The Wine Down - Old World vs. New World Wines (Charles Schetter)





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Published on Dec 8, 2011

On The Wine Down this week the topic of Old World vs New World Wines. Sonja and Brandon are joined by winemaker Charles Schetter to talk about what qualifies a wine as old world or new world and what the differences are and which, if either, is better and why? They explore French, Italian, German and Portuguese traditions and influences they have had on younger wine making regions such as America, Australia, South Africa, Chile, Argentina and Canada.

Charles owns Malibu Sanity, a one acre vineyard in the hills above the picturesque coastline known as Malibu. Charles decided to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay because he believes they are the best suited varietals for terroir and climate in his vineyard. Charles has long enjoyed a love for Burgundy and has a very extensive collection of some of the best produced wines from that region.


0:00 Introduction: Charles Schetter
02:00 Old World vs New World debate
02:40 What is your wine making philosophy and what are your goals?
04:00 Are you trying to emulate in the new world the old world qualities?
04:28 91 classic old world. What are the characteristics of this wine?
07:58 If you made your best pinot, might it compete with the burgundy you love so much?
09:15 VIDEO discussing how to discern between good and bad wines
10:30 What makes something great (idea that because it is old it is automatically good)?\
12:30 What was your biggest influence?
13:45 Practices in the vineyard vs discussion in the market place.
15:30 Do you need to pay your dues to appreciate characteristics that seem negative?
20:30 Mineral qualities.
20:50- 28:30 Word association.
28:50 VIDEO 2: "Wine is a serious endeavor"
29:30 Ultimately what is wine? how do we appreciate it? what do we need to understand it? what does it mean and what does it represent?
30:00 When you hear old world/new world do you think geography or style?
31:40 Matching the moment with the wine.
34:00 Do you have to know/appreciate all of the nuances to understand it?
39:30 Does the promise make it better?
41:50 Do you believe it is important to identify where it is from?
43:00 If terroir (which usually means old world) is employing new world techniques, what are we talking about in terms of production?
48:00 Is it intent or is it resources (how the elements are introduced)?
51:15 VIDEO THREE "paul masson chablis"
52:30 About commerce vs. passion: What is good and what is bad? Does either argument allow you to enjoy the wine more or less?
53:00 Malibu sanity chardonnay tasting.
54:55 Image of Charles working in his vineyard.
55:00 WRAP UP


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