In this episode, Fiona and Liam are sharing wine and conversation with an extraordinary player in the UK wine trade, Dan Jago. Having held top positions at Bibendum Wine, Tesco and latterly Berry Brothers and Rudd, Dan has a broader view than most of the diverse UK wine market. This recording was made at the BBR offices in St James’s, London, a few days before his departure from his position as CEO of the company.
Fiona and Liam chat with sommelier and wine writer Ruth Spivey the London ambassador for Star Wine List https://starwinelist.com/wine-story/meet-ruth-spivey-london-ambassador about what makes a great wine list. Which wines should you look out for, how to insist your wine is served at the temperature you want it and the one thing that really drives her mad when she arrives at a restaurant.
Recorded during the 2018 Padstow Christmas Festival, Liam and Fiona discuss wine choices at Christmas with Charlie Stein, buyer for the Rick Stein group, Elly Owen at Fifteen Cornwall and David McWilliam, Batonnage producer and curator of the Festival’s ‘Wine Theatre’.
Liam and Fiona take an inquisitive look at sparkling winemaking in the UK with Liam Idzikowski, winemaker at Lyme Bay Winery, tasting several distinctive examples along the way.
Bordeaux has made wine for centuries, but does it still carry the authority that it holds in the wine atlas? Fiona and Liam share stories with Will Lyons as they explore the region, tasting a few intriguing and affordable examples along the way.
Fiona and Liam talk Indian food and culture, and their relationship with wine with their special guest, British/Indian chef and restaurateur, Romy Gill.
Fiona Beckett and Liam Steevenson discuss the persistently successful phenomenon of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, gaining insight and perspective from the team at the Astrolabe Wines.
Does ‘Terroir’ matter? The first of our stirring discussions: Fiona Beckett and Liam Steevenson MW discuss the evidence of this intriguing subject and its future implications.