Episodes

May 29, 2020

Ep. 22. / Felix Ellwanger bottles the best of Württemberg to make you smile

We were lucky enough to visit another great wine castle in the Württemberg wine region: the Jürgen Ellwanger winery, from Winterbach. I sat down with Felix Ellwanger in a charmed garden-setting while tasting one great wine after the other. You can learn ...

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May 22, 2020

Ep. 21. / Moritz Haidle proves Württemberg's wines to be top-notch

Riesling from Württemberg? Oh yes! Although the Rems valley, “Remstal”, has a long tradition of producing excellent Rieslings, it still remains a hidden gem for most Riesling lovers worldwide. This time, I was lucky enough to talk to one of the best prod...

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May 15, 2020

Ep. 20. / Ori Marani is a love story turned into Georgian wines!

The 20th podcast episode is a truly moving one! Nino and Bastian joined me from the terrace of their Georgian winery, called Ori Marani. I was convinced that their love story alone would worth writing a book about, but their joint winemaking history has ...

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May 9, 2020

Ep 11. / Lilla Laposa introduces Badacsony: the biggest volcano around Lake Balaton

In the 5th episode of the Balaton Upland series, I interviewed Lilla Laposa, the youngest member of the Laposa winery family, from the Badacsony Hill. You will learn how Lake Balaton, paired with the volcanic basalt soil, creates a truly unmatchable micr...

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May 8, 2020

Ep. 19. / Victoria Evans changed the history of the Hungarian sommelier world

This week, you can hear Hungary’s Sommelier Champion, Victoria Evans, who joined me for an exciting conversation. Victoria changed her career from the Hungarian army to later become the head sommelier of the first-ever Hungarian Michelin Star Restaurant ...

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April 30, 2020

Ep. 18. / Niki Saahs from Nikolaihof shares 2000-year-old secrets from Wachau

The Nikolaihof is one of the benchmark estates worldwide if you are looking for great, age-worthy white wines with character. This is the oldest estate in Austria, lying on the right bank of the River Danube in Mautern, in the beautiful Wachau. The estat...

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April 25, 2020

Ep. 17. / MW Heidi Mäkinen's path of excellence and curiosity

In this episode, you can hear a particularly inspiring conversation with Heidi Mäkinen, Master of Wine from Finland. In addition to earning her MW title in 2019, she is also the president of the Finnish Sommelier Association, working as a wine ambassador...

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April 22, 2020

Ep. 16. / Simon Gattinger's bright way of becoming a great Wachau winemaker

Today’s guest is Simon Gattinger, a 22-year old winemaker from the Wachau Valley, Austria. He inherited precious vineyard sites on the Eastern side of the valley and took the courage to establish his own wine label a couple of years ago. He shared his pl...

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April 14, 2020

Ep. 15. / Johannes Schellhorn, a free-minded sommelier from Berlin's 'Freundschaft'

Today’s guest is Johannes Schellhorn, Sommelier and the co-owner of the ‘Freundschaft’ wine bar in Berlin. Johannes’s philosophy about the duties of a sommelier tells you everything how open-minded he is when it comes to various gastronomic products: “To...

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April 5, 2020

Ep. 14. / Armint Tement bottles the bests of Styria

In this episode, you can hear Armin Tement from the Tement winery, Styria, Austria. Winery Tement is a must-know if you are a lover of Sauvignon Blanc and want to have one the best expression of the Styrian wine world. Their vineyards are flourishing on ...

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April 2, 2020

Ep. 13. / Ghost Tasting | Sauvignon Blanc from Hungary & Styria

Wine Ghosts contact: Instagram:@wineghosts | e-mail: infowineghosts@gmail.com This is the second 'Ghost/Blind Tasting' episode, and this time I chose the variety: Sauvignon Blanc. This one of the most planted and most favoured grape varieties on the plan...

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March 21, 2020

Ep 12. / Athena Bochanis (Palinkerie) pours Hungarian wines into U.S. glasses

“Welcome to the new old world!” This suggestive sentence greets the visitors of my next guest’s, Athena Bochanis, website. Athena is a New York-based importer of fine Hungarian wines. She is a former law student who fell in love with the Hungarian world ...

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Feb. 14, 2020

Ep 10. / István Bencze’s savory way from the IT sector to natural winemaking

“Natural wine is like jumping in the dark without a safety net, but if you have the knowledge, you can solve it. … But you have to sit down and think.” |  Another unique face in the Balaton Upland series: István Bencze. István is a first-generation winem...

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Feb. 5, 2020

Ep 9. / Ghost Tasting | Riesling Blind from the Mosel & Württemberg

Tasting starts at 9:30 | e-mail: infowineghosts@gmail.com | @wineghosts on Instagram | The first blind tasting or as I like to call it ghost tasting episode is up in the air! This more casual series will not only cover my tasting impressions and slurping...

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Feb. 2, 2020

Ep 8. / Róbert Gilvesy puts the Hungarian Uplands on international top-shelves

Third episode from the Balaton Upland series and the second one from the Saint George Mountain. I went back to the Saint George Mountain to visit Róbert Gilvesy, the founder and leader of the Gilvesy Winery, in Hegymagas. Róbert is Canadian-Hungarian, an...

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Jan. 15, 2020

Ep 7. / Szászi Winery makes Hungarian native varieties sing on the volcanic Saint George Hill

This is the second episode from the Balaton Uplands series. After the Somló Hill, we go south and I sat down with the young Endre Szászi on the Saint George Hill. Endre is a second-generation winemaker at the Szászi Winery, which has been making wine org...

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Jan. 5, 2020

Ep 6. / Somlói Vándor aka Tamás Kis, about winemaking on "the most volcanic hill of all"

Tamás, the man behind the 'Somlói Vándor' wines, welcomed us in his tasting room built from rocks of the volcanic hill and portrayed the philosophy behind winemaking on this unique “Witness Mountain”. We tasted three impressive whites from his cellar tog...

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Dec. 21, 2019

Ep. 5. / Viola Albrecht welcomes you in the heartland of bold German red wines

Guest: Viola Albrecht from the Albrecht Kiessling Winery, Heilbronn, Württemberg, Germany Viola represents the new generation of German winemakers who introduces you to a gorgeous wine region in Southern Germany around Heilbronn, that deserves more fame ...

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Dec. 10, 2019

Ep. 4. / Kristian Kielmayer shows you the colours of the wine world & much more

Guest: Kristian Kielmayer / Wine educator & consultant & tour guide This episode is full of inspirational stories, educational lessons and great take-aways. Kristian has a very colorful career in the wine world: knowledgable and communicative wine educat...

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Nov. 27, 2019

Ep 3. / Sebastian Giraldo's joyful ways of expanding wine knowledge as a sommelier

This time, I spoke to Sebastian Giraldo, Columbian Sommelier, who shared his recent experiences about taking the Advanced Sommelier exam in the U.S., using different techniques to expand one’s wine knowledge, helping tourists to understand different terr...

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Nov. 18, 2019

Ep 2. / How Florian Zaruba is leading the Kristinus Wine Estate into the future

Florian Zaruba, the German CEO behind one of the most innovative Hungarian wineries: the Kristinus Wine Estate from Kéthely. Florian went deep on the importance of turning the winery into a biodynamic one, on his views about Hungarian wines, his experien...

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Nov. 6, 2019

Ep 1. / Gvantsa Sekhniashvili’s way around Georgian & Hungarian Wines

In this episode, I talked to Gvantsa Sekhniashvili, a Georgian wine professional, sharing her passion for wine in Hungary. We’ve been talking about her unique tasting experiences featuring Georgian and Hungarian wines, the unique terroirs of Georgia, win...

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