September 28, 2023

Episode #727 – The Wine. The Food. The Culture. Plus, the Relative Ease of Dual Citizenship in Italy and Beyond!

In this week’s edition of Grape Encounters, we’re going to prove to you that dreams can come true.  Moreover, there is likely to be literally tens of thousands of listeners who can take advantage of what we are sharing this week, but didn’t realize how attainable this opportunity actually is. For 15 years, we’ve been your trusted guide into fascinating stories, unique places, and enlightening insights, all brought together by one unifying element – wine. Our journey almost always strays from the well-trodden path, leaving behind the conventional tasting notes and food pairings to shine a light on the rich tapestry of narratives that extend far beyond winemaking.

In this thought-provoking edition, host David Wilson explores a phenomenon that has gripped countless Americans – the captivating allure of all things Italian and beyond. What drives this fascination? Why are so many Americans drawn to the idea of living abroad or at least immersing themselves in its culture for an extended period?

David’s personal journey is a testament to this magnetic pull. A year and a half into his Italian adventure, he’s encountered numerous like-minded Americans, all drawn to the land of pasta, wine, and art for reasons they struggle to articulate clearly. It’s this shared, inexplicable attraction that forms the heart of our exploration in Episode #727.

As more Americans migrate from high-cost states to more affordable locales, some are choosing to venture beyond the country’s borders. Among the popular destinations for these adventurous souls, Italy stands out as a paradise for those passionate about food, wine, history, and culture. But it’s not just about living the ex-pat life; millions of Americans with Italian ancestry are pursuing the path to dual citizenship.

This episode takes you on an in-depth examination of this trend, featuring an insightful conversation with Marco Permunian, founder of Italian Citizenship Assistance. There is no greater expert on this topic than Marco. With over 100 employees, his company guides Americans through the process of obtaining dual citizenship, navigating the challenges and complexities that come with it.  Marco is recognized for his expertise in immigration and Italian citizenship matters, and he is frequently invited as a guest speaker at international workshops and conferences, especially in America. He specializes in handling birthright cases for ICA.

From David’s own experiences to the broader phenomenon of Americans’ obsession with Italy, Episode #727 promises to be an eye-opening journey. Whether you’re of Italian descent, a wine enthusiast, or simply a lover of captivating stories, this episode of Grape Encounters is sure to engage, enlighten, and inspire. Contrary to popular belief, these life-altering changes can occur in a matter of months. The best part? It’s not just a select few who can achieve this. Millions of Americans have already begun living life to its fullest, proving that these dreams are indeed attainable.  Whether you’re a foodie, a wine enthusiast, or someone mesmerized by the idea of a significant change of scenery and culture, let this be your call to action.

This edition of Grape Encounters is brought to you by Total Wine & More. Absolutely nobody makes great wines, spirits, and beer from around the globe more accessible and affordable than Total Wine & More. Whether you’re an expert, a sommelier in training, or just a wine-loving consumer that could do without all the jargon, Total Wine & More speaks your language. Find what you love. Love what you find at Total Wine & More, or visit Total And please, be 21!

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