Chief Wine Critic for the New York Times Eric Asimov joins the Wine Two Five ladies this week. He is the author of “How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto,” and talks to us about just that – his love for wine, what’s changed over the last 15 years, and finding great wines to enjoy. He shares his philosophy on wine service, or as Val says, preaches the gospel on why you should show your good somms some love. Steph’s hangin’ in the Springs for this one, and both gals are behind the same mic for a change. Uh oh. Click, sip, giggle, learn, and enjoy!
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Steph and Val return from the 2016 Society of Wine Educators 40th Annual Conference and have fun new beverages to talk about. We learned a lot, laughed a lot, and are already looking forward to 2017 in Portland, OR. We have favorite sips, presentations, moments, and a healthy shoutout-palooza to some seriously dedicated listeners, fellow podcasters and more. Needless to say, we are having a “whale” of a good time with this episode. Eh hem.
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Our latest #W25Challenge winner, Lynn Gowdy, linked up with us for chatter about a classic cocktail and how she ended up moving to France to study – what else – wine! Lynn shares her philosophy on changing up her life for the love of wine as well as her approach to the #W25Challenge. Steph shares her Sidecar study story and Val trolls the bar for a breakfast gin. The new ‘Burning Wine Questions’ segment premieres and we drop a special announcement. Too much fun packed into this cast, so pour a glass, click, sip, giggle and enjoy!
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Author Suzanne Hoffman chats with us this week to talk about her new book, Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte. She shares some great stories and insight on how she was able to bring these precious stories to paper. Anyone that loves and appreciates great Italian wines will certainly fall in love with the women who left their indelible mark on Italian wine culture and heritage. We did. We also recommend you regard the table of contents as a wine list while you’re reading this gorgeous book. We hope you enjoy this special episode. Salute~
Author, Italian translator, wine historian, writer and rocker Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D. joins the W25 ladies this week to share Italian wine adventures around the world. In this episode we get the 411 on what Sir Elton John has to do with Barolo, learn about the allure of Franciacorta, and get a little grape gab on about Groppello. Grab a bottle, some friends, and click play. We guarantee some fun treats and a chat about sweets that will surely please any palate. Salute/Cheers ~
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This week we are talking a little heat, a little sweet, and wine entertaining tips that can’t be beat. Oh, and apparently we’ve "busted a rhyme.” Sharing some personal pearls of summer sipper wisdom, we offer more choices, less work and simple patio pickings that will rock your guests’ worlds in original ways. Sweet and spicy preserves from PRiMO Specialty Foods with fun cheese and wine pairings are riding shotgun as we jam into summer with white, rosé, red, and even apéritif and fortified options. Jam. Bam. Thank you ma’am.
Karen MacNeil has won an Emmy as well as James Beard and International Wine and Spirits awards, and this week she joins the Wine Two Five Podcast ladies from Napa. You may know her as author of the best-selling Wine Bible, and TIME Magazine calls her “America’s Missionary of the Vine.” She was generous with her time, humor, insight and graciousness – as well as honesty about what she won’t write about – and we hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed producing it. Yes, listeners, you are in for a treat. Pour a glass of something lovely, sit back and join us for some cool sips with a wine writing icon!
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Part three of our Spanish Wine Summer series brings it home with Paola Medina Sheldon, Technical Director and Winemaker of the legendary Bodegas Williams and Humbert in Cádiz, Spain. Paola shares stories of tasting a 100-year-old Amontillado and the secret to being happy in doing work that you choose. Finally, we are teased with the vintage Fino line and new vodka that is definitely the most unique in the world. We were so fortunate to have her join the ladies Wine Two Five, so please enjoy – preferably with a glass of Sherry!
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Part two of our Spanish Wine Summer series offers up some vocabulary and a tiny tease of history. We’re full of all kinds of nuggets and factoids in this episode. Cava gets some love, and we pick the winner of the second quarter #W25Challenge! Grab a glass of rosado and sip along!
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This week we are taking a quick trip around Spanish wine regions and grapes as we kick off a three-part summer series leading up to a very special Sherry episode in a few weeks. Splattered across our Wino Radar are blue alcoholic beverages, which are now … a thing? Oh, and then Steph breaks down a Colorado booze bill into bite-sized chunks for us to digest. Or spit out. You decide. Either way, we hope you’ll enjoy a little daytime sip along with us!