Let's Talk Wine Biz - wine2wine series

These podcasts introduce some key players in the global wine business and discuss wine in relation to media, social media, communications, international markets. Tune in every Tuesday for some engaging conversations about the wine industry more generally and the role of Italy and Italian wine in it. These interviews were recorded during wine2wine 2017. wine2wine is the wine business forum that provides the “latest market insights and strategic network opportunities for the evolving business in the world of wine” (www.wine2wine.net).

Marzo 24, 2020

Ep. 279 Jonas H Röjerman MW

Italian Wine Podcast Episode 279: Monty Waldin and Jonas H Röjerman MW discuss quality control at Systembolaget and Italian wine in Sweden. (16:50) “Everybody Needs a […]
Marzo 11, 2020

Ep. 276 Simon J Woolf

Italian Wine Podcast Episode 276: Monty Waldin and Simon Woolf discuss natural wine, "My January," writing, and more. (21:00) Monty tries to figure out how to replicate the success of Simon's book "Amber Revolution!" Supported by: Vinitaly International Academy.
Marzo 10, 2020

Ep. 275 Hannah Luxenberg of Tactic

Italian Wine Podcast Episode 275: Monty Waldin and Hannah Luxenberg of Tactic discuss virtual/augmented reality. New segment: "Everybody Needs a bit of Scienza" (24:30). Question provided by Gill Gordon-Smith of www.fallfromgracewine.com. Musical guest: i Rudi - Italian mod band. (Thank you!) Check them out at www.irudiband.com. Supported by: Vinitaly International Academy.
Marzo 4, 2020

Ep. 274 Polly Hammond (5forests) on Wine Marketing

Monty Waldin meets Polly Hammond, founder of 5forests, a leading communication and marketing agency for wineries. Polly talks about how she got into wine, her experience as an expat in New Zealand, and best practice strategies she teaches to wineries regarding communication, marketing, and digital presence. Polly tells Monty about the ins and outs of her work with wineries and her brand workshops with a “Socratic” approach that ultimately leads wineries to communicate and position their brands more effectively.
Marzo 3, 2020

Ep. 273 André Ribeirinho (CEO of Adegga) on the Portuguese Wine Market

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Portuguese food, wine, and travel entrepreneur André Ribeirinho. André is the CEO and co-founder of Adegga and has piloted innovative digital projects about wine such as Wine Spots, an App that designs wine tours drawing on the input of local wine lovers with first-hand knowledge of wineries and regions. André also discusses the Portuguese market for Italian wine and his love for Italy and Sicilian wines in particular.
Febbraio 18, 2020

Ep. 269 Julia Coney (Wine Writer, Educator, and Consultant) on Diversity in Wine Communication

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews wine journalist Julia Coney to explore issues of race and language in wine communication in the US. Julia, whose work has been featured in Wine Enthusiast, Forbes, Plate Magazine and others, tells Monty how she got into wine writing after a career as a paralegal and blogging about beauty. Julia discusses her advocacy work that challenges limited assumptions about wine consumers and ethnicity in the United States and encourages further awareness of diversity among American consumers. Tune in to learn how to avoid stereotyping in wine advertising and how to communicate in a more mindful and inclusive way to consumers in the U.S.
Febbraio 12, 2020

Ep. 268 Maureen Downey (Chai Consulting) on Combating Wine Fraud

Maureen Downey, founding member of Chai Consulting (chai pronounced chez), walks Monty Waldin—and listeners of the Italian Wine Podcast—through her decision to start representing the interests of fine wine consumers and collectors who occasionally find themselves on the receiving end of deals gone bad. Maureen, having amassed loads of knowledge, skill, and industry experience, began to notice trends in fraudulent bottles appearing in collections and changing hands at auctions. She has called out famous wine sellers, collectors, and auctioneers, and has bravely backed up her claims against criminal organizations with facts and evidence. She’s even been tapped by the FBI and Department of Justice in the United States to assist in special cases requiring the highest authority on rare wines and wine scams. Tune in to find out how technology, observation, and logic combine to shine a light on fraudulent wines, and how Maureen and her crew seek answers to uncomfortable questions that media, industry professionals, and consumers often prefer to not ask.
Febbraio 11, 2020

Ep. 267 Joe Fattorini (The Wine Show) on Wine on TV and the UK Wine Market

In this episode Monty Waldin meets volcanic TV personality Joe Fattorini, co-host of TV show, The Wine Show (now broadcasting in 100 countries and on Prime). Joe is also a wine merchant and wine writer. In the interview Joe tells Monty about his beginnings in the wine business and relates a number of funny anecdotes in his broadcasting career. Tune in to learn more also about the UK wine market for Italy and his future plans for a new series of The Wine Show set in Italy!
Febbraio 4, 2020

Ep. 265 Sonal Holland MW (Sonal Holland Wine Academy) on the Indian Wine Market for Italian Wine

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews India’s first Master of Wine, Sonal Holland MW. Sonal, who is a wine educator, entrepreneur, and consultant, tells Monty how she got into the wine business after a career in the corporate world and how she got inspired to do so from Jancis Robinson. Sonal and Monty discuss the demographics of the Indian wine market and some of the changes that took place with regards to Indians’ wine drinking habits. She presents some interesting insights from the India Wine Insider market research, a survey she conducted on population segments of wine consumers such as “affluent drinkers”, “millennials” and “women”. Sonal also chats about her recent experience in the wine retail business with Vine2Wine, a chain of luxury wine stores in five big Indian cities. Tune in also for some advice about the way Italian wine producers should leverage India’s growing interest for wines.
Gennaio 28, 2020

Ep. 263 Annette Scarfe MW (Wine Consultant) on the MW Journey and the Singapore Wine Market

Annette Scarfe MW visits Monty Waldin at Itialian Wine Podcast home base to discuss her journey from corporate banking to Master of Wine. At the peak of a successful banking career in Singapore, Annette was asked by her company to pick up and move to South Africa. Instead, she “retired” to follow her passion for wine. Annette describes what she believes are the most important factors shared by successful MWs as well as the biggest pitfalls along the way. Listen in to a conversation that ranges from home wine bottling kits to the many Italian wines finding popularity in Singapore. Warning: this episode contains content that may cause the listener to travel to Singapore to experience “bottomless” brunch culture in person.
Gennaio 14, 2020

Ep. 259 Yannick Benjamin (Wine on Wheels & Wheeling Forward) on inclusivity in hospitality & wine

In this episode Monty Waldin interviews US-based sommelier Yannick Benjamin, co-founder of Wine on Wheels and Wheeling Forward, owner of Contento restaurant, and Head Sommelier at the University Club in New York. Yannick talks about his beginnings in the hospitality sector in New York until a life-changing accident left him paralyzed from the waist down and forced him to reconsider his life and career choices. Yannick tells Monty about his struggles and the process that led him to return to work in hospitality and in the wine industry. Tune in for an amazing story of resilience that inspired attendees at wine2wine 2019.
Dicembre 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.