Ep. 23 Monty Waldin interviews Henry Davar (Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Expert) - SoundCloud (491 secs long)Play in SoundCloud
In this episode, Monty Waldin interviews Henry Davar who completed the Vinitaly International Academy certification course in Verona in April 2017, reaching the Expert Level at first sitting. Henry talks to Monty about growing up in New York City, about his work as wine educator in Las Vegas, and his transformative encounters with Italian wine and the community of Italian wine producers.
In this episode, Monty Waldin talks to Gill Gordon-Smith “head girl at FFG Fall From Grace Wine Education and Tasting” in Australia and Vinitaly International Academy student. Gill tells Monty about the beautiful coastal region of McClaren Vale in South Australia, where a wide range of Italian grape varieties are cultivated. For example, they grow Nero D’Avola, Carignano, Montepulciano and Arneis. Italian grape varieties according to Gill, seem to respond very well to climate change in Australia. Tune in to discover a thriving wine-producing region and a piece of Italy down under!
Ep. 24 Monty Waldin interviews JC Viens (VIA Ambassador & Editor at Spirito diVino Asia) - SoundCloud (792 secs long)Play in SoundCloud
In this podcast, Monty Waldin meets JC Viens, editor of the magazine Spirito diVino Asia and Vinitaly International Academy Ambassador. Monty and JC talk about the perception of Italy and of Italian wine in Asia. JC’s comments offer an interesting reflection about the potential of the Asian market for Italian wine producers.
Ep. 36 Monty Waldin interviews VIA Italian Wine Ambassador Kevin Gagnon - SoundCloud (490 secs long)Play in SoundCloud
In this episode, Monty Waldin meets VIA candidate Kevin Gagnon, a Canadian-born writer and Opera singer based in Germany. Kevin tells Monty of his first encounters with Italian wine in Germany and of his numerous road trips across Italy to discover Italy’s unique indigenous grape varieties. Tune in for another entertaining story about the excitement of learning about Italian wine.
Ep. 39 Monty Waldin interviews VIA Italian Wine Ambassador Zhu Mi (Amazon China) - SoundCloud (377 secs long)Play in SoundCloud
In this episode Monty Waldin meets Mi Zhu, wine buyer for Amazon China and Vinitaly International Academy candidate in April 2017. Mi Zhu tells Monty all about his intense week of study at the Academy learning all about Italian wines and discovering a new favorite, Lambrusco. He also talks about the perception of Italian wine in China and the potential of Italian wine to be paired with Chinese food. Cin Cin with Italian Wine People all over the world!
Ep. 159 Monty Waldin interviews Michaela Morris (Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Expert) - SoundCloud (865 secs long)Play in SoundCloud
In this episode Monty Waldin interviews Michaela Morris, wine educator from Canada and Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Expert. Michaela tells Monty about how she got into wine and, in particular, how she fell in love with Italian wine in Piemonte despite some initial diffidence. Michaela also talks about the latest trends for Italian wine in Canada and what difficulties foreign students have in learning about Italian wine. Tune in also to hear about her cycling trips around Italy and her love for Bologna!
Ep. 163 Monty Waldin interviews Will Predhomme (Sommelier & VIA Italian Wine Ambassador) - SoundCloud (1052 secs long, 1422 plays)Play in SoundCloud
In this episode, Monty Waldin interviews William Predhomme, Canadian sommelier based in Toronto and Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador. William tells Monty about the burgeoning wine culture in the city and the strong Italian wine selection there. Will also praises the great diversity of Italian wines and recommends some old favorite of his, Timorasso and Verdicchio. Tune in to get a glimpse into the world of somms in Canada!
This episode will bring listeners on a journey to two Asian markets for Italian wine, Hong Kong and Japan. Monty Waldin meets Roddy Ropner, director at Wellspring Wines in Hong Kong, to discuss Asian market, wine education, Barbaresco and Soave! Tune in for another episode of our “Let’s talk wine biz – #wine2wine series”!
Ep. 185 Sarah Heller MW (Vinitaly International Academy Faculty) on Barolo - SoundCloud (844 secs long)Play in SoundCloud
In this episode, Monty Waldin meets Sarah Heller MW who is a member of the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) Faculty and teaches the Italian Wine Ambassador course. In this educational podcast dedicated to the iconic Italian wine denomination of Barolo, Sarah introduces the geology of the Barolo area, the profile of its grape variety, and different vinification styles which were also at the core of the famous traditionalist vs. modernist debate. Tune in to learn the ABC of one of the most iconic Italian wine appellations and discover Sarah’s personal connection to Piemonte and her proficiency in the Piedmontese dialect!
Ep. 40 Monty Waldin interviews VIA Italian Wine Ambassador Julien Boulard - SoundCloud (387 secs long)Play in SoundCloud
In this episode Monty Waldin meets Julien Boulard who is a Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador and wine educator based in China. Julien talks about his experience of learning about Italian wine last April in Verona and his favorite Sicilian wines. He also discusses the Chinese market for Italian wine. Tune in for a Cin Cin between Italy and China!