The Prima Materia Vineyard & Winery Podcast tackles issues in wine, winemaking, viticulture and vineyard practices, and the wine world in general, plus occasionally food topics with Prima Materia winemaker, former chef, and general wine industry veteran Pietro Buttitta. You can visit us and try our wines in Oakland, California.
Episode 16 - All About Barbera
Everything you need to know about Barbera! This group Zoom discussion was put on by sommelier and wine educator Paul Robinson of Bottivino, and Pietro Buttitta, owner/winemaker of Prima Materia Winery. We take a 2-hour deep dive into the history of Barbera in Piemonte and Monferrato, its history here in California, vineyard practices, winemaking techniques and challenges, and then a discussion on food pairing and descriptors, plus many diversions along the way. Prima Materia is concurrently releasing its 2018 vintage of Barbera today (the 2017 was tasted in this class), and the Italian wines discussed can be purchased from Bottivino. Links are below.
Episode 15 - Rosé, Rosé For Nearly Two Hours of the Day
Although this episode was technically focused on the topic of Southern Italian rosé, it managed to become more expansive, discussing some French rosé history, breaking down the technical aspects of saignée versus direct press or vin gris, and the general wide world of rosé and Rosato possibilities. We tasted an early-harvest Aglianico rosé from southern Campania (acid laser to the face,) a more fruit-driven Puglian Primitivo rosé, and our (Prima Materia's) third Rosato made of Barbera and Aglianico.
Episode #14 - Slow Wine Guide Interview With Prima Materia
This was a fun discussion with Deborah Parker Wong, editor of the U.S. Slow Wine Guide. We discuss Lake County, a bit of Alchemy, soils, and take a dive into our Sagrantino, Refosco, and Negro Amaro.
Episode #12 - Talking Sangiovese
We tackle Sangiovese in our ongoing series, talking about soil types, how California besmirched this beautiful grape in to 90's, why it is so challenging in the vineyard, and what the future may hold. You can learn more about our specific bottling of it at www.prima-materia.com.
Episode #11 - Talking Barbera
Barbera is a unique grape with special qualities that make it quite suited to California. Here we talk about it in the vineyard, a little about it in the Old County, its nature in California's sunny climates and its odd history as well. You can learn more about our specific bottling of it by visiting www.prima-materia.com
Episode #10 - Spring 2020 Wine Club Tasting
We dive deep into our newest wine club release, talking about vineyard and winery practices and tasting our newest club selection with owner, winemaker, and grower Pietro Buttitta. Take a deep dive into Negroamaro, Grenache, Chardonnay, a red blend of Sangiovese/Primitivo/Dolcetto, and the unique style of Pinot Grigio Ramato from Friuli. You can learn more about the wines and vineyard at www.prima-materia.com