Flying winemaker Paul Hobbs can’t fly. As one of the foremost globe-trotting wine consultants, he reflects from his base in California on the challenges of making wine remotely and offers a tip on Zoom etiquette (‘wear a shirt and work pants’). He confesses to being nervous and reveals his ideal quarantine wine.
Meanwhile listener David asks us whether he could be happy with just one glass for all wine styles rather than the many he currently owns (and which his wife despairs of). Our response is fulsome and even involves an experiment we lined up…which of course involves drinking some nice wine too.
‘It’s incredibly nerve-wracking. We’re still in crisis mode, it’s very fluid, we won’t have clarity on where things might go for another month or so.’ Paul Hobbs
Paul’s expert advice on Zoom calls? ‘Typically I do wear a shirt and work pants.’
‘If you have a great wine in a rubbish glass, it diminishes the beauty of the experience’ Susie
‘Try drinking water out of a very heavy glass and then a very fine glass. Notice the difference.’ Peter