Episode 667 Stevie Kim moderates Clubhouse’s Ambassadors Corner. In this episode Hugh Preece interviews Arianna Occhipinti – These sessions are recorded from Clubhouse and replayed here on the Italian Wine Podcast!
Listen in on this series as Italian Wine Ambassadors all over the world chat with Stevie and their chosen wine producer. Which producer would you interview if you had your pick?
About today’s guest host:
Hugh Preece is the President/Operating Partner at Salt Creek Grille Restaurants and Pickled Monk Tap Room. He is an Italian Wine Ambassador- Vinitaly Academy; Italian Wine Scholar- Wine Scholar Guild; Certified Educator through VIA Educator Program; a Sommelier & a 5 Star Wine Judge. He is also the author of Counting Castles in Abruzzo.
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About today’s guest producer:
Arianna Occhipinti has emerged as a pivotal personality for a new generation of wine enthusiasts. Her rapid rise is well-deserved: she is based in the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, where she farms Native varieties of Sicily. She is well-known for cultivating wines using biodynamic methods.
Arianna Occhipinti is a young winemaker from Vittoria, in the south-eastern tip of Sicily, the warm island off of Italy’s Mediterranean coast. In a region often associated with Marsala and with producing bulk quantities of full-fleshed, plummy and ripe reds made for export and blending, Arianna Occhipinti’s wines are non-conformist and highly atypical for the region.
Her wines (made from the indigenous grapes Nero d’Avola and the little-known Frappato) reflect, in part, her character: mysterious, earthy and intriguing. The wines are perfumed and spicy, with a bit of a wild streak that mirrors the rebellious energy that bubbles beneath her reserved and somewhat wary exterior.
Along with her winemaking, Arianna makes an incredible olive oil that is hard to get, and once you’ve tasted it, it’s even harder to forget.
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More about the moderator Stevie Kim:
Stevie hosts Clubhouse sessions each week (visit Italian Wine Club & Wine Business on Clubhouse), these recorded sessions are then released on the podcast to immortalize them! She often also joins Professor Scienza in his shows to lend a hand keeping our Professor in check! You can also find her taking a hit for the team when she goes “On the Road”, all over the Italian countryside, visiting wineries and interviewing producers, enjoying their best food and wine – all in the name of bringing us great Pods!
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