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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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November 6, 2019
Shigeru Hayashi (Solo Italia) for Native Grape Odyssey

Ep. 245 Shigeru Hayashi (Solo Italia) on the Japanese market for Italian wine

In this interview, Monty Waldin talks to Shigeru Hayashi, CEO of Solo Italia, a Japanese wine import company based in Tokyo. Shigeru, who has lived and […]
November 5, 2019

Ep. 244 Brandon Tebbe MS on the sommelier profession in the US

In this podcast, Monty Waldin interviews Brandon Tebbe MS, currently the lead sommelier at the Encore Boston Harbor in Boston, MA. Brandon is a certified Master Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador. In this interview he tells Monty how he got into wine and what the sommelier profession in the United States is like. He also talks about his new winemaking project in the Willamette Valley in Oregon producing Pinot Noir. Tune in to also learn more about Brandon’s passion for Piemonte and Barolo!
October 30, 2019

Ep. 243 Sara Norell (Systembolaget AB) on the Swedish alcohol monopoly system and consumer trends

In this episode, which is part of the wine2wine series “Let’s Talk Wine Biz,” Monty Waldin interviews Sara Norell, Director of Assortment, Purchasing, and Supply Chain at Systembolaget AB, the Swedish alcohol monopoly. Sara tells Monty about her career: her beginnings in the hotel business as a sommelier and her current position at Systembolaget. Sara provides useful insights into the way the Swedish liquor board operates in comparison with other national alcohol boards such as those in Canada. She talks about Systembolaget’s commitment to alcohol awareness and to organic wines. In particular, Sara presents some interesting demographics about organic wines in Sweden. Tune in to learn more about the Swedish wine market and their monopoly system.
October 29, 2019

Ep. 242 Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini (Tenuta di Ghizzano) on organic viticulture and Sangiovese

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini, owner and CEO of Tenuta di Ghizzano near Pisa in Tuscany. The Venerosi Pesciolini family arrived in Pisa around 1370 and the estate is a beautiful medieval “borgo” surrounded by vineyards. Ginevra tells Monty the reasons behind her choice of going organic and then biodynamic in the vineyard. She talks about her red wines, Il Ghizzano, Veneroso, and Nambrot. Veneroso in particular is made with a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon from her oldest vines; Nambrot which she considers her “Tuscan Pomerol” is made with a blend of French grapes. Ginevra also presents her white and Passito wines and discusses a new project still in the making from her oldest Sangiovese vines. Tune in to learn more about a historic estate in the heart of the Pisa province and about Ginevra’s commitment to organic and biodynamic viticulture!

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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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