A WONDERFUL @Hawk_Wakawaka interview with Giannola Nonino

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“A year ago,” writes this week Elaine Brown, aka Hawk Wakawka, one of the most dynamic wine bloggers working in the U.S. today, “a few of us were lucky enough to share two days with the Nonino family. The Noninos are the most well known grappa producers in Italy, known for a series of innovations in production that succeeded in raising the status of grappa worldwide.”

“While Benito Nonino distilled the grappa, his wife Giannola (above) developed many of the ideas, and packaging that helped raised Benito’s work to such prominence. Today their three daughters are thoroughly involved in running Nonino, and have gone on to continue the tradition of innovation and quality. After working on it for a decade, the three daughters succeeded at figuring out how to distill honey, for example.”

“If you don’t already know how grappa is made, you can check out my Behind the Scenes at Nonino piece over at Serious Eats, here.”

“While with the Nonino family, Cathy Huyghe and I asked Giannola to share more of her story. Jeremy Parzen translated. The following is a transcript of her story as translated by Jeremy. She begins by speaking of her family history as the foundation of the work she did for Nonino, as well as for how she raised their children.”

Click here to read this truly compelling interview with Giannola.

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