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Wine Explained By Banfi
13 minutes | Apr 24, 2019
How To Store Wine - For A Few Days Or Decades
This is Episode 3 of Wine Explained By Banfi. In Episode 2, "Does Wine Get Better With Age?", the discussion touched on how to store wine for aging -- because you can't age wine without proper storage. So, in this episode, you learn the fundamentals of proper storage. Wine is perishable, just like food, and, also just like food, it needs to be properly stored even if only for a few hours. In this episode, you learn how and why to protect a bottle of wine from the five elements can adversely affect a bottle of wine: - Air - Extreme temperature - Light - Vibration - Strong odors Some of the specifics that are covered: - How humidity -- or lack of it -- can change the size of the cork and allow air to get into a bottle of wine. - Why wine bottles are traditionally kept on their side -- and why you don't need to do that. - The best temperature range for wine. - Why you should keep wine away from constant light. - The effect of vibration on wine. - Why wine shouldn't be kept with smelly items. - When a typical food refrigerator is fine for storing wine, and when it is not. - The ideal places and conditions to store wine over the long term. - Why you should put red wine in the refrigerator. - When you should take wines out of the refrigerator. Download the Storing Wine Cheat Sheet from https://banfi.co/storewine Read more storing wine at the website: https://wineexplainedbybanfi.com Have a comment, question, or idea for a future episode? Email email@example.com
28 minutes | Apr 4, 2019
Does Wine Get Better With Age?
Episode #2 - You've seen the internet memes, t-shirts, bumper stickers, or birthday cards that say "like a fine wine, I get better with age." But is it true that wine gets better with age? Host Joe Janish explains: - 99% of all wine at a retail shop should be consumed within 2 years - Wine has no expiration date, but it has a vintage date -- and that's what will help you understand how long a wine can be kept - Wines with no vintage date should be drunk immediately (or left on the store shelf) - A little-known fact about vintage dates that will wow your friends -- even the wine geeks! "The Vintage Rules" To help you know which vintages to buy and which to avoid, you will learn hard and fast rules to apply to white, rose, sparkling, and red wines. Yes, there are exceptions, but these general rules of thumb will work well for you in almost every situation. Aging wine: yes, some wines can get better with age, and you'll learn which ones. Also, you'll learn that those wines don't necessarily have to be aged -- it's all a matter of taste. Read more about aging wine at the website: https://wineexplainedbybanfi.com There you can also get a free "cheat sheet" that will help you choose the right vintages the next time you're in a wine shop. Get it directly by going to https://banfi.co/2 Have a comment or a question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
17 minutes | Mar 19, 2019
What Is Banfi?
In the first episode of Wine Explained By Banfi, you learn the story of Banfi and the background of your host, Joe Janish. Joe began in the wine industry knowing nothing about wine -- he didn't even know there were different types of grapes. And he didn't like wine, because the only wine he ever had was homemade wine -- which can taste very different from what is available at a restaurant or in a wine shop. Today, Joe does enjoy wine and knows a little more "than the average bear" thanks to over twenty years of studying, tasting, and learning about wine in the wine business. He is your guide to the right wine choices. Banfi is a luxury wine producer in Italy and wine marketer in the USA. The name comes from Teodolinda Banfi, aunt of the company's founder John Mariani, Sr. She was the head of household for Pope Pius XI and the first woman who wasn't a nun allowed to work and live in the Vatican. The company began in the Little Italy section of New York City in 1919 -- a year before Prohibition. It stayed in business by selling Italian foodstuffs and alcoholic products that were legally considered medicinal, such as Florio Marsala and Ramazzotti Amaro. These "medicinal products" were to be taken to help with digestion and flatulence. After Prohibition was repealed, Banfi focused on high-end wines from France, Germany, and Italy. In the 1950s and 1960s, John Mariani, Sr.'s sons John Jr. and Harry became more involved with the company. They felt a need to sell a wine that would appeal to their generation -- something that was similar to soda pop. After searching Italy, they found a wine that was dark in color, fizzy, and slightly sweet, called Lambrusco. Marketing this Lambrusco like a soft drink -- through lifestyle-driven TV commercials, the wine became the most successful imported wine in US history. Some of the profits were leveraged to purchase a large swath of mostly virgin land in Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, and to build a state-of-the-art winery and vineyards that is now called Castello Banfi. The Castello Banfi estate is 7100 acres -- about the size of Manhattan -- and includes 2100 acres of vineyards. The rest of the land is forestry, olive trees, wheat fields, fruit orchards, lakes, and hunting grounds -- it is essentially a farm with vineyards. The estate also includes Il Borgo, a luxury boutique hotel, two restaurants, and an enoteca (wine shop and tasting room). Today the president and CEO of both Castello Banfi and Banfi in the USA is Cristina Mariani-May, granddaughter of founder John Mariani Sr. and the third generation of the Mariani family to run the company. Castello Banfi is best known for making Brunello di Montalcino, the best wine made in Italy and one of the best and most sought-after wines in the world. It also makes Super Tuscans, Chianti, and white wines, and there is another Banfi winery in Piedmont, Italy. Castello Banfi wines are sold in over 90 countries. Banfi's goal is not for people to drink more wine, but for more people to drink wine. Wine is food and responsible wine drinking can bring more enjoyment to your dinner table. This podcast will help you understand enough about wine to make it a positive part of your life. A photo of Teodolinda Banfi can be seen here: https://banfi.co/Teodolinda It somewhat explains why she was allowed to live in the Vatican, amongst celibate men. A photo of old bottles of Florio Marsala and Ramazzotti Amaro are here: https://banfi.co/amaro_marsala The back label from a bottle of Ramazzotti Amaro sold during Prohibition can be seen here: https://banfi.co/ramzlabel To learn more about Banfi, visit these links: Castello Banfi: https://castellobanfi.com/en/ Castello Banfi - Il Borgo: https://castellobanfiilborgo.com/en Banfi Wines: https://banfiwines.com Banfi Wines on Facebook: https://banfi.co/Facebook Banfi Wines on Twitter: https://banfi.co/Twitter Banfi Wines on Instagram: https://banfi.co/Instagram Banfi Wines on YouTube: https://banfi.co/YouTube Banfi Wines on Pinterest: https://banfi.co/Pinterest Banfi Wines on LinkedIn: https://banfi.co/LinkedIn The website for this podcast is here: https://WineExplainedByBanfi.com Please email the host at email@example.com with your comments and questions about wine.
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