What fun–click here to listen to the W25 podcast featuring Sassi Italy Tours!
As is well known around here, we’re huge fans of the WineTwoFive podcast because it gives you a look at the inquisitive, geeky side of wine culture without all the huffery and snootery that much of serious wineblogging and wine social-media’ing is known for. It’s informative without being snobby, entertaining without missing what really matters to wine drinkers.
Lucky for us, I got to appear on the podcast this week, talking about the importance of wine travel, getting outside our touristy comfort zones, and digging into the *real* Italy and the wonderful wine culture you can find off the beaten path. Give it a listen!
The art is definitely found in the glass, but not only in the glass. Walking around an Italian wine producing house, you’re struck by how ubiquitous, how ever-present the beauty can be. Even something as simple as the results of a de-stemming process can captivate.
If you watch this and don’t immediately want to come explore this region…you’re doing it wrong. Our friends at The Winefathers insist you’ll fall in love immediately. We cannot imagine disagreeing.
If you can spare a few dollars to help an artisan winemaking family rebuild their vineyard, the wine gods will bestow some good karma upon you. We donated, you should too!
This is a great opportunity to help artisanal Italian viticulturalists preserve an ancient, almost extent variety of grapevine that otherwise might not be around much longer. It’s worth preserving.
We gave to the cause, and you should too!
An interview with my friend Luca Comello of The Winefathers that gives a deeper understanding of their project to bring artisanal Italian winemaking to the forefront. Great work they’re doing to spread awareness for winemakers that wouldn’t otherwise get noticed by importers, distributors, and the wine buying public. All that, and they afford folks a chance to have a row at a vineyard named for them or even get to stay for free at the vineyard?
Wow. Amazing! One of our proudest moments has come to fruition.
We’ve made no secret that we find Rodello and Azienda Giribaldi’s little corner of Piemonte perhaps the most magical place we’ve ever been, and we want to share how great it is with people who enjoy the best food and wine on the planet. We’re happy to announce that our friends at The Winefathers agree with our position that the artisanal work being done at Giribaldi in the Langhe hills is a project that represents the best of Italian wine making; as such, they’re going to start working to help promote Azienda Giribaldi.
Join us in Piemonte to see just how special a place Rodello really is. Our friends at Giribaldi will be waiting to greet you with a plate of amazing antipasti and glasses of the best wine tasting experience you’ll ever have. We guarantee it! And the best part? By making a nominal donation to the Winefathers program, you can have a row at the vineyard named for you.
Thoughts, in no particular order:
My Italy photographs are pretty good for an average joe with a Nikon. These are orders of magnitude better. Much to learn!
Drones allow some amazing video work. They’re dangerous to general aviation, but man they’re great when used responsibly.
At the end there’s a listing of the locations used; great for those of us who want to spend a lifetime tracking them down. Many mental notes already made for new places to explore!