Wine Stories with Forbes Wine Columnist Katie Kelly Bell (Video)

Our guest this evening has been writing about wine for the past 12 years for Forbes, USA Today, Modern Luxury, Decanter and Southern Living. She has traveled from the vineyards of Argentina to the press houses of Champagne.

You can also find her on the CNN Airport Channel as a travel expert and on WSB Atlanta radio talking about wine.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s degree in education from Vanderbilt University. She holds a WSET Intermediate Level certificate and lives in Atlanta with her three kids, one dog and one very patient husband.

And she joins me live now from her home in Atlanta, Georgia: Welcome to the Sunday Sipper Club Katie Bell!

 

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You visited Domaine Romanee-Conti in Burgundy, France, which makes benchmark Pinot Noir. Apart from meticulous winemaking, what is it that makes this wine one of the best in the world?

How much does a single bottle of DRC sell for?

When was this vineyard held ransom? By whom? For how much? How did the issue get resolved?

 

 

Why is Burgundy, as a wine region, so confusing?

How would you describe DRC?

 

How do you define elegance and finesse in wine?

Why did Aubert want to get Burgundy and its 1420 climates a UNESCO heritage designation?

 

Katie Kelly Bell

Katie has been trotting the globe in pursuit of wine, food and travel stories for Forbes, USA Today, Modern Luxury, Decanter and Southern Living for over 12 years. Her work has also appeared in several in-flight magazines including Delta Sky and Silk Air Silkwinds. In the past she worked as senior editor at The Wine Report and she is the coauthor of The Everything Guide to Ireland. In 2013 her Forbes.com blog post titled, “Is There a Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Wine?” was a finalist for Wine Blog Post of the Year (Wine Blog Awards), and in 2012 she was awarded the MAGS Association Magnolia Award for excellence in writing and editing. She currently holds a WSET Intermediate Level certificate and lives in Atlanta with her three kids, one dog and one very patient husband.

Katie has been writing about food, wine and travel for over a dozen years. Her experiences have taken her from the vineyards of Argentina to the press houses of Champagne. In between she has co-authored a travel guide to Ireland, The Everything Guide to Ireland (Adams Media), written a city guide for Atlanta (Northstar Media) and worked as a Senior Editor at The Wine Report.

To date her work has appeared in: USA Today, Atlanta Magazine, Southern Living, Decanter, The Atlantan, Jezebel, Men’s Book, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, The Miami Herald, Delta Sky, CHILD, Where Atlanta, Private Air, The Private Journey, FOUR Magazine, MyMidwest, Simply Buckhead, Points North, The Atlantan Bride, and Flavors. She is also a monthly contributor to the Lifestyle section of Forbes.com, where she writes on travel, wine and food.

Katie also works for several custom publishing companies and provides writing services such as website and newsletter copy to local and national corporations. She has served as a food and wine judge in several Atlanta area competitions. In 2008 she made her television debut as a food judge on Fox’s Good Day Atlanta. You can also find her on the CNN Airport Channel as a travel expert and on WSB Atlanta radio talking about wine.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s degree in education from Vanderbilt University. Prior to her writing career, she spent several years teaching the elementary and middle grades in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Katie currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children. When she’s not writing she can usually be found chauffeuring someone somewhere and re-stocking the pantry for her hungry teenagers.

 

What did your doctor recommend as moderation?

Why are you skeptical about definitions of moderation in wine?

Spain seems to have the most liberal recommendations. What are they? Why do you think this is?

What’s your opinion on the latest study published in the Lancet that says no amount of alcohol is safe?

 

How can the level of alcohol on wine bottles be misleading?

What are the benefits of sparkling? Why sparkling and not other wines?

Should we take Michael Pollan’s advice?

How does alcohol affect women differently? I thought it was fat versus muscle rather than water percentage?

 

 

What was your impression of Parker, seeing him on stage?

Why is he so powerful? Is he still?

Does he have wine styles he doesn’t like?

Why do so many people dislike him?

 

Do you think he can make or break a winery?

What does Parkerization mean?

Is Bordeaux over-priced?

Where does he think the future lies?

 

 

Is oak aging part of terroir?

Why was he smitten with the spine of a 160 year-old oak, for its potential as a tree of import for barrel making?

 

 

What’s the history of forestry in France? Why are they famous for it?

How are barrels toasted?

 

 

 

You interviewed Bordeaux winemaker Pierre Seillan, of Château Lassègue, next to a 160 year-old oak tree in the Vosges forest. Why?

Why is he fascinated with which forest each of his barrels comes from and how the differences influence his wine?

 

 

What’s the best piece of wine advice you’ve ever received?

What’s the most useful wine gadget you’ve come across? How did you discover it?

 

 

If you could share a bottle of wine with any person outside the world, living or dead, who would that be? What would you ask them? (Let’s exclude relatives from this please so that viewers can identify the person you pick.)

 

 

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James Norton46:01 A superb show, terrific guest

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Stephen Andrews16:06 What makes me sad is that the wine is worth more if you do not drink it. Should wine not be made for drinking?

 

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Linda White Alexander45:11 That was quite illuminating!

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Lori Sweet45:37 I will be looking for her articles.

 

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Stephen Andrews44:53 I am going to have find and read Katie’s column because so entertaining.

Dawn Neff Bookshar31:23 I love the pictures you’ve been showing!

 

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Paul E Hollander45:10 Great conversation tonight. Thanks, Katie.

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Lori Sweet18:56 Visited both Burgundy and Bordeaux last year. Amazing how different they are.

 

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Stephen Andrews20:40 What makes someone a good story teller? Is there a special skill that stands out?

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Paul E Hollander18:22 They are made to enjoy with friends.

 

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Stephen Andrews11:44 Omg great story.

Alan Cameron21:17 Those lucky basquers !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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