In this new five week series, I am speaking with private sector companies and professionals about their work with sustainability at their companies and for their clients. This is a slightly different focus from my 10-week series with Sunny Gandara on the wine industry but it is just another facet of this exciting and crucial topic of sustainability. Take a listen.
Vigneto Podcast - A Conversation with David Glancy, MS, CWE and Founder of the San Francisco Wine School
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vigneto Podcast - A Conversation with Jennifer Huether, Canada’s First Female Master Sommelier about Canadian Wines
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.
Vigneto Podcast - A Conversation with Michael Drapkin, owner of Kingston Wine Co. in the Hudson Valley, NY
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.
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.
Vigneto Podcast - A Conversation with Ilaria Petitto, owner of Donnachiara Winery in Irpinia ( Campania), Italy
In this episode of the podcast, co-host Susannah Gold and Sunny Gandara speak with Ilaria Petitto, owner of Donnachiara winery in Irpinia (Campania), Italy. Ilaria speaks about her work in her own vineyards, which indigenous grapes are easier to grow organically, and what she sees happening in the rest of her region and in Italy generally. We touch on reasons why organic farming is difficult and get her views on certifications.
Listen to our lastest episode of the Vigneto podcast. Co-hosts Susannah Gold and Sunny Gandara speak with Natural Wine Importer Jenny Lefcourt about what's happening in Natural Wine and how she got into the business 20 years ago. We touch on her views on sustainability and what she sees moving forward for the industry.