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21 October 2006

Carol Drinkwater
talks about her new book The Olive Route which maps the route by which the olive became the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet.

Carol describes her cultural and historical adventure across the Eastern Mediterranean coast where she gained access to diverse regions and communities. Starting her journey in Lebanon looking for the world's oldest olive tree Carol travelled for over eight months learning about the origin and cultivation of the olive.

Shyama Perera
talks to award-winning wine writer, Robert Joseph author of the Wine Travel Guide to the World and to writer, broadcaster and Master of Wine Sarah Jane Evans - both travelled extensively to pursue their passion for wine.

Sarah Jane describes her recent trips to Chile and Canada to find out about the cultures which produce the wines we enjoy at home. Robert Joseph discusses the rise in wine tourism and explains how vineyards are now doing more to accommodate tourists.

Presented by Shyama Perera

Montana's winery in Marlborough

Photo: Montana's winery in Marlborough

This week's guests:

Carol Drinkwater is a British actress who starred in the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small and the author of the trilogy "The Olive Farm", "The Olive Harvest" and "The Olive Season" about life on an olive farm in the south of France.

For her new book Carol went in search of the origins of the olive tree. Carol discovered more than the secrets of Mediterranean culture and cuisine, she also found a web of conflict and cruelty.

The Olive Route: A Personal Journey to the Heart of the Mediterranean
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 0297847899

Robert Joseph is an award-winning wine writer. Robert co-founded Wine International Magazine over 20 years ago and was publishing editor until 2005; for sixteen years Robert was also the wine correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph.

Robert has written several books on wine and was twice the winner of the Glenfiddich for wine writing. As a member of le Grand Jury Européen he has judged and chaired wine competitions in France, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.

His latest book explores the world’s main wine-growing regions as well as some ‘off the beaten track’ wine-producing areas. The main regions covered are New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, USA, Chile, Argentina, Australia, South Africa, Portugal and Germany and also some countries less well known for producing wine such as Thailand, Japan and India.

Wine Travel Guide to the World (Footprint travel guide)
Publisher: Footprint Handbooks
ISBN: 1904777856

Sarah Jane Evans is a writer and broadcaster who recently became a Master of Wine. She’s a dedicated wine tourist, travelling widely across the world visiting vineyards. She currently writes for BBC Good Food, Decanter and Olive, and appears on Great Food Live.

She is a General Governor of the British Nutrition Foundation, a Trustee of the André Simon Memorial Fund and a Patron of the Food Chain. She was until last year President of the Guild of Food Writers, and enjoys testing out the most pleasurable combinations of food and wine.

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