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Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People
44 minutes | Nov 30, 2022
131: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 122 = Josep d'Anguera
You wanna hear a cool story? Over a decade ago winemaker Josep d'Anguera and his brother decided to overhaul the winemaking philosophy at Cellar Joan d'Anguera, their families famed vineyard. The wines were ALREADY successful and wildly popular, but the brothers wanted to make a radical transformation. So, what happened and why?
30 minutes | Nov 28, 2022
130: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 121 with Wolfgang Hamm
For the first time EVER … A wine podcast will talk about the joy of Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch & St Laurent and NOT come across as 100% wine hipster! Yeah, I know people will drop their love of these Austrian wines for street cred at the local cool person wine party, but I swear this Pod is just about how I discovered these fantastic red wines of Austria. My interview is with Wolfgang Hamm, the winery director for Stift Klosterneuburg, the oldest winery in Austria.
52 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
129: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 120 with Stephen Ranger
My guest is Stephen Ranger, Canada’s foremost wine auctioneer, a Senior Advisor at Iron Gate Auctions and the owner of Ranger Wine. This podcast has everything! Encounters with Rudy Kurniawan How Stephen got into the wine auction world Okanagan wines A cameo from Stephen’s dog Teddy
55 minutes | Oct 28, 2022
128: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 119: Isabelle Clendenen
Isabelle Clendenen from Au Bon Climat joins the podcast to discuss her role within the winery, growing up in a wine family and the classic conversation about what makes for a proper Burgundian wine in California?
35 minutes | Oct 12, 2022
127: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 118 with Murray Barlow from Rustenberg Wine Estate
It’s my final (for now!) South African podcast. I’m joined by the multi-award-winning winemaker and cellarmaster for Rustenberg Wine Estate, Murray Barlow. We discuss his journey into winemaking, the history of his family and Rustenberg and what exactly is the “style” of a bottle of wine from Rustenberg?
47 minutes | Sep 23, 2022
126: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 117: James Peden, director of operations for Liberty Entertainment Group
The Podcast is back in style with James Peden, director of operations for Liberty Entertainment Group and one of the leaders of the Michelin Star awarded restaurant, Don Alfonso: 1890. Really cool conversation about the hospitality industry, what leads to a Michelin Star and how James went from being in the military to running some of the most high-profile restaurants in Toronto
60 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
125: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 116; Nik Weis, winemaker and owner of St Urbans-Hof Nik Weis.
The final ‘Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People’ Podcast interview from the German wine region of Mosel is with oh so impressive Nik Weis, the winemaker and owner of St Urbans-Hof Nik Weis. A wide-ranging interview from the impact the Second World War had on the local wine industry to “the Margarita effect” that comes with a great off-dry Riesling. Speaking of great the people in my party (shout out to @winebottletravels) were practically swooning over the lineup of wines we were fortunate to taste. I loved hearing Nik’s passion as he counted his earlier days as a winemaker when he was voted into Germany’s renowned, and damn hard to become a member of Association of German Quality Wine Estates (VDP).
43 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
124: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 116 with Mosel winemaker Axel Pauly
The podcast goes back to Mosel, Germany with Axel Pauly, the winemaker and owner of Weingut Axel Pauly. Axel has gone from “rising star” in Mosel to just “star” as his portfolio of Rieslings and Pinot Blanc were damn impressive from bone dry to off-dry to everything in between. Conversation spans from the hardships that comes from making wine in this region of the world (Shoes melting!!!!), how the accidental production of “Rose” between Axel and his father would soon lead to his transition as head winemaker and the harrowing tale of his winery burning down a decade ago.
32 minutes | Jul 10, 2022
123: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 115: Head Winemaker for Anthonij Rupert Wyne Dawie Botha
The ‘Matt Talks Wine and Stuff with Interesting People’ Podcast is back in South Africa! This time with Dawie Botha, the Head Winemaker for Anthonij Rupert Wyne in beautiful Stellenbosch.
59 minutes | Jun 25, 2022
122: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 114 with Matt Giedraitis, Export Director for Dr. Loosen
Had an epic afternoon with Matt Giedraitis, the Export Director for Dr. Loosen. The ‘Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People’ Podcast continues its tour in the German wine region of Mosel. This podcast is a great one for people who want to dip their toes into what Riesling in the land it came from. Think of it as a Coles Notes lesson into German wine led by the wildly energetic and passionate Matt Giedraitis. Our visit with Matt and Loosen really gave me a deeper understanding of this region and I hope it will for you as well.
58 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
121: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 113 with Stefan Pauly, Owner & Winemaker for Dr. Pauly Bergweiler
My guest is Stefan Pauly, the owner and winemaker for the iconic Dr. Pauly Bergweiler. I was a little intimidated right before meeting Stefan considering this was my first interview in the Mosel and the winery has been around since 1556. Those feelings were gone in five seconds as Stefan opened his doors with a big warm welcome and moments later brought out this crazy lineup of his wines including two that were over 40+ years old. If you still have those lingering fears that German Riesling is just too sweet for you have a listen and enjoy. Great company and a wonderful lineup of wine.
23 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
120: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Intro to the Podcast's adventures in Germany!
Matt gives a brief summary of his trip to Germany, the people he interviewed and a shameful admission. Wine Hot Take: Mosel over Mimosa’s at brunch Wine Hot Take: Grosses Gewächs over Premier Cru Burgundy
45 minutes | May 15, 2022
119: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 112: 2027 Cellars winemaker and co-founder Kevin Panagapka
The podcast is back in Niagara with a winery I’m shocked it took me so long to discover. I’m joined by Kevin Panagapka, winemaker, and co-founder of 2027 Cellars. A true boutique winery Kevin’s portfolio has no weak links just high-end wine making. We chat about what led to Kevin and his wife Jodie’s decision to start up their own winery back in 2007. Kevin shares a funny story about the biggest winemaking mistake he has ever made and yes there is a couple minutes of Hot Oak Talk (HOT).
35 minutes | May 4, 2022
118: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 111 with Johan Jordaan, Spier Head Winemaker
Moving from Niagara to back to South Africa for the latest podcast. In this edition I interview the head winemaker for Spier Winery, Johan Jordann. Beyond talking about his journey to making wine in Stellenbosch we get just how important charity, giving back and making a real difference into the community is to Spier. Some companies attempt to do good for the positive press, some dip their toe into altruistic endeavours but the lengths this company goes to is quite remarkable. A great conversation with a winemaker who knows how to make a killer $13 dollar bottle of wine.
54 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
117: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 110 with Kelly Mason from Domaine Queylus
Trust me when I tell ya you’re going to love my interview with winemaker (Domaine Queylus & Mason Vineyard) Kelly Mason. I ask her what she loves the most and hates the most about Pinot Noir, her answer is hilarious and would not be allowed on terrestrial radio. Kelly is one of the most talented winemakers in Ontario … she has a cult following! Also, the wines of Domaine Queylus should dispel the idea that paying $40 for a bottle of Ontario wine is too much. These are wildly high-quality wines.
43 minutes | Apr 13, 2022
116: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 109: Kacaba Vineyards Head Winemaker, Vadim Chelekhov.
The Podcast is back after a min hiatus! I sat down with the Head Winemaker for Kacaba Vineyards, Vadim Chelekhov. For my money Vadim makes Ontario’s best Syrah. We chat about his journey as a four-year-old child in Kazakhstan nosing his way through Icewine to switching from a life in medicine to wine to the pressures that come at harvest. Also, a hilarious story about trying to buy wine at the age of 14 from the LCBO. Bonus: Podcast is in person!!
39 minutes | Mar 20, 2022
115: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 108 with Heidi Kritzinger from Kanonkop Wine Estate
Part II of my Kanonkop Wine Estate podcast! This time with the person who does just about everything for Kanonkop beyond crushing the grapes, Heidi Kritzinger. We talk about kicking ass in World Tasting Championships, the joy of Pinotage and changing the narrative of the global perception of South African wine.
35 minutes | Mar 14, 2022
114: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 107 with Abrie Beeslaar
It’s a Kanonkop Wine Estate two-pack this week on the ‘Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People’ Podcast! First up is iconic winemaker for Kanonkop, Abrie Beeslaar.
43 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
113: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast: Episode 106 with Beverly Crandon
On the latest ‘Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People’ Podcast I’m joined by wine consultant, educator and entrepreneur. Love Beverly’s goal of brining the joy of wine to under-represented communities. We discuss her work in this area, pairing wine with Caribbean food and can chocolate go with wine? Tons of range in our conversation from racism in the wine industry to eavesdropping on people shopping at the LCBO.
30 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
112: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Podcast Episode 106 = Corinne Perez (Head winemaker for Pierre Sparr)
The Podcast is heading to Alsace to chat with the head winemaker for Pierre Sparr, Corinne Perez! We discuss how she fell in love with wine, the joy of Gewurztraminer and the pros and cons of the Ka-Billion rules that surround making wine in France. A great look into the wines of Alsace.
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