Episode 5 – Alastair Reed (Konpira Maru)

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Episode 5 - Alastair Reed (Konpira Maru)

Today’s episode is with Alastair Reed of Konpira Maru, which is based in the Whitlands subregion of the King Valley in Victoria, Australia. Konpira Maru is known for its quirky natural wines adorned with intriguing names like Admiral Ackbar and Square Root of Five. In this episode you’ll hear what Konpira Maru really means (no, it’s not a Japanese whaling vessel) and how owner Alastair Reed and his former student-turned-business partner Sam Cook almost turned Konpira Maru into a Sherry company. We’ll talk a bit about the grapes and the geography of Australia, and why “diner pepper shaker” is the only kind of pepper aroma Alastair and Sam ever seek to extract from their grapes.

Hosted by Charlotte Alsaadi.

Special thanks to SNACKTIME for the music!

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