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I'm totally torn about this week's podcast. I almost gave up and decided not to launch it, but M.C. Ice and some Facebook friends encouraged me to go for it.

What's wrong with the Italy Overview? I think it was such a big topic that I lost steam. I thought it was a little low energy this week and I apologize. That said, I'm launching it anyway. If it's your first podcast...PLEASE give us another listen. Not our best work.

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Here are the notes:

  • We hit on some stats about Italy and how I think it's amazing that people feel any level of comfort with Italian wine, when it's such a complex, confusing, and inconsistent product.

  • I explain why wine is like breathing in Italy and how it's viewed differently there than in most other countries.

  • We discuss the staggering number of grapes, a rough overview of geography, and then we DORK out on history -- we throw in a little Latin, talk about the Carthiginians, spend a ton of time on Romans, and then hop onto modern Italy (WARNING: this is SUPER DORKY)

  • We discuss grapes you may not have heard of before (in case you wanted to see them in writing...Falanghina, Aglianico, Greco di Tufo, Nero d'Avola) and give you a teaser of episodes to come, when we'll get into the world of Italian wines.

We'll have to do an EXTRA fabulous one next week to make up for lost energy : )

As always, thanks for listening!

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And if you've got a question you want us to answer, post it on any of those places and we'll include it on the show!

Podcast music: "Café connection" by morgantjCC BY 3.0, ©2009 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) Map: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported2.5 Generic2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license

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