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S1 EP4: STEPHEN K AMOS - show notes

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S1 EP4: STEPHEN K AMOS - summary

Stephen K Amos invited Olly into his lovely home to share a glass of robust red and chat about comedy, social media, Australia and of course wine - including the mysteries of Pinot Noir and Riesling, the reason why some wines have more alcohol than others, and the magic of good sparkling.

S1 EP4: STEPHEN K AMOS - timeline

  • 02:46 - Olly first met Stephen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • 02:49 - Olly's brother is actor and comedian Will Smith
  • 03:18 - Stephen appeared in The Big Value Comedy Show alongside the comedians Lee Mack, John GordilloCarey Marx and others
  • 03:53 - Will Smith writes for the American TV show Veep
  • 04:41 - 'New World wine' is that which comes from non-European (or 'Old World') countries 
  • 04:54 - Stephen brings Mollydooker, The Boxer Shiraz 2014 from McLaren Vale in Australia. The average price is £22 per bottle.
  • 05:12 - Stephen also mentions Two Hands, Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon - also from McLaren Vale. The average price is £24 per bottle.
  • 05:25 - The Mollydooker winery is in McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide
  • 06:16 - Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics released his own wine, made in collaboration with Mollydooker, in 2012.
  • 07:13 - the alcohol level of Mollydooker's The Boxer Shiraz wine is 15.5%
  • 07:22 - warmer climates result in riper grapes with higher sugar levels, which is converted into higher alcohol in the finished wine
  • 07:37 - Moscato d'Asti is an Italian white sparkling wine in which the fermentation is stopped prematurely, leaving residual sugar in the final wine
  • 08:21 - Jacob's Creek is one of the biggest Australia wine brands
  • 08:47 - Double Barrel is a Shiraz made by Jacob's Creek which is aged in whisky barrels
  • 10:35 - Stephen's current tour dates can be found here on his website
  • 10:50 - here's a clip of Stephen at the 2016 Melbourne Comedy Festival
  • 11:15 - the 'ten-pound POM' refers to British citizens who emigrated to Australia in the mid-20th century
Look at our Scottish cousins: their skin isn’t just sheet white from the lack of sun, but their hair was turned red in an attempt to start its own fire for warmth
— Stephen K Amos
  • 12:58 - The Ashes is the colloquial term for the cricket test series played between Australia and England
  • 13:33 - The Rod Laver arena is a multipurpose venue for sport and entertainment in Melbourne
  • 13:58 - The Lewes Rooks are Olly's home football team
  • 14:24 - Men's Health is a fitness magazine
  • 16:13 - Assyrtiko is a white grape variety native to the Greek island of Santorini
  • 16:23 - Clare Valley Riesling is one of Australia's most renowned white wines
  • 16:41 - Ochota Barrels are a wine producer in South Australia, who among other things make a wine from Gamay, the grape variety native to Beaujolais in France
  • 17:18 - Pinot Noir is often one of the lightest styles of reds, both in colour and body, that usually has high levels of acidity
  • 18:10 - Burgundy in France is the homeland of Pinot Noir, home to some of the best and most expensive examples of that variety in the world
  • 18:49 - Carménère is a grape variety grown widely in Chile
  • 20:33 - ITV is a British television network, and The Roundhouse is a performing arts venue in Camden, north London
  • 20:45 - Jeroboams are large-format bottles, usually containing 3 litres of wine, equivalent to four standard-sized bottles
  • 22:55 - One Direction are a famous British boy band
  • 23:25 - Sir Roger Moore is a British actor who played James Bond, among other roles
  • 23:53 - Richard & Judy is a British daytime magazine television show, and the late Tony Curtis co-starred in The Persuaders with Roger Moore
  • 25:25 - Dom Pérignon 1993 is a champagne with an average price of £229 per bottle
  • 26:24 - Olly gives Stephen a bottle of Nyetimber, Classic Cuveee 2010 - a sparkling wine from England with an average price of £29 per bottle

S1 EP4: STEPHEN K AMOS - production notes

  • Recorded on 8 December 2016 at Stephen's house in south-west London
  • Hosted by Olly Smith
  • Produced and edited by Richard Hemming MW
  • Mastered by David Thomas
  • Hardware list:  2 x AT-2020 condenser microphones with pop shields, Zoom H6 digital recorder, ATH-M20X headphones
  • Software list: Audacity 2.1.3, Garageband 10.1.6, Wavelab LE8
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