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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! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss Adam's recent article about how January can be a great month to get into otherwise-crowded bars and restaurants, and why it is that so many restaurants are so uncreative with promotions and attempts to generate business in January: is Dry January really an insurmountable obstacle? Please remember to subscribe to, rate…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the many ways in which brand loyalty is a powerful force in the drinks world, how early experiences and exposure to certain brands can shape a lifetime of drinking decisions, and why some brands fit in certain spaces where others would never go. Then, they taste three spirits that they have strong associations with: B…
 
Zach speaks with Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein about Portugal's Alentejo wine region, with a particular focus on the many ways in which the Wines of Alentejo Sustainability Program (WASP) has become a model for other wine regions, including an emphasis on sustainability not just in the vineyard, but in the winery and with the people and surroundi…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach explore why sweetness has become so looked-down-upon in the drinks world: the influence of diet culture, the association of sweetness with cheapness, and more. Plus, what the team would drink in the case of impending apocalypse. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, o…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach take stock of the non-alcoholic beer category: why there's such excitement surrounding it despite relatively small sales totals to date, why there are more varied offerings than ever before, and why non-alc beer fares much better than non-alc wine or spirits. Then, the team tastes one of the most popular and successful non-al…
 
To usher in 2022, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss some of their predictions for the year in beverage alcohol, including even more flavored products, consolidation in the wine world, more no/low-alcohol offerings, and more conversations about representation and bad behavior throughout the industry. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review Vi…
 
To wrap up 2021, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the wild year that Champagne had: from predictions of doom to record sales, and how a whole group of wine drinkers realized that Champagne could be a part of their regular drinking rotation when they were drinking at home. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, S…
 
Zach speaks with Master of Wine Susan Lin and Master Sommelier David Keck about the wines of France's Loire Valley, including an overview of the region's many varieties, styles, and appellations, why brightness and freshness unite the wines of the region, and how they can be enjoyed at a wide range of occasions and with any number of different cuis…
 
As 2021 draws to a close, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss some of the most important stories and trends throughout the world of beverage alcohol, from unabated premiumization to retro nostalgia, from gimmickry to the proliferation of great drinks programs outside of big cities, and much more. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePai…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss how the last half-decade has seen a tremendous explosion of American interest in amaros (or amari), and how much of that interest was fueled by craft cocktail bartenders and their endless experimentation. Plus, the group tastes Cynar. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotif…
 
On this special episode, Joanna speaks with Alisa Marie Beyer, CEO of Spa Girl Cocktails, about her experience acquiring and rebuilding the premium vodka ready-to-drink brand, connecting with her consumers, and all the valuable lessons she’s learned along the way. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach are joined by VinePair writer-at-large Dave Infante to discuss his recent reporting on the many ways that supply chain issues are creating problems for craft breweries, from aluminum can and barley shortages to a lack of tap handles. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitch…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss alternative packaging for wine, and why it is that canned wine has moved out of the shadows but boxed wine is still looked down on. Then, they taste America's top domestic wine brand and most famous boxed wine, Franzia. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or…
 
On this special episode, Zach speaks with Luke Barr, master mixologist for Neft Vodka, about how the ultra-premium vodka was designed around highlighting the heritage rye and Alpine water used in its production, its potential as a spirit enjoyed neat, as well as how it can work in a wide range of cocktails, and its eye-catching packaging. Please re…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach are joined by Tim McKirdy, senior staff writer and host of Cocktail College, to dig into VinePair's list of the Top 50 Spirits for 2021, including discussions around the rise of mezcal, the incredible diversity of gins on the market now, and why Maker's Mark doesn't get enough respect as a great bourbon distillery. Please rem…
 
To celebrate Hanukkah, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the rise of kosher-labelled whiskies from around the world, and why whiskey in particular has become so popular with observant Jews. Plus, a discussion of the top Hanukkah foods, and the team tastes three different kosher whiskies: Ardbeg 10, Larceny Bourbon, and Journeyman Last Feather Rye. Ple…
 
In this special episode of the podcast, Zach speaks with two up-and-coming winemakers in Bourgogne: Aurélie Berthod, from Domaine Aurélie Berthod in Pernand-Vergelesses and Arnaud Desfontaine from Château de Chamilly in Chamilly, about their very different paths to becoming winemakers, some of the challenges of making wine in this iconic region, an…
 
In the wake of the expulsion of six Master Sommeliers from the Court of Master Sommeliers for sexual harassment, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss whether the punishment was sufficient, why the other 16 men accused did not face similar disciplinary action, and whether the organization has any remaining credibility. Please remember to subscribe to, rat…
 
To decompress from Thanksgiving, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the drinks and paraphernalia they're hoping to score for themselves and others on Black Friday. Then they taste the ultimate digestivo, Fernet-Branca. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach take time to dig into VinePair's list of the Top 50 Wines of 2021, from a conversation about how the list is created in the first place, to highlighting some of the more unusual wines on the list, to looking at which bottles would be best at the Thanksgiving table. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the remarkable surge of popularity in the cream-based liqueur category, where Bailey's is no longer the dominant force. Newcomer RumChata has experienced explosive growth, while Bailey's has added multiple flavors and even other spirits like Disaronno are getting in on the act. Then, the team gives RumChata a taste te…
 
After much debate following a recent "Ask Adam" column, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss why tipping is such an essential action for diners and drinkers, how to properly register your displeasure if something in your experience goes awry, and why the model of tipping for service might be changing. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review Vin…
 
Joanna and Zach are joined by VinePair tastings director and "Wine 101" host Keith Beavers to discuss five of the most confusing terms in the world of wine, including "tight" and "funky." Plus, the team tastes Korbel California Champagne. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever yo…
 
In this special episode, Zach speaks with Anne Dempsey, winemaker at Skyside Wines, about her journey in the wine industry, how Skyside attempts to showcase the potential of a range of California AVAs, and the importance of blending to create the best possible wine. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spoti…
 
Joanna and Zach are joined by VinePair senior staff writer and 'Cocktail College' host Tim McKirdy to discuss the recent resurgence of interest in that 1990s staple, the Espresso Martini. They discuss why it might be regaining popularity, new approaches to making the drink, and more. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on App…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach chat about how some airlines have really upped their game when it comes to in-flight and lounge beverage service, not just in premium cabins but throughout the plane. Then, Joanna speaks with members of the Tip Top Cocktail team about the early days of the brand, and how a partnership with Delta Airlines changed their traject…
 
To kick off VinePair's American Wine Month coverage, Adam, Joanna, and Zach dive into to the pressing question of whether or not we can even define "American Wine" with anything besides geography: is there something stylistic or philosophical that unites the wines of the country? Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple P…
 
With Halloween right around the corner, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the puzzling persistence of the pumpkin beer trend. Then, Joanna speaks with VinePair's managing editor Cat Wolinski about the origins of the trend and why it went from craft darling to near-universal condemnation. Finally, the team tastes one of the original pumpkin beers, Elys…
 
Adam is joined by third-generation winemaker Sebastián Zuccardi of Zuccardi Wines to discuss his family's long history in Argentina's Uco Valley, his site-focused style of winemaking, and why it's so important to push the frontiers of Argentinian wines further and further. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach dive into VinePair's inaugural Next Wave Awards: how they were created, why it was so important to highlight the various winners, and why many of their stories are so remarkable. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and send any que…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss their own experiences with shots and why shot culture remains popular even if it also can be problematic at times. Then, Adam speaks with Jägermeister director of innovation Jack Carson about how the brand was in many ways built around the shot. Finally, the team tastes Jägermeister and discusses why it remains appeal…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach survey the range of many recent purchases and moves in the beverage alcohol industry, from Winc's upcoming IPO to the sale of Francis Ford Coppola Winery, and a trio of moves in the food and beverage media landscape, in an attempt to understand how the Covid-19 pandemic and the public response to it has potentially altered th…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the current surge in popularity for flavored spirits, in particular flavored whiskey and tequila. Then Joanna interviews VinePair senior writer and host of Cocktail College about how flavored spirits and cocktails work together. Then, the team tastes one of the most popular flavored spirits on the market, Skrewball Pe…
 
In light of the wildfires throughout much of the West Coast in 2020, and subsequent concerns from producers that wine buyers will en masse avoid the vintage, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss how that fear might or might not come to pass, and whether wine consumers actually really pay attention to vintages in the first place. Please remember to subscr…
 
With the hop harvest in full swing, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss whether or not the increased emphasis on individual hop varieties is helping or hurting the craft beer industry. Then, Zach talks with Ryan Hopkins, CEO of Yakima Chief Hops, about how his company is pushing the envelope on both hop breeding and preservation technology. Finally, the…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach ruminate on Dave Infante's recent piece about how hard seltzer is impact college keggers and whether hard seltzer will displace cheap beer more broadly across the drinking landscape. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and send any…
 
Adam, Zach, and Joanna discuss the rising trend of celebrity alcohol brands: why they've become so prevalent, how they reach consumers, and whether they're truly changing the beverage alcohol landscape. Then Adam speaks with Brett Berish, CEO of Sovereign Brands and the creator of brands with celebrities like Jay-Z and Rick Ross. Finally, the team …
 
Adam speaks with winemaker Marcus Notaro of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley about the impact that the iconic 1976 Judgement of Paris had on the winery, how the brand has developed and evolved over the intervening 45 years, and what the future holds for this legendary wine estate. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on…
 
With wildfires, drought, and other affects of climate change making many famous wine regions less hospitable to Vitis vinifera, and evolving aesthetics around how wines taste and smell, is now the time when hybrid and non-vinifera grapes can have their moment? Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss this, plus how hard seltzer has taken over college campuse…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach each discuss a largely-unappreciated wine region that they think has major promise, then Zach speaks with VJ Gandhi, owner of Kascadia Wine Merchants, a wine importer and retailer focused on the wines of British Columbia, another underappreciated region. Finally, the team tries Twisted Tea for the first time and travels back …
 
Check out the first episode of VinePair's newest podcast, Cocktail College, with senior writer Tim McKirdy. Each week he'll explore a classic cocktail with an iconic bartender, and this week he takes on the Old Fashioned with Dave Arnold. Please subscribe to Cocktail College on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or whatever podcast platform you pre…
 
In light of the return of the NFL and college football, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss whether sports bars and sports venues will rebound to pre-pandemic levels of success and saturation or whether Covid-19 will continue to depress business. Plus, Adam shares two frustrating service experiences and solicits feedback. Please remember to subscribe to…
 
Sommelier-founded wine clubs have proliferated over the last half-decade, as have wine clubs more generally. Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss what it is that consumers hope to get out of these wine clubs, and whether or not they're distinct from other online wine clubs. Then, Zach speaks with master sommelier Ian Cauble, founder of SommSelect and one…
 
The hotel bar has come a long way from the vaguely-depressing abode of sad-sack business travelers and instantly-regretted hookups. This week, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss why hotel bars have become so trendy, how they're targeting a different audience, and what future changes and innovations to anticipate. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, …
 
In the debut of the new Friday version of the VinePair podcast, Adam, Joanna, and Zach pair off some of the most successful and intriguing RTD cocktail brands with potential purchasers, then Adam interviews On The Rocks co-founder Rocco Milano about his experience in the RTD space and their recent sale to Beam-Suntory. Please remember to subscribe …
 
With rising case counts and stringent mitigation policies once again being enacted around the country, it's clear that the fall and winter of 2021 won't be nearly as much of a "return to normal" as previously hoped. That's what Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss: how a second winter of Covid might be harder on bars, restaurants, workers, and guests, an…
 
Zach speaks with Linden Pride, co-owner of Caffe Dante in Manhattan, about how he and his team transformed the West Village coffee shop into one of the world's top cocktail bars, and how they've expanded and adapted during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wher…
 
Adam speaks with Mikael Taipale and Evan Burns, co-founders of The Long Drink, a canned cocktail brand centered around the national drink of Finland, about their challenges and successes bringing the drink to the American market. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get you…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss one of the most powerful trends in consumer behavior: the rise of "premium mediocre" brands, and how attitudes towards affordable luxury, ethical consumption, and more are manifesting in the beverage alcohol world. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wher…
 
Adam is joined by VinePair tastings director Keith Beavers to interview legendary winemaker Randall Grahm about his new project, The Language of Yes, a collaboration with E&J Gallo focusing on Languedoc varieties grown in California. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get…
 
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