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Giugno 19, 2019

Ep. 211 Monty Waldin interviews Martin Foradori Hofstatter (Hofstatter Winery)

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Martin Foradori Hofstätter, owner of the J. Hofstätter Winery in Tramin/Termeno, in the Trentino-Alto Adige region. Martin is the fourth generation of an iconic winery in an area which is the home of the Gewurtztraminer grape. Martin and Monty chat about the winery’s main markets outside of Italy: USA, Japan, Russia, and UK. Martin also discusses the Alto Adige terroir and factors which affect vine growing such as exposure (east/west facing), altitude, soils, and microclimates. He also talks about local grape varieties such as Gewurtztraminer, Lagrein, Schiava and traditional varieties such as Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. Tune in to learn more about a major producer of Trentino Alto-Adige as well as some local food pairings with wines from native grapes!
Giugno 18, 2019

Ep. 210 Monty Waldin interviews Michele Faro (Pietradolce Winery)

In this episode Monty Waldin meets Michele Faro, owner of the Pietradolce Winery in the Etna area of Sicily. Michele tells Monty about his family history and his land on the Etna vulcano that includes also some pre-fillossera vines. Michele talks about the local varieties that he grows (Nerello Mascalese and Carricante) and the characteristics of the Etna soil. He also presents his signature red and white wines and recommends also some of his favourite mouth-watering seafood pairings!
Giugno 12, 2019

Ep. 209 Monty Waldin interviews Barbara Widmer (Brancaia Winery)

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Barbara Widmer owner of the Brancaia Winery in Castellina in Chianti. Barbara is also the enologist of the winery which is owned by her family originally from Switzerland. Barbara tells Monty about her parents’ dream of setting up an estate in Chianti and the way she subsequently developed the winery starting from 1998, when Brancaia released their first vintage. Barbara talks about Brancaia’s Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva and recommends some food pairing. Tune in to also learn how Barbara works in the cellar and for an interesting discussion on wine styles! --- This episode has been brought to you by Lux Wines, Importer of fine wines from Italy (www.luxwines.com).
Giugno 11, 2019

Ep. 208 –ITALIAN– Monty Waldin intervista Attilio Scienza (VIA Chief Scientist)sulla SicilIA

In this educational podcast recorded in Italian, 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 is available on www.italianwinepodcast.com. A recorded audio translation into English of this interview is available in the next episode. An English-language transcript can also be found on the Italian Wine Podcast official website.
Giugno 11, 2019

Ep. 208 –ENGLISH– Monty Waldin interviews Attilio Scienza (VIA Chief Scientist) on Sicily

[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].
Giugno 5, 2019

Ep. 207 Monty Waldin interviews Bernardino Sani (Argiano)

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Bernardino Sani, owner of the Argiano winery in Montalcino near Siena and renowned Brunello producer. Bernardino talks about Argiano’s new cellar and their investment in biodynamic and organic viticulture which brought new biodiversity in their vineyards, including beehives! Bernardino and Monty discuss the importance of the Italian market for Argiano and their international markets. Tune in to also learn more about delicious Tuscan food pairings with their Brunello! --- This episode has been brought to you by Lux Wines, Importer of fine wines from Italy (www.luxwines.com).

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