P&V Radio: Amanda Barnes & D. Coquelet Chiroubles
It's official, I'm more cynical than a well-educated Brit. Or so my guest Amanda Barnes and I learned while making this episode of Pig&Vine Radio. Amanda is a journalist and wine writer behind the passion project Around the World in 80 Harvests. It's a three-year project where she travels to over 40 different countries and 80 wine regions to discover and record why each place is unique in the wine world. I met Amanda last August at the Wine Bloggers Conference and became, along with two other awesome wine blogging ladies, part of a group of four that was most certainly the highlight of the weekend for me. We stayed in touch, and as it turned out, both returned to Northern California in February as fellowship recipients to the Professional Wine Writers Symposium. It was during the symposium that we made this podcast, next to a crackling wood burning fireplace in my hotel room at the Meadowood Resort.
I think it's only fair to warn you that we were both under the weather and both stubbornly ignoring our respective viruses (or whatever) by making the journey out west and drinking plenty of fluids by way of fermented grape juice. So maybe we aren't the snappiest responders, but we cover good ground on the 80 Harvests front, why she started the project and how she sees the South American wine industry as every bit the equal to all the usual suspects. Of course we were drinking French, because that's what I like and that's what I carried in my suit case from New Orleans to California wine country. Judge all you want, it was fucking delicious.
Listen to the full episode and learn from Amanda about what - and why - you should be drinking the other wine producing countries that aren't France, how the different forms of journalism work for different stories, and her preferred genre of literature and favorite childhood movies. (Hint: David Bowie plays a role)
D. Coquelet Chiroubles
Young Damien Coquelet learned wine growing from his step-father George Descombes, one of the Gang of Four who turned a once-dying Beaujolais into a region worthy of respect. Chiroubles is one of the ten Crus in the region and, along with Regnie, probably the least common on retail shelves. This one isn't so rare, imported by Louis/Dressner, and I highly recommend looking for a bottle in your neck of the woods. It's so juicy and bright, soft tannins and great length. It's one of the few bottles I'll buy twice.
Find the D. Coquelet Chiroubles on Wine-Searcher or ask your local retailer.