This is Wine

This is Wine is a place learn about wine, but more importantly, to make a connection with the story of wine. Wine can transport you to its homeland, or act as a conversation between a wine lover and a winemaker. It can be a conduit to a similar taste-memory, or a complement to a food such that the pairing is greater than the sum of the parts.

My hope in these pages is to find a way for you to connect to the world of wine. To that end, during the covid era when our “getting out there” is limited, I’m hosting this series of Vineyard Chats. As things progress, I’ll reconnect with hosting events, tastings, and dinners. Please subscribe to my newsletter for announcements of upcoming events.

Vineyard Chat Series

In upcoming days I’ll be chatting with a winemaker from their vineyard on Instagram Live. I’m hoping it will provide a break from everybody’s confinement, a chance to learn about the wine, and the state of winemaking under these challenging times. Tune in to my Instagram page @JEFFHARDING, click on my pic in the profile, and choose “LIVE” – Afterwards, I will be posting the interviews to my IGTV channel and also hosting on .


Thursday, October 21, 10am EST: Julio Saenz, winemaker at La Rioja Alta in Rioja, Spain

Monday, October 25, 10am EST: Josh Donaghay-Spire, winemaker at Chapel Down in Kent, England

October 22: CHAMPAGNE DAY, stay tuned for posts about #champagneday

Thursday, October 28, 12 noon EST: Miren de Lorgeril of Maison Lorgeril in Languedoc, France

October 31: SWEET WINE HALLOWEEN: stay tuned for posts about #SweetWineHalloween

PREVIOUS #VineyardChat interviews

Emma Rice of Hattingley Valley Wines in England

David Keck, MS, of Stella14 Wines in Vermont

Marta Casas of Pares Balta in Penedes, Spain

Laure Colombo of Domaine de Lorient in St Peray, Rhone Valley

Max de Zarobe of Avignonesi winery in Tuscany for HARVEST

Simon Roberts of Ridgeview Estate Winery in England

Sierra Reed of Reed Wines in Australia

Jean-Frederic Hugel of Hugel Family wines

Giuseppe Vaja of GD Vajra in Piedmont

Philippe de Lur Saluces of Chateau de Fargues in Sauternes

Pascal Jolivet in Sancerre

Chris Bates of Element Winery in the Finger Lakes of NY

Jean-Sebastian Philippe of the Domaines Baron Rothschild

Valentina Abbona of Marchesi di Barolo

March Hochar of Chateau Musar in Lebanon

Kyle Maclachlan of Pursuded by Bear in Oregon

Pedro Parra, soil expert and author