December 3, 2021
In this 18th episode of the Vigneto podcast, I speak with Mike Madaio, a food and wine writer based outside of Philadelphia. His book is called Lost Mount Penn: Wineries, Railroads and Resorts of Reading where he recounts the history of this area and the German immigrants who brought vines, grew grapes, and drank wine here in the 1800s. This fascinating slice of history also led us to a discussion about the industry in Pennsylvania today and some grapes and producers Mike is following with interest. Our wide-ranging conversation also includes tips on writing, a special method to do so, and hints as to what he may be working on in the future. Take a listen.
November 19, 2021
In this new series on the Vigneto Podcast, just in time for the holidays, I speak with authors of books about different aspects of wine. My second guest of this series which is episode 17 of the podcast, I speak with Steve Raye, President of Bevology Inc. and author of "How to Get US Market Ready. Steve is an author and a marketing consultant with many years of experience helping brands create strategies for entering into the US market.
In our conversation about his book, we discuss some of his tips for entering the US market, experiences and ways to use this book as well as ideas for aspiring writers. For those who are looking to get into the US market, this conversation and this book are helpful tools.
November 12, 2021
In this new series, just in time for the holidays, I speak with authors of books about different aspects of wine. My first guest for this new series is Alan Tardi, an author, a journalist, a former chef and restaurateur, a wine expert, and an educator. Alan has written two books on wine, one on his experiences living in Piedmont called
October 8, 2021
Listen to this 15th episode of the Vigneto Podcast on Sustainability. In this segment, I speak with Kathleen Willcox, a freelance journalist for numerous publications in the wine industry about her interest and experience writing about sustainability. We discuss new trends in the wine industry to make it more sustainable from the use of farm animals to lighter bottles to getting rid of the capsule on the wine bottle and more. Tune in and let us know what you think.
September 24, 2021
Here's the 14th episode of the Vigneto Podcast on Sustainability. This week we speak with Kim Eger of Food Service Sustainability Solutions. Kim has long been in the field and has looked at managing food waste and composting from many aspects. Our conversation ranges from how to a recycle and reuse products, composting and soils, behavioral modifications, cost savings, and policy advocacy. A very knowledgeable source about the circular economy in his piece of the industry, I hope you will enjoy the chat as much as I did. Take a listen.
September 10, 2021
Listen to the latest episode in this second series of the Vigneto Sustainability Podcast. Together with Luca Formentini, owner of the Selva Capuzza winery near Lake Garda, we discuss his views on sustainability within the winery, restaurant, and hospitality arms of his business.
We touch on packaging, transportation, the weight of wine bottles, as well as fertilizer, pesticides, water and energy use, among other issues.
Luca has been very focused on creating a circular economy within his winery and his environment. Luca is also a former President of the Lugana Consortium as well as of other consortium in his part of Lombardy.
In those roles, Luca advocated for sustainable practices as well and has been interested in the topic for many years. Take a listen to our wide-ranging chat.
August 7, 2021
In this episode of the new Sustainability series, I speak with corporate leaders about what their companies are doing in the area of sustainability. In today's episode I speak with Gabriele Lucentini, Co-Founder of Communications Firm Nirtya about their Sustainability Index. Take a listen.
August 6, 2021
In this episode of the Vigneto Podcast on Sustainability, I speak with Maureen Kline, VP of Public Affairs & Sustainability at Pirelli Tire North America. Our conversation covers the wide range of areas that come under the umbrella of sustainability at a tire company. Pirelli has been in business since the late 1800s and they are still evolving all these years later. Take a listen and see what issues Pirelli is addressing with their sustainability practices from the circular economy to end of life tires, among many other topics.
July 16, 2021
In this 10th episode, co-hosts Susannah Gold and Sunny Gandara speak with Master Sommelier David Glancy, Founder of the San Francisco Wine School. Our conversation ranges from sustainability to the California and Northwest Certification programs that they offer to what changes and modifications the school has made during the pandemic. We also speak about his Glancy Wine Education foundation and the scholarships they offer. Take a listen.
July 2, 2021
In this Episode of the Vigneto Podcast, Susannah Gold and co-host Sunny Gandara speak with Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO, Women of the Vine & Spirits and the President, Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, Ltd. 501c3. We discussed many issues impacting women in the wine industry including the pandemic, sustainability, diversity, mentorship, access to opportunities and the unique constraints and problems involved in our industry. We also speak about Deborah's 2006 book called Women of the Vine and about how many programs her organization has for its 7000+ members. We discuss her foundation and the work they are doing to advance women in the industry. Take a listen to our wide-ranging conversation with one of the visionaries of the wine world.