The Wine Enthusiast Podcast takes you on a tantalizing trip into the world of wine, beer and spirits. Drink up engaging, behind-the-scenes stories reported and recorded by Wine Enthusiast’s editors. In each episode, we explore emerging trends, provide educational tidbits, and introduce you to the passionate people who craft, shake, ferment, and pour their beverage of choice. Inside every bottle is a story.
Episode 155: How to Make Chardonnay for the Ages
Cara Morrison of Sonoma-Cutrer shares what she wishes more people knew about the disputable grape and how her team continues to craft a wine for the ages. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
06/12/2023 • 42 minutes 25 seconds
Episode 154: Is There a Right Way To Pair Wine?
Wine and Hip Hop podcast host and star of Street Somm, Jermaine Stone explains why the best wine pairings are about meeting people where they are. FOLLOW US ON: <
15/11/2023 • 37 minutes 1 second
Episode 153: Where Is Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Now?
Writer at large, Christina Pickard sat down with Maureen Downey, to discuss the latest on one of the largest wine fraud cases in modern history. In 2013, Rudy Kurniawan was sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling millions of dollars in fake rare vintages. <div class="ewa-
07/11/2023 • 39 minutes 15 seconds
Episode 152: Why Making Wine Education Less Stuffy Could Save the Industry
Future 40 Tastemaker Marie Chelik shares how education and community can help overcome barriers and get more people comfortable around wine. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
01/11/2023 • 37 minutes 29 seconds
Episode 151: Empowering Latinas in Wine Starts With Community
Future 40 Tastemaker Martha Cisneros Paja, founder of the Latinas Wine Club, shares how education and empowerment can open doors to a more inclusive wine industry. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
18/10/2023 • 48 minutes 49 seconds
Episode 150: Is There a Right Way to Talk About Wine?
The the first in our 3-part series highlighting some of this year’s Future 40 Tastemakers,we sit down with Alice Achayo, who founded The Wine Linguist</s
04/10/2023 • 39 minutes 57 seconds
Episode 149: How Climate Change is Impacting Harvest For One Winery
The story of climate change is not just one of elevated temperatures. Smoke taint, droughts, frost, flooding, hailstorms and excessive rainfall all are impacting the vineyards. And the impact of wine production is becoming more obvious. So, just how is it affecting wine production? This week, Editor Jacy Topps sat down with Steve Peck to discuss. Peck is the VP of winemaking at J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines in Paso Robles, California, in which he oversees the full portfolio. <div id="m_excelWebRenderer_ewaCtl_for
20/09/2023 • 29 minutes
Episode 148: Why Is Orange Wine Suddenly Everywhere?
Orange wine is still a bit of an enigma, despite the style being centuries-old. So, Wine Enthusiast editor, Jacy Topps sat down with Doreen Winkler to discuss all things orange wine. Doreen Winkler is a sommelier, orange wine expert and the founder of Orange Glou, the only brick and mortar wine retail shop in the world solely dedicated to the category. <div id="m_excelWebRenderer_ewaCtl_form
06/09/2023 • 29 minutes 34 seconds
Episode 147: An Exploration of Portugal's Under-the-Radar Wines
This week we’re highlighting the amazing world of Portuguese wine. Author and Wine Enthusiast’s Spanish wine reviewer, Mike DeSimone sat down with John Sumners to discuss one of the oldest wine-producing countries in the world. Sumners is a freelance wine writer and California and Portugal wine specialist based in Lisbon. He is also the author of There’s More Than Port In Portugal: The U
23/08/2023 • 45 minutes 39 seconds
Episode 146 What Makes a Great Italian Wine Bar?
Writers-at-large Danille Callegari and Jeff Porter and Camillia Bellini, owner of Enoteca Bellini, examine what's at the heart of the Italian wine bar experience. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: <a href= "https://twitter
09/08/2023 • 54 minutes 7 seconds
Episode 145: Is the Sober Curious Movement a Fad or Here to Stay?
In this episode, Jacy Topps sits down with Laura Silverman and Emily Heintz to discuss the NA culture in the beverage space. Laura is the founder of Zero Proof Nation, a platform highlighting non-alcoholic beverages and the culture driving their growth. And Emily is the founder of Sèchey, a retail bottle shop in Charleston, specializing in no-low-alcohol beverages. <div id="m_excelWebRenderer_ewaCtl_formulaBarTextDivContainerId" class="ewa-fb-text-div-
Fourth-generation winemaker Jake Bilbro discusses the benefits of his new sustainable wine brand, Revelshine and how it's shaking up the canned- wine category. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: <a href= "https://www
12/07/2023 • 51 minutes 39 seconds
Episode 143: Does Napa Valley Have a Problem With Younger Wine Drinkers?
Peter Mondavi Jr, third-generation co-proprietor of Charles Krug Winery and Jeremy Carter, winemaker and founding partner of Tarpon Cellars sit down to dicuss what the future may hold for the iconic region. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @W
28/06/2023 • 48 minutes 2 seconds
Episode 142: Why French Wine Is Undergoing Changes It Hasn’t Seen In Over A Century
Award-winning author Jon Bonné discusses his newly released book The New French Wine and what’s changing throughout one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: <a
14/06/2023 • 41 minutes 43 seconds
Episode 141: Why the Best Domestic Caviar is Coming Out of Northern California
Writer at large and spirit’s reviewer, Kara Newman chats with Ali Bolourchi to discuss the rise of caviar throughout the U.S. Ali Bolourchi is the owner of Tsar Nicoulai, a sturgeon ranch in Wilton California, right outside of Sacramento. Sacramento County produces most of the caviar made in the United States. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/WineEn
07/06/2023 • 39 minutes 48 seconds
Episode 140: On the Decade Wine Blew Up in the U.S.
The 80s was an important decade for wine in the U.S. It was also an important time for Wine Enthusiast Companies because the magazine was launched in the decade. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the magazine, not only did the print team create an amazing May issue, which is out now, managing print editor John Capone sat down with, chairman and cofounder of Wine Enthusiast Companies, Adam Strum to discuss the transformative decade. <div i
17/05/2023 • 37 minutes 25 seconds
Episode 139: Is White Zinfandel a Rosé? And More Rosé Questions Answered
What is rosé? Where did it come from? How is it produced, and why is the trendy category not dying down? I sat down with Katherine Cole to discuss the diverse category. Cole is a wine writer, executive producer and host of the James Beard award-winning podcast, The Four Top and author of the book Rosé All Day: The Essential Guide to Your New Favorite Wine <div class="ewa-fb dro
03/05/2023 • 29 minutes 30 seconds
Episode 138: Why Expanding Wine Education is Essential for a More Inclusive Industry
Certification programs can be a great experience for those who want to learn more about wine. However, to make wine more accessible, the wine community has been questioning traditional educational programs as they currently are. With pricey courses and curriculum rooted in Eurocentric language, are certification programs creating barriers in the industry? Will expanding how we view education remove some of those barriers? We sat down with Layla Schlack and Larissa Dubose to discuss the wine education landscape. <div id="m_excelWebRenderer_ewaCtl_formulaBarTextDivContainerId" class="ewa-
19/04/2023 • 50 minutes 58 seconds
Episode 137: Why There Are So Many Rules Around Champagne Production
From permitted varieties and grape yields to hand-picked harvests, CEO of Champagne Billecart-Salmon, Mathieu Billecart gives insight into the world-renowned region. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: <a href= "https://twitter.com/wineenthusiast
05/04/2023 • 26 minutes 17 seconds
Episode 136: What Does Work-Life Balance Look Like in Wine?
Whether you’re in media, sales, winemaking or the public relations sector, the wine industry can be intense. So, this week, we’re taking on work-life balance. Is there such a thing or are they buzzwords? We sat down with Rebecca Hopkins to find out. Hopkins is a PR and communication specialist, who has worked in wine for nearly 30 years. In 2018, she launched A Balanced Glass, an online community providing tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle while working in
22/03/2023 • 33 minutes 24 seconds
Special Presentation of Vinfamous: Episode 101: Murder in the Vineyard
Wine Enthusiast presents a special presentation of its new true crime podcast. Follow the podcast at https://winemag.com/vinfamous-podcast or anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Join us every other week as we delve into the twists and turns behind the all-time most shocking wine crimes. For more content from Wine Enthusiast, visit <a href= "ht
08/03/2023 • 32 minutes
Episode 135: TikTok is Having a Major Impact on the Wine World
What is TikTok? How does it work? And why is the wine community successfully jumping on the bandwagon? Editor Jacy Topps chats with Amanda McCrossin to find out. McCrossin is a certified sommelier and former wine director, and she has amassed nearly two hundred thousand followers on the platform in a short amount of time. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: <a href= "https://www
08/03/2023 • 32 minutes 5 seconds
Wine Enthusiast Presents: Vinfamous
Every glass of wine tells a story. These stories reveal hidden histories and techniques, flavors and passions. And sometimes they unravel our darkest desires. In Vinfamous, Wine Enthusiast dissects the underbelly of the wine world and what it means when the product of love and care becomes the source of greed, arson, and even murder. Follow the podcast at <a href= "https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fwinemag.com%2fvinfamous-podcast&c=E,1,I61JRXRIZfmU8JzSKz2QI_XGvH7eTut96NfVGM8hc6uvPvwGYMu1C9hpUR1yXhiea2fa67EmwZQDdEaIHHHlTeEVy4mMMCGLPpW23GucugEDSERwfCvi_wILn9w,&typo=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl= "https://www.google.com/url?q=https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a%3Dhttps%253a%252f%252fwinemag.com%252fvinfamous-podcast%26c%3DE,1,I61JRXRIZfmU8JzSKz2QI_XGvH7eTut96NfVGM8hc6uvPvwGYMu1C9hpUR1yXhiea2fa67EmwZQDdEaIHHHlTeEVy4mMMCGLPpW23GucugEDSERwfCvi_wILn9w,%26ty
01/03/2023 • 2 minutes 13 seconds
134: NBA's Tony Parker on What Basketball and Wine Have in Common
NBA-champion Tony Parker shares why he chose to team up with entrepreneur and vintner Michel Reybier—and what he drinks the most. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
22/02/2023 • 14 minutes 18 seconds
Episode 133: NBA Star Carmelo Anthony Talks About His New Wine Label, The Seventh Estate
This week we sat down with 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony and his long-time business partner and entrepreneur, Asani Swan. Together, they co-founded The Seventh Estate VII(N), a new global wine label. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Face
08/02/2023 • 17 minutes 48 seconds
In Partnership With Somm TV: The Story of the World's Oldest Vine
Jason Wise of SOMM TV and editor Jacy Topps of Wine Enthusiast tell the story of a 270 year old vine in a very unlikely place that has the amazing distinction of being the oldest vine still making wine. The story starts with the arrival of Mission grapes and ends with several talented winemakers in Los Angeles collaborating to keep history alive. Make sure to sign up for SOMMTV.com to watch the documentary "The Oldest Vine" on all streaming devices. FOLLOW US ON:<
01/02/2023 • 33 minutes 11 seconds
Episode 132: The Story Behind the Best Blended Whiskey in America
Editor Jacy Topps chats with Adam Hines, cofounder of High Bank Distillery Co., about his award-winning blended whiskey. <span style= "font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cant
25/01/2023 • 28 minutes 29 seconds
Episode 131: Actor and Winery Owner Sam Neill Talks New Zealand Wine
Actor Sam Neill may be in the “celebrity wine” camp, but he’s one of the very few celebrities who is hands on at every stage of the winemaking process. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: <a href= "https://t
11/01/2023 • 31 minutes 35 seconds
Episode 130: How Restaurants Create Successful Beverage Programs
From curating diverse wine lists to maintaining vendor relationships, three beverage directors from Union Square Hospitality share how they decide what goes on the menu. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
28/12/2022 • 54 minutes 6 seconds
Episode 129: The Bubbly That Should Be on Your Radar Right Now
Tawnya Faulkner, founder of Le Grand Courtâge, explains how she created an affordable sparkling brand that still delivers on French cache and elegance. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
14/12/2022 • 26 minutes 52 seconds
Episode 128: Making French More Approachable With French Wine Influencer Katie Melchior
Appellations, approachability, innovation and sustainability: Future 40 Francophile Katie Melchior discusses all things French wine and culture. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
30/11/2022 • 28 minutes 50 seconds
Episode 127: What Does Sustainability in Wine Actually Mean?
Writer at large and wine reviewer Christina Pickard talks with winemaker and sustainability advocate Dr. Irina Santiago-Brown. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
16/11/2022 • 48 minutes 48 seconds
Episode 126: Making the Case for Natural Wine with Jenny Lefcourt
Jenny Lefcourt, founder of Jenny & Francois Selections, a wine importing company, discusses natural wine. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
02/11/2022 • 31 minutes 7 seconds
Episode 125: Winemaker Vivianne Kennedy on Finding Her Footing as a Trans Winemaker
Stacy Briscoe chats with Vivianne Kennedy, winemaker and proprietor of RAM Cellars, and the only openly transgender winemaker. They discuss diversity within the industry, winemaking and more. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
19/10/2022 • 35 minutes 40 seconds
Episode 124: Future 40: Kara Newman Talks to Dr. Nicola Nice, founder of Pomp and Whimsy
Kara Newman talks with 'Future 40' Dr. Nicola Nice about her women focused gin liquor, Pomp and Whimsy. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
05/10/2022 • 30 minutes 53 seconds
Episode 123: Future 40: 2022 Beer Tastemakers
Talking with the beer tastemakers about education, DEI efforts, collaboration beers, and initiatives that are increasing awareness in the beer space and among drinkers to create an inclusive industry. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
21/09/2022 • 50 minutes 36 seconds
Episode 122: Brooklyn’s First Black-Owned Champagne Brand is Breaking Barriers
Jacy talks with Marvina Robinson, CEO and founder of Stuyvesant Champagne. She is one of the few African American women owning a Champagne brand. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
07/09/2022 • 23 minutes 6 seconds
Episode 121: The Evolving Cannabis Landscape
Assistant Editor Jacy Topps talks with Wanda James, former President Barack Obama's 2008 National Finance Committee member and founder and CEO of Simply Pure Dispensary. James, along with her husband, became the first Black people legally licensed in America to own a dispensary. And as a leading advocate in the cannabis industry, she also worked to get sentences dropped for people in jail for cannabis. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
24/08/2022 • 35 minutes 33 seconds
Episode 120: What is Regenerative Agriculture?
Just what is regenerative agriculture? It’s not just another trendy buzzword meant to entice consumers. It’s an ancient form of agriculture that is making its way back into mainstream farming. It’s successful, not only in producing and sustaining quality agricultural products, like wine grapes, but it’s also successful in combating climate change, the effects of drought, and (most commonly overlooked) creating a healthful environment for all living things within the farm—microorganisms, plants, animals, and people. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
10/08/2022 • 48 minutes 7 seconds
Episode 119: Sustainability and Spirits
We talk with husband-and-wife duo Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew, founders of LA’s Greenbar Distillery about sustainability in spirits. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
27/07/2022 • 31 minutes 48 seconds
Episode 118: From White to Black: Interview with Vintner Iris Rideau
In this week’s episode Assistant editor Jacy Topps talks with Iris Rideau who is recognized as the first black woman to establish a winery in the United States. But that’s not where this trailblazing vintner and author's story begins. Jacy Topps talks about Rideau’s childhood during Jim Crow, how she became an activist fighting for other marginalized people and how everything came full circle after she opened her winery. They also discuss Rideau's memoir entitled From WHITE to BLACK: One Life Between Two Worlds. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
13/07/2022 • 26 minutes 53 seconds
Episode 117: Should Younger Generations Care About Napa Valley Wine?
There’s been a lot of talk about millennials and Gen Z, and what their changing consumption habits mean for the wine industry. In an era that offers an increasing variety of styles to chose from, do younger generations still care about traditional wines like Napa Valley’s iconic Cabernets and Chardonnays? And, perhaps more importantly, should they? In this episode, Contributing Editor Virginie Boone talks to Napa winemakers Blair Guthrie and Bertus van Zyl talk about the wine world’s shifting demographics, the impact younger drinkers are are having on traditional production techniques, and what consumers are getting right—and wrong—about Napa Valley wine. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast<
08/06/2022 • 45 minutes 55 seconds
Episode 116: England, The Newest New World Wine Country
As New World regions grow older and more established, and many areas of the Old World not previously known for wine have come into their own as high-level producers, traditional terminology and boundaries have begun to shift. This may be most prevalent in England, where changing climates, heritage grapes and an ascendant sparkling wine scene have created what some are calling the newest of New World wine. Wine Enthusiast Contributing Editor Christina Pickard talks with Oz Clarke, renowned British wine critic, author, broadcaster and expert on all things fermented grape, about the future of English wine and the how we should approach an ever-changing industry. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @
25/05/2022 • 1 hour 6 minutes 27 seconds
Episode 115: Embracing the Graciano Goof in California's Central Coast
In 2011, a case of mistaken identity resulted in hundreds of acres of Graciano being planted on California's Central Coast. The problem? Winemakers thought they were getting something else entirely—Mourvèdre. But in a surprising twist, these vineyards ended up yielding wines more intriguing than anyone expected. Now, thanks to this fortuitous accident, winemakers may have discovered a new superstar grape particularly suited to this California wine region. Contributing editor Matt Kettmann talks to Andrew Jones of Sunridge Nurseries and Justin Smith of Saxum Vineyards about how this strange situation came to be and, a decade later, how the wines have measured up. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: <a href= "htt
11/05/2022 • 44 minutes 16 seconds
Episode 114: Without Clean Water, There is No Beer
Clean water is critical—for life, of course, but also for beer. This episode of the Wine Enthusiast Podcast explores how beer's most important ingredient is often overlooked by consumers, and why chemistry, conservation and cleaning are front-of-mind for brewers. Beer Editor John Holl speaks with three beer professionals who are working toward making water a larger part of beer conversations: John Kimmich of The Alchemist in Vermont, Cody Reif of New Belgium Brewing in Colorado, and Luke Wortendyke of Wrenhouse Brewing in Arizona. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
27/04/2022 • 49 minutes 54 seconds
Episode 113: What's Next for Wine Sustainability
From regenerative farming and eco-friendly packaging to water treatment, wellness-centered employee policies and beyond, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to talking sustainability in wine. In this episode, Assistant Editor Jacy Topps speaks with two industry experts—Katie Jackson of Jackson Family Wines and International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA), and Tobias Webb of Sustainable Wine and the Sustainable Wine Roundtable—about the current and future initiatives the wine industry has and/or hopes to imple
13/04/2022 • 45 minutes 12 seconds
Episode 112: Women in Drinks History, Part Three—Female Winemakers' Shared Experiences
In this episode, the last in our three-part series in honor of Women’s History Month, we take a look at the varied yet related experiences of female winemakers. There are many remarkable female winemakers throughout the wine world that blazed new paths to the benefit of generations to come. As the industry evolves, we assess the similar issues several of them faced, versus what points of differentiation may have affected their vision or outcome. Senior Editor Stacy Briscoe speaks with Dr. Lucia Albino Gilbert, coauthor of the book Women Winemakers: Personal Odysseys, about the journeys of many of these women, and how they
30/03/2022 • 47 minutes 8 seconds
Episode 111: Women in Drinks History, Part Two—The Grandes Dames of Champagne
In this episode, the second in a three-part series on women in drinks history, we take a look at the magnificent grandes dames of Champagne. Many great women have stood behind some of the most prominent Champagne houses in history. Associate Digital Editor J'nai Gaither speaks with Rebecca Rosenberg, author of Champagne Widows, about the role these leading ladies, especially Madame Clicquot, or Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, played in building such sparkling empires, from work in the vineyard and innovations in the cellar to savvy growth and international marketing strategies. Who rules the sparkling world? Grab a glass of bubbly and listen in for the remarkable answer. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: <a href= "https://www.facebook.co
16/03/2022 • 45 minutes 24 seconds
Episode 110: Women in Drinks History, Part One—Women in Brewing
Evidence suggests that humans have been brewing and drinking beer for at least 13,000 years. Whether or not you’re a staunch believer in the theory that it was beer, not bread, that prompted our early ancestors to transition from hunter-gathers to farmers, the beverage has clearly played a key role in mankind’s history. Additionally, while brewing in the United States is largely a male-dominated field, women have been integral parts of the brewing process throughout history. From goddesses to tavern operators, we see evidence of women and brewing throughout the ages. We can see it in ancient religion, art and texts from around the world. In this episode, the first in a three-part series on women in drinks history, we take a look at women’s role in brewing throughout the ages. Digital Editor Kristen Richard, a wannabe history buff, and <a href= "https:/
02/03/2022 • 51 minutes 4 seconds
Episode 109: Don't Overthink Hot Cocktails
While the idea of a warm alcoholic beverage might be generally unappealing to some, there are classics, like the hot toddy or mulled wine, that have stood the test of time and proven themselves to be very necessary wintertime staples. In this episode, we’re trying to shake off the remaining days of winter by warming up with a tasty hot drink. Senior Digital Editor Dylan Garret and Spirits Editor Kara Newman have a very real, very candid conversation about the powers—and pitfalls—of this unique category of beverage enjoyment. This lively exchange covers the fun, the fandom, the failures, the fantasies and just about everything else in between when it comes to hot drinks. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineen
16/02/2022 • 25 minutes 5 seconds
Episode 108: Cold as Ice—An Exploration of Ice Wines, Ciders and Beers
While winter across America might be unwelcome for those who prefer sunshine and warmth, for others, the frosty conditions present a unique world of opportunity. For our three guests this week—Dave Breeden from Sheldrake Point Winery, Karlton Graham from KC Bier Co., and Eleanor Leger from Eden Specialty Ciders—the polar temperatures mean the perfect conditions for creating ice beverages like ice wine, cider and beer. With the help and expertise of our guests, Contributing Editor John Holl leads a curious exploration into this frost-loving category, including talking about the process, history, innovation and flavors. So grab a glass of your favorite cold-weather pour and listen up to learn more about the magic of ice drinks of all types. <span style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', sa
02/02/2022 • 48 minutes 16 seconds
Episode 107: It's No Big Deal if You Don't Drink
If you or someone you know isn't drinking alcohol for any reason at all, you have options. The non-alcoholic drinks space is evolving. Bars dedicated to booze-free hospitality offer creative menus, and there are scores of spirit-free bottles of booze, beer and wine at specialty shops and digital retailers. In this episode, Associate Managing Editor Emily Saladino explores non-alcoholic drinks culture with John deBary, a semi-retired bartender who is also an author, creator and CEO of Proteau, and cofounder and board president of Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation. They're joined by Dylan Garret, another semi-retired bartende
19/01/2022 • 33 minutes 14 seconds
Episode 106: Drink Resolutions for the New Year
With the new year here, so are resolutions to make the most of the 12 months ahead. Sure, there are many classic goals to try and achieve a better version of you, but today, we’re talking resolutions for what you pour, sip and enjoy in your glass. There are countless ways to try and drink more adventurously in the year to come, including popping open precious bottles now; exploring new drink categories or emerging regions, varieties and styles; or learning more about the products you love and the people who make them. In this episode, we take a fresh look at what lies ahead, specifically for our glasses. Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo talks with Tasting Director Alexander Peartree and Beer Editor <a hre
05/01/2022 • 37 minutes 54 seconds
Episode 105: Cheers to a Bubbly New Year
As the end of another year rapidly approaches, one seasonal drink seems to be top of everyone’s mind: Sparkling wine. But with so many types of bubbles to choose from, how do you know where to turn? From different production techniques and variety compositions to questions of food pairings and glassware, the possibilities seem near endless. In this episode, Associate Managing Editor Layla Schlack talks with Assistant Tasting Director Fiona Adams and Assistant Digital Editor J’nai Gaither about all things sparkling, including their fave picks and tips for bubbly bliss. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: <a href= "https://www.instagram.com/winee
22/12/2021 • 49 minutes 7 seconds
Episode 104: Don't Pair Wine and Food—Pair Wine and Mood
People love to talk about wine and food pairings, pairing complementary foods and invoking the tried-and-true mantra of “what grows together, goes together.” But maybe it’s time to take a fresh approach to pairings. When Napa Valley-based wine consultant Jean Hoefliger is asked how to pair wine and food, he responds by saying, “I don’t pair wine and food. I pair wine and mood. For me, it’s about the moment and the company. Nobody drinks a bottle of wine looking at their watch. You stop time and focus on the moment and the people you are in conversation with.” Sounds so fantastically obvious and brilliantly genius, right? Contributing Editor Virginie Boone taps Hoefliger for the best tips to pair wine and mood with a variety of personalities and occasions around the holiday season. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast
08/12/2021 • 33 minutes 21 seconds
Episode 103: A Look at Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season
What makes a drink festive? What makes it unique, or holiday-worthy? Is it the ingredients? The history? The people you enjoy it with? Maybe it’s a little bit of everything. In this episode, we take a look at festive drinks for the holiday season. Spirits Editor Kara Newman speaks with beverage pros Jackie Summers, founder of Jack from Brooklyn and creator of Sorel Liqueur, and Joanna Carpenter, a bartender, beverage consultant and equity, diversity and inclusion educator. They discuss what makes a drink festive, including the traditions behind it, the people who make it, and how and with whom to best enjoy it. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: <a href= "https://www.facebook.c
24/11/2021 • 31 minutes 13 seconds
Episode 102: When the Worlds of Wine and Beer Collide
Producers being known for just one thing is rapidly becoming a dated concept. “Beverage companies” is the new “it” term. While breweries diversifying their drink portfolios have become quite common, wine production is also finding a place in this new mixed-up world of wonder. In this episode, we venture down the path of blending beverage worlds. Beer Editor John Holl speaks with three winemakers who are beer-space adjacent to get the latest info on this exciting crossover space: Jennifer Currier, head winemaker for Vīdl Wines in North Carolina; Mitch Ermatinger, owner of Native Species Winery in Michigan; and Travis Green, winemaker at the Odell Wine Project in Colorado.
10/11/2021 • 37 minutes 21 seconds
Episode 101: Aromatic White Wines from California's Central Coast
In this episode, we explore the world of aromatic white wines from California's Central Coast. Contributing Editor Matt Kettmann speaks with John Niven, Owner/Winemaker at Cadre Wines, about these delicious and exciting selections. From super racy and stony Rieslings to strong examples of Gewürztraminer, Grüner Veltliner and Albariño, there's a bevy of beautiful, ethereal pours from the expansive region to behold, all deserving of your attention. <p class
27/10/2021 • 38 minutes 21 seconds
Episode 100: 100 Wines for Our 100th Episode
In honor of making it to our 100th episode, we have something special in store: We turned to some of our most opinionated staff editors to collect 100 recommendations for wines we love. Whether it’s a special occasion, an achievement earned, a milestone reached or just plain-old making it through a Monday, we talk about some of our favorite pours to pop and enjoy right now to make every moment, no matter how big or small, deliciously count. From Baja Garnacha and Special Club Champagne to Riesling from all around the globe and, stellar South African pours of all types and styles, it’s such an exciting time to be a wine lover, with so many wonderful bottles to try and stories behind them. Here are some of our faves. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: <a hre
13/10/2021 • 28 minutes 56 seconds
Episode 99: Get Your Wine On in a Virtual Space (40 Under 40 of 2021 Series - Part 3)
While we all love getting out and about, the past year has forced us to rethink the communal status quo and consider how we can connect without being in the same physical space. Enter the internet and all of the possibility it holds to create virtual gathering spaces for a variety of needs, including sharing a glass and building your wine community online. In this episode, we speak to two of this year's 40 Under 40 Tastemakers—Laura Brown, Cofounder of Uncorked Access and Wine Educator at Vin Social; and Alex Schrecengost, founder and CEO of Virtual With Us and Culture With Us—about our redefined expectations on what it means to wine together while remaining apart. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusia
29/09/2021 • 35 minutes 30 seconds
Episode 98: Why is IPA so Unstoppable? (40 Under 40 of 2021 Series - Part 2)
Above all other established styles, all of the trends, all of the brewer wishes, the India pale ale remains the best-selling style in the craft beer space. Why is it so popular and why is it seemingly unstoppable? In this episode, the second in our three-part series highlighting some of this year’s 40 Under 40 Tastemakers, we dive into everyone’s favorite love-it-or-hate-it beer style: IPA. Beer Editor John Holl speaks with three people from this year’s 40 Under 40 list—Lisa Allen of Heater Allen Brewing in McMinnville, OR; Bill Shufelt of Athletic Brewing in Stratford, CT; and <a href= "https://www.winemag.com/content/40
15/09/2021 • 46 minutes 17 seconds
Episode 97: The Power of Social Media in Wine (40 Under 40 of 2021 Series - Part 1)
In this episode, Associate Managing Editor Emily Saladino speaks with 40 Under 40 honorees Shanika Hillocks and Isis Daniel about the role of social media in wine business and culture. What makes for compelling social content in the wine world, and how can wine companies, professionals and casual drinkers better harness the power of Instagram, TikTok and beyond? Hillocks and Daniel share tips from their work as social media experts and discuss where they see social wine communities headed. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnth
01/09/2021 • 37 minutes 47 seconds
Episode 96: Love Hard Seltzer? Have We Got a Wine for You!
Over the past few years, hard seltzer has taken over the drinks world. Has the bubble burst? Or, is it about to take a different shape? Say hello to wine-based seltzers. While most hard seltzers are made from fermented sugars, specifically malt, these drinks use wine as a boozy base. And more winemakers are getting into the seltzer game. To explore this space, Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo speaks with Andrew Nelson, Managing Partner and President at War Room Cellars, a company that produces the wine seltzer Bubble Butt, among others. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: <a h
18/08/2021 • 26 minutes 58 seconds
Episode 95: There's No Better Time to Drink South African Wine
A lot has happened in the South African wine industry over the past year-plus. Since the start of the global pandemic, it has faced numerous obstacles. The first Covid-19-related restrictions came in March 2020. Since then, there have been multiple starts and stops to alcohol sale, transport and export. Figures have estimated billions of dollars of revenue lost, as well as hundreds of thousands of drinks-industry jobs. But simultaneously, the country has maintained international relationships, improved global standing and further honed-in on its own brand and messaging, leading to improved quality overall. Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo catches up on the current state of affairs for South African wine with Jim Clarke, Marketing Manager for trade group Wines of South Africa USA as well as author of the book The Wines of South Africa. There’s clearly been a lot of recent change in the South Afri
04/08/2021 • 30 minutes 48 seconds
Episode 94: Summer 2021 Outdoor "Entertaining"
With summer in full swing and many eager to return to in-person gatherings, we take a look at how to make summer entertaining extra special this year. In this episode, Associate Managing Editor of Print Layla Schlack talks to two sommeliers about crowd-pleasing bottles that go with anything you might be serving at your barbecue or picnic, as well as what to bust out to make any summer gathering feel like a party. Joining Layla is Cory Holt, a sommelier with Union Square Hospitality Group and founder of Bridges Wine Culture consulting, and Tahiirah Habibi, founder of Hue Society and a previous <a href= "https://www.winemag.com/content/40-under-40-2020-tahiirah-ha
21/07/2021 • 27 minutes 54 seconds
Episode 93: The Current State of American Lagers
Though largely associated with big, international brewing companies, lagers are having a craft moment. To tap into the trend, Beer Editor John Holl speaks with Todd DiMatteo, owner and brewer of Good Word Brewing & Public House in Georgia, and Khristopher Johnson, founding brewer and co-owner of Green Bench Brewery in Florida, about the current state of American craft lagers, and where to turn for your next delicious sip. From familiar styles with new-age hops to collaborations that revive forgotten substyles, there sure is a lot of love for lagers these days. So grab a pint of your favorite cold one and enjoy the lager lowdown. <span style= "font-family: 'S
07/07/2021 • 1 hour 2 minutes 42 seconds
Episode 92: The Wide World of Italian Sparkling Wine
Winemakers across Italy produce a wide range of sparkling wines. From assorted appellations and using different grape varieties and techniques, a beautiful array of offerings can be found from the country. But with so much variety, it can be a little tricky to know exactly what kind of final wine you should expect in any given glass. To help break it down, Tasting Director Alexander Peartree talks with Giuseppe LoCascio, Chief Everything Officer of Vntners and Lucidity Wine Merchants, about four of the country’s prominent sparkling wine selections: Prosecco, Franciacorta, Trentodoc and Lambrusco. T
23/06/2021 • 48 minutes 48 seconds
Episode 91: Is There Anything New to Say About Rosé?
In this episode, Associate Managing Editor of Digital, Emily Saladino, speaks with sommelier and natural wine consultant Margot Mazur and The Lotus and the Vines founder Larissa Dubose. The three discuss how climate change and last year’s wildfires played a vital role in how winemakers pivoted from full-bodied reds to rosés with minimal skin contact. They also explore the style’s recent history, popularity and where might the great pink wave be off to next. Dubose also highlights the importance of exploring food inclusivity by pairing rosé with dishes from different cultures and locales, like the Caribbean and Philippines. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @
09/06/2021 • 37 minutes 33 seconds
Episode 90: Exploring the Drinks Influence of First Australians
Australia has a long history of wine production, dating back around 200 years. In that time, the country has built a reputation for quality offerings that can compete globally. But broad understanding of Australia’s winemaking origins, especially the influence of Aboriginal culture, is sparse, and the contributions of the First Nations People of Australia are often overlooked or undervalued. To understand more about the country’s drinks history and its impact on Australia’s wine world today, Contributing Editor Christina Pickard speaks to drinks industry veterans Curly Haslam-Coates and Gary Green. Their conversations demonstrate how programs and producers are advancing modern dialogues. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @win
26/05/2021 • 1 hour 1 minute 20 seconds
Episode 89: Is Wine Art?
In this episode, we go a little deep and talk about a somewhat philosophical question. Is wine art? Wine drinkers often romanticize the art and poetry of winemaking, but it’s impossible to ignore the science behind wine production. At the end of the day, perhaps wine is just a product, a commodity, based in science and with a clear method for optimal production? Care to fall down this rabbit hole with us? Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo speaks to Winemaker/Vineyard Manager Rachel Rose of Bryn Mawr Vineyards in Salem, Oregon, to discuss the reality of making wine, and if what’s in the bottle can truly be considered art. FOLLOW US ON:</sp
12/05/2021 • 44 minutes 39 seconds
Episode 88: Germany's Au Naturel Challenge
“Natural wines” are increasingly bantered about these days, but in cool-climate regions like Germany, with highly challenging weather and disease issues, making wines “au naturel” can be a risky proposition. For some, it's a must-do labor of love, and we explore why. Contributing Editor Anna Lee Iijima speaks with two producers from the Pfalz wine region in western Germany who champion such change: Bettina Bürklin-von Gurazdi of Dr. Bürklin-Wolf, and Hans and Valentin Rebholz from the Rebholz Estate. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: <a href= "https://w
28/04/2021 • 1 hour 13 seconds
Episode 87: Why Is Natural Wine So Divisive?
Natural wine often falls into a love it or hate it conversation, but why? In search of answers, we talk to Meri Lugo of Domestique Wine shop, a retailer from the natty side, and Charles Springfield, a somm who deals in more traditional bottles, to find out what it is about this category that inspires such heated debate. We discuss some of the perceptions and misunderstandings among natural and conventional wine lovers, as well as how one can get over the hump to expand your palate. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
14/04/2021 • 35 minutes 28 seconds
Episode 86: California's Women in Wine—Part 2
The second in our two-part series to honor Women’s History Month, this episode of the Wine Enthusiast Podcast features some of the leading ladies of the California wine scene who are driving the industry forward today. To kick things off, Contributing Editor Virginie Boone speaks with Amanda Wittstrom Higgins, president and founder of Dream Big Darling, cofounder of Wine Speak Paso Robles and VP of operations at Ancient Peaks Winery, about the importance of finding your tribe and building your support network, as well as mentoring and amplifying others’ voices. We also speak with Ana Keller of Keller Estate, who centers her conversation around respecting the land and the community around you, and how organizations can champion change. Innovative and inspiring, Keller advocates attention to farming for the future and applying best and sustainable practices for the greater good of generations to come.
31/03/2021 • 1 hour 2 minutes 50 seconds
Episode 85: California's Women in Wine—Part 1
The first in a two-part series to honor Women’s History Month, this episode of the Wine Enthusiast Podcast features some of the leading ladies of the California wine scene who are driving the industry forward today. Carolyn and Aly Wente of Wente Vineyards talk about how they maintain their family business. Also in this episode is Remi Cohen, the second CEO of iconic California brand Domaine Carneros, who shares how her decades of experience have helped shape her role and perspectives today. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
17/03/2021 • 1 hour 3 minutes 1 second
Episode 84: The Insane Appeal of South African Chardonnay
Chardonnay may be the world's most popular white wine grape, but consumers tend to gravitate to two iconic areas when shopping for the stuff: Burgundy and California. It's time to think about the bridge that brings those two worlds, Old and New, together in one delicious sip: South Africa. Graham Weerts, winemaker for Capensis Wines in South Africa as well as winemaker at Stonestreet Estate in California’s Alexander Valley and Senior Vice President of Vineyard Operations for Jackson Family Wines, helps us explore why the country should be in your regular rotation for exemplary Chards of brilliance and balance. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: <a href= "h
03/03/2021 • 55 minutes 59 seconds
Episode 83: Put a (Better) Cork In It
Cork closures are nothing new in the world of wine, but thankfully, the techniques and technology being used to make them more consistently reliable is. From questions of sustainability and the use of alternate materials to improved testing techniques, it turns out that not all corks are created equally, but they’re being made better than ever before. In honor of our The New Now issue, we’re getting a little geeky and diving deep with some real cork dorks. Contributing Editor Sean Sullivan talks to Carlos de Jesus, director of marketing and communication, and Dr. Paulo Lopes, director of innovation, from Amorim, the world’s largest cork producer. We also tap Denis van Roey, CEO, and Stéphane Vidal, head of strategic innovation, at Vinventions, producers of Nomacorc. FO
17/02/2021 • 59 minutes 47 seconds
Episode 82: A Wine Lover’s Guide to Mezcal
In this episode, Spirits Editor Kara Newman speaks with mezcal experts and Agave Road Trip podcast cohosts Lou Bank and Salvador “Chava” Peribán about the wonderfully complex and absolutely delicious world of mezcal and agave heritage spirits, including production and product insight, why the concept of terroir is not just for grapes, and which terms and bottles you should be seeking out now. FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: @wineenthusiast Twitter: @WineEnthusiast Facebook: @WineEnthusiast
03/02/2021 • 43 minutes 46 seconds
Episode 81: What's Next for Craft Beer in 2021
Still grappling with the global pandemic and all of the business shifts that have resulted, we have a candid conversation with multiple beer industry pros about what the year ahead holds for craft beer, and what it means for what's in your glass.
20/01/2021 • 51 minutes 24 seconds
Episode 80: New Year, New Wine Beginnings
A New Year calls for new beginnings, and what better (or tastier) way to explore those opportunities than with wine resolutions to drink outside the box. Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo and Contributing Editor Christina Pickard talk about how they're going to imbibe more thoughtfully and adventurously in 2021 to be the best wine lovers they can possibly be, with tips and tricks to actually execute their New Year wine goals.
06/01/2021 • 37 minutes 23 seconds
Episode 79: How Much Should You Spend on Sparkling Wine, Really?
Why do budget-minded wine pros always choose Cava over Prosecco? Are big-brand Champagnes really worth the hype? Associate Managing Editor of Digital Emily Saladino breaks down what constitutes a good investment in sparkling wine and why, all with the help of Felix Salmon, Chief Financial Correspondent for Axios, and Tonya Pitts, sommelier and Champagne Master candidate.
23/12/2020 • 1 hour 8 minutes 1 second
Episode 78: At Home for the Holidays
Just because your holidays may be celebrated a little differently this year doesn’t mean you can't do it up right. No matter where you are and who you're with—even if that's just yourself—we have the tips to keep your days merry and bright and full of delicious wine and food.
09/12/2020 • 39 minutes 42 seconds
Episode 77: California Cool-Climate Syrah
Nearly every winemaker, sommelier and critic agrees on one thing: Syrah from cool-climate sites makes for some of the most interesting wines in the world. This episode explores that reality, showcasing bottles that are good examples and producers who push the envelope. Join Wine Enthusiast Contributing Editor Matt Kettmann in conversation with renowned California Syrah winemakers Bob Lindquist and Nicole Bertotti Pope.
25/11/2020 • 49 minutes 58 seconds
Episode 76: Best Buys for the Holidays
It’s that time of year, when we’re all looking for the best wines to buy, share, drink and gift, all without breaking the bank. We’ve got you covered for all your holiday wine-shopping needs with the Top 100 Best Buys of 2020, our list of the best accessible and available value-minded wines to snap up today. In this episode, we dive into what made the cut this year with Wine Enthusiast Tasting Director Alexander Peartree.
11/11/2020 • 30 minutes 15 seconds
Episode 75: Wine Myths Debunked—Take 3
Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo asks members of our tasting panel to tackle more of the toughest wine myths out there today, confirming what's true and noteworthy versus what's utter BS and utterly forgettable.
28/10/2020 • 55 minutes 27 seconds
Episode 74: The Craftsmanship of Whisky Distilling (40 Under 40 of 2020 Series – Part 4)
From small batch to large scale, there’s serious skill required to consistently distill quality spirits of any category, so what truly is the difference between craft and commercial? Associate Managing Editor of Print Layla Schlack speaks with industry insiders Elizabeth McCall, Samara B. Davis and Tim Wiggins to get the lowdown.
14/10/2020 • 48 minutes 40 seconds
Episode 73: New Spaces in the Drinks World (40 Under 40 of 2020 Series – Part 3)
Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo speaks with two of this year’s 40 Under 40 Tastemakers, Cristie Norman and Will Blackmon, about covering new ground and finding unique opportunities in the evolving wine and drinks worlds, from shifts in wine education and hospitality to new curation modules and beyond.
30/09/2020 • 1 hour 4 minutes 24 seconds
Episode 72: The Changing Tides of Craft Beer (40 Under 40 of 2020 Series – Part 2)
Beer Editor John Holl speaks with Ashleigh Carter, Co-Owner and Head Brewer at Bierstadt Lagerhaus, and Marcus Baskerville, Head Brewer at Weathered Souls Brewing Company, two professional brewers from this year's 40 Under 40 list, about the shifting American craft beer landscape, from changing dynamics in education and inclusion to trends in stylistic preference and consumption.
16/09/2020 • 38 minutes 30 seconds
Episode 71: Does Wine Have an Accessibility Problem? (40 Under 40 of 2020 Series – Part 1)
Emily Saladino, Wine Enthusiast's Associate Managing Editor of Digital, talks with two of this year’s 40 Under 40 Tastemakers, Chevonne Ball and Zidanelia Arcidiacono, about why wine has such an exclusive reputation it just can’t seem to fully shake, and what we can do to make it more accessible and approachable for all.
02/09/2020 • 52 minutes 49 seconds
Episode 70: 50 Shades of Pink—Puglia's Rosé Rainbow
It's summertime, which means it's officially full-on rosé season! Think beyond the traditional Provençal pour with an Italian rosato, and explore the diverse array of bottlings made from a variety of grapes that hail from the stunning southern region of Puglia. Wine Enthusiast Tasting Director, Alexander Peartree, talks with Enrico Contini, Marketing Director of Vias Imports, about the range of offerings from this beautiful Italian region.
19/08/2020 • 39 minutes 49 seconds
Episode 69: A Celebration of IPAs and All Things Hoppy
IPAs remain all the rage in the beer world, but not all IPAs are created equal. In this episode, in celebration of National IPA Day on August 6th, Beer Editor John Holl and industry icon and OG of the American craft-beer scene Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing talk about all things hoppy.
05/08/2020 • 28 minutes 7 seconds
Episode 68: Greece's Island Wines
Some of the most ancient and unique wines in the world are grown on Greece’s Ionian and Aegean islands. Wine Enthusiast Editor-In-Chief Susan Kostrzewa talks with Master of Wine Yiannis Karakasis about top varieties and producers, tapping the often incredible history of the vineyards and grapes and what makes these wines so special.
22/07/2020 • 46 minutes 52 seconds
Episode 67: Old Vines and New Blood on California's Central Coast
Old vines are undoubtedly an "it" thing in the wine world. On California's Central Coast, a younger generation of winemakers are rediscovering old-vine hotspots, particularly around the Monterey and San Benito Counties, and making can't-miss wines. This episode of the Wine Enthusiast Podcast features a conversation with Contributing Editor Matt Kettmann and winemaker and old-vine advocate Ian Brand.
08/07/2020 • 46 minutes 44 seconds
Episode 66: Hard Seltzer Hits the Brewing World
There's no doubt that hard seltzer took the drinks world by storm, but what's next for this hot category? Craft, of course. Taking the trend to the next level, we tap Jamie Floyd and Daniel Sharp of Ninkasi Brewing to speak about why hard seltzer's next move is to enter the world of craft brewing.
24/06/2020 • 30 minutes 27 seconds
Episode 65: Leading Lights—Aussie Reds Bucking the Big-Boned Stereotype
Sun-soaked Australia may not be the first place that comes to mind when searching for lithe, light-bodied reds, but in a land as vast and diverse as Oz, cool-climate regions abound, as do acidity-loving producers of all shapes and sizes looking to lighten things up. Contributing Editor Christina Pickard talks with Aussie wine writer, judge and journalist Mike Bennie about the lighter side of Australian red wine.
10/06/2020 • 47 minutes 25 seconds
Episode 64: California Sparkling Wine Gets Serious
Join us for a bubbly conversation on the state of all things sparkly in California, especially in Napa and Sonoma. Contributing Editor Virginie Boone taps Napa native and wine-industry vet Paula Kornell on why regional sparkling wine is on the rise and who is making some of the best.
27/05/2020 • 29 minutes 42 seconds
Episode 63: Wine Myths Debunked—Take Two
To kickoff new episodes of the Wine Enthusiast Podcast, host and Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo asks members of our Tasting Panel to tackle some of the toughest wine myths out there today, confirming what's true and noteworthy versus what's utter BS and what's utterly forgettable.
13/05/2020 • 42 minutes 48 seconds
Episode 62: Excellent Red Wines of Austria
Contributing Editor Anne Krebiehl talks with Lance Foyster, Master of Wine and co-owner of U.K. importing company Clark Foyster, about Austria’s red grapes and what you need to know about these lovely and seductive wines.
28/10/2019 • 24 minutes 40 seconds
Episode 61: Bargain Bordeaux
European Editor Roger Voss sits down with Françoise Lannoye, President of the Côtes de Bordeaux, to discuss the importance and affordability of wines produced in these appellations, and reveals three wines under $30 worth buying now.
15/10/2019 • 19 minutes
Episode 60: New Zealand Beyond Sauvignon Blanc
Christina Pickard, our contributing editor for Australia and New Zealand, sits down with Christopher Tanghe, award-winning master sommelier and chief instructor for GuildSomm, to talk about the rich and diverse wines of New Zealand beyond Sauvignon Blanc.
01/10/2019 • 29 minutes 6 seconds
Episode 59: Diverse Styles of Russian River Pinot Noir
Virginie Boone, W.E.’s Contributing Editor for California, talks to Matt Coyne, sommelier at Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant in the Russian River Valley, about the Valley’s excellent and diverse Pinot Noir.
17/09/2019 • 19 minutes 49 seconds
Episode 58: Rhône Blends Rise in Paso Robles
In this episode, Contributing Editor Matt Kettman sits down with Ian Adamo, owner of Somm's Kitchen in Paso Robles, California, to talk about why Rhône blends are becoming a local phenomenon, and what each unique variety brings to the final wine.
04/09/2019 • 22 minutes 13 seconds
Episode 57: New York State of Wine
Tasting Director Alexander Peartree talks to Paul Brady, Brand Ambassador to the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, and this year’s 40 Under 40 Tastemaker, about Cabernet Franc’s diversity and why it deserves your attention.
22/08/2019 • 22 minutes 12 seconds
Episode 56: Sonoma Rosé on the Rise
California Contributing Editor Virginie Boone talks with Rodney Strong's Winemaker, Justin Seidenfeld, about the region's rosés, how they're growing in popularity and why they're here to stay.
03/08/2019 • 19 minutes 9 seconds
Episode 55: Drink the other go-to fizz of the French
Contributing Editor and Taster Anne Krebiehl explores the versatility of Crémant d'Alsace with master sommelier Eric Zwiebel.
21/07/2019 • 23 minutes 34 seconds
Episode 54: Ancient Greek Wines for the Modern Drinker
Did you know that Greek wine varieties like Limniona date back over 3,000 years and were written about by Homer and Aristotle, but almost became extinct? In this episode, Susan Kostrzewa, Executive Editor at Wine Enthusiast, talks with Kamal Kouiri, Wine Director of Molyvos an d Ousia restaurants in New York City, about the country’s oldest and most interesting ancient grapes, and tap some top protectors of vine history that are saving these national treasures.
09/07/2019 • 28 minutes 5 seconds
Episode 53: Diverse Shiraz from Down Under
Practically synonymous with Australia, Shiraz is the most well known varietal down under. Most people, however, know it as coming from one region and made in one style. But just as Australia is a far more diverse winemaking country than it's given credit for, so too is Aussie Shiraz. Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast contributing editor for Australia and New Zealand, talks with native Aussie Tim Harris, the owner of New York City's Burke and Wills and the Manhattan Cricket Club all about Shiraz.
23/06/2019 • 29 minutes 3 seconds
Episode 52: Bright, Fresh, Chillable Red Wines from the Central Coast
Contributing Editor Matt Kettmann interviews Peter Stolpman, of Stolpman Vineyards, leading the natural, bright, fresh, chillable red wine trend.
09/06/2019 • 24 minutes 49 seconds
Episode 51: The Many Faces of Summer’s Best White, Chenin Blanc
Did you know that South African Chenin Blanc is the greatest wine to be in your glass this summer? Lauren Buzzeo, Managing Editor at Wine Enthusiast, talks to Sam Timberg, Co-founder and Managing Director of Meridian Prime, a U.S. importer that specializes in South African wine. They’ll discuss the history, versatility, top regions and producers, and tell you which ones you need to check out this summer.
29/05/2019 • 33 minutes 32 seconds
Episode 50: Future Wine Trends
Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa talks with a sommelier from a famous restaurant and a buyer from a major New York City wine retailer about upcoming beverage trends.
05/12/2018 • 38 minutes 20 seconds
Episode 49: The Enthusiast 100 Round Table
Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa, Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo and Tasting Director Alexander Peartree talk wine styles, origins, trends, ageability and more as we discuss our list of the year’s top wines, The Enthusiast 100 of 2018.
21/11/2018 • 47 minutes 24 seconds
Episode 48: Climate Change and Wine
Contributing Editor Nils Bernstein speaks with winemakers from New York, Michigan and England on how their wines and winemaking overall is being influenced by global warming.
07/11/2018 • 45 minutes 23 seconds
Episode 47: California’s Real Red Wine Blends
Contributing Editor Matt Kettmann interviews the innovative winemaker from Denner Vineyards about what’s behind this trend, plus Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa talks cellaring tips with a pro.
23/10/2018 • 44 minutes 31 seconds
Episode 46: The Science of Wine and Food Pairing
Contributing Editor Nils Bernstein discusses the science of wine and food pairing with a top NYC chef and sommelier, plus Spirits Editor Kara Newman chats with the owner of New York’s first CBD restaurant and bar.
10/10/2018 • 36 minutes 30 seconds
Episode 45: Old Vines, New World
Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo interviews two key individuals that have spearheaded South Africa’s remarkable Old Vine Project, plus we talk with pioneering vintners from Vienna and Alsace on the trending phenomena of Field Blends.
25/09/2018 • 39 minutes 41 seconds
Episode 44: America’s Best Pinot Noir
Wine Enthusiast contributing editors breakdown the beauty of American-made Pinot Noir, plus we talk with Blaine Ashley, Founder of NY Champagne week, about groundbreaking women who founded famous Champagne houses, and her new event dedicated to females working in fizz today.
12/09/2018 • 36 minutes 41 seconds
Episode 43: England is Sparkling
We talk to the award-winning sparkling winemakers in England taking the wine world by storm, plus learn about the key German white varieties beyond Riesling from legendary wine importer Rudy Wiest.
29/08/2018 • 36 minutes 17 seconds
Episode 42: Legacies and Lineage
We talk to second, third, and fourth-generation winemakers, and hear how they are keeping their family legacies alive. Plus, the "Indiana Jones of Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages” talks about how far back wine's lineage really goes.
12/06/2018 • 42 minutes 43 seconds
Episode 41: Stop and Smell the Rosés
We’ll hear from winemakers working to quench your summer thirst, including one you music fans may very well recognize. Plus, we’ll meet a former London telecom executive who’s living his dream of making wines in France. And we’ll talk with an innovator who's changing the way we consume wine on-the-go.