Rank #1: Batonnage Ep. 10 - When is a wine faulty? with Jamie Goode
Fiona and Liam discuss wine faults with wine critic, Jamie Goode. What makes a wine faulty? How can you tell? What should you do next? To the scientist, these things may be clear-cut, but aesthetically wine faults can be a source of character - and even of wine typicity. Reduction for instance is a facet of wine-making, yet in extreme cases can make a wine revoltingly smelly. Let Jamie help you march with confidence through the minefield.
Rank #2: Batonnage Ep. 9 - What's behind the British gin boom? with Susy Atkins
Liam and Fiona talk to Sunday Telegraph drink writer Susy Atkins about the reasons for the unstoppable rise of gin and why it’s become a collector’s item. What makes a great gin, how to choose the right tonic, how best to serve it and and when and if you should drink your gin neat. Twist off the top and dive in! Liam and Fiona talk to Sunday Telegraph drink writer Susy Atkins about the reasons for the unstoppable rise of gin and why it’s become a collector’s item. What makes a great gin, how to choose the right tonic, how best to serve it and and when and if you should drink your gin neat. Twist off the top and dive in!
Rank #3: Batonnage Ep. 8 - Dan Jago & the UK wine trade
In this episode, Fiona and Liam are sharing wine and conversation with an extraordinary player in the UK wine trade, Dan Jago. Having held top positions at Bibendum Wine, Tesco and latterly Berry Brothers and Rudd, Dan has a broader view than most of the diverse UK wine market. This recording was made at the BBR offices in St James’s, London, a few days before his departure from his position as CEO of the company.
Rank #4: Batonnage Ep. 7 - What makes a good wine list? with Ruth Spivey
Fiona and Liam chat with sommelier and wine writer Ruth Spivey, the London ambassador for Star Wine List https://starwinelist.com/wine-story/meet-ruth-spivey-london-ambassador about what makes a great wine list. Which wines should you look out for, how to insist your wine is served at the temperature you want it and the one thing that really drives her mad when she arrives at a restaurant.
Rank #5: Batonnage Ep. 6 - Christmas Special with Charlie Stein and Elly Owen
Recorded during the 2018 Padstow Christmas Festival, Liam and Fiona discuss wine choices at Christmas with Charlie Stein, buyer for the Rick Stein group, Elly Owen at Fifteen Cornwall and David McWilliam, Batonnage producer and curator of the Festival’s ‘Wine Theatre’.
Rank #6: Batonnage Ep. 5 - Inside English Sparkling Wine with Liam Idzikowski
Liam and Fiona take an inquisitive look at sparkling winemaking in the UK with Liam Idzikowski, winemaker at Lyme Bay Winery, tasting several distinctive examples along the way.
Rank #7: Batonnage Ep. 4 - What is it with Bordeaux? with Will Lyons
Bordeaux has made wine for centuries, but does it still carry the authority that it holds in the wine atlas? Fiona and Liam share stories with Will Lyons as they explore the region, tasting a few intriguing and affordable examples along the way.
Rank #8: Batonnage Episode 3 'Wine with Curry: Seriously? ...with Romy Gill'
Traditionally we drink beer with our 'curry' as we know it, but really there's a lot to be said for succumbing to the pleasures of the grape.
Rank #9: Batonnage Episode 2 'Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc' with Simon and Jane Waghorn of Astrolabe Wines
Fiona Beckett and Liam Steevenson MW discuss topics from the world of wine with weekly special guests. Episode 2: Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with Simon and Jane Waghorn
Rank #10: Batonnage - Episode 1 'Terroir' with John Atkinson MW
Fiona Beckett and Liam Steevenson MW discuss topics from the world of wine with weekly special guests. Episode 1: Terroir with John Atkinson MW