The Vincast Episode 028 – Owen Latta from Eastern Peake

Owen Latta from Eastern Peake joins me on this episode of The Vincast, talking about growing up with the vineyard his parents planted when he was born, taking over from his father at a young age, and discovering new projects along the way.

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The Vincast Episode 027 – Wine shows with Sam Hooper

Wine shows have a long and important history in the Australian wine industry, and we are now coming to the end of the show season for 2014. There are few greater triumphs as a wine producer than receiving a coveted trophy at one of the many shows run in major capitals and regional locations. Sam Hooper from Cellarhand Wines joins me again to discuss the nature of wine shows, and how they are staying relevant in a modern and dynamic wine market.

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The Vincast Episode 026 – Matthew Jukes (with Zoe Lake) for The Wine Rules

Matthew Jukes is one of the most influential wine communicators and professionals in the United Kingdom, particularly for Australian wine. Since entering the wine industry in 1987 he has written countless articles, guides, books and reviews, published in such illustrious places as the Daily Mail, and educated thousands on the joys of wine. Having won numerous prizes and accolades, including being named an honoray Australian of the Year in 2012 for his contributions towards Australian wine, there can be few better patrons for the Melbourne-based St. Mary’s House of Welcome to have for their annual Wine Rules charity event, which this year is being held on the 15th of November. Matthew joins me on this very special episode to talk about his background and journey to launching the event, and then hands over to Zoe Lake who talks about the charity and the event itself.

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The Vincast Episode 025 – Angelina Yannuccelli from Tea and Sympathy

Tea and Sympathy is a business started by Angelina Yannuccelli for the sole purpose of importing and selling some of the finest traditional teas produced in Asia. Angelina has long had a love and affinity with tea, and on this episode of The Vincast she introduces us to a bit of the history and tradition of tea, and explains the different styles and best preparation methods to enjoy it.

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The Vincast Episode 024 – Giorgio de Maria

The one and only Giorgio de Maria joins me on the show in this episode. As one of the leading lights of the natural wine movement in Australia, Italian-born Giorgio is behind such Sydney institutions as Vini and 121BC. He is also one of the organisers of the Rootstock Festival, this year held in Sydney for the second time, and next year to be held in Hong Kong. He share a bit about his background and how he came to work with wines of this calibre.

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Old Friends and New – Langhe, Italy 3rd June 2014

I’m not sure if it was just the jet lag but there was a surreal feeling returning to Italy, the place that had the most profound impact for me on my big trip a few years ago. After some 18 hours in transit and only six hours sleep on a plane in two days, I collected my Fiat 500 (the same car I had last time) from Malpensa airport and set off for Alba in Piemonte.

This is what I look like after 18 hours of transit.

This is what I look like after 18 hours of transit

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Filippi – 13/06/2014

Castelcerino Soave 2013
A little closed at the moment, showing the salty shellfish, hints of volcanic. Vibrantly  fresh with fantastic balance of fruit, acid herbs and minerality. Long.

Vigna della Bra 2012
Lovely briny capers, juicy vibrant and a little fat.  Rich fantastic and complex, mouth-filling, delicious and unique.

Turbiana 2012 (trebbiano)
Similar shellfish notes, wild herbal green fruits. On the palate slightly haunting, still bright and fresh, more open and elusive though.

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