I’ll Drink to That: Sylvain Pataille and the New Old Style

A new episode of I’ll Drink to That! has just been released. Episode 489 features a conversation with Sylvain Pataille, the owner and winemaker at Domaine Sylvain Pataille in the Burgundy area of Marsannay, in France. This episode also features shorter appearances from Bruno Clair (of the Bruno Clair winery in Marsannay), John Kongsgaard (of Kongsgaard Wine in Napa Valley), and Becky Wasserman (whose birthday it would have been today).

Sylvain Pataille is a grown-up wunderkind, a prodigious personality who now has the benefit of several years of experience in the vine rows and barrel cellars. His natural excitement is now leavened with his learned insights. And he is very ready to share what he knows. This hour-and-a-half episode runs through all kinds of winemaking topics, including reduction, infusion, stem inclusion, crushing, bâtonnage, and lees. To listen to this extensive run down (maybe twice or three times) is to feel that you now have the knowledge to ask some better questions. You will have a foothold in the cellar. Will you be as excited as Sylvain to try every experiment, to explore every avenue, and to ponder the results for years? Maybe so.

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Photo of Sylvain Pataille © Michel Joly.

I’ll Drink to That is the world’s most listened-to 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: @leviopenswine