Welcome to Episode 1547 Stevie Kim moderates Clubhouse’s Ambassadors’ Corner – In this episode, Jodie Hellman Interviews Gaetana Jacono. 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?
Co-Moderator – Jodie Hellman
Jodie is an avid traveler, and she especially loves Italy and attending the massive trade shows such as Vinitaly and visiting wineries all around the country. Currently she is the Western Regional Manager for Michael Corso Selections in the US. In the past she was the Luxury Manager for Johnson Bros Distribution, Manager of The Sorting Table for the West and has worked as a sommelier on the Las Vegas strip for Daniel Boulud, Tom Collichio, Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay, among others.
Guest Producer – Gaetana Jacono
Gaetana Jacono was born into a family of winemakers in the Ragusa province, in Sicily. After earning a degree in pharmaceutical science, she chose to return to her origins and cultivate a passion for winemaking she inherited from her father, a passion that has been handed down in her family over six generations.
In 2001, together with her father Giuseppe, she initiated an extensive restoration project to conserve and renew the old palmento building located on Valle dell’Acate property, restoring the construction to its ancient splendor in order to exalt Sicilian culture and traditions. Gaetana stands out for her high-level professional involvement, as well as her strong sense of irony and friendliness.
She runs Valle dell’Acate, dedicating her time and applying a strong sense of entrepreneurial know- how. Currently other members of the family work in the company as well, including her father Giuseppe, her siblings Antonio and Maria Gabriella. Gaetana and the company have set lofty goals: to foster a continuous search for increased quality, from grapevine to cantina, paying particular attention to the soil.
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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