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Italian Wine Podcast is a podcast project dedicated to the Italian wine world. Wine writer Monty Waldin uncovers the unique Italian wine-making tradition in conversation with some of its key protagonists. Join us for a Cin Cin with Italian Wine People!---Host Bio: Monty Waldin was the first writer to specialise in organic and biodynamic wines: he sees biodynamics as a tool for terroir-driven wine, not a religion. Monty was filmed making biodynamic wine by the UK’s Channel 4 for his TV series “Chateau Monty”.

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Italian Wine Podcast is a podcast project dedicated to the Italian wine world. Wine writer Monty Waldin uncovers the unique Italian wine-making tradition in conversation with some of its key protagonists. Join us for a Cin Cin with Italian Wine People!---Host Bio: Monty Waldin was the first writer to specialise in organic and biodynamic wines: he sees biodynamics as a tool for terroir-driven wine, not a religion. Monty was filmed making biodynamic wine by the UK’s Channel 4 for his TV series “Chateau Monty”.

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Love Monty’s personality and of course Italian Wine

By Laytony10 - Sep 06 2019
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Monty’s personality is fantastic. Funny, very knowledgeable. He’s very witty with the all winemakers or owners of the vineyard that makes the interview so engaging. This is fantastic listen! If you love wine and like a little humor on a dry topic ;) you will absolutely love this, especially if you love Italian wine!

Great, great wine podcast

By CL Barnes - Jan 29 2018
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Certainly one of the best wine podcasts out there. Fun, entertaining and informative.

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Love Monty’s personality and of course Italian Wine

By Laytony10 - Sep 06 2019
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Monty’s personality is fantastic. Funny, very knowledgeable. He’s very witty with the all winemakers or owners of the vineyard that makes the interview so engaging. This is fantastic listen! If you love wine and like a little humor on a dry topic ;) you will absolutely love this, especially if you love Italian wine!

Great, great wine podcast

By CL Barnes - Jan 29 2018
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Certainly one of the best wine podcasts out there. Fun, entertaining and informative.
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Italian Wine Podcast

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Italian Wine Podcast is a podcast project dedicated to the Italian wine world. Wine writer Monty Waldin uncovers the unique Italian wine-making tradition in conversation with some of its key protagonists. Join us for a Cin Cin with Italian Wine People!---Host Bio: Monty Waldin was the first writer to specialise in organic and biodynamic wines: he sees biodynamics as a tool for terroir-driven wine, not a religion. Monty was filmed making biodynamic wine by the UK’s Channel 4 for his TV series “Chateau Monty”.

Rank #1: Ep. 139 Monty Waldin interviews Joe Bastianich (Bastianich Winery)

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In this episode, Monty Waldin interviews wine producer, restaurateur, MasterChef TV star, and musician Joe Bastianich. Tune in for a fantastic interview where Bastianich talks openly about his Italian origins and his relationship with Italian culture. Joe tells Monty that his parents came to America from the contested North-Eastern territory of Istria (former Italian territory and now Croatian) and set up an innovative and successful restaurant business in New York City. After talking about his upbringing in New York, Joe unveils his passions for rock music, good food and good wine—the latter culminating in starting the family winery in 1997 in the Colli Orientali area of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Joe tells Monty about his non-interventionist wine-making philosophy, marketing wine to millennials, and wine and food pairings. Enjoy Monty Waldin’s exclusive conversation with Italian wine and food celebrity Joe Bastianich!

Sep 26 2018

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Rank #2: Ep. 33 Monty Waldin interviews Master Sommelier and Natural Wine enthusiast Pascaline Lepeltier

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In this episode, Monty Waldin meets Pascaline Lepeltier, Master Sommelier and Beverage Director at Rouge Tomate Chelsea in New York. Pascaline is also a natural wine expert and joins Monty in an interesting conversation about sustainability, biodiversity, and her forays in the world of philosophy.

Jun 14 2017

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Rank #3: Ep. 225 Madeline Puckette (Wine Folly) on wine communication, infographics, and big data

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In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Madeline Puckette, designer, sommelier, and mastermind behind the groundbreaking Wine Folly, book and website that teach about wine through infographics and multimedia materials. Listen to Madeline’s personal forays into the wine world starting from a wine club membership and culminating with the launch of Wine Folly. Madeline, who is a graph tells Monty about her future projects which aims at communicating wine sourcing and exploiting big data about vineyards acreage, production figures and more. Tune for a lively conversation on digital wine communication, infographics, and big data with Wine Folly creator Madeline Puckette!

Aug 28 2019

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Rank #4: Ep. 79 Monty Waldin interviews Enrico Zanoni (CAVIT)

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In this episode Monty Waldin talks to Enrico Zanoni, General Director at Cavit, one of the Italian most important wine coops located in the Trentino-Alto Adige region. Monty and Enrico discuss the role of the coops nationally and globally, with specific reference to the Chinese market. Enrico also talks about the famous Pinot Grigio and illustrates in detail its potential and differences with Prosecco. Join Monty and his guest for a cin cin and some storytelling from the Italian wine coop scene. -- [This podcast has been recorded during “Vi.Vite – Vino di Vite Cooperative” an event organized by the Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane (Alliance of Italian Coops). This episode has been brought to you by Vinitaly 2018, taking place in Verona from April 15th to 18th. Vinitaly is the wine exhibition that helps you discover and get to know Italian wine and features over 4.200 wineries.]

Feb 13 2018

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Rank #5: Ep. 22 Monty Waldin interviews Ian D'Agata (Vinitaly International Academy 2014-2018) on Sangiovese

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In this episode Monty Waldin and Vinitaly International Academy Scientific Director 2014-2018 Ian D’Agata discuss Italy’s most widely planted red grape variety: Sangiovese. Ian brings us on a journey through Sangiovese areas in Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. He also talks about the origin of the name and his favorite wine and food combination for Sangiovese. Ian D'Agata is an award winning-wine writer, his book "Native Grapes of Italy" (University of California Press) received the prestigious Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Award in the category Book of the Year 2015. He has been writing and lecturing about food and wine for more than 25 years.

May 10 2017

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Rank #6: Ep. 185 Sarah Heller MW (Vinitaly International Academy Faculty) on Barolo

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In this episode, Monty Waldin meets Sarah Heller MW who is a member of the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) Faculty and teaches the Italian Wine Ambassador course. In this educational podcast dedicated to the iconic Italian wine denomination of Barolo, Sarah introduces the geology of the Barolo area, the profile of its grape variety, and different vinification styles which were also at the core of the famous traditionalist vs. modernist debate. Tune in to learn the ABC of one of the most iconic Italian wine appellations and discover Sarah’s personal connection to Piemonte and her proficiency in the Piedmontese dialect!

Mar 20 2019

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Rank #7: Ep. 60 Monty Waldin interviews Giovanni Manetti (Fontodi Winery)

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In this episode Monty Waldin meets Giovanni Manetti, owner of Fontodi Winery in Panzano, in Chianti Classico. Monty and Giovanni discuss the family history of Fontodi and their way of following biodynamic principles of viticulture. Giovanni also comments on how biodynamic viticulture helps the vineyard cope better with the challenges of global warming. Join Monty Waldin for another exciting conversation with a great Italian wine personality!

Oct 03 2017

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Rank #8: Ep. 196 --ENGLISH-- Attilio Scienza (VIA Chief Scientist) on Sangiovese

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This is the English-language translation of episode 196, which has originally been recorded in Italian. In this educational podcast, Monty Waldin speaks to Attilio Scienza, vine genetics scholar and Chief Scientist of the Vinitaly International Academy. Scienza’s most recent book La Stirpe del Vino (Sperling & Kupfer, 2018) explores the genetic history of an iconic grape variety. In this interview, Scienza and Monty discuss the genetic origins of Sangiovese, its genetic relationships with Mantonico, Nerello Mascalese, Foglia Tonda and other Southern grape varieties. Scienza redefines the notion of grape indigeneity by stating that a grape is native to the place where it finds its best genetic expression, rather than to the place where it originates. Thus, despite its Southern Italian origins and progeny, Sangiovese has found its best genetic expression in Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. Scienza talks about Sangiovese’s soils and wine-making styles and introduces key issues related to the main Sangiovese territories and denominations: Morellino di Scansano, Brunello, Chianti, and the Sangiovese in Emilia-Romagna. This podcast will give you an overview of the importance of Sangiovese to the Italian wine tradition and cannot be missed if you are studying wine! [A transcript of this interview in English is available on www.italianwinepodcast.com]. --- This episode is part of the Native Grape Odyssey sponsored series. This podcast series is brought to you by Native Grape Odyssey. Native Grape Odyssey is an educational project financed by the European Union and managed by Unione Italiana Vini and Interprofesional del Vino de España (OIVE) for the promotion of PDO and PGI European wines in Japan, Canada, and Russia. Learn more about "Europe. Quality. Wine." at nativegrapeodyssey.com/. Enjoy it's from Europe!

Apr 30 2019

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Rank #9: Ep. 23 Monty Waldin interviews Henry Davar (Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Expert)

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In this episode, Monty Waldin interviews Henry Davar who completed the Vinitaly International Academy certification course in Verona in April 2017, reaching the Expert Level at first sitting. Henry talks to Monty about growing up in New York City, about his work as wine educator in Las Vegas, and his transformative encounters with Italian wine and the community of Italian wine producers.

May 11 2017

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Rank #10: Ep. 46 Monty Waldin interviews Laura Bianchi (Castello di Monsanto)

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In this episode Monty Waldin talks to Laura Bianchi, owner of Castello di Monsanto winery in Barberino Val d’Elsa in Tuscany. Laura tells Monty about the story of her family, her vineyards, and her forays in the wine business, when she was just a young woman. Laura also teaches Monty some Italian proverbs about wine, whereby you can’t have 'la botte piena' and 'la moglie ubriaca'! Tune in for some Chianti conversations and folk wisdom!

Jul 25 2017

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Rank #11: Ep. 128 Monty Waldin interviews Peter Heilbron (Tenuta Bellafonte)

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In this episode Monty Waldin meets Peter Heilbron at Bellafonte Winery in Umbria. Peter, whose former career was in the Umbrian chocolate industry, tells Monty about his energy efficient winery, the aromas of Sagrantino wines and the rediscovery of Trebbiano Spoletino native grape. Tune in to learn more about the ins and outs of viticulture and winemaking in Umbria’s beautiful Montefalco region.

Jul 31 2018

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Rank #12: Ep. 49 Monty Waldin interviews Sean O'Callaghan (Il Guercio wine project in Chianti Classico)

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In this episode Monty Waldin talks to Sean O'Callaghan who recently started a new wine project called Il Guercio in Chianti Classico. Tune in to discover another compelling story about wine making and the history of the one of the most famous wine areas in Italy and in the world.

Aug 02 2017

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Rank #13: Ep. 75 Monty Waldin interviews Matteo Cremonini (Le Chiantigiane)

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In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Matteo Cremonini, Export Manager and oenologist at Le Chiantigiane, a large Italian wine coop based in Tavernelle Val di Pesa in Tuscany. Monty and Matteo discuss Le Chiantigiane’s Morellinos and their new Sangiovese-based red IGT “Governo.” They also discuss the influence of climate change on the native grape varieties’ plantings, wine-making processes, and the importance of enabling the new generation to enter the wine making business in Italy. --- [This podcast has been recorded during “Vi.Vite – Vino di Vite Cooperative” an event organized by the Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane (Alliance of Italian Coops). This episode has been brought to you by Vinitaly 2018, taking place in Verona from April 15th to 18th. Vinitaly is the wine exhibition that helps you discover and get to know Italian wine and features over 4.200 wineries.]

Jan 30 2018

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Rank #14: Ep. 135 Monty Waldin interviews Gina Gallo (E.J. Gallo Winery)

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In this episode Monty Waldin meets Gina Gallo, Senior Director of Winemaking at E. & J. Gallo Winery in California, the largest family-onwed winery in the United States. Gina tells Monty all about her family’s Italian roots and her personal connections with Italy. Gina also talks about market trends for her wines with the new generations and provides her views on how Italian wineries and wine brands can harness the potential of the American market. Tune in also for some “bubbly” conversations on the Chinese market for wine and… Prosecco!

Sep 12 2018

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Rank #15: Ep. 86 Monty Waldin interviews Alison Napjus (Wine Spectator)

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In episode 86 Monty Waldin meets Alison Napjus, Senior Editor at Wine Spectator, the leading American magazine about wine and wine culture. Alison is one of the experts at Wine Spectator who selects the 100 Italian wine producers for Vinitaly’s opening gala, OperaWine (https://goo.gl/jcB6eN). In this interview, Alison tells Monty about her career and daily work in the magazine, her personal connection with Italy and her passion for Italian wine. Alison explains Wine Spectator’s rigorous blind tasting methodology and talks about wine tasting and the future of wine journalism.

Mar 06 2018

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Rank #16: Ep. 87 Monty Waldin interviews Antonio Michael Zaccheo (Carpineto Winery)

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In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Antonio Michael Zaccheo of Carpineto Wines in Tuscany. Monty’s guest talks about how Carpineto Wines came to be, that is, from the joint efforts of two families: the Zaccheo family from Puglia and the Sacchet family from Veneto. Carpineto’s founders came from opposite parts of Italy and met half-way in Tuscany, united by their love of Tuscany and Sangiovese. Antonio Michael Zaccheo talks about Tuscan wines, global markets, and… the ironic sobriquet “pulci in culo” for a local grape variety! Tune in to find out more!

Mar 07 2018

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Rank #17: Ep. 85 Monty Waldin interviews Mateja Gravner (Gravner Winery)

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In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Mateja Gravner who works in the family winery “Gravner” in Oslavia in Friuli Venezia Giulia on the border with Slovenia. Mateja’s father, Josko Gravner is an iconic producer who created the paradigm for so-called “orange wines”—his famous Ribolla wine being made from Ribolla Gialla native grapes. Mateja tells Monty about his father Josko’s innovation in wine-making that includes skin contact and fermentation in amphoras coming from Georgia. Tune in to discover the history of the Slovenian-speaking Gravner family that intersects also with major events in the history of Italy and its contested north-east borders.

Feb 28 2018

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Rank #18: Ep. 223 Puru Manvi (Manvi) on Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

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In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Puru Manvi, owner of the Manvi winery together with his wife Sudha in the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano area. Puru and Sudha left their career in the banking sector in Switzerland, Canada, and India (among other countries) to move to Italy and become vignerons, acquiring the winery in 2015. Manvi is the smallest winery in the Consorzio Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and its owners are very much focussed on quality and they have been organic since its previous owners. Puru tells Monty about the location of his vineyards and some changes he brought about in the wine-making, for instance the use of French oak barrels instead of barrique. Tune in to learn more about a beautiful spot in Tuscany and Puru and Sudha’s Italian dream come true!

Jul 31 2019

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Rank #19: Ep. 37 Monty Waldin interviews Marilisa Allegrini of Allegrini Estates

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Italian Wine Podcast travels back to Veneto to meet the Queen of Amarone, Marilisa Allegrini. Monty discusses the grape varieties of the Veneto region such as Corvina and the Allegrini family estates in Veneto and Tuscany. Marilisa also talks about her upbringing and future prospects for women working the wine business. Tune in to Italian Wine Podcast for another compelling story about Italy’s wine excellence.

Jun 27 2017

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Rank #20: Ep. 208 --ENGLISH-- Attilio Scienza (VIA Chief Scientist) on 4 Sicilian wines

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[This is the English-language translation and dubbed version of episode 208, which has originally been recorded in Italian.] In this educational podcast, Monty Waldin hosts Prof. Attilio Scienza again to talk about 4 grape varieties and related wines from Sicily. In the first part, Scienza discusses Nerello Mascalese (the variety which yields the famous Etna Rosso wines) and Frappato (grown in the areas of Noto and Vittoria)—both also part of the progeny of Sangiovese as discussed in episode 196). In the second part Scienza presents two ancient grape varieties cultivated on the islands around mainland Sicily: Zibibbo or Moscato d’Alessandria from Pantelleria, the iconic grape used to make Passito di Pantelleria and grown with the alberello training system; Malvasia di Lipari from the island of Lipari in the Eolian islands. Tune in also for a dive into the history of ancient Mediterranean viticulture and wine trade throughout the centuries in which Sicily played a huge part! [A transcript of this interview in English is available on www.italianwinepodcast.com]. --- This episode is part of the Native Grape Odyssey sponsored series. This podcast series is brought to you by Native Grape Odyssey. Native Grape Odyssey is an educational project financed by the European Union and managed by Unione Italiana Vini and Interprofesional del Vino de España (OIVE) for the promotion of PDO and PGI European wines in Japan, Canada, and Russia. Learn more about "Europe. Quality. Wine." at nativegrapeodyssey.com/. Enjoy it's from Europe!

Jun 11 2019

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Ep. 262 Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator) on Wine Journalism, Barolo and Montalcino

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Senior Editor at Wine Spectator Bruce Sanderson joins Monty Waldin on the podcast to talk about his career in wine journalism and Italian wine trends in the United States. Former model and actor in Australia, Canada, and the United States, Sanderson tells Waldin how he got into wine and about his beginnings as a sommelier in New York. Sanderson also talks about his approach to wine writing and wine tasting and discusses his work at Wine Spectator, particularly in relation to Italian wine and his areas of expertise (Piemonte and Toscana). Tune in to learn more about current U.S. trends with regards to Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto and the rebirth of Montalcino and its Brunello.

Jan 22 2020

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Ep. 261 Ondine de la Feld (Tenuta di Tavignano) on European Influences and Marche Traditions

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Ondine de la Feld of Tenuta di Tavignano takes time out from wine2wine 2019 to speak with Monty Waldin and help us understand the wines that come from “le terrazze delle Marche,” or the stage that looks out from the Apennine Mountains toward the Adriatic Sea. Ondine paints a vivid picture of how the physical landscape coupled with calcareous and argillaceous soils help produce special wines, such as Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Rosso Piceno, near the town of Cingoli, Italy. She tells her story with a backdrop of Picene and Roman influences and we learn why the Marche of present day is a hotspot of organic agriculture, biodynamic wines, and cooperatives that add value to the region. Listen in to find out why Gambero Rosso rates Tenuta di Tavignano’s Misco.

Jan 21 2020

28mins

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Ep. 260 Lawrence Francis (Interpreting Wine Podcast)on Wine Podcasts

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Lawrence Francis, host of the Interpreting Wine Podcast, joins Monty Waldin in the wine bunker to discuss his path to become a prolific podcaster. Lawrence, previously a qualified business psychologist, only entered the “world of wine” in 2017 when he began driving around Spain to interview wine producers. The Interpreting Wine Podcast explores trends in the wine industry, and Lawrence interviews “…growers, importers, merchants, bar/shop/restaurants and everything in between.” Here, he describes what it took to find his voice, refine his craft, and leave a successful earlier career behind! Lawrence sees room for growth in the podcast space and he seeks to inspire others to launch their own creative endeavors — he even makes available a free guide to podcast startup equipment on his website: interpretingwine.com/kit. Get to know a fellow podcaster who embraces change and manages to find the positive side of every situation.

Jan 15 2020

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Ep. 259 Yannick Benjamin (Wine on Wheels & Wheeling Forward) on inclusivity in hospitality & wine

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In this episode Monty Waldin interviews US-based sommelier Yannick Benjamin, co-founder of Wine on Wheels and Wheeling Forward, owner of Contento restaurant, and Head Sommelier at the University Club in New York. Yannick talks about his beginnings in the hospitality sector in New York until a life-changing accident left him paralyzed from the waist down and forced him to reconsider his life and career choices. Yannick tells Monty about his struggles and the process that led him to return to work in hospitality and in the wine industry. Tune in for an amazing story of resilience that inspired attendees at wine2wine 2019.

Jan 14 2020

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Ep. 258 Elizabeth Schneider (Wine for Normal People) on wine podcasts

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In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Elizabeth Schneider, host of Wine for Normal People Podcast, a show for wine lovers and learners. Elizabeth tells Monty how the show came about in 2009 and talks about her focus on wine consumers. From the show, Elizabeth also published a book entitled Wine For Normal People, now widely available in print and ebook format. Tune in to also learn more about her outstanding work as a wine educator.

Jan 08 2020

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Ep. 257 Gaia Gaja (Gaja Estates) on the family estates in Barbaresco, Montalcino, Bolgheri, and Etna

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In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Gaia Gaja, co-owner of the Gaja Estates in Barbaresco, Montalcino, Bolgheri, and Etna. Gaia is the fifth generation of a family who started making wine in Barbaresco in 1859. Gaia tells Monty about the beginnings with her great-great grandfather Giovanni in the nineteenth century and about the work of her grandfather and father (both named Angelo). Gaia speaks about their “sori” or crus in Barbaresco, about her father Angelo’s groundbreaking work in the vineyard and his passion to embark in new projects such as the estates in Montalcino (Pieve di Santa Restituta), Bolgheri (Ca' Marcanda), and most recently in Etna, Sicily, with Alberto Graci. Tune in to listen to the history of an iconic family who shaped trends and styles in Piemonte and beyond!

Jan 07 2020

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Ep. 256 Heini Zachariassen (VIVINO) on wine apps and online marketplaces

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In this podcast Monty Waldin interviews Heini Zachariassen, Founder of Vivino, world’s largest wine app. Heini, who is originally from the Faroe Islands, tells Monty how he founded Vivino and helped the project grow into a community of 30 million users. Heini also talks about life in California where he currently lives and some of his favourite Italian wines.

Dec 18 2019

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Ep. 255 Giovanni Luigi Brumat (Cantina Toblino) on Trentino wines, Nosiola, Schiava, and Rebo

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In this episode, Monty Waldin interviews Giovanni Luigi Brumat, Brand Manager at Cantina Toblino in Madruzzo, near Trento. This wine coop was established in 1960 and features more than 600 growers to date. 10% of its vineyards are organic and local grape varieties such as Nosiola, Schiava, and Rebo are grown. Monty and Giovanni talk about award-winning Vin Santo made with Nosiola grapes and Rebo, a crossing between Teroldego and Merlot, which was developed by Rebo Rigotti in the enological institute San Michele all’Adige in the province of Trento. Giovanni suggests some interesting food pairings with Cantina Toblino wines and discusses wine tourism in the area. Tune in to learn more also about Cantina Toblino’s latest experiments in the vineyard with the traditional “pergola trentina” training system and in the cellar with amphoras.

Dec 17 2019

21mins

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Ep. 254 Angelo Minelli (Wine-Searcher) on wine search engines, New Zealand and Italian wines

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In this episode Monty Waldin interview Angelo Minelli, Italian wine specialist at Wine-Searcher, one of the most influential wine search engines. Angelo, who is based in Auckland, New Zealand, tells Monty about his role at Wine-Searcher, how the search engine works, and the importance of the data gathered by the Wine-Searcher for producers. Angelo, whose family also owns a small winery in Franciacorta, tells Monty about his passion for Italian wines from native grapes and for New Zealand Pinot Noir!

Dec 11 2019

26mins

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Ep. 253 Serena Imazio (Book Author & Researcher) on the lineage & genetics of vines and wine history

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In this podcast Monty Waldin interviews book author and vine genetics expert Serena Imazio who recently published a book with scientist Attilio Scienza on the lineage and genetic ties amongst Italian and European vines. The book entitled La Stirpe del Vino came out in 2018 in Italian and was a bestseller; in November 2019 the English translation with the title Sangiovese, Lambrusco, and Other Vine Stories followed. Serena tells Monty some of the fascinating stories that the book presents: the journey of Malvasia vines and wines across the Mediterranean, Leonardo Da Vinci’s vineyard in Milan, the genetics of the Lambrusco varieties, and the origin of the Sangiovese grape. Tune in to learn more about iconic Italian and European grapes with Serena Imazio, co-author of the newly published "Sangiovese, Lambrusco, and Other Vine Stories".

Dec 10 2019

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Ep. 252 Gérard Spatafora (E-Studi’OZ.wine) on e-commerce, big data, and SVOD platforms

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In this episode which is part of the Let’s Talk Wine Biz Series, Monty Waldin interviews Gérard Spatafora, E-Commerce strategist and Director of E-Studi’OZ.wine. Gerard tells Monty about his experience in e-commerce platforms for wines and discusses the state of the art of online sales for wine globally. He also talks about the importance of big data analysis for wineries and the potential of creating content for SVOD platforms. Tune in for the latest insights into wine e-commerce, big data, and digital content!

Dec 05 2019

17mins

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Ep. 251 Mauro Di Maggio (Consorzio Primitivo di Manduria) on Primitivo, Manduria, and Trulli

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In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Mauro Di Maggio who serves as the President of the Consorzio Primitivo di Manduria, in Apulia, the “heel” of Italy. Mauro who comes from a wine-growing family and is the Director of Cantine San Marzano talks about the Primitivo di Manduria appellation and the characteristics of the Manduria terroir. Mauro explains the origin of the name of the Primitivo grape and the geology of the Manduria region. Tune in to learn more about a typical lamb dish from the area paired with Primitivo and about their DOCG “Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale”!

Dec 03 2019

12mins

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Ep. 250 Lorenzo Fortini (Poggio al Tesoro) & Luca D'Attoma (Consultant) on Bolgheri & climate change

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In this episode recorded on site, Monty Waldin meets Lorenzo Fortini, winemaker at Poggio al Tesoro and Luca D’Attoma, Consultant Enologist. Lorenzo and Luca explain how winemakers and consultants work together during harvest and discuss the impact of climate change in the vineyards in Bolgheri as well as measures to prevent its damaging effects. This episode ends our Bolgheri series, which was recorded on the road at the end of September during harvest.

Nov 27 2019

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Ep. 249 Michele Scienza (Guado al Melo) on Bolgheri wines, co-plantation, and microvinification

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In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Michele Scienza, whose family owns Guado al Melo, in the Bolgheri area in Tuscany. Michele explains Monty the viticultural methods at Guado al Melo: co-plantation or so-called field blends, whereby different grape varieties are planted together in the one vineyard. Michele goes into his winemaking techniques and presents his wines which bear legendary and antiquarian names: Criseo, Jassarte, Bacco in Toscana, Atis, and Rute! Tune in to learn more about the history of the Guado al Melo winery in Bolgheri, as well as their viticulture and winemaking that combine tradition, innovation, and sustainability!

Nov 21 2019

43mins

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Ep. 248 Marco Ferrarese (Guado al Tasso - Antinori) on Bolgheri wines, winemaking, and terroir

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In this episode recorded on site, Monty Waldin interviews Marco Ferrarese, winemaker and vineyard manager at Guado al Tasso, an estate owned by the Antinori family in Bolgheri. Marco tells Monty about the history of the estate, its soils, and his approach to vineyard management. He presents Guado al Tasso’s iconic wines which bear legendary names such as Scalabrone (their rosé), Il Bruciato (Bolgheri DOC), Guado al Tasso (Bolgheri DOC Superiore) and others. Discover the flavours and the legends behind these wines and Marco’s favourite food pairings. Warmest thanks to Marco’s wife, Luisa Foschetti, Hospitality Manager at Guado al Tasso for the greatest welcome and for the facilitating the recording of this podcast!

Nov 19 2019

21mins

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Ep. 247 Leonardo Raspini (Tenuta Argentiera) on Bolgheri wines and agronomy

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In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Leonardo Raspini, General Manager of Tenuta Argentiera near Donoratico, Tuscany, in the Bolgheri denomination area. An agronomist by training who has been worked in Bolgheri for almost 20 years, Leonardo tells Monty how he recently joined Tenuta Argentiera and began working on its vineyards, some of the highest in altitude in the Bolgheri DOC area. Monty and Leonardo discuss covercrops and the importance of soils in the Bolgheri area. Leonardo also talks about the origin of the name “Argentiera” and presents the estate’s main wines: their flagship Argentiera, Villa Donoratico, and Poggio ai Ginepri (among others). Tune in also for a tour of some of the main wine areas in Tuscany!

Nov 13 2019

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Ep. 246 Federico Zileri Dal Verme (Consorzio Bolgheri DOC) on the Bolgheri DOC & Supertuscans

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In this episode recorded in September 2019, Monty Waldin interviews Federico Zileri Dal Verme, Former President of the Consorzio Bolgheri DOC (until September 2019). Zileri is also the owner of the Castello di Bolgheri winery and Manager of Tenuta Argentiera. In this interview, Zileri focuses on the history of the Bolgheri DOC Consortium that celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019. Zileri talks about the varieties which make the Supertuscans, the characteristics of the Bolgheri appellation and terroir, the importance of the Bolgheri and Tuscany brands and the main export markets for Bolgheri DOC. Tune in to learn more about a distinctive wine region in Tuscany!

Nov 12 2019

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Ep. 245 Shigeru Hayashi (Solo Italia) on the Japanese market for Italian wine

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In this interview, Monty Waldin talks to Shigeru Hayashi, CEO of Solo Italia, a Japanese wine import company based in Tokyo. Shigeru, who has lived and worked in Italy for 14 years, is an importer, wine educator, and wine writer who authored several publications on Italian wine and food. With Monty he talks about the Japanese market for Italian wine, and what strategies and approaches may work best to penetrate it. He also talks about Japanese wine consumers, his latest book on the basics of Italian wines and Italian restaurant in Japan! Tune in to this useful podcast about the Japanese wine market! --- This episode is part of the Native Grape Odyssey sponsored series. This podcast series is brought to you by Native Grape Odyssey. Native Grape Odyssey is an educational project financed by the European Union and managed by Unione Italiana Vini and Interprofesional del Vino de España (OIVE) for the promotion of PDO and PGI European wines in Japan, Canada, and Russia. Learn more about "Europe. Quality. Wine." at nativegrapeodyssey.com/. Enjoy it's from Europe!

Nov 06 2019

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Ep. 244 Brandon Tebbe MS on the sommelier profession in the US

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In this podcast, Monty Waldin interviews Brandon Tebbe MS, currently the lead sommelier at the Encore Boston Harbor in Boston, MA. Brandon is a certified Master Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador. In this interview he tells Monty how he got into wine and what the sommelier profession in the United States is like. He also talks about his new winemaking project in the Willamette Valley in Oregon producing Pinot Noir. Tune in to also learn more about Brandon’s passion for Piemonte and Barolo!

Nov 05 2019

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Ep. 243 Sara Norell (Systembolaget AB) on the Swedish alcohol monopoly system and consumer trends

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In this episode, which is part of the wine2wine series “Let’s Talk Wine Biz,” Monty Waldin interviews Sara Norell, Director of Assortment, Purchasing, and Supply Chain at Systembolaget AB, the Swedish alcohol monopoly. Sara tells Monty about her career: her beginnings in the hotel business as a sommelier and her current position at Systembolaget. Sara provides useful insights into the way the Swedish liquor board operates in comparison with other national alcohol boards such as those in Canada. She talks about Systembolaget’s commitment to alcohol awareness and to organic wines. In particular, Sara presents some interesting demographics about organic wines in Sweden. Tune in to learn more about the Swedish wine market and their monopoly system.

Oct 30 2019

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Love Monty’s personality and of course Italian Wine

By Laytony10 - Sep 06 2019
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Monty’s personality is fantastic. Funny, very knowledgeable. He’s very witty with the all winemakers or owners of the vineyard that makes the interview so engaging. This is fantastic listen! If you love wine and like a little humor on a dry topic ;) you will absolutely love this, especially if you love Italian wine!

Great, great wine podcast

By CL Barnes - Jan 29 2018
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Certainly one of the best wine podcasts out there. Fun, entertaining and informative.