I’ll Drink to That: Alister Purbrick of Tahbilk Winery

Episode 277 of I’ll Drink to That has been released, and features Alister Purbrick of Tahbilk winery in Australia’s Victoria wine region.

This interview charts a history of an estate that goes back to the early 19th century, and of an Australian wine industry that exploded in the 1980s. The scope of this interview is pretty immense, and if you want to understand Australian wine as a whole you have to think about the Tahbilk Winery, which was one of the first created in Australia and one of the first to move to table wine production as opposed to fortified. Also Tahbilk has an incredible holding of old vine Marsanne, maybe not the grape variety you might associate with Australia, and this interview delves into the why of that, as well as how it is made, which is through an unusual process that, in a way, stands in contrast to most white wines made anywhere. Alister Purbrick own career tracks with the rise of the Australian wine industry in the global market and then the eventual challenges that arose for Australian wine exports. He has a lot to say about what laid the groundwork for Australia’s success, and what kind of changes swept the industry in the later half of the 20th century.

This episode also includes a Warm Up from Erin Scala on the history of wine grapes in Australia.

Listen to the stream above, or check it out in iTunes.

I’ll Drink to That is the world’s leading wine podcast, hosted by Levi Dalton. Levi has had a long career working as a sommelier in some of the most distinguished and acclaimed dining rooms in America. He has served wine to guests of Restaurant Daniel, Masa, and Alto, all in Manhattan. Levi has also contributed articles on wine themes to publications such as The Art of Eating, Wine & Spirits magazine, Bon Appetit online, and Eater NY. Check out his pictures on Instagram and follow him on Twitter: @levi_opens_wine