These are our suggestions for podcast episodes about Piemonte, its wines, and travel advice and inspiration.
Over the past several years, podcasts have gone from quirky audio files that only dedicated listeners were interested in to a booming, not to mention profitable, industry. According to The Washington Post, in 2013 the number of subscriptions on Apple’s iTunes alone topped 1 billion; and RawVoice, which tracks 20,000 shows, reported a tripling of podcast listeners in three years (from 25 million in 2009 to 75 million in 2014).
By now, almost any hobby, interest, or thought that a person wants to listen to has its own podcast—or at least several episodes. So it is no surprise that wine has several highly popular podcasts and a plethora of lesser-known but still interesting “stations” to tune into.
Yet with all the shows and episodes that currently exist, not too many people are talking about Piemonte or its wines. We scoured some of the most popular wine podcasts and some hard-to-find shows to discover several that talk about the region, Barolo and Barbaresco, and interviews with winemakers, travelers, and locals. Below we’ve listed several that we enjoyed. Tune in!
Wine for Normal People: Ep 102 — Wines of Piedmont, Italy: “We cover the major reds and whites, including Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, Arneis, Gavi, and Moscato. This should give you a good base for exploring this region that has a ton of great wines to offer but may be a little daunting to figure out!”
“The way that I look at Piedmont is that there are two categories of wines: there’s thinking wines and drinking wines.”
Grape Radio: Ep. 288 – Discover Piedmont: “Join us as we talk with vignerons Olek Bondonio from La Berchialla, and Andrea Bosco from Bosco Agostino about Piedmont the Piedmont region, their individual vineyard methods, and their individual approach to wine making.”
“When you are traditional, it’s because you trust in what you’re doing. So it’s not a matter of which is the best way [in modern versus traditional Barolo winemaking], it’s just the way you do it.”
Eye on Italy: Ep 11 – Piedmont, Slow Food, and Regional Wines: “On this week’s podcast, hosts Sara and Michelle talk about the latest World Cup news, including Italian demands that the coach give his wages back and the vuvuzela craze in Milan. Special guest is Diana Baur who shares her corner of Piemonte with us: Monferrato, Le Langhe, enoteche regionali, and her recommended Piedmont stops: the Barolo region, Bra, and Acqui Terme.”
“The enoteca regionale is a really great concept because it gives the visitor coming to a new town for the first time a chance to try a variety of wines from a variety of producers…It’s a great way to get yourself oriented.”
Wine Wars: Ep 10 – Nebbiolo – (Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe): More of a relaxed discussion, also rather funny. “Anne and Jason tell tales of their trip to the Piedmont and their visit to the Negro winery. The gang discusses a recent article sent in by a listener about Robert Parker Jr. and a new collective of California winemakers who are trying to make unique, quirky wines. Then, tragedy strikes as a wine bottle hits the floor.”
“What’s with the Italians and all their B wines that sound the same and get confused in my head?”
Tasting Room Radio: November 6: “For centuries Dogliani has been a name synonymous with the distinctive wines of Piedmont. Both as a picturesque town that has long been famous for wines produced from Dolcetto – Dolcetto di Dogliani – and today as the family surname of one of Piedmont’s most famous producers of Barolo. Fiorenzo Dogliani, CEO of the Dogliani family’s Beni di Batasiolo winery, runs the family enterprise, Batasiolo SPA.”
“There is no other place like this in the world. We always say that Piemonte is a region that has not been discovered.”
Dall’Uva Italian Wines “Tasting Notes”: The Best Regional Wines of Northern Italy: Short and sweet, just 8 minutes long. “Today’s Podcast is the first in a 3-part series where Sommelier Michael Horne unlocks the secret to selecting good Vino Italiano, with an opinionated (but thoughtful) tour of the most popular Italian regional wines, from top to bottom along the Italian peninsula.”
“Hands down, the most respected and elegant wines of Italy are in the northwest corner near France, in the region of Piemonte.”
Also, did you know that Wine Pass starred in a couple of podcasts to talk about wine in Piemonte?
The Fatal Charm of Italy: Q and A with Rick Zullo: Passing Through Piedmont with Diana Zahuranec: “The degree of diversity in Italy never ceases to amaze me. The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know about this wonderland of cultural treasures. And by culture, we could talk about everything from art to language to food to architecture.”
"The primary grape is probably Barbera…it makes the most popular, everyday wines. Nebbiolo makes wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco and lesser-known wines from northern Piedmont, such as Ghemme and Gattinara.”
Thoughts on the Table: Ep 37 – The Italian Wine Culture with Diana Zahuranec: “Join us to discuss the differences between Italy and North America in wine production, as well as in how wine is consumed and socially perceived in the two countries. In the second part of the episode, Diana gives a roundup of Piedmont’s native grape varieties and world-renowned appellations, such as Barolo, Dolcetto, and Barbaresco.”
“There’s a lot of passion. It’s their life. It’s what they do all year round, all the time.”