Let's Talk Wine Biz - wine2wine series

These podcasts introduce some key players in the global wine business and discuss wine in relation to media, social media, communications, international markets. Tune in every Tuesday for some engaging conversations about the wine industry more generally and the role of Italy and Italian wine in it. These interviews were recorded during wine2wine 2017. wine2wine is the wine business forum that provides the “latest market insights and strategic network opportunities for the evolving business in the world of wine” (www.wine2wine.net).

14 Gennaio, 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.
18 Dicembre, 2019

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

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.
11 Dicembre, 2019
Angelo Minelli (Wine Searcher)

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

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!
4 Dicembre, 2019

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

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!
30 Ottobre, 2019

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

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.
16 Ottobre, 2019

Ep. 239 Dmitry Fedotov (journalist & brand ambassador at Gambero Rosso) on the Russian wine market

In this podcast which is part of the wine2wine series “Let’s Talk Wine Biz”, Monty Waldin interviews Dmitri Fedotov, Russian wine journalist and Brand Ambassador at Gambero Rosso. Dmitry discusses the trends for wine in the Russian market and talks about his passion for Italy, a country which “is promoting its wine more actively than other countries.” Monty and Dmitry also talk about Russian wine growers and Dmitry’s love for Barbaresco!
18 Settembre, 2019

Ep. 231 Patrick Schmitt MW (The Drinks Business) on publishing a drinks magazine and the UK market

In this podcast Monty Waldin interviews Patrick Schmitt MW, Editor in Chief of The Drinks Business, the English-language print and online magazine for the wine, spirits, and beer industries with offices in London and Hong Kong. Patrick tells Monty how he got into wine, starting from his training in landscape architecture to his Master of Wine studies and then the editorship of the magazine. Patrick talks about the latest trends in the beverage sector, in particular sustainability and the strong position of Italian wines in the U.K. market, from Prosecco to fine wines. Patrick also discusses wine journalism and the ins and outs of publishing a print and online magazine. Tune in to also learn more about Patrick’s passion for historic tennis!
8 Maggio, 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 […]
2 Maggio, 2019

Ep. 197 Monty Waldin interviews Marino Braccu (Otto e mezzo Bombana Hong Kong)

In this podcast, Monty Waldin interviews Marino Braccu, General Manager at the renowned 8 ½ Bombana Restaurant in Hong Kong (a three star Michelin restaurant). Marino […]
24 Aprile, 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 […]
17 Aprile, 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 […]
10 Aprile, 2019

Ep. 191 Monty Waldin interviews Erik Klein (Wine Export Consultant)

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Erik Klein, wine export consultant based in Slovakia. Erik has more than ten years of experience and has worked with […]