I'm totally torn about this week's podcast. I almost gave up and decided not to launch it, but M.C. Ice and some Facebook friends encouraged me to go for it.
What's wrong with the Italy Overview? I think it was such a big topic that I lost steam. I thought it was a little low energy this week and I apologize. That said, I'm launching it anyway. If it's your first podcast...PLEASE give us another listen. Not our best work.
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Here are the notes:
- We hit on some stats about Italy and how I think it's amazing that people feel any level of comfort with Italian wine, when it's such a complex, confusing, and inconsistent product.
- I explain why wine is like breathing in Italy and how it's viewed differently there than in most other countries.
- We discuss the staggering number of grapes, a rough overview of geography, and then we DORK out on history -- we throw in a little Latin, talk about the Carthiginians, spend a ton of time on Romans, and then hop onto modern Italy (WARNING: this is SUPER DORKY)
- We discuss grapes you may not have heard of before (in case you wanted to see them in writing...Falanghina, Aglianico, Greco di Tufo, Nero d'Avola) and give you a teaser of episodes to come, when we'll get into the world of Italian wines.