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October 1, 2019

Ep. 234 Alessandro Gallo (Castello di Albola) on Chianti Classico and Chardonnay

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Alessandro Gallo, general manager as well as vineyard manager and wine maker at Castello d’Albola, an estate in Radda in Chianti, Tuscany, which belongs to the Zonin family. Alessandro, who is originally from the Langhe region in Piemonte, has been living and working in the area for 15 years and tells Monty about the Chianti Classico terroir of Radda in Chianti. The village of Radda in Chianti is one of the highest in the appellation and the most historical for Chianti Classico production. Castello d’Albola grows mostly Sangiovese, which is cultivated up to 600 meters on the sea level. The estate also grows Chardonnay at 700 meters to make their Poggio alle Fate white wine; they also grow Cabernet Sauvignon for their “Super Toscano” Acciaiolo. Monty and Alessandro discuss the difference between the Chianti Classico Riserva and the Gran Selezione and Alessandro presents some of Castello di Albola’s flagship wines: Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, and the Gran Selezione Santa Caterina and Il Solatio. Tune in to learn more about the Chianti Classico soils and wines and discover Alessandro’s passion for steak!
September 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!
September 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.
September 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!

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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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