July 30, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Ottavia Giorgi di Vistarino at the Tenuta Conte di Vistarino in the Oltrepo Pavese area of Lombardy. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir but also grows the Croatina indigenous grape variety which features in their Sangue di Giuda sweet blend and Riesling. Tune in to learn more also about local foods and specialties to pair with these wines.
July 24, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Catherine Stratton, founder of C.S. Selections and Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador. A native of Los Angeles, Catherine lived in Italy for over six years and is a big fan of southern Italian wines. She tells Monty about the reception of Italian wines in the multifaceted L.A. market and discusses some consumer trends in the area. She also talks passionately about her work as an educator, leading Italian wine tastings for consumers. Catherine and Monty also talk about Italian organic and biodynamic wines.
July 23, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Gabriele Brugnoni, export manager at Bisci winery, in the Verdicchio di Matelica zone in Le Marche. Monty and Gabriele talk about the Verdicchio grape and the Matelica denomination. The Bisci family winery produces roughly 120,000 bottles and has three types of Verdicchio di Matelica wines: their entry level Verdicchio, the Vigneto Fogliano D.O.C. from one of their crus, and the Senex, which is a selection of the Vigneto Fogliano cru produced only in the best years. Tune in to learn more about an iconic white wine denomination which Gabriele dubs the “white Barolo.”
July 17, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Silvia Imparato, the owner of the Montevetrano winery near Salerno in the Campania region. Silvia talks about her grandparents who acquired the property and the vineyards in the forties and explains how she turned it into a business in the mid-eighties. Silvia also tells Monty about her previous career as a professional photographer and how she fell in love with the wine world while taking a portrait picture in Rome! The Montevetrano winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Aglianico into their signature blend “Montevetrano.” Tune in to learn more about pairing Montevetrano wines with regional foods such as fried anchovies, fat fish and “capretto” (goatling) roast.
July 16, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Armando Castagnedi, whose family owns Tenuta Sant’Antonio in the Illasi valley between the Valpolicella and Soave region in Veneto. Tenuta Sant’Antonio produces Soave, Valpolicella Superiore, and Amarone (among other local wines). Armando talks about local viticultural techniques such as pergola veronese and the winery’s rediscovery of two indigenous grapes: Oseleta and Croatina. Armando also tells Monty about Tenuta Sant’Antonio’s style of Amarone and presents some typical food matches also with their Recioto sweet wine! Tune in for a journey in the heart of Veneto wines and local grape varieties.
July 10, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Diana D’Isanto, whose family owns I Balzini Winery in Barberino Val D’Elsa in Tuscany. The winery specializes in IGT Toscana and Supertuscans and all its workers are women, including I Balzini’s consultant-oenologist Barbara Tamburini. Tune in to learn more about their signature wines—I Balzini White Label and I Balzini Black Label—the tufo soils which are ideal for their Merlot grapes, and the main markets!
July 9, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Simona Fino. Simona and Gianfranco own the Gianfranco Fino winery in the Manduria region of Puglia. Simona tells Monty about how her adventure in wine started and the winery’s focus on old vines which are from 60 to 90 years old. Simona and Monty talk about the winery’s signature Primitivo di Manduria, the Es 2012, and their main markets. Tune in to also learn about typical dishes to pair with Primitivo.
July 3, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin hosts three special guests: Alessandro Carucci, the creator of the Carucci Barbera Chinato; Gianluca Cariniti, export manager at Pico Maccario, the winery which produces the Barbera wine used to make Alessandro’s Chinato; Alessandro’s wife and business partner Ilaria Gambino, who also owns the Cugini di Campagna Bar in Nizza Monferrato where the Barberatonic cocktail was born. Tune in to find out how these people work together in the name of Barbera. In the interview Gianluca talks about the Barbera d’Asti “Lavignone” used for Carucci’s Barbera Chinato; Ilaria talks about the multiple ways in which Barbera Chinato can be tasted, both as an aperitivo or as a digestivo; and Alessandro reveals some of the “secret” herbs and spices used to make his Chinato. Alessandro also gets mixing and prepares some Barbera Tonic cocktails live in our podcast studio. Listen to the story of this fantastic collaboration coming from the Barbera d’Asti area in Piemonte and join us for a cin cin with Barberatonic! www.barberatonicofficial.it/
July 2, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Tommaso Chiarli whose family owns the historic Cleto Chiarli winery in Modena, Emilia-Romagna. Cleto Chiarli is the oldest winery in Emilia-Romagna and famous producer of Lambrusco wines. Tommaso talks about the Lambrusco varieties vinified by Cleto Chiarli—Lambrusco Salamino, Lambrusco di Sorbara, and Lambrusco Grasparossa—and explains the origin of the grape names. Tommaso also presents a typical four-course meal from the region paired exclusively with Lambrusco. Tune in to also learn another local white variety, Pignoletto, and the potential of Lambrusco wines in the international markets.
June 26, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Veronica Ruggeri whose family owns Le Colture winery in Valdobbiadene, in the heartland of Prosecco. We were also joined in studio by Veronica's brother Alberto. Monty and Veronica talk about the climate and soil characteristics of the area and discuss the origin of the name Cartizze, one of the crus of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene appellation.Veronica tells Monty about her family history and her father’s passion for viticulture and wine-making. Veronica introduces Le Colture’s wines and the main foreign markets for their products. Tune in to also learn more about the term “Rive” which designates Prosecco crus and is used in association with Conegliano or Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. Join us for a lesson in all-things Prosecco and discover also some yummy food pairings (vegetable risotto, rabbit and chicken). Tune in to to also learn how to spell and pronounce V-A-L-D-O-B-B-I-A-D-E-N-E after a glass of Prosecco!
June 25, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Vito Palumbo, Brand Manager at Tormaresca, a company owned by the Antinori family and including two estates in Puglia: Tenuta Bocca di Lupo in Castel del Monte and Masseria Maime in the Salento area. Vito and Monty discuss native and traditional varieties of Puglia, Tormaresca’s production of Apulian rosés, and some delicious fish pairings for rosé. Vito also talks about the main markets for the winery, the charm of Pugliese traditional farms called “masseria,” and the development of tourism in the Apulia region!
June 19, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Martin Foradori Hofstätter, owner of the J. Hofstätter Winery in Tramin/Termeno, in the Trentino-Alto Adige region. Martin is the fourth generation of an iconic winery in an area which is the home of the Gewurtztraminer grape. Martin and Monty chat about the winery’s main markets outside of Italy: USA, Japan, Russia, and UK. Martin also discusses the Alto Adige terroir and factors which affect vine growing such as exposure (east/west facing), altitude, soils, and microclimates. He also talks about local grape varieties such as Gewurtztraminer, Lagrein, Schiava and traditional varieties such as Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. Tune in to learn more about a major producer of Trentino Alto-Adige as well as some local food pairings with wines from native grapes!
June 18, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin meets Michele Faro, owner of the Pietradolce Winery in the Etna area of Sicily. Michele tells Monty about his family history and his land on the Etna vulcano that includes also some pre-fillossera vines. Michele talks about the local varieties that he grows (Nerello Mascalese and Carricante) and the characteristics of the Etna soil. He also presents his signature red and white wines and recommends also some of his favourite mouth-watering seafood pairings!
June 12, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Barbara Widmer owner of the Brancaia Winery in Castellina in Chianti. Barbara is also the enologist of the winery which […]
June 11, 2019
In this educational podcast recorded in Italian, Monty Waldin hosts Prof. Attilio Scienza again to talk about 4 grape varieties and related wines from Sicily. In […]
June 11, 2019
[This is the English-language translation and dubbed version of episode 208, which has originally been recorded in Italian.] In this educational podcast, Monty Waldin hosts Prof. […]
June 5, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Bernardino Sani, owner of the Argiano winery in Montalcino near Siena and renowned Brunello producer. Bernardino talks about Argiano’s new […]
June 4, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Maurizio Zanella, owner of Ca’ del Bosco and famous producer of Franciacorta wines. Ca’ del Bosco was born in 1968 and is located between Lake Como and Lake Garda near Lake Iseo. Maurizio talks about how his adventure begin from a little “House in the Woods” (literally the meaning of Ca’ del Bosco) and the way he developed it to become a world-famous brand in the wine industry. Maurizio discusses the influence and mentorship of Veronelli in helping him achieve his vision. Monty and Maurizio also talk about Ca’ del Bosco’s distinctive vinification process which involves washing the grapes with water before drying them and vinifying them. Tune in to learn more about an iconic Italian wine denomination and one of Italy’s most famous bubbly wines!
May 29, 2019
In this episode, Monty Waldin interviews Pietro Ratti owner of the Renato Ratti winery in La Morra, in the heart of the Barolo region. Monty and […]
May 28, 2019
[This is the English-language translation of episode 204, which has originally been recorded in Italian.] In this educational podcast, Prof. Attilio Scienza is back on the […]
May 28, 2019
In this educational podcast recorded in Italian, Prof. Attilio Scienza is back on the show with Monty Waldin to talk about Aglianico. Prof. Scienza is a […]
May 22, 2019
This interview is the second of two podcasts with Alojz Felix Jermann (Jermann Winery). In this episode Monty Waldin meets Alojz Felix Jermann at the Jermann […]
May 21, 2019
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Vincenzo Ippolito, owner of the Ippolito 1845 historic winery in Calabria. Vincenzo talks about the family history and his resourceful […]
May 15, 2019
This interview is the first of two podcasts with Alojz Felix Jermann (Jermann Winery). In this first episode Monty Waldin interviews Alojz Felix Jermann, who is […]