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.
June 18, 2021
In episode 8, Susannah Gold and Sunny Gandara speak with Manfred Ing, winemaker at Querciabella winery in Tuscany, renowned for their fantastic, high quality vegan wines. We speak with Manfred about his experiences at Querciabella, dive into their practices, and what he is seeing in Tuscany and Italy, both in terms of sustainable wines and climate change. Manfred is originally from South Africa and has contacts throughout the global wine industry, having also created a social media group for winemakers throughout the world. We touch on this as well as his joy in working with Querciabella's visionary owner, entrepreneur, and vegan activist Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni.
June 11, 2021
In the latest episode of the Vigneto Podcast, Susannah Gold and Sunny Gandara speak with Christy Frank, or Copake Wine Works in the Hudson Valley/Berkshires area. Christy dishes on everything from what she is selling in the store, to the role of retailers in changing the conversation around vineyard workers rights, shipping and other topics. An expert on all things wine related, we had a chance to have an in-depth conversation with Christy, the next best thing to being able to shop in her store.
May 28, 2021
Listen to this sixth episode of the Vigneto Podcast where co-hosts Susannah Gold and Sunny Gandara talk about sustainability and the wine industry with various guests. Today's guest is Jennifer Huether, Canada's First Female Master Sommelier. She wears many hats in the industry with a strong focus on Canadian Wines. She also focuses on Vegan wines and pairing with plant-based dishes. In that vein she recently co-founded a new company, the Social Herbivore and is writing a book.
May 21, 2021
In Episode 5 of the Vigneto Podcast, the Sustainability Series, co-hosts Sunny Gandara and Susannah Gold, discuss what the wines Michael Drapkin keeps in his wine store, Kingston Wine Co. How he chooses his largely biodyanmic, organic, and natural wine producers and what criteria he uses to choose the producers. We learn about his views on the centrality of farming to the entire process and how he made the choice to leave NYC to found his store some seven years ago as well as other facts about running a shop.
May 14, 2021
In this episode, co-hosts Susannah Gold and Sunny Gandara discuss the beginnings of Tablas Creek winery and their journey towards being the first winery to be certified by the Regenerative Organic Alliance (ROA), regenorganic.org. Take a listen.