And without further ado... Here's the podcast: