Richard Hemming MW and pop superstar Pink: an unlikely friendship

The first episode of wine podcast A Glass With featured pop superstar Pink, and producer Richard Hemming MW has revealed they became friends after she followed him on Twitter.

Pink, real name Alecia Beth Moore, spoke to host Olly Smith about her 10ha Californian winery, which is planted with the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Grenache, Grenache Blanc.

It was a coup for Hemming and Smith to persuade her to take part in the first episode, but Hemming explains the unlikely story of their friendship, revealing himself to be on first name terms with her.

“I've been friends with Alecia for around five years,” he told OLN. “We met via Twitter because she was studying WSET at the time and was following me. Sounds so unlikely but it’s true.

“When she played Hyde Park, we met for a drink and then I went to California to stay with her a few years later. So it was easy to ask her to be involved because we are already in touch. 

“For series one we've chosen guests that we know already love wine, so they are really keen to talk about it. It’s their hobby and passion rather than their income. It helps that Olly and the guest share a glass while recording because it makes a relaxed atmosphere and gives them something to talk about immediately.”

Each episode sees the celebrity guest bring along a bottle of their favourite wine, and Pink – or Alecia to Hemming – rocked up with Chateau Pontet-Canet, a red Bordeaux from Pauillac, of which the 2010 vintage retails at £192 per bottle.

She also talked about her love of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which she included in her first ever rider. “What’s great about wine for me, I’ve been drinking wine for 15 years and I know nothing,” she said.

Smith, whose trademark blazer may never have seemed so apt, gave her a bottle of Domaine Champet, La Viallière 2012 Côte-Rôtie, which has an average price of £40, to take away with her.

Hemming said: “Obviously we'd love the trade to get behind this sort of thing. We think it is a great way to bring wine to a demographic that wouldn't normally engage with wine. But at the same time it has enough detail to interest the engaged wine consumer.

“So we hope that we are bringing new people into the wine category, making them think about it, improving their knowledge and ultimately encouraging them to buy better wine. We also think we've got a great opportunity for our sponsors to reach a receptive audience that actively opt in to listen.”

The first episode is available to listen to here:

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