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Luglio 10, 2019

Ep. 217 Monty Waldin interviews Diana D’Isanto (I Balzini)

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Diana D’Isanto, whose family owns I Balzini Winery in Barberino Val D’Elsa in Tuscany. The winery specializes in IGT Toscana and Supertuscans and all its workers are women, including I Balzini’s consultant-oenologist Barbara Tamburini. Tune in to learn more about their signature wines—I Balzini White Label and I Balzini Black Label—the tufo soils which are ideal for their Merlot grapes, and the main markets!
Luglio 9, 2019

Ep. 216 Monty Waldin interviews Simona Fino (Gianfranco Fino)

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Simona Fino. Simona and Gianfranco own the Gianfranco Fino winery in the Manduria region of Puglia. Simona tells Monty about how her adventure in wine started and the winery’s focus on old vines which are from 60 to 90 years old. Simona and Monty talk about the winery’s signature Primitivo di Manduria, the Es 2012, and their main markets. Tune in to also learn about typical dishes to pair with Primitivo.
Luglio 3, 2019
Pico Maccario & Carucci

Ep. 215 Monty Waldin interviews Alessandro Carucci (Carucci & Pico Maccario Barbera Chinato project)

In this episode Monty Waldin hosts three special guests: Alessandro Carucci, the creator of the Carucci Barbera Chinato; Gianluca Cariniti, export manager at Pico Maccario, the winery which produces the Barbera wine used to make Alessandro’s Chinato; Alessandro’s wife and business partner Ilaria Gambino, who also owns the Cugini di Campagna Bar in Nizza Monferrato where the Barberatonic cocktail was born. Tune in to find out how these people work together in the name of Barbera. In the interview Gianluca talks about the Barbera d’Asti “Lavignone” used for Carucci’s Barbera Chinato; Ilaria talks about the multiple ways in which Barbera Chinato can be tasted, both as an aperitivo or as a digestivo; and Alessandro reveals some of the “secret” herbs and spices used to make his Chinato. Alessandro also gets mixing and prepares some Barbera Tonic cocktails live in our podcast studio. Listen to the story of this fantastic collaboration coming from the Barbera d’Asti area in Piemonte and join us for a cin cin with Barberatonic! www.barberatonicofficial.it/
Luglio 2, 2019

Ep. 214 Monty Waldin interviews Tommaso Chiarli (Cleto Chiarli)

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Tommaso Chiarli whose family owns the historic Cleto Chiarli winery in Modena, Emilia-Romagna. Cleto Chiarli is the oldest winery in Emilia-Romagna and famous producer of Lambrusco wines. Tommaso talks about the Lambrusco varieties vinified by Cleto Chiarli—Lambrusco Salamino, Lambrusco di Sorbara, and Lambrusco Grasparossa—and explains the origin of the grape names. Tommaso also presents a typical four-course meal from the region paired exclusively with Lambrusco. Tune in to also learn another local white variety, Pignoletto, and the potential of Lambrusco wines in the international markets.
Giugno 26, 2019

Ep. 213 Monty Waldin interviews Veronica Ruggeri (Le Colture)

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Veronica Ruggeri whose family owns Le Colture winery in Valdobbiadene, in the heartland of Prosecco. We were also joined in studio by Veronica's brother Alberto. Monty and Veronica talk about the climate and soil characteristics of the area and discuss the origin of the name Cartizze, one of the crus of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene appellation.Veronica tells Monty about her family history and her father’s passion for viticulture and wine-making. Veronica introduces Le Colture’s wines and the main foreign markets for their products. Tune in to also learn more about the term “Rive” which designates Prosecco crus and is used in association with Conegliano or Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. Join us for a lesson in all-things Prosecco and discover also some yummy food pairings (vegetable risotto, rabbit and chicken). Tune in to to also learn how to spell and pronounce V-A-L-D-O-B-B-I-A-D-E-N-E after a glass of Prosecco!
Giugno 25, 2019

Ep. 212 Monty Waldin interviews Vito Palumbo (Tormaresca)

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Vito Palumbo, Brand Manager at Tormaresca, a company owned by the Antinori family and including two estates in Puglia: Tenuta Bocca di Lupo in Castel del Monte and Masseria Maime in the Salento area. Vito and Monty discuss native and traditional varieties of Puglia, Tormaresca’s production of Apulian rosés, and some delicious fish pairings for rosé. Vito also talks about the main markets for the winery, the charm of Pugliese traditional farms called “masseria,” and the development of tourism in the Apulia region!

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