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The Vinitaly International Academy community is stepping up to help make Italian Wine Podcast content, originally published in Italian, accessible to the English-speaking world. VIA is a global network of highly qualified professionals such as Italian Wine Ambassadors, Italian Wine Experts, and candidates.
What's happening over here on the IWP blog and who are these people writing blog posts?

The Vinitaly International Academy community is stepping up to help make Italian Wine Podcast content, originally published in Italian, accessible to the English-speaking world. VIA is a global network of highly qualified professionals such as Italian Wine Ambassadors, Italian Wine Experts, and candidates. This group of amazing people provided the inspiration and spark for the Everybody Needs a Bit of Scienza (ENBS) segments of the Italian Wine Podcast, and now they're also helping to unpack the information contained within for those that may not speak or read Italian.

What is Everybody Needs a Bit of Scienza anyway?

ENBS is a new segment that we’re attaching to the end of certain Italian Wine Podcast episodes. VIA Chief Scientist Professor Attilio Scienza and Stevie Kim received written questions from the VIA Community and made audio recordings of the professor’s answers. We tried to keep the recordings short so that they could be tacked on to the end of the Italian Wine Podcast (some got a bit long-winded so we still need to decide how to manage the long answers). One complication is that Stevie and the Professor recorded in a mix of Itanglish and Italian, meaning some folks out there might not understand what they're talking about at times.

Why the new project?

We hope this new podcast bit will provide multiple benefits. 1) Ideally, Professor Scienza’s answers will benefit those that work in wine and clear up any burning questions. 2) The Professor is such a wealth of knowledge and people outside of Italy should be able to access his insight in multiple formats. 3) We’re always on the crusade to educate the world about Italian wines and grapes and this is another means of providing access and knowledge. 4) We hope to provide some fun listening and unusual facts!

When is this happening?

The Professor’s answers to the first batch of 20+ questions have already been recorded. Now it is a matter of editing the audio so that it is suitable for insertion in the Italian Wine Podcast. It is our hope that we can start broadcasting these recordings regularly on Tuesdays. The first one came out on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Gill Gordon-Smith’s contribution was added to the end of the “Hannah Luxenberg” episode (275) of the Italian Wine Podcast. (It starts around minute 24:30 if you’d like to check it out as an example.)

How is the VIA community helping?

Once we started recording the Professor’s answers it dawned on us the sheer amount of information downloaded directly from his brain to audio files. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough hours in the day for us to both edit podcast episodes and translate the Professor’s words (and we weren’t able to slow him down to interpret on the fly either). Plus we are continually trying to find ways to give the VIA community ownership and collaboration opportunities.

The mission, for those choosing to accept it:
  • Claim one of the ENBS topics
  • Listen to the ENBS segment (once available online)
  • Write a guest blog post on the Professor's explanation
  • The Format is up to the author (could be direct transcript or freeform reflection)
  • Send the text to IPW where we'll post it on the blog
Just a few Notes
  • There will be a delay between the podcast episode and blog post. That's OK!
  • It's up to the writer to choose their own style of writing/blog post.
  • Have fun and enjoy!
Thank you!

Thanks to the VIA community for beings so engaging and up for trying these experiments. We hope all those choosing to write blog posts have fun with it and we hope the Italian Wine Podcast audience appreciates the effort as well. We look forward to seeing how this project grows and evolves.

This is just one addition to the IWP lineup as we enter our third year of regular broadcasts. Thanks for sticking with us. Restate sintonizzati!