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Settembre 25, 2019

Ep. 233 Sarah Heller MW (RADIX) on the master of wine studies and her visual tasting notes

In this episode Monty Waldin chats again with Sarah Heller MW, Master of Wine based in Hong Kong, Proprietor of Radix Consultancy as well as Vinitaly International Academy member of Faculty. In this informal chat on Italian wine and wine education, Sarah tells Monty about her beginnings in the wine world, her WSET and Master of Wine studies, her professional career with Debra Meiburg MW, and her creative work with visual tasting notes. Tune in to a fun interview where you will also learn more about her college years’ shenanigans and some of her favorite Italian wines!
Settembre 24, 2019

Ep. 232 Diego & Debora Bosoni (Cantine Lunae) on the Vermentino and Albarola wines of Liguria

In this podcast Monty Waldin interviews Debora and his brother Diego Bosoni, whose family owns the Cantine Lunae near La Spezia in Liguria. Debora and Diego talk about their recently re-furbished cellar built with sustainable materials in tune with the local landscape and environment. They also present their iconic wines made from local grapes Vermentino and Albarola and suggest some food pairings. Tune in for a fun podcast and learn more about a small yet promising wine region of Italy: Liguria.
Settembre 18, 2019

Ep. 231 Patrick Schmitt MW (The Drinks Business) on publishing a drinks magazine and the UK market

In this podcast Monty Waldin interviews Patrick Schmitt MW, Editor in Chief of The Drinks Business, the English-language print and online magazine for the wine, spirits, and beer industries with offices in London and Hong Kong. Patrick tells Monty how he got into wine, starting from his training in landscape architecture to his Master of Wine studies and then the editorship of the magazine. Patrick talks about the latest trends in the beverage sector, in particular sustainability and the strong position of Italian wines in the U.K. market, from Prosecco to fine wines. Patrick also discusses wine journalism and the ins and outs of publishing a print and online magazine. Tune in to also learn more about Patrick’s passion for historic tennis!
Settembre 17, 2019

Ep. 230 Paulo De Carvalho (Famiglia Cotarella) on Merlot, Sangiovese, and other wines from Umbria

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Paulo De Carvalho who works and is a member of the Famiglia Cotarella winery near Orvieto, in Umbria. Paulo, who was born in Brazil and is of Italian descent, tells Monty about his move to Italy to pursue a college degree in business and economics and about meeting his future wife, Marta Cotarella, while working in a multinational financial firm. In the Famiglia Cotarella winery, Paulo now works in the sales office. Paulo tells Monty about the family history of brothers Renzo and Riccardo and their achievements as winemakers and enologists. Paulo also talks about Famiglia Cotarella’s flagship Merlot, Montiano, and their Vitiano blend made with Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet. Tune in to also learn more about a new winery acquisition in Tuscany, Le Maciocche estate in the Brunello di Montalcino area.
Settembre 11, 2019

Ep. 229 Francesco Marchio (Vino Veritas) on the Hong Kong wine market

In this episode Monty Waldin meets Francesco Marchio, Managing Director of Vino Veritas, an Italian wine import company based in Hong Kong. Francesco is also a certified Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Expert. Francesco tells Monty about his beginnings as a sommelier in the U.K. and how he ended up in Hong Kong with the help of his mentor and friend Michael Palij MW. Francesco provides some insights into the Hong Kong wine and restaurant scene and talks about the growing interest in Italian wine there. Tune in also for some useful tips on how to position Italian wines effectively in the Hong Kong market.
Settembre 10, 2019

Ep. 228 Cristian Ridolfi (Cantina Santi – GIV) on Lugana and Valpolicella wines

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Cristian Ridolfi, winery manager at Cantina Santi which is part of the Gruppo Italiano Vini (GIV) and located in the Illasi valley near Verona. Santi was found in 1843 and now produces its signature Lugana from Trebbiano di Lugana grapes planted in a soil which is rich in clay. Santi alo produces Valpolicella wines such as Valpolicella Superiore, Valpolicella Ripasso and two kinds of Amarone wines, with one Amarone label in particular (Proemio) coming from cru vineyards located in Marano at 500 meters on the sea level. Tune in to also learn more about cherry trees in Valpolicella vineyards!

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