20 episodes

Take a deep dive into the wine world through specific grapes, winemaking, winery and vineyard life, the wine business, and occasionally food and culinary talk with winemaker, wine consultant, and former chef Pietro Buttitta. Learn more about me and my wine consulting at www.pietrobuttitta.com or try my wines by visiting www.prima-materia.com. Cheers

The Wine Insider - vineyards, winemaking, and the business of wine Pietro Buttitta

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Take a deep dive into the wine world through specific grapes, winemaking, winery and vineyard life, the wine business, and occasionally food and culinary talk with winemaker, wine consultant, and former chef Pietro Buttitta. Learn more about me and my wine consulting at www.pietrobuttitta.com or try my wines by visiting www.prima-materia.com. Cheers

    Volcanic wine - from Etna and Tenerife to Lake County, Ca.

    Volcanic wine - from Etna and Tenerife to Lake County, Ca.

    Let's spend an hour discussing volcanic wines with winemaker and vignaiolo Pietro Buttitta of Prima Materia Winery and the Ancient Wine Guys. While tasting through wines grown in volcanic climates from Etna, the Canary Islands, and Pietro's own Lake County vineyard just north of Napa, here we discuss the effects of climate, soil types, viticultural practices and winemaking practices in extreme volcanic conditions. For lovers of minerality in wine, this one is for you, and Pietro shares some inside details such as reductive strength and vine biology in these magical terroirs.



    Learn more about Pietro's work in vineyards, winemaking and wine consulting at www.pietrobuttitta.com and www.prima-materia.com and reach out if you have a project or questions.



    Learn more about the Ancient Wine Guys and how to join their one-of-a-kind wine club at www.ancientwineguys.com.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    All About Lake County Wine

    All About Lake County Wine

    This was a great opportunity to talk about the wine industry in Lake County, Ca., its relationship to Napa, and other wine industry elements in an interview that I did with Paul K. for his Wine of the Month Podcast. Many things like natural wine, wind, altitude, what volcanic soil means, etc. were all on the table. Plus Paul is a big foodie so we also talked about chef life, the wine industry as a whole, and where it might be headed.

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    • 49 min
    How to start a winery

    How to start a winery

    Want to be a small winery in the large wine world? This talk covers the business aspect of starting up, different models, choices that producers must make, vineyard economics and choices from business entities to marketing and labels. This is a side of wine that I haven't ever talked about before, and though it was for a casual audience, it covered some new territory that I would normally only talk about when consulting. There is so much more left to say on this topic, but this is a start. Let me know if you need help starting up!

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    • 52 min
    Wine Tasting Seminar - From Vineyards and Winemaking to Nose, Tongue, and Brain and How We Actually Taste Wine

    Wine Tasting Seminar - From Vineyards and Winemaking to Nose, Tongue, and Brain and How We Actually Taste Wine

    This 2.5 hour wine class is built around the things that I wish I had been told when I got into wine. After a little history, vineyard, and winery talk we get into wine tasting with acid and tannin perception, the aroma wheel, how the nose and brain process information, sweetness and fruit in wine, and a bunch of other things along the way. This is the widest-ranging discussion of all of my podcasts, but also contains a lot of information from all parts of the wine world. Hope you enjoy it, and I cleaned up the audio as best I could...

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    • 2 hr 47 min
    Episode 20 - Aglianico, from Ancient to Modern, one of the world's greatest wine grapes

    Episode 20 - Aglianico, from Ancient to Modern, one of the world's greatest wine grapes

    Aglianico goes back millennia, and has only recently been appearing on the radar in the United States. I grow an acre of it and it is one of my most important wines. Here in California it is of particular interest due to its ability to tolerate extreme heat and survive with very little water. We go over its history in Campania and Basicilata before diving into Aglianico's surprisingly short history in California. Then we go deep into growing Aglianico in the vineyard, cellar practices, and then how it ages so gracefully. We also discuss tannins, minerality in red wines, and then go deep into food pairings, decanting, and what comes next for this noble red grape.

    This class was held in conjunction with Paul Robinson, a former sommelier turned wine educator and renegade retailer - check out his amazing selections at www.bottivino.com



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    www.prima-materia.com

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Episode 19 - Sagrantino: Italy's Cabernet killer in the spotlight

    Episode 19 - Sagrantino: Italy's Cabernet killer in the spotlight

    In this episode we tackle Sagrantino - Umbria's big red, and arguably Italy's most boisterous. It also isn't really Cabernet like to be honest.

    With a relatively short history as a red wine, here we discuss Paolo Bea and Arnoldo Caprai and Sagrantino's new identity as a dry wine in the 1990's, now just entering its third wave. I spend quite a bit of time talking about growing Sagrantino, its striking predisposition toward high alcohol naturally, canopy management and crop loads, and then working with the grapes in the winery. Here tannin management becomes a focus. Then we enter discussions on natural wine, food pairings, cellaring and all things otherwise Sagrantino.

    This discussion was cohosted by Paul Robinson, a former sommelier turned wine educator and retailer at www.bottivino.com.



    ⁠www.pietrobuttitta.com⁠

    www.prima-materia.com

    • 1 hr 14 min

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