The Tim Atkin Cork Talk Podcast
Cork Talk with Paul Hobbs

Cork Talk with Paul Hobbs

May 13, 2021

Paul Hobbs was brought up on a fruit farm in Upstate New York and had plans to become a doctor before he caught the wine bug. Today he’s established as one of the world’s leading winemakers, with his own projects in Armenia, Argentina, France, Spain and the United States as well as consulting to 35 wineries around the globe. We talked about working for the legendary Robert Mondavi, Paul’s first (unplanned) trip to Argentina in 1988, his life-long love of Riesling and why Cabernet Sauvignon grapes need an armed guard in the Napa Valley.

To read more about Paul's wines, have a look at his website. You can also follow him on Instagram @paulhobbswines

Don’t forget, Cork Talk is now available on Spotify as well as on my website. You can listen to this week’s episode, plus my back catalogue of interviews with some of the world’s most extraordinary wine figures.

 

Cork Talk with Caroline Frey

Cork Talk with Caroline Frey

May 6, 2021

Born among the vineyards of Champagne, Caroline Frey nearly became a professional equestrian before she dedicated herself to wine. Listen to us talk about her various projects in Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône Valley and Switzerland, her passion for nature and biodynamics, the role of emotion in wine and why she’s such a huge fan of Instagram.

To read more about Caroline's wines, have a look at the Château La Lagune, Paul Jaboulet Aîné and Château Corton C websites. You can also follow her on Instagram @caroline_frey

Don’t forget, Cork Talk is now available on Spotify as well as on my website. You can listen to this week’s episode, plus my back catalogue of interviews with some of the world’s most extraordinary wine figures.

 

Cork Talk with Jesús Madrazo

Cork Talk with Jesús Madrazo

April 30, 2021

Jesús Madrazo started tasting and blending wine with his dad, José Angel, when he was just ten years’ old and subsequently learnt from Ezequiel García the so-called “sorcerer” of Spanish wine. No wonder he’s such a legend. We talked about the differences between Ribera del Duero and Rioja, the contrasting personalities of French, American and Hungarian oak, the magic of Contino and why Tempranillo is like glue, binding other red grapes together.

To read more about Jesús' wines, have a look at the Fredericks' website. You can also follow him on Instagram @demadrazomateo

Don’t forget, Cork Talk is now available on Spotify as well as on my website. You can listen to this week’s episode, plus my back catalogue of interviews with some of the world’s most extraordinary wine figures.

Cork Talk with Rodrigo Soto

Cork Talk with Rodrigo Soto

April 23, 2021

If he hadn’t been such a mediocre student, Rodrigo Soto wouldn’t have been assigned the unpopular subject of organic viticulture for his university thesis. But that decision changed his life. Since then, he’s become a pioneer of organic wine in Chile and now at Quintessa in California. We talked about what he learned from biodynamic guru, Alan York, why vintage variation is a good thing, the complexity of the Napa Valley’s terroirs, and how he plans to take Quintessa to the next level.

To read more about Rodrigo's wines, have a look at the Quintessa website. You can also follow him on Instagram @quintessawinery 

Don’t forget, Cork Talk is now available on Spotify as well as on my website. You can listen to this week’s episode, plus my back catalogue of interviews with some of the world’s most extraordinary wine figures.

Cork Talk with Chester Osborn

Cork Talk with Chester Osborn

April 16, 2021

Chester Osborn of d’Arenberg is one of the wine trade’s rock stars. He’s known almost as much for his loud shirts, zany labels and Aussie sense of humour as he is for his great wines. Listen to us talk about organics and biodynamics, Grenache and Shiraz, Malaysian swingers and the Alternate Realities Museum inside the d’Arenberg cube.

To read more about Chester's wines, have a look at the d'Arenberg website. You can also follow him on Instagram @darenbergwine. 

Don’t forget, Cork Talk is now available on Spotify as well as on my website. You can listen to this week’s episode, plus my back catalogue of interviews with some of the world’s most extraordinary wine figures.

Cork Talk with Elías López Montero

Cork Talk with Elías López Montero

April 9, 2021

Elías López Montero is the most celebrated winemaker in Castilla-La Mancha. He’s seemingly single-handedly bringing the world’s largest wine region to new consumers, and changing its downbeat, bulk-wine image in the process. We talked about old vines, the widely planted but underrated Airén grape, tinajas, (as clay pots are known locally), and, with climate change in mind, what Elías is planting for the future.

To read more about Elías' wines, look at the Verum website. You can also follow him on Instagram @eliaslopezmontero. 

Don’t forget, Cork Talk is now available on Spotify as well as on my website. You can listen to this week’s episode, plus my back catalogue of interviews with some of the world’s most extraordinary wine figures.

Cork Talk with Michel Friou

Cork Talk with Michel Friou

April 2, 2021

Michel Friou is not afraid of challenges. Today he runs Almaviva in Chile, where he’s helped to enhance the reputation of one of the New World’s greatest reds. But before that, he worked at a sparkling wine factory in Southern India. And before that, as a forestry engineer in Borneo. Not the normal career trajectory for a notable winemaker, but a fascinating one nonetheless. We talked about oysters, joint-ventures, Carmenère and how Chile has changed over the last 25 years.

To read more about Michel's wines, look at the Almaviva website. You can also follow the bodega on Instagram @almavivawinery. 

Don’t forget, Cork Talk is now available on Spotify as well as on my website. You can listen to this week’s episode, plus my back catalogue of interviews with some of the world’s most extraordinary wine figures.

 

Cork Talk with Dorli Muhr

Cork Talk with Dorli Muhr

March 26, 2021

Dorli Muhr has two wine careers. As well as running a PR and marketing company in Vienna that represents many leading producers worldwide, she’s also been making her own range of wines on the Spitzerberg in Carnuntum since 2002. Listen to us chat about the wonders of the Blaufränkisch grape, the growing quality of Austrian red wines, and the vineyard her grandmother was given as a wedding present back in 1918.

To read more about Dorli's wines, look at the her website. You can also follow her on Instagram @weingutdorlimuhr. 

Don’t forget, Cork Talk is now available on Spotify as well as on my website. You can listen to this week’s episode, plus my back catalogue of interviews with some of the world’s most extraordinary wine figures.

 

Cork Talk with Sergio Verrillo

Cork Talk with Sergio Verrillo

March 19, 2021

Sergio Verrillo moved to the United Kingdom from the United States for love. Once he was here, he got a job as a junior sommelier in a Gordon Ramsay restaurant and developed an equally passionate and enduring relationship with wine. Working out of the urban Blackbook winery in London, he’s now making some of the best still reds and whites in England. We talked about his Italian relatives, Essex terroir, why he hates Bacchus and the story behind his “I’d Rather Be A Rebel” label.

To read more about Sergio's wines, look at the Blackbook Winery website. You can also follow him on Instagram @blackbookwinery. 

Don’t forget, Cork Talk is now available on Spotify as well as on my website. You can listen to this week’s episode, plus my back catalogue of interviews with some of the world’s most extraordinary wine figures.

 

Cork Talk with Tom Puyaubert

Cork Talk with Tom Puyaubert

March 12, 2021

One of the founders of Rioja ’n’ Roll, Tom Puyaubert is part of an exciting new generation that’s helping to redefine Spain’s most famous region. Born in the southwest of France, he decided to become a winemaker after a spell working at a winery in Virginia, USA, of all places, going on to set up his own winery, Bodegas Exopto, in 2003. We talked about minority red grapes like Graciano and Maturana Tinta, the toasty world of oak barrels and what Tom would change in Rioja if he were in charge for a day.

To read more about Tom's wines, look at the Bodegas Exopto website. You can also follow him on Instagram @tomexopto

Don’t forget, Cork Talk is now available on Spotify as well as on my website. You can listen to this week’s episode, plus my back catalogue of interviews with some of the world’s most extraordinary wine figures.

 

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