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December 10, 2019

Ep. 253 Serena Imazio (Book Author & Researcher) on the lineage & genetics of vines and wine history

In this podcast Monty Waldin interviews book author and vine genetics expert Serena Imazio who recently published a book with scientist Attilio Scienza on the lineage and genetic ties amongst Italian and European vines. The book entitled La Stirpe del Vino came out in 2018 in Italian and was a bestseller; in November 2019 the English translation with the title Sangiovese, Lambrusco, and Other Vine Stories followed. Serena tells Monty some of the fascinating stories that the book presents: the journey of Malvasia vines and wines across the Mediterranean, Leonardo Da Vinci’s vineyard in Milan, the genetics of the Lambrusco varieties, and the origin of the Sangiovese grape. Tune in to learn more about iconic Italian and European grapes with Serena Imazio, co-author of the newly published "Sangiovese, Lambrusco, and Other Vine Stories".
December 4, 2019

Ep. 252 Gérard Spatafora (E-Studi’OZ.wine) on e-commerce, big data, and SVOD platforms

In this episode which is part of the Let’s Talk Wine Biz Series, Monty Waldin interviews Gérard Spatafora, E-Commerce strategist and Director of E-Studi’OZ.wine. Gerard tells Monty about his experience in e-commerce platforms for wines and discusses the state of the art of online sales for wine globally. He also talks about the importance of big data analysis for wineries and the potential of creating content for SVOD platforms. Tune in for the latest insights into wine e-commerce, big data, and digital content!
December 3, 2019
Mauro di Maggio (Consorzio Primitivo di Manduria)

Ep. 251 Mauro Di Maggio (Consorzio Primitivo di Manduria) on Primitivo, Manduria, and Trulli

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Mauro Di Maggio who serves as the President of the Consorzio Primitivo di Manduria, in Apulia, the “heel” of Italy. Mauro who comes from a wine-growing family and is the Director of Cantine San Marzano talks about the Primitivo di Manduria appellation and the characteristics of the Manduria terroir. Mauro explains the origin of the name of the Primitivo grape and the geology of the Manduria region. Tune in to learn more about a typical lamb dish from the area paired with Primitivo and about their DOCG “Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale”!
November 27, 2019

Ep. 250 Lorenzo Fortini (Poggio al Tesoro) & Luca D’Attoma (Consultant) on Bolgheri & climate change

In this episode recorded on site, Monty Waldin meets Lorenzo Fortini, winemaker at Poggio al Tesoro and Luca D’Attoma, Consultant Enologist. Lorenzo and Luca explain how winemakers and consultants work together during harvest and discuss the impact of climate change in the vineyards in Bolgheri as well as measures to prevent its damaging effects. This episode ends our Bolgheri series, which was recorded on the road at the end of September during harvest.

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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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