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The Widow Clicquot – A History of Veuve

0.0 00 “May I recommend Veuve Clicquot ’26, a good French wine” – Captain Louis Renault, Casablanca (1942) French History is studded with stars – women whose influence shaped the world we know today.  Joan of Arc, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Coco Chanel, Edith Piaf; in the world of wine, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot, without whom we would […]

Meet The Winemaker: Brent Marris, Marisco, New Zealand

0.0 00 Brent Marris is one of New Zealand’s most successful winemakers. He has been involved in winemaking since aged 12, when he began helping on his father’s vineyards. That was in 1973. By 1978, Montana Wines – now Brancott Estate – had recruited the Marris family as their first contract growers. From then on, […]

Meet The Winemaker: Charles & Ruth Simpson, Domaine Sainte Rose

5.0 01 Charles and Ruth Simpson of Domaine Sainte Rose have been making wine in the Languedoc for almost 13 years. They both left behind successful international careers to turn to the life of a vigneron. Majestic was an early adopter of their wines and they’re often a customer (and staff!) favourite. I’m not simply blowing smoke […]

Meet The Winemaker: James and Catherine Kinglake, Domain Begude

0.0 00 Domaine Begude is a small hilltop domaine very close to the town of Limoux, owned and managed by British couple James and Catherine Kinglake. With beautiful views over the Pyrénées & the Corbières, their vineyards have been organically farmed for the last 30 years and wine has been produced on this historic estate […]

Meet The Winemaker: Olivier Humbrecht

5.0 02 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht is owned and run by father-and-son team Léonard and Olivier Humbrecht. Olivier was an early adopter of biodynamics, and was instrumental in founding Biodyvin, the certifying body for biodynamics in viticulture.  Not only that, he was the first Frenchman to qualify as a Master of Wine. Talented guy, then! Olivier runs […]

Meet The Winemaker: Trudy Shield, Waimea Estate

0.0 00 Waimea Estate Vineyards are a family-owned winery based in Nelson, New Zealand. Founded 21 years ago, it’s grown from just a few hectares to 150, with many grape varieties. In this time, their wines have racked up over 100 Gold Medals and almost two-dozen trophies in national and international competitions. We talked to […]