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Heard it Through the Grapevine is a weekly program on 1179 AM Vision Australia Radio Melbourne,  the home of lifestyle radio, tune in at 7.30 pm every Saturday evening.

Heard it Through the Grapevine is the only national, in-depth radio wine program that is commercial free. With each program at just under half an hour, it  is goes to air nationally on the Community Radio Network, a network of 160 independent community radio stations which reaches over 1.5 million listeners per week.

Since 2011 Michael has covered a diverse range of topics from big picture issues such as seasonal and climate change, global and national trends – to new and emerging wine styles, wine regions, winemakers – plus a host of topical, everyday issues.

He has interviewed the likes of Jancis Robinson, James Halliday, James Suckling, Max Allen, Huon Hooke, demographer Bernard Salt, whisky aficionado Jeff Kennett, renowned viticulturist Richard Smart and a who’s who of winemakers including De Bortoli’s Steve Webber, Adam Foster from Syrahmi and Andrew and Terryn Hickinbotham from Hickinbotham of Dromana.

He’s also spoken to Hamish Seabrook from Kirrihill Wines in the Clare Valley and Anthony Murphy from Trentham Estate.  So tune into 1179 AM Vision Australia Radio Melbourne at 7.30 every Saturday evening.

Last year Michael was in conversation with Gail Divine about graphic designer Les Mason and his contribution to the Epicurean Magazine. He spoke to Michael Hill Smith MW from Shaw+Smith, Master Chef Teage Ezard and Winemaker Paul Bridgeman from the Yarra Valley’s Levantine Hill, Simon Killeen from Rutherglen and Hugues Villemain from Champagne Brimoncourt.

2016 guests include independent wine merchant Phil Hude from Armadale Cellars, Darren De Bortoli from De Bortoli Wines, Josh Elias Editor of Alquimie, Graeme Lofts author of ‘Heart & Soul – Australia’s First Families of Wine’ , Daniel Fischl from Linnaea Wines and Graeme Leith from Passing Clouds at Musk, near Daylesford.

Future guests include Andrew Sutherland-Smith from Warrabilla Wines Rutherglen, Steve Webber from De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley, Michael Wren from Grande Vindima will profile Portuguese wines and Viv Thomson from Best’s Wines, Great Western will be talking about the significance of Best’s 150th anniversary. Also Ned Goodwin MW will be painting a picture of  life in Japan and what Jancis Robinson MW calls ‘New Latitude Wines’ and in early May Bruce Dukes of Domaine Naturaliste Wines in the Margaret River will join me on Grapevine on 1179 AM Vision Australia Radio Melbourne.

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