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S3 EP5: TOM PARKER BOWLES - show notes

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Olly sat down with Tom at the Groucho Club in Soho to share a glass of rosé and chat about fine, wine and life. What else is there?

S3 EP5: TOM PARKER BOWLES - timeline

  • 02:35 - bottle variation is when different bottles of the same wine have different taste characteristics, and it can be more prevalent in natural wine
  • 03:06 - Tom brings a bottle of Le Grand Cros, Rosé 2017 Côtes de Provence. The price is £13.95 per bottle.
  • 04:40 - Bacchus is one of England's best native grape varieties for still wines
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  • 04:03 - Tom Parker Bowles' mother is Camilla Parker Bowles, who is president of the English and Welsh trade association WineGB
  • 05:38 - Olly mentions Eileen Hardy Chardonnay as a great example of premium wine from a large-scale producer. The average price is £27 per bottle.
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  • 06:18 - Olly and Tom discuss the Austrian grape varieties Grüner Veltliner, Riesling and Blaufränkisch.
  • 06:34 - Tom's grandfather was Bruce Shand, a partner in the wine merchant Block, Grey and Block.
  • 07:02 - Tom's grandfather gave him 25 cases of Château Léoville Barton and 25 cases of Château Léoville Poyferré, both from the legendary 1982 vintage.
  • 07:48 - Anthony Barton is the proprietor of Château Léoville Barton
  • 08:31 - Tom has written seven books - find out about them here.
  • 08:57 - Tom mentions caponata, a classic Sicilian dish
  • 09:28 - Tom mentions Prue Leith and Lloyd Grossman as two personalities who have tried to improve hospital food
  • 12:03 - Malibu and pineapple was Olly's signature drink, succeeded by Tennent's tops.
  • 16:04 - Olly and Tom were both born in 1974
  • 16:30 - Chef Fergus Henderson apparently has a glass of Madeira every day at 11 o'clock
  • 16:40 - Sercial is a dry style of Madeira - Olly recommends it with Comté cheese
  • 16:55 - Olly mentions Verdelho, another style of Madeira, which reminds him of marmalade
  • 17:08 - Blandy's is one of the main Madeira producer
  • 17:56 - Canteiro is an integral part of the modern Madeira production process
  • 18:14 - As an oxidised style of wine, Madeira remains the same even once opened
  • 18:45 - Tom asks Olly about the Coravin, a revolutionary wine preservation device
  • 19:59 - Olly mentions Delord armagnac, and the online retailer Brandy Classics
  • 23:40 - Olly and Tom both love Scampi flavoured fries.
  • 24:08 - Olly give Tom a bottle of Gonzalez Byass, Matusalem Dulce Oloroso NV sherry. The average price is £34 per bottle.

S3 EP5: TOM PARKER BOWLES - production notes

  • Recorded on 5 June 2018 at The Groucho Club in Soho
  • 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 2.2.2, Garageband 10.3.0