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Gennaio 22, 2020

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

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.
Gennaio 21, 2020

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

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.
Gennaio 15, 2020

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

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.
Gennaio 14, 2020

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

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.
Gennaio 8, 2020

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

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.
Gennaio 7, 2020

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

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!

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