Catena makes debut in wine and food docuseries

Argentina’s Catena Zapata has collaborated with Wine Enthusiast on a new wine documentary series called It Starts With Wine, which features an an episode hosted by Dr Laura Catena on Argentine wine.

Dr Laura Catena

The series has been produced by New York-based Wine Enthusiast Media, and is available on Amazon Prime Video.

Commenting on the release, Jay Spaleta, executive producer and Wine Enthusiast senior vice president, said: “We felt that the best way to convey these stories was in episodic fashion. Wine Enthusiast has long been an innovator in wine information, reviews and content, this is the next bold step in that content leadership.

It Starts With Wine is a docuseries that tells a personal story and shares deep insights in a way that is very approachable, engaging and revealing.”

The first episode of the series features chef Francis Mallmann, who recently released his own wine range made from grapes grown at his vineyard in Mendoza’s Uco Valley. He is joined by Italian winemaker and consultant Alberto Antonini as they talk about the culture, cuisine and terroir of Uruguay and the wines of Bodega Garzón, one of Antonini’s clients.

Episode two heads to Argentina to highlight the story of Catena Zapata itself, featuring and in-depth conversation with Harvard & Stanford educated physician, Dr. Laura Catena, who currently runs her family’s winery and is largely credited for the renaissance of Malbec in Mendoza.

She is joined by chef Deborah de Corral, a Latin Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, TV personality and Miami restauranteur, and together they take a journey into the “heart and soul” of Argentine wine and food culture, opening up about their lives, unique experiences and what drives them to achieve greatness in their fields.

Episode three journeys north to California to explore the biodynamic viticulture at Bonterra Organic Vineyards with director Joseph Brinkley, alongside chef Garrett Sathre.

The first three episodes are now available on the streaming site, or are available to purchase at a cost of £2.49 per episode. The series will be available on Amazon Prime Video in North America and on Vimeo’s On Demand video service globally.

Click here to view the trailers for each episode, and below.

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