The Drinking Hour podcast: Highlights from series 14

David Kermode looks back on some of his enlightening conversations with guests throughout series 14 - with topics spanning everything from the Berlin Tasting to a guide to the wine regions of Austria

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Eduardo Chadwick and Sukhinder Singh

In episode 169 of The Drinking Hour, David Kermode looks back on some of the highlights from series 14.

Eduardo Chadwick reminisces on the Berlin Tasting, a seminal moment that forever changed the perception of Chilean wine around the world. He reveals that the key to the tasting was ensuring the wines were all judged blind when pitted against some of Bordeaux’s most prestigious bottles.

Kermode also looks back on a conversation he had with Sukhinder Singh of Elixir Distilliers, who is this year’s IWSC Industry Champion. He explains how he started his 10,000-bottle collection of rare single malt whiskies and delves into how over ten years, his collection has grown. He also reflects on just what exactly makes collecting miniatures so appealing.

In the second half of the episode, there are highlights from chats with Chris Yorke, CEO of Austria Wine and Chris Carpenter, winemaker of Jackson Family Wines, who talks all things climate change. Kermode also sits down with Robin Kick MW, who explains why one of the most famous French wine regions has rebranded itself to go by its original French name – and who gives the back story to her own connection to the wines of Burgundy. Finally, Kermode is joined by Rodolfo Bastida, chief winemaker at Ramón Bilbao, to celebrate a century of the renowned Rioja winery.

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