13 episodes

I, your host Mattia Scarpazza, found Looking Into Wine to share knowledge about wine. Focus is on areas that sparked my interest throughout my study years and I wished I’d had more time to explore in more detail. Now it’s time!

Each episode explores a specific topic in detail and how it is relevant to the wine trade.
What to expect? Interviews featuring experts and professionals to guide us through regions, grapes and challenges of vine growing, my own research and much more.

Looking Into Win‪e‬ Mattia Scarpazza

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I, your host Mattia Scarpazza, found Looking Into Wine to share knowledge about wine. Focus is on areas that sparked my interest throughout my study years and I wished I’d had more time to explore in more detail. Now it’s time!

Each episode explores a specific topic in detail and how it is relevant to the wine trade.
What to expect? Interviews featuring experts and professionals to guide us through regions, grapes and challenges of vine growing, my own research and much more.

    Jane Lopes on the good and the ugly sides of the wine industry

    Jane Lopes on the good and the ugly sides of the wine industry

    In this episode, I spoke to Jane Lopes.
    Jane is the author of Vignette, in her book jane opens up about many great moments of her life and she put a great deal of effort in explain how stress and anxiety have dictated many part of her life. And outside the book, she has been recently been part of an expose article about sexual harassment from senior members of the then heads of the Court of Sommelier. It transpires while talking to Jane that the problem extends to other parts of the business.
    (find the link for the expose below).

    This episode differs from others that have been released so far, in that it is focused on the life story of the author in and out of the book but nonetheless, I wanted to shine a light on it and I invite everyone to listen to this inspiring story. I believe that in her book, many people can relate to her stories, and while Jane tells her story she connects that specific moment in time to a style of wine and explains it.

    In the first part, I spoke with Jane live, about some of the events and emotions that she had gone through. From the beginning, when she first became interested in wine, through to the stress of her examinations to become one of the few Master Sommeliers in the world, only to see it taken away. She shows amazing resilience and devotion and through her story, there is something that many people can relate to.

    In the second part, we spoke about the recent sexual harassment exposé article in The New York Times, that Jane and other 20 women were part of, regarding the malpractice of senior members of The Court of Sommeliers in the USA.
    Jane shares with me how the long-planned and researched article came together, how she had felt about it all and what she hopes for the future.

    I can only thank her for sharing her story here.

    Expose article from Julia Moskin of The New York Times.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/29/dining/drinks/court-of-master-sommeliers-sexual-harassment-wine.html

    These following are affiliate links, it costs you nothing to use them but I get a small percentage when you buy something, so thanks!

    Vignette: Stories of Life and Wine in 100 Bottles https://amzn.to/37pZMMl

    What I use to make the podcast:
    Audio Interface: Zoom H6 https://amzn.to/3qnz7Ht
    Microphone: Shure SM58 https://amzn.to/3bcfbAC
    Boom Arm Mic Stand with Pop Filter: ShureSM7B https://amzn.to/3tWlMYR
    Online Recording at studio-level quality:SquadCast https://squadcast.fm/?ref=mattiascarpazza

    • 42 min
    Insights on postmodern winemaking with author Clark Smith

    Insights on postmodern winemaking with author Clark Smith

    Modern and traditional are words that many wine aficionados, students or professionals have heard off but what about postmodernism?

    In this podcast, Clark Smith the author of Postmodern Winemaking touches upon how modern winemaking changed the wine industry. For modern winemaking is generally referred to as wines that have developed after the second world war when electricity had become widely available in every winery in the world.

    We have talked about how winemaking is becoming a dogma, and it is believed that winemakers do nothing, but as the saying goes it’s hard to do nothing.

    Clark has a deep knowledge of winemaking and its Science. His book explores what modern techniques can add to the tools of a winemaker and how to best utilise them, and Clark explains that most of those tools need mastering and may or may not be utilised.

    Who are postmodern winemakers? For Clark, postmodern winemakers are those who make wine in their own vision and he is not a single filed line but is goes in many directions.
    We talk about the changes in modern wines in particular for white wine production, the influence of oxygen winemaking and the principles of micro-oxygenation. Clark challenges consumers to speak to winemaker and get to know them.

    On a personal level I know there are many winemaking techniques and instruments that may be used in winemaking, regardless of their controversy, that are worth exploring and understanding as they play a part in the final product that we much enjoy. Also for those who are pursuing higher levels of wine-education winemaking covers a big part of the examinations.


    Read More about this topic here:
    https://whoisclarksmith.com/
    https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/postmodernism/

    These following are affiliate links, it costs you nothing to use them but I get a small percentage when you buy something, so thanks!

    Postmodern Winemaking https://amzn.to/2ZkpfCk


    What I use to make the podcast:
    Audio Interface: Zoom H6 https://amzn.to/3qnz7Ht
    Microphone: Shure SM58 https://amzn.to/3bcfbAC
    Boom Arm Mic Stand with Pop Filter: ShureSM7B https://amzn.to/3tWlMYR
    Online Recording on studio-level: SquadCast https://squadcast.fm/?ref=mattiascarpazza

    • 31 min
    Producer Profile: Domaine Jones, with Katie Jones in Fitou AOC France

    Producer Profile: Domaine Jones, with Katie Jones in Fitou AOC France

    Welcome to the second producer profile this time we are in southern France, Languedoc specifically in Fitou with Owner/Winemaker, Katie Jones of Domaine Jones.

    Katie moved to southern France from England to work for the local Co-operative, as the years passed she decided to open her own winery in 2008, starting off with a mere two hectares of old vine Carignan, something unheard of in her village of Touchon.

    Katie looks for vineyards no-one else wants would only be a slight exaggeration. Most other growers in the area wouldn’t be interested in her modest twelve hectares of vines spread across vineyards in Maury and Tuchan.. she looks for low yields with high quality, and the rather poor, sloping ground that the very old, traditional vines cling to gives her just that.

    Katie's tell us how she managed to acquire those many micro old vines vineyards in her villages it was a bit of luck that they weren’t uprooted in the early 2000s when the local regulatory body ripped up many hectares of vineyards. Katies has now a collection of rare varieties that she uses for her wines.

    Wine cooperatives in France started in the late 1800s, mostly out of economic necessity, and continue to flourish today particularly in southern France, and that’s why it is more difficult to find independent grower, winemakers in the region.

    We also talked about why the Fitou viticultural area is, unusually, got split into two separate zones for historical reason.

    They are both finger-like enclaves stretching northwards into the larger Corbieres viticultural area. Each measure around 13 kilometres (8 miles) from north to south and less than half that from east to west. The two areas have a combined vineyard area of around 2650 hectares (6500 acres).
    The inland 'finger' is known unofficially as Fitou Montagneux ('mountainous Fitou'). This area is relatively hilly – vineyards here lie anywhere between 100m and 400m (330ft to 1310ft).
    The low-yielding vines here can produce fruits of great quality. In recent years this is being more reliably achieved.

    Its coastal counterpart, Fitou Maritime, is situated on slightly flatter land at the transition point between the Pyrenean foothills and the coastal plain. Vineyards here rarely sit above 150m in altitude.

    To read more about D Jones and Fitou:
    https://domainejones.com/
    https://www.languedoc-wines.com/en

    • 30 min
    Blind tasting a closer look with author of Beyond Flavour Nick Jackson MW

    Blind tasting a closer look with author of Beyond Flavour Nick Jackson MW

    The challenge of identifying an unknown wine can be thrilling, and hearing that you got it is a huge satisfaction but no easy task.

    Blind tasting can be a dreaded topic for anyone who wants to test their skills or preparing for it as part of a examination. It often involves tasting very many wines in a day which may sound fun but the pressure to identify the wine correctly can counteract this.

    My guest Nick Jackson, Master of Wine and author of Beyond Flavour,
    discusses his approach to blind tasting, through focusing on the structure of wine. A system that Nick perfected in the last few years while practicing for his blind tasting exams for the Master of Wine and which have proven successful for him.

    Nick explains on the episodes how each variety and country has is structural pillar and by learning them one can more confidentially identify wines. And I’m keen to stress that as Nick tells on the episode, one should leave behind the aromas.

    Blind tasting is still subject to personal feeling, but this approach is something that resonates with me and my own experiences with the WSET Diploma examinations and the way I tasted wine for these.

    To learn more about this go to:
    https://vintagevariation.com/school
    https://imbibe.com/news/nick-jackson-mw-launches-new-online-wine-education-platform/
    https://vintagevariation.com/beyond-flavour

    These following are affiliate links, it costs you nothing to use them but I get a small percentage when you buy something, so thanks!

    Beyond Flavour https://amzn.to/2N6AHyM


    What I use to make the podcast:
    Audio Interface: Zoom H6 https://amzn.to/3qnz7Ht
    Microphone: Shure SM58 https://amzn.to/3bcfbAC
    Boom Arm Mic Stand with Pop Filter: ShureSM7B https://amzn.to/3tWlMYR
    Online Recording on studio level: SquadCast https://squadcast.fm/?ref=mattiascarpazza

    • 23 min
    Fire up your Slovenian wines knowledge with author Robert Gorjak

    Fire up your Slovenian wines knowledge with author Robert Gorjak

    Slovenia has been producing wines since Roman times, and it is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. Vineyards are limited to the two extremities of the country where milder temperatures allow for successful vine growing.
    I have caught up with Robert Gorjak, author of 'Slovenia a winemaking country', to discuss and discover more about the local wines and what is happening in recent years. We talked about Slovenia's climate and what grapes are popular in the country, Interestingly international varieties have been planted for over 200 years and have adapted well to the local environment.
    Slovenia has many natives grapes making it very interesting to consumers and to those who are learning about it.
    In the Episode we have discussed the three main regions
    Podravska Wine Region
    Bordering Croatia and Hungary in the east, Podravje is Slovenia's largest wine region famous for its sparking wines and world class dessert wines. The wines from this region are amongst Slovenia's most prestigious - Almost 97% of wine produced here is white wine. Officially two major areas, these are broken down into 7 smaller districts.
    Posavska Wine Region
    This is the smallest of the wine producing regions in Slovenia. The Dolenjska area being home to Cviček; the fresh, light and slighly sour red wine. Cviček has a rich history of more than 200 years and is the wine of choice for most households in the Dolenjska area.
    Primorska Wine Region
    Slightly smaller but producing up to 30% more wine than the Podravje region, Primorje is the most developed of the three Slovenian wine regions with an annual output of over 25million litres. There is a very stong Italian influence in this area; in language, food, culture, architecture and viticulture.
    Although its long producing history, Slovenian's wines have struggled to establish their presence in the international markets compared to their neighbouring regions.
    Slovenia also has a long tradition for sweet wines, with regulations resembling those of Germany and Austria and in the western part of the country, there is a growing trend for orange and natural wines.

    If you are interest in learning more about Slovenian Wines, I wuold look at getting a kindle version of Robert Book's 'Slovenia a Winemaking Country'

    Also check those website out -
    https://www.slovenia.info/en/things-to-do/food-and-wine/wines-of-slovenia
    https://www.followingtherivera.com/2019/12/20/wine-from-slovenia/
    https://www.wine-searcher.com/regions-slovenia

    These following are affiliate links, it costs you nothing to use them but I get a small percentage when you buy something, so thanks!

    The wines of Slovenia https://amzn.to/37jAijv


    What I use to make the podcast:
    Audio Interface: Zoom H6 https://amzn.to/3qnz7Ht
    Microphone: Shure SM58 https://amzn.to/3bcfbAC
    Boom Arm Mic Stand with Pop Filter: ShureSM7B https://amzn.to/3tWlMYR
    Online Recording on studio level: SquadCast https://squadcast.fm/?ref=mattiascarpazza

    • 29 min
    Exploring the wines of french alps with author Wink Lorch

    Exploring the wines of french alps with author Wink Lorch

    In this episode, we talked to Wink Lorch, Author of Wine of The French Alps.
    Vineyards in the French alps' region have been around since roman's time. Those vineyards are situated in eastern France, precisely in the Northwester part of the Alp. In this episode, we pay particular attention to the wines Savoie and touch upon the sparkling wines and discussed the many projects that are happening in the region.
    Up until a decade ago, most of the wines were sold in the local ski resorts and the wines destined to those outlets were of little interest. But thanks to a group of maverick producers that focused on the production of quality wines, things are changing.
    Interesting are the many local grape varieties of which there are more than 30 and are unique to the region. With many sub-appellations which makes it very interesting to look at. It is not every day that a ‘New’ French region escalates to global market interested.
    With Wink we talked in detail about the great culture of sparkling wines in the region and things have changed since the approval of the Crémant de Savoie.
    ***** We have a special 20% discount code for wink’s books. Use the code - LIWPC202020 on her website to get the discount. Valid till 31St of December 2020 *****
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    Here are some links to read further about the region:
    https://winetravelmedia.com/
    https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/opinion/jefford-on-monday/savoie-wines-great-388187/
    http://www.snooth.com/region/france/savoie/
    https://www.wine-searcher.com/regions-savoie

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

Fabio Iorio ,

Absolutely Brilliant!

Absolutely Brilliant and very inspiring podcast! Mattia interviews great wine producers, book’s writers and tell us amazing stories. Each episode has something new that I didn’t know about wine and it’s always super interesting.

loves_her_corovin! ,

Looking into Wine

Excellent, knowledgeable and informative Podcast!
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almeida.paula ,

Slovenian wines

Such an interesting episode- covering so many aspects of wine production in Slovenia in an accessible way. Mattia is an engaging and generous interviewer. His passion for wine shines through in a kind and thoughtful way.

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