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Luglio 2, 2019

Ep. 214 Monty Waldin interviews Tommaso Chiarli (Cleto Chiarli)

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.
Giugno 26, 2019

Ep. 213 Monty Waldin interviews Veronica Ruggeri (Le Colture)

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!
Giugno 25, 2019

Ep. 212 Monty Waldin interviews Vito Palumbo (Tormaresca)

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!
Giugno 19, 2019

Ep. 211 Monty Waldin interviews Martin Foradori Hofstatter (Hofstatter Winery)

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!
Giugno 18, 2019

Ep. 210 Monty Waldin interviews Michele Faro (Pietradolce Winery)

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!
Giugno 12, 2019

Ep. 209 Monty Waldin interviews Barbara Widmer (Brancaia Winery)

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 is owned by her family originally from Switzerland. Barbara tells Monty about her parents’ dream of setting up an estate in Chianti and the way she subsequently developed the winery starting from 1998, when Brancaia released their first vintage. Barbara talks about Brancaia’s Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva and recommends some food pairing. Tune in to also learn how Barbara works in the cellar and for an interesting discussion on wine styles! --- This episode has been brought to you by Lux Wines, Importer of fine wines from Italy (www.luxwines.com).

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