Wine for Normal People
This week we bring you a fun episode! It’s super US-Centric (sorry to our international listeners) but hopefully we did a good enough job of describing things so you get the gist. In this short episode, we explore the world of left over Halloween candy and which wines will be ideal matches for what may be laying around after the costumes are hung up and the trick-or-treaters are gone (or in bed and you can raid their stash!). * *Keep in mind, we did not talk about pairings with dark chocolate or bittersweet chocolate. Why? ‘Cause that’s not what you get in a bag of candy for trick-or-treat! This is all about realistic scenarios. How was this “scientific experiment” conducted? Step 1: We got candies: The fruity kind, like gummies, Skittles, and Starburst and the chocolate kind — everything from Kit Kat, Hershey’s, and Mounds to Reeses P-nut Butter Cups and Snickers. Step 2: We got wine, some based on recommendations that we researched i [...]
Direct download: 61Ep061_HalloweenCandyPairings.mp3
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I feel like I‘m writing a script for Masterpiece Theater (a Public Broadcasting show in the US with high quality yet very dorky programming usually based on literature)… “And in this installment, we find our hero, Bordeaux, only half explained. A general overview was given last week, but we were left hanging. Only understanding very basic things about the region…” Ok, enough of that. Last week gave a very general overview but this week, we get TO IT! We go into good detail about what you need to know at a fundamental level to understand Bordeaux and the things that make is so unique. I’m not doing show notes this week (and this is not a ploy to get you to go to the blog) because I think it’s important to supplement your listening with reading the Bordeaux primer, which goes over similar information. Seeing it written will burn it into your brain and you’ll be on your way to being a Bordeaux dork! So here are links to the Bordeau [...]
Direct download: 60Ep060_BordeauxPt2.mp3
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After catching up on shoutouts, talking about my debut on national TV (see this clip from The Weather Channel!), and doing our regular banter, this week we get started on the huge topic of Bordeaux. We just scratch the surface of why Bordeaux is such a big deal, talking about: Stats that will explain why the area is so significant in the wine world The history of Bordeaux and how it became so important in wine The basics on geography — the differences between the left and right banks A near end to Bordeaux: phylloxera and a dorky discussion of clones, grafting, and grape species This is just the beginning. Next week we continue on Bordeaux, discussing the four most important things you need to know to get up to speed. If you like the podcast, please pass it on to your friends, review it on iTunes, drop a comment below, or join the awesome conversation on Facebook (Wine For Normal People page) and Twitter @normalwine! And if you’ve got a question you want us t [...]
Direct download: 59Ep059_BordeauxPart1.mp3
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And this week we complete the duo with the list of benchmark wines from the New World. After shout outs and a great listener question from Facebook on how to live as an ABC  (that’s Anything But Chardonnay) guy? We discuss the alternatives to oaky Chardonnay that still have the umph with food. True to the naming structure, and following M.C. Ice’s smart advice, we’ve organized this one by grape…Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon are covered…with a few more thrown in. Now that you know them, why should you listen? Because we talk through each and why they’re benchmarks… important stuff to know! Thanks again to Paula Kidwell for the podcast idea. If you like the podcast, please pass it on to your friends, review it on iTunes, drop a comment below, or join the awesome conversation on Facebook (Wine For Normal People page) and Twitter @normalwine! And if you’ve got [...]
Direct download: 58Ep058_BenchmarkWinesNewWorld.mp3
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