Roderick Smith MW
Managing Director, Riviera Wine Academy
VDP: Where and how did you get the wine bug?
Roderick Smith: Working for Oddbins (retailer) in the the UK one Christmas back in 1986.
VDP: Your first encounter with German wines?
Roderick Smith: Not my first, but my best, was visiting Ernst Loosen the week before my MW exams, to remember why I loved wine in the first place. He was great (as he always is) and I passed the exam!
VDP: What is your favourite story to tell about German/VDP.wine – did you have highly emotional experience with our wines / producers?
Roderick Smith: Discovering just how amazingly good Silvaner is on my first visit to Franken.
VDP: How many bottles of German wine/VDP.wines do you have in your cellar?
Roderick Smith: Quite a few and not enough!
VDP: What is your favourite vineyard in Germany – and why?
Roderick Smith: Bremmer Calmont – the wine, the view, the walk.
VDP: If it comes to German grape varieties, what is your favourite? Riesling, Spätburgunder or other?
Roderick Smith: Riesling obviously, but also a huge fan of Silvaner and Scheurebe.