The Drinking Hour podcast: Highlights from Series Nine

In episode 108 of The Drinking Hour, David Kermode presents highlights from Series Nine, including 'the pursuit of the perfect bubble' with Peter Feirrera of Graham Beck, an assessment of Grower Champagne with Essi Avellan MW and an interview with 'The Queen of Scotch Whisky', Dr Rachel Barrie

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A photo of vineyards in Champagne
A view over vineyards to Épernay: a highlight from Series Nine included a discussion on Grower Champagne

Host David Kermode presents highlights from Series Nine of The Drinking Hour, which has seen him talk to an exciting range of figures in the world of wine and spirits, including writers, buyers, bar owners, winemakers, Master Blenders and more.

In this episode, Kermode talks to Peter Feirrera of Graham Beck about production of the best South African sparkling wines, hears from Essi Avellan MW about the quality of Grower Champagne, and discusses the challenges of buying beer, wine and spirits for Waitrose with Pierpaolo Petrassi MW. He also welcomes Dr Rachel Barrie, who recounts her journey from chemistry student to Master Blender and Scotch whisky Hall of Fame inductee.

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