Education meets Business

In these original and inspiring stories, students of Italian wine from all over the world discuss their love and interest in Italian wine and their commitment to learn more about the wines' territories, appellations, and grape varieties. They also provide unique insights into wine markets in Europe, United States, Asia, Australia and more.

Novembre 5, 2019

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

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!
Ottobre 23, 2019

Ep. 241 Massimo Serradimigni (Winebow Imports) on the U.S. wine market

In this episode, Monty Waldin interviews Massimo Serradimigni, Portfolio Specialist for Winebow Imports in Chicago and Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador. Massimo, whose family is originally from Modena, also worked for Eataly U.S. and tells Monty about current trends in wine in the United States. Massimo discusses wine styles and Italian regions with potential in the U.S. market and explains some of the educational initiatives and tastings he undertook as Portfolio Specialist at Winebow. Tune in to learn more about Massimo’s love for the Montecucco area near Montalcino, his interest in travelling to Sardinia, Sicily, and Campania to discover wines from local grapes, and his passion for tortellini!
Settembre 25, 2019

Ep. 233 Sarah Heller MW (RADIX) on the master of wine studies and her visual tasting notes

In this episode Monty Waldin chats again with Sarah Heller MW, Master of Wine based in Hong Kong, Proprietor of Radix Consultancy as well as Vinitaly International Academy member of Faculty. In this informal chat on Italian wine and wine education, Sarah tells Monty about her beginnings in the wine world, her WSET and Master of Wine studies, her professional career with Debra Meiburg MW, and her creative work with visual tasting notes. Tune in to a fun interview where you will also learn more about her college years’ shenanigans and some of her favorite Italian wines!
Settembre 11, 2019

Ep. 229 Francesco Marchio (Vino Veritas) on the Hong Kong wine market

In this episode Monty Waldin meets Francesco Marchio, Managing Director of Vino Veritas, an Italian wine import company based in Hong Kong. Francesco is also a certified Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Expert. Francesco tells Monty about his beginnings as a sommelier in the U.K. and how he ended up in Hong Kong with the help of his mentor and friend Michael Palij MW. Francesco provides some insights into the Hong Kong wine and restaurant scene and talks about the growing interest in Italian wine there. Tune in also for some useful tips on how to position Italian wines effectively in the Hong Kong market.
Settembre 4, 2019

Ep. 227 Sharon McLean (Cru Consultancy) on wine education in Canada

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Sharon McLean, wine educator and consultant at Cru Consultancy based in Victoria Island near Vancouver, Canada. Monty and Sharon talk about the wine market in British Columbia and the upcoming trends for Italian wine. She also talks about her approach to wine education and her “VinCub” sessions, wine vocabulary sessions aimed at de-mystifying technical wine jargon. Tune in for an exciting discussion about the Canadian wine scene and Sharon’s passion for Italian wines such as Barolo, Franciacorta, and Lugana! --- 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!
Luglio 24, 2019
Catherine Stratton

Ep. 221 Monty Waldin interviews Catherine Stratton (CS Selections)

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Catherine Stratton, founder of C.S. Selections and Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador. A native of Los Angeles, Catherine lived in Italy for over six years and is a big fan of southern Italian wines. She tells Monty about the reception of Italian wines in the multifaceted L.A. market and discusses some consumer trends in the area. She also talks passionately about her work as an educator, leading Italian wine tastings for consumers. Catherine and Monty also talk about Italian organic and biodynamic wines.
Maggio 8, 2019

Ep. 199 Monty Waldin interviews Bernardo Pinto (Zahil Importadora)

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Bernardo Pinto, technical director for Zahil Importadora in Brazil and Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador. Monty and Bernardo discuss […]
Aprile 24, 2019

Ep. 195 Monty Waldin interviews Sue Tolson (Freelance Writer and Editor)

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Sue Tolson, wine writer and editor based in Budapest, Hungary. Sue also contributes to the periodical Wine Sofa which specializes […]
Aprile 22, 2019

Ep. 194 Henry Davar (Vinitaly International Academy Faculty) on Verdicchio

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Henry Davar, Vinitaly International Academy Faculty Member and experienced wine educator. In this educational podcast, Henry offers students of Italian […]
Aprile 17, 2019
Niklas Bergqvist (Sommelier at Vinkallaren Grappe)

Ep. 193 Monty Waldin interviews Niklas Bergqvist (Sommelier at Vinkallaren Grappe)

In this episode, Monty Waldin interviews Niklas Bergqvist, sommelier at Vinkallaren Grappe, a wine club located in Stokholm, Sweden. Niklas is also a certified Vinitaly International […]
Aprile 16, 2019
Sarah Heller MW

Ep. 192 Sarah Heller MW (Vinitaly International Academy Faculty) on tasting

In this podcast Monty Waldin interviews Sarah Heller Master of Wine and Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) Faculty Member on the approach to tasting Italian wine devised […]
Marzo 20, 2019
Sarah Heller MW

Ep. 185 Sarah Heller MW (Vinitaly International Academy Faculty) on Barolo

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 […]

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