Tue, 29 July 2014
You don't have to watch the Tour to love this podcast. We use the route of the Tour to cover the wine regions that the 2014 Tour de France pedaled through -- from the UK to Champagne to Languedoc and Southwest France. We provide snippets of info on each region, with commentary on the Tour sprinkled in. And we do it without blood doping or steroid use, thank you very much!
Thanks for listening! Enjoy!
Sun, 20 July 2014
This week we continue our interview (see Ep 104 for Part 1) with George Geris from Villa Maria Winery in New Zealand. We cover, diurnals, screw caps, Australia, New Zealand's marketing conundrum, and then M.C. Ice asserts his Fabio-sity (listen and you'll understand...)
Thanks for listening!
Direct download: 105_Ep_105__New_Zealand_with_George_Geris_Pt_II.mp3
Category:New Zealand -- posted at: 11:10pm EDT
Sat, 12 July 2014
I had the opportunity to ask great questions of George Geris, winemaker for the large New Zealand winery, Villa Maria. He has been all over the world learning his craft but has been a winemaker in New Zealand for 17 years, making Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. He's laid back, smart, cool and full of important info about New Zealand.
In Part 1 of 2, we discuss George's background, what makes New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc so special, and a ton of other topics about this dual island wine hit parade.
And unlike other interview we've done before, even though M.C. Ice wasn't there, he's a major part of this podcast...listen and see.
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Direct download: 104_Ep_104__New_Zealand_with_George_Geris_Pt_I.mp3
Category:New Zealand -- posted at: 9:25pm EDT
Sat, 28 June 2014
This week Rick makes a comeback! We get a little industry insider-y, discussing the irritating practices and dumbed down way wine is marketed to women and, specifically, to moms.
I have to admit, this holds a special place for me since I was a wine marketer but always found the generalizations made so demeaning. This one's a little nerdy, but I hope you enjoy it!
Oh, and it features a clip from "A Beautiful Mine" by RJD2 in the intro.
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Wed, 18 June 2014
We return from our baby and massive home renovation hiatus with a hugely important region in the wine world -- Piedmont, Italy.
Sat, 19 April 2014
This week we discuss three recently published books by noted wine authors. We talk about the basic premise of each book and then give our take on whether or not they're worth reading in our opinions.
The three books are:
"How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto," by Eric Asimov, Chief Wine Critic of The New York Times.
"The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste" by Jon Bonné, the wine editor of the San Francisco Chronicle.
"Buy the Right Wine Every Time: The No-Fuss, No-Vintage Wine Guide" by Tom Stevenson, noted wine writer.
Thu, 20 March 2014
For our 100th episode we share some details about us -- both personal and wine-related. From talking about our childhood experiences with wine to M.C. Ice's passion and how he used to mow the lawn to my revelation of a type of wine I really hate and a cameo from the podcast founder, we use this time to share some good stuff about us!
We raise a glass to you, our loyal listeners, for being such a great community. Here's to 100 more!
Sat, 1 March 2014
You may think you know everything you need to know about tannin but in what could be our dorkiest podcast yet, we share a bunch of nerdy facts about tannin. And the show outline:
What are tannins?
Where do tannins come from?:
We then cover tannic food and high tannin wines including the big four:
Sun, 23 February 2014
After a few great questions from listeners, we have a celebrity guest: Grammar Girl, the best selling author, award-winning podcaster, and brain behind Quickanddirtytips.com. She answers dorky questions about wine grammar in her fun, brilliant style!
Listener questions were:
And then we get to the famous Mignon Fogarty, AKA Grammar Girl! She answers three questions for me:
Mignon is a great person, brilliant, fun, and I'm thrilled we connected. Find her at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl
And more about her new project, Peeve Wars here: http://FundAnything.com/
Direct download: 98_Ep_098__Listener_QA__Grammar_Girl.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 11:17pm EDT
Wed, 12 February 2014
Want a wine that will last from salad to entree to cheese course? This week we discuss 8 versatile wines that will carry you through your Valentine's meal (except dessert -- you need a sweet wine for that). Choose a wine using our ideas and you'll be set for the night!
The Whites: Albariño, Riesling, unoaked Chardonnay from the New World
The "Others": Rosé, Sparkling wine
The Reds: Beaujolais, Pinot Noir (but be careful which one!), Barbera
Happy Valentine's Day!
And thanks for listening! We can't wait to hear from you! If you've got a question you want us to answer, post it we'll include it on the show!