1. What is your wine mission?
Bringing back the best of old winemaking traditions with modern precision and to bring a greater understanding and appreciation of Riesling’s extraordinary diversity to wine drinkers around the world.
2. Next big thing in wine?
Higher quality non-alcoholic wines.
3. Your ‘go to’ glass after a hard day?
A cleansing glass of Hefeweizen with a twist of lemon.
4. Music paradise?
Allman Brothers live.
5. Preferred colour?
Red or white, preferably with some age on it :)
6. Favourite film?
Life of Brian.
7. Fondest vintage?
1959 + 1971
8. Oak or stainless steel?
Both! Oak for Pinot Noir and lees-aged dry Riesling; stainless steel for fresh, fruity Rieslings.
9. Best place to eat?
Wherever they have a great wine list and great local food.
10. Food and wine matching purgatory?
Riesling and chocolate.
11. Guilty food and wine match?
Eiswein and goat’s cheese.
12. Favourite wine writer (apart from yourself)?
This is a tough one, I have known Stuart Pigott for a long time, and I think he has one of the best palates of anyone I know.
13. Wine ‘fad’ irritation?
Poorly crafted, so-called “natural” wines.
14. Most delicious cheese?
A perfectly ripe Mont d’Or or Epoisse.
15. Inspiring novel?
One Hundred Years of Solitude.
16. Damascene wine moment?
The bottle of 1959 Armand Rousseau Chambertin that opened my eyes to truly great wine.
17. Most beautiful vineyard in the world?
18. Ideal last sip?
Another bottle of that 1959 Rousseau Chambertin.
19. Next place to visit?
Lofoten Islands of Norway.
20. Best advice?
Be serious about making top-quality wines, but don’t take life so seriously that you forget to enjoy it.