Nature's Alchemists

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The final programme of the series in which Andrew Jefford looks at some of the people who make the world's most intriguing alcoholic drinks. 5: Manzanilla. Andrew Jefford visits winemaker Javier Hidalgo at the Spanish seaside town of Sanlucar de Barrameda to discover what makes this pale, light, dry style of sherry so special.

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The first of five programmes in which Andrew Jefford looks at some of the people who make the world's most intriguing alcoholic drinks.

1: Burgundy.

Leading winemaker Dominique Lafon reveals the secrets of vinification.

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The second of five programmes in which Andrew Jefford looks at some of the people who make the world's most intriguing alcoholic drinks.

2: Ale.

Andrew Jefford experiments with just a few of the 300 flavours found in hops with champion Harrogate brewer Sean Franklin.

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The third of five programmes in which Andrew Jefford looks at some of the people who make the world's most intriguing alcoholic drinks.

3: Tequila.

Jefford visits a primitive brewery to discover what variety of flavours tequila maker Carols Camarena can conjure from the blue agave - a large succulent plant that takes nearly a decade to mature.

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The fourth of five programmes in which Andrew Jefford looks at some of the people who make the world's most intriguing alcoholic drinks.

4: Chartreuse.

Andrew Jefford fails to get any of the silent Carthusian monks to reveal the secrets behind their 350-year-old elixir and the world's most complex liqueur.

But he does track down a possible supplier for some of the 130 natural ingredients they are thought to use.