The most interesting vines that we grow are all bastards. There is no such thing as a “pure” vine. Maybe only Lambrusco could be pure. But Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Cabernet, Riesling, they all have bastard origins in their adaptability.
In Episode 348 of the Italian Wine Podcast - an Everybody Needs a Bit of Scienza edition - Stevie Kim and Professor Attilio Scienza step back from the "super geeky" wine questions for a minute to take a fun question from Asami Yoshikawa of Académie du Vin in Tokyo. Asami is an actress and an Italian Wine Ambassador (along with many more credentials). Plus her Instagram game is very strong with some amazing photos.
As it happens, though, Stevie and Scienza discuss Asami's questions in Italian. Thankfully, for those awaiting the English translation, Anna Carnera strikes again! Listen to the full original recording of Italian Wine Podcast Episode 348 and find Anna's translation below.
Stevie: OK, are we ready? Are you ready?
Scienza: Eh? Yes, I’m ready!
Stevie: Ok! This is Stevie Kim with Professor Attilio Scienza for another segment of “Everybody Needs a Bit of Scienza.” Today we have with us Asami Yoshikawa, she is our Italian wine Ambassador from Académie du vin – Tokyo and she is also an actress. A Japanese actress. So, she has three questions for Attilio.
The first one is: “if you were a grape variety, which one would you be and why?” This is a very popular question.
The second question is: “what is the secret to your longevity? We heard from Stevie that you turn 100 years old this year” Ha ha ha yes, yes, it was only a joke - I know that you are only 98.
Scienza: (Mumbling in the background.)
Stevie: The last one: “is your bed made of flysch or volcanic ash?”
So, go Attilio!
Scienza: I’m pleased to answer these questions, and she seems like a really interesting person. I would like to meet her one day. I’ve already partly answered the first question in a past episode. Anyway, I would like to identify myself as a mix, that is, the son of many crossbreeds and encounters. The most interesting vines that we grow are all bastards. There is no such thing as a “pure” vine. Maybe only Lambrusco could be pure. But Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Cabernet, Riesling, they all have bastard origins in their adaptability. They adapt well to environmental conditions and produce…
Stevie: OMG, you have to turn off your phone!
Stevie: Ha ha ha!
Scienza: Alberto, I’m busy right now…
Scienza: Ok, let’s start again from bastard grapes...
[Text message alert]
Stevie: But you have to turn off your phone! Or you have to put it in silent mode.
Scienza: Yes, yes you are right. SILENCE! Offline mode.
Stevie: OK perfect.
Scienza: I think offline is a good mode. Awesome!
Stevie: Good. OK, go!
Scienza: So, the majority of grapes that we grow are bastards as they have the greatest possibilities for adaptation. On the other hand, those who have a tight relationship with the native environment, they are less blended. So, I would like to be a bastard to have a great chance to express myself, to be able to meet a lot of people.
About my longevity…
Scienza: I’m 25 years old.
Stevie: Ha ha ha.
Scienza: I’m a person who drinks a lot, who meets a different woman every night, who smokes packs and packs of cigarettes. So, I look like I’m 100 years old, but in fact I’m much younger. Therefore, I don’t know what to say about my longevity secret, I try to do what I can, essentially everything wrong.
Stevie: Ha ha ha.
Scienza: About my bed, it’s a big secret that I haven’t told anyone. It’s a very special thing. I sleep on flysch when I sleep with someone and I sleep on volcano ash when I’m alone. Then you can imagine why, but this is the situation.
Stevie: OK, that’s interesting! Thank you Asami for your three questions. That was Asami Yoshikawa from Académie du Vin in Tokyo, our VIA Italian Wine Ambassador.
Thank you to all our listeners. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and don’t forget to send a tweet to @itawinepodcast…
Stevie: Did we say thank you to Monty?
Scienza: No, I never know when I have to say it.
Stevie: Ha ha ha!
Scienza: When I say “thank you all,” they tell me that is not the right time so I’m just waiting for the signal. When Jacob tells me “say hi to Monty,” I stand up and I say “thank you Monty.”
Stevie: So, let’s do it with a curtsey. Ciao Monty!
Scienza: Ciao! See you next time.