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Join VinePair co-founder Adam Teeter, executive editor Joanna Sciarrino, and sommelier and wine educator Zach Geballe as they discuss the latest news, trends, and happenings, as well as interview newsmakers and key figures in the world of wine, beer, and spirits each week. Now officially New York Times recommended! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
 
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In response to a recent San Francisco Chronicle piece about wineries in Napa and Sonoma no longer allowing minors, Adam, Joanna, and Zach explore why those regions have gotten much less kid-friendly, and whether parents should be able to bring their children along with them wherever they want. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VineP…
 
With December here and "all Christmas, all the time" in full force, Adam, Joanna, and Zach look at the remarkable success of Christmas-themed bar pop-ups and takeovers, with a particular focus on the incredibly popular and widely franchised (and copied) "Miracle." Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify…
 
Zach is joined once again by master sommelier Evan Goldstein to discuss the wines of Portugal's Alentejo region. After previously outlining the region and highlighting how it is a leading region for sustainability, the two examine the potential for these wines at the holiday table or as a seasonal gift, as well as exploring what the future might lo…
 
With the recent announcement from the TTB that they will be issuing guidelines for ingredient labeling for beverage alcohol in the near future, Adam, Joanna, and Zach dive into how this might affect the industry: what types of products will be most affected, which producers will be hurt or helped, and will this meaningfully change consumer behavior…
 
With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, Adam, Joanna, and Zach chat about a few things they're thankful for in the world of drinks this year, and then discuss what gifts they're hoping to receive (or self-gift) this holiday season. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you ge…
 
To prepare for Thanksgiving, Adam, Joanna, and Zach chat about their own holiday traditions, as well as explore why despite how Thanksgiving definitely feels like a drinking holiday, it lacks an obvious drink to call its own. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your ep…
 
With the holiday season around the corner, Adam, Joanna, and Zach wonder why no one really drinks dessert wines here in the US. Is it the sweetness, the confusing nature, or just the fact that we Americans tend to eat fast and move on to other things. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, o…
 
As the US Dollar has reached parity with the Euro over the last few months, American consumers have wondered whether they might see friendly prices on European wines and spirits. Adam, Joanna, and Zach chat about Adam and Joanna's time at Wine2Wine in Verona, Italy, and then discuss how the current state of affairs might not alter prices much, and …
 
In the wake of Gruppo Campari acquiring a 70% stake in Wilderness Trail, Adam, Joanna, and Zach explore why the bourbon market remains red-hot, why the primacy of Kentucky remains unchallenged, and speculate on which distillery will be the next to sell. Then, they taste the Small Batch Bottled in Bond from Wilderness Trail. Please remember to subsc…
 
Zach explores one of France's most exciting up-and-coming wine regions, Costières de Nîmes, with Nicolas Ricombe, owner of Château de Valcombe. Topics include the ways in which the combination of classic Rhône Valley soils and Mediterranean influence create a unique growing region, the preponderance of younger winemakers with international experien…
 
With much of the economic world projecting a recession in the near future, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss how previous recessions have impacted the drinks industry, and whether a recession would actually eat into the premiumization trend or not. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wher…
 
After touching on it last week, Adam, Joanna, and Zach are forced to discuss the apparently-real trend of the vodka water: who actually enjoys this drink, what purpose does it serve, and is it almost admirable in its lack of pretension? Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you …
 
As pop-ups and bar takeovers become more and more popular, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss whether they actually do much for drinks lovers, and if not, why so many famous (or aspiring) bars go down that path. Sure, you can take a drink around the world, but can you take the experience of a beloved, iconic cocktail bar? Please remember to subscribe t…
 
To prepare for Halloween, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss some of the scariest trends in drinks right now, from charcoal in your drinks and the Frankenstein-tini to iPad wine lists and the vodka water. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your episodes, and send any ques…
 
Adam and Joanna speak with Stevie Kim, Managing Director of VinItaly International, about the upcoming Wine2Wine conference in Verona, Italy: what the return to a fully in-person format will look like, some additions that Stevie is excited about, as well as her own journey in the Italian wine world. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review…
 
Prompted by a listening question (podcast@vinepair.com!), Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss whether cocktails, particularly stirred drinks served up, are smaller in volume than they used to be: whether that's even true, and if so, why. Plus, a conversation around mini-sized cocktails and whether they serve any purpose. Please remember to subscribe to,…
 
With the 2022 VinePair Next Wave Awards announced, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the stories and importance of a few of the winners, like Bar Program of the Year (Double Chicken Please), Advocate of the Year (Tahiirah Habibi), and Brewery of the Year (Athletic Brewing Co.). Then, they taste products from three more winners: Hirsch Vineyards, Lunar…
 
With backlash against "funky wines" coming from within the natural wine movement, Adam, Joanna, and Zach take a well-earned victory lap for having foreseen this exact moment, then talk about why some of natural wine's most important advocates and influencers are pushing back against "funky." Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePai…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach have a bit of fun discussing the ubiquitous habit of champion athletes to douse their teammates or selves with Champagne, beer, or other drinks immediately after winning a title, as well as how alcohol brands have seized upon these moments to do a bit of self-promotion. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePa…
 
Zach speaks with master distiller Conor O'Driscoll and brand ambassador Bernie Lubbers from Heaven Hill Distillery about their Seven-Year Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon: what the bottled-in-bond label means, why this whiskey is special, and how best to enjoy it. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitche…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach chat about how craft beer is slowly moving back towards the 12-ounce can, and explore why craft glommed on to the 16-ounce tallboy despite the fact that it makes for an inferior drinking experience. Plus, a brief discussion on the recently-released World's 50 Best Bars list. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review V…
 
In light of the death of Fred Franzia, founder of Bronco Wine Company and the man responsible for bringing "Two-Buck Chuck" to the masses, Adam, Joanna, and Zach talk about the challenges the wine industry has with the notion of "gateway wines," and whether those who dismiss their importance are not reflective of most people's wine journey. Then, t…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach contemplate a recently-released "diet vodka," and how the newest entries in the no/low alcohol category are less and less appealing. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your episodes, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss what the future holds for Bourbon, including whether dessert-influenced bottles will grow in popularity and scale, as well as if the ever-increasing number of single-barrel bottlings and other limited releases will continue to draw customer and collector attention. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review Vin…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach contemplate what's behind the growth of tableside cocktail service, as well as what kinds of drinks best fit into the format. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your episodes, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcas…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the continued rise in popularity of spicy drinks, including how the Spicy Margarita started the trend and a broader cultural appreciation of and lust for spice has carried over into the drinks industry. Then, they try this summer's viral hit, spicy rosé. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Ap…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss some of the recent expansions for iconic cocktail bars like Dante, Death & Co., and The Dead Rabbit: can they keep the quality high even in newer, larger settings? What is the end game for this kind of expansion? Can someone create the Shake Shack of bars? Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on …
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach are finally reunited just in time for football season so they can discuss the centrality of tailgating as a part of football drinking culture, why it varies so much around the country and from college football to the NFL, and how it's suddenly become big business. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on …
 
Zach speaks with Misty Kalkofen, Director of Education for Another Round, Another Rally, and Kevin Denton-Rex, Head of Mixology and Education for Pernod Ricard USA, about the origins of the BarSmarts program as well as how it's been recently revamped to meet the needs of today's bartenders. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair…
 
Adam returns from his Italian vacation and shares the details about his travels, then he and Zach discuss a phenomenon he noticed on his trip, that many of the most critically acclaimed cocktail bars seemed geared towards and frequented by Americans. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or…
 
Joanna and Zach discuss why despite their popularity on store shelves and with drinkers, many wine professionals and media members seem dismissive of red blends. Then, they try one of the most popular and thus somewhat controversial red blends, The Prisoner. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stit…
 
Joanna and Zach discuss hard cider's attempt to borrow from hard seltzer in a bid to revitalize the flagging category, why hard cider's momentum fizzled in the last decade, and what a path forward for craft producers might look like. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get…
 
Joanna and Zach take note of the surprising resurgence of the Piña Colada, and discuss why such a seemingly rich and indulgent drink is connecting with a new generation of drinkers. Then, naturally, they try one. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your episodes, and s…
 
Spurred on by a pair of viral videos, Joanna and Zach discuss the question of whether or not the drinks industry is going too far with recent creations and trends, as well as why at this exact moment these innovations are connecting to drinkers and brands alike. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, …
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the interesting phenomenon of high-alcohol craft beers surging in popularity: why are these double and triple IPAs so appealing right now, and how did this catch the beer industry a bit by surprise. Then, the team tastes one of best sellers, New Belgium Brewing's Imperial Voodoo Ranger. Please remember to subscribe to…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss why labor shortages and restaurant closures remain the norm for the industry even as many of the Covid-19 related constraints are no longer in place, and try to figure out if the labor pool has actually shrunk or if more restaurants and bars need to rethink their service models. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, …
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the popularity of themed shots like the Green Tea Shot: why their audience is bigger and encompasses a larger age range than you'd think, and why a certain kind of bar specializes in them. Then, the team tries their very own Green Tea Shots. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts,…
 
In wake of the somewhat surprising news that Haus is going under, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss where the direct-to-consumer vermouth (or low-alcohol spirit) brand went wrong, why finding investors is tricky, and how the pure DTC model is difficult for all categories but particularly for beverage alcohol. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss whether or not there's actually a market for craft or distinctive vodka, or if the category remains the realm of smoothness and minimal flavor. Then, they try one of those craft vodkas, the Vestal Unfiltered Vodka. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wher…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the frenetic wine auction market, particularly around wines from Burgundy - why has such speculative fervor has focused on that region, who is driving it, and can it last? Plus, a conversation about donuts. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach react to the news that the TTB has proposed a Standard of Identity for American Single Malt Whiskey, a meaningful step in creating an official definition for the category, and discuss why it is that this style is the fastest-growing domestic whiskey style. Then, they try two examples: the American Single Malt from Copperworks…
 
Adam and Zach discuss why drinks brands across categories and price points are so eager to sponsor and partner with sports entities, from individual teams to entire leagues, and whether the audiences those sports reach represent the only real mass audience left in America. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the surging popularity of the Dirty Martini, as well as whether it should be made with vodka or gin, and more about the proper formulation. Then, they each try a version. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever else you get your episodes, and send an…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the truly bananas story behind Major League Baseball's recently-announced partnership to produce an "official vodka" with a totally unknown company that does not appear to have any vodka to sell and may only have one employee. Yeah, you're gonna need to sit down for this one. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the recent surge of popularity for orange wine: why it's catching on now instead of a decade ago, and does natural wine get most of the credit? Then, they taste one of the more popular domestic bottlings, Skins by Field Recordings. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, …
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss whether Añejo and Extra Añejo Tequilas will become trendy among spirits collectors, particularly as Bourbon and Scotch become more and more expensive and hard to find, as well as the tension that distillers face between emphasizing blancos versus aged expressions. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review Vine…
 
In light of recent sales data showing that Grower Champagne's market share has slipped in the last two decades, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss why the category, beloved by somms and wine writers alike, has never really caught on with consumers en masse. Then, the team tastes a pair of Grower Champagnes: Vincent Charlot La Dune and Jean Vesselle Oei…
 
After Adam shares the story of the horrific loss of most of his wine and spirits collection, he, Joanna, and Zach discuss why so many so-called "wine bars" are actually just restaurants, and what actually makes for a good wine bar. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get y…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss why the craft distilling movement doesn't seem to have impacted the Canadian Whisky market, which is still dominated by a few big brands, and whether it's a category to keep an eye on over the next few years. Then, they sample two of the most successful recent product launches in the category, Crown Royal Apple and Cr…
 
In the wake of the recent sale of Joseph Phelps Vineyards to LVMH, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss why the luxury wine category is seeing so many sales and acquisitions, and whether it can maintain its momentum even in the face of uncertain economic forecasts. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Sti…
 
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