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January 7, 2020

Ep. 257 Gaia Gaja (Gaja Estates) on the family estates in Barbaresco, Montalcino, Bolgheri, and Etna

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Gaia Gaja, co-owner of the Gaja Estates in Barbaresco, Montalcino, Bolgheri, and Etna. Gaia is the fifth generation of a family who started making wine in Barbaresco in 1859. Gaia tells Monty about the beginnings with her great-great grandfather Giovanni in the nineteenth century and about the work of her grandfather and father (both named Angelo). Gaia speaks about their “sori” or crus in Barbaresco, about her father Angelo’s groundbreaking work in the vineyard and his passion to embark in new projects such as the estates in Montalcino (Pieve di Santa Restituta), Bolgheri (Ca' Marcanda), and most recently in Etna, Sicily, with Alberto Graci. Tune in to listen to the history of an iconic family who shaped trends and styles in Piemonte and beyond!
December 18, 2019

Ep. 256 Heini Zachariassen (VIVINO) on wine apps and online marketplaces

In this podcast Monty Waldin interviews Heini Zachariassen, Founder of Vivino, world’s largest wine app. Heini, who is originally from the Faroe Islands, tells Monty how he founded Vivino and helped the project grow into a community of 30 million users. Heini also talks about life in California where he currently lives and some of his favourite Italian wines.
December 17, 2019
Giovanni Brumat (Cantina Toblino)

Ep. 255 Giovanni Luigi Brumat (Cantina Toblino) on Trentino wines, Nosiola, Schiava, and Rebo

In this episode, Monty Waldin interviews Giovanni Luigi Brumat, Brand Manager at Cantina Toblino in Madruzzo, near Trento. This wine coop was established in 1960 and features more than 600 growers to date. 10% of its vineyards are organic and local grape varieties such as Nosiola, Schiava, and Rebo are grown. Monty and Giovanni talk about award-winning Vin Santo made with Nosiola grapes and Rebo, a crossing between Teroldego and Merlot, which was developed by Rebo Rigotti in the enological institute San Michele all’Adige in the province of Trento. Giovanni suggests some interesting food pairings with Cantina Toblino wines and discusses wine tourism in the area. Tune in to learn more also about Cantina Toblino’s latest experiments in the vineyard with the traditional “pergola trentina” training system and in the cellar with amphoras.
December 11, 2019
Angelo Minelli (Wine Searcher)

Ep. 254 Angelo Minelli (Wine-Searcher) on wine search engines, New Zealand and Italian wines

In this episode Monty Waldin interview Angelo Minelli, Italian wine specialist at Wine-Searcher, one of the most influential wine search engines. Angelo, who is based in Auckland, New Zealand, tells Monty about his role at Wine-Searcher, how the search engine works, and the importance of the data gathered by the Wine-Searcher for producers. Angelo, whose family also owns a small winery in Franciacorta, tells Monty about his passion for Italian wines from native grapes and for New Zealand Pinot Noir!

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If there are areas where we can improve please let us know. For example, one attentive listener pointed out that we were not on Stitcher (thank you!), and we were able to follow up and make the connection. Also, we hear that background noise can get a bit distracting in some episodes. We’ll work on our post production skills to improve sound quality, but sometimes, in order to catch an interview, we have to record in conditions that are not ideal for background noise. Feel free to use our survey form although, if you want us to know immediately how badly we pronounced Mourvèdre, your ALL CAPS TWEET will get here sooner! We welcome all of it, especially the fire-Producer-J-and-bring-back-Giulia messages!

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