Drinking with Phill and Mags
Phill Humphries and Mags Rivett
Your monthly celebration of all things quaffable.
Phill and Mags are wine enthusiasts, not to mention all the other drinks they can be found enjoying.
They bring you hints, tips, recommendations, information and a range of interviews from winemakers, vineyards, retailers and restaurants.
Another programme overflowing with drinks news, recommendations, observations and silliness.
In this new year’s edition we take a look back at some of our favourite stories from 2023. Mags is off for some winter sun but not before leaving some well chosen memories.
We feel we have to warn you Phill breaks into song during this Christmas episode!
We will bring you the wonders of Algeria, Test Valley Gin, Christmas cocktails and wines as we have a bit of fun preparing for the festive season.
Finally opening this Friday for the switch on of the Xmas lights we hear the story of how the Petersfield wine triangle was created.
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness – so we are warming ourselves with some Remarkable drinks from East Meon and some warming ales. Along the way we will look at the rare grape Romartin, discover the mistake that was the making of Guiness and Mags talks to a winemaker in Horndean who is either a very small vineyard or a very big hobbyist!
October or stop-tober? we have plenty of exquisite drinks to consider but in our spirit of “less but better” we also speak to the alcohol education trust and learn about their work, which brings a couple of surprises.
We often say “less but better” is our watchword but for stop-tober maybe we should all take a step back and consider our relationship with alcohol. The alcohol education trust works with young people though to older people (like us!) to help them manage their drinking.
This month we are revisiting the fizz fest and taking on board the harvest predictions for France and England. Phill reports back on Canadian wine and a classic french region. Mags talks tax, and drinking days – we reckon they need to go together in that order! Grape of the month is Furmint and we both fantasise about a negroni….
Summer time and the drinking is easy…remembering less but better is our watchword we sample the delights of Fizz Fest celebrating the vineyards of Hampshire. Mags browses through the Wine GB award winners, Phill visits a cider farm, as he has nothing else on, and Gilbert White of Selbourne brews some beer.
In a very full programme; we talk to Oz Clarke – yes THAT Oz Clarke! – about English winemaking success and hear from Wine GB how they are ensuring it is sustainable.