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Top Gear host James May and wine expert Oz Clarke are on a mission to find the best wines in both the "Old" and "New" Worlds in this globe-trotting wine tour series of epic proportions.
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For Season 1, the guys jump into a Jaguar XJS and hit the road travelling through the vineyards of France in Bordeaux, Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhone Valley and Champagne to name a few. Oz, a dedicated Francophile, will do his best to turn James into a wine connoisseur.
Season 2 finds Oz and James on American soil in a massive motor home stopping at some of the best vineyards up and down California. They make their way to wineries in Paso Robles, Monterey County, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sonoma and Napa Valley.
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With grapes from winemaker Gary Pisoni, who reportedly smuggled vine cuttings from a famous French vineyard "out in his trousers," come bright Monterey white grapes. As Oz Clarke says; "Without acidity, Chardonnay is dead...a pointless drink." Agree with Oz?
James May conquered his fear of 'terroir' with Anarchy, a Four Wines blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, and Zin (replacing the usual Grenache) from Christian Tietje that James thinks "is revolutionary. This is a wine that will change the world...it has a sense of place and it has a sense of purpose." Strong words from James, but then, he rode into this vineyard on a Harley.
Godfather of Paso Robles wine Gary Eberle told Oz Clarke and James May that he planted the first post-Prohibition Syrah vines in America (when the duo parked their camper in his driveway and borrowed his pool). In the tasting room, try this cleverly-named wine of his Syrah blended with Mourvedre and Grenache.
Don a coonskin hat at this winery started by the beloved actor who played television's Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. Then, see if you can pronounce 'Viognier' as an Englishman as you taste it – James May teased Oz Clarke that he couldn't.
Oz Clarke says Winemaker Jim Clendenen "started the Pinot Noir craze." James May called it "a coy wine...it's polite as well." Find out if you agree when the winery opens for one of its semi-annual events.