Welcome to Episode 1300 Stevie Kim moderates Clubhouse’s Ambassadors Corner – In this episode Noell Dorsey interviews Joy Kull. 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?
Noell Dorsey is a wine professional who has worked in the wine and hospitality industry for twenty years. She is currently Cellar Manager of Fine Wines and Rare Spirits at Bonham Skinner Auctions. She also is a Wine Educator at Commonwealth Wine School teaching various course levels as well as private tastings. She is a certified sommelier and holds a Level 4 certificate from Boston University’s Elizabeth Bishop Wine School. She is a recent VinItaly Italian Wine Ambassador since 2022.
About today’s guest producer:
La Villana was born in 2016, three years after Joy Kull leaves her job in New York and comes to Italy to learn about vineyard farming. She settles in the hills of Gradoli, on Lake Bolsena, where the land, rich in volcanic minerals and Etruscan history, calls her to stay. Her first experience in the field led her to work at Le Coste di Gradoli and then set up on her own after a few years.
Now the company has 10ha, of which about 3ha will be planted with native vines in the coming years. In addition, it has about two hectares of old vines recovered from abandonment and scattered in the Gradoli countryside. The vines are cultivated using biodynamic methods, respecting the rhythms of nature. In the cellar, you work the grapes…and that’s it, with no additives of any kind. The wines reflect the earth, the terroir, and the winemaker.
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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