Welcome to episode 716, another on the Road Edition With Stevie Kim, today she is in Illasi Veneto at a wine tasting hosted by the so-called 3 Musketeers. Andrea Lonardi, Pietro Russo & Gabriele Gorelli. These 3 wanted to share their Master of Wine collection with a handful of people and talk about “How Many Wines Do You Have to Taste to successfully pass the Master of Wine Exam” Gabriele passed his MA exam in February and the other two are hot on his heels to do the same! Read all about this momentous day on italianwinepodcast.com/blog/
About today’s 3 Muskateers:
Andrea Lonardi is COO at Bertani Domains. He was born in Valpolicella in 1974 (5th generation family making Valpolicella), but he did not remain in the region. He attended University in Bologna, receiving a degree in Agriculture, and thereafter, he obtained his Master’s degree from the Grande Ecole di Montpellier, in control and management. He then started to work at Washington State University, completing internships in Languedoc and Sonoma. By 2012 he was ready for an important change and assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer within the newly formed Bertani Domains. He has been a Master of Wine student since 2014.
Pietro Russo was born in 1985 in Marsala. He is from a family dedicated to winemaking, Pietro Russo graduated in viticulture and winemaking in Conegliano Veneto and got a Masters degree in Bordeaux. His career has included working in Bordeaux and Languedoc, Andalusia, New Zealand and Piedmont, where he developed his winemaking skills and an insatiable passion for wine. Pietro now works for Donnafugata as of 2010, where he has the chance to produce wines from the most compelling appellations across Sicily such as Etna, Pantelleria, Vittoria and Contessa Entellina. In 2020 he revised the Italian chapter for the New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia together with Gabriele Gorelli MW and Andrea Lonardi, and he takes part in several international wine competitions as a judge. In the meantime, Pietro is busy with the Master of Wine program, having passed the tasting part of the exam in 2019 his studies continue.
Gabriele Gorelli is the first Master of Wine of Italy. He was born in Montalcino in 1984. His grandfather used to be the smallest Brunello di Montalcino producer, accounting for a mere 0,46ha’s. That’s where he developed a real passion for wine. After completing his studies in Languages in 2004 he co-founded a wine-oriented advertising agency, Brookshaw&Gorelli. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to consult for many Italian wineries and Consortiums. In 2015, Gabriele started his studies at the ‘Institute of Masters of Wine’. He is now the sole Italian Master of Wine. During the same year, he co-founded KH Wines S.r.l., a company that helps European wineries in export markets.
More about the host Stevie Kim:
Stevie hosts Clubhouse sessions each week (visit Italian Wine Club & Wine Business on Clubhouse), these recorded sessions are then released on the podcast to immortalize them! She often also joins Professor Scienza in his shows to lend a hand keeping our Professor in check! You can also find her taking a hit for the team when she goes “On the Road”, all over the Italian countryside, visiting wineries and interviewing producers, enjoying their best food and wine!
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