Welcome to Episode 1027 Stevie Kim moderates Clubhouse’s Ambassadors Corner – In this episode Cynthia Chaplin interviews Ilona Thun. 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 about today’s guest host:
Cynthia Chaplin is a Vinitaly International Academy certified Italian Wine Ambassador, a professional sommelier with Fondazione Italiana Sommelier, a member of Le Donne del Vino, and a Professor of Italian wine and culture. Born in the USA, Cynthia moved to Europe in 1990 where she has lived in Spain, Belgium, England and Italy. She chose to center her career in Rome and immerse herself in the Italian wine sector, which is her passion. She has taught university students and expats, works with embassies, corporations and private clients, creating and presenting tastings, events, seminars and in-depth courses. Cynthia is a wine writer, translator, and a judge at international wine and sake competitions. She consults with restaurants and enotecas assisting in the development of comprehensive wine lists and excellent food pairings, as well as advising private clients who want to develop a comprehensive Italian wine collection. She lives with her British photographer husband on the shore of Lake Bracciano, north of Rome, where they share their beautiful garden with one massive grapevine, two border collies and an arrogant diva cat.
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About today’s guest producer:
The Conti Thun winery is in Valtènesi, on the western shore of the Lake Garda wine region, in the Brescia area of Lombardy. The Conti Thun winery is owned by husband and wife Vittorio and Ilona, but it’s Ilona who is the driving force. Conti Thun focuses on two local grapes, groppello and marzemino, with a bit of barbera and sangiovese in there, as well as some international style whites with riesling and sauvignon blanc. They make outstanding rosé with the blend, as well as a sparkling brut rosé. Conti Thun demonstrates huge respect for nature and eco sustainability. Their vineyard is becoming a center in the Valtènesi community for culture — they are doing yoga in the vineyard, high end winery experiences, vineyard picnics, family friendly days, all incredibly well curated. Thy are bringing the little known Valtènesi area in the Lake Garda wine region to the world. Vittorio and Ilona are two energetic, young, ambitious producers.
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I Nostri Prodotti
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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