Journalist, Wine Writer and Italian Wine Podcast Host
Monty Waldin became the first wine writer to specialize in organic and biodynamic wines. He has worked in vineyards and wineries in both hemispheres, and was the subject of Chateau Monty, the first TV series to follow the making of a biodynamic wine from pruning to bottling for Britain’s Channel Four in 2008. He has written extensively about wine. His books include Biodynamic Wines, which was published in 2004 by Mitchell Beazley as part of its Classic Wine Library series. Monty Waldin’s Wines of South Africa won the 2004 “James Beard Foundation” award for best wine and spirits book. He also wrote the first comprehensive guide in Britain to organic and biodynamic wine, The Friends of the Earth Organic Wine Guide, which features more than 2,000 wines. He has been a regular contributor to The Ecologist, and writes the entries on organic, biodynamic and natural wine for the Oxford Companion to Wine (ed. Jancis Robinson MW OBE).
"Beyond Podcasting: How can audio help the wine industry in a digitised post-COVID world?"
Veteren podcasters Monty Waldin (The Italian Wine Podcast) and Lawrence Francis (Interpreting Wine) are joined by fellow wine writer and audio enthusiast Paul Caputo to discuss the future of audio in an increasingly digital wine industry. They discuss whether, aside from podcasts (doesn’t everyone have a wine podcast these days?), audio might be a format that can be utilised by producers, journalists, wine professionals and consumers to enhance and advance the wine industry in a world that is increasingly having to adapt to use digital strategies of engagement. Wine has always been associated with what we taste and smell, can it be what we hear as well?