Not Just Another Wine Podcast...
Pairs With Life is more than a podcast about what we drink: it’s a series of candid, funny and insightful conversations about why we drink. Writer, musician and wine expert John Taylor, along with Napa insider and lifestyle brand guru Christine Trice, focus on stories of life, love, parenting, adulting and sex…and the wines that pair with all of it.
With new episodes each Monday and Thursday, John and Christine bring you commentary and perspective along with experts in the world of relationships, parenting, entertainment and of course, wine.
Listen to the latest episodes
Season 2 Episode 4
Pairs With Privacy v. Secrecy and Lynch Wines Syrah
November 18th, 2019
According to a recent study, 70% of all couples exchange passwords to their mobile devices and online accounts. Is this the ultimate act of trust or the ultimate act of control? When and how does our need to maintain a little privacy become a dysfunctional act of secrecy...and is there a problem with having a few secrets anyway? We pop open a bottle of Lynch Wines 2017 Syrah and try to get to the bottom of this question, along with other questions like: why is Christine hiding her peanut butter cups from JT? and why will JT perform sex acts to get a review?
Season 2 Episode 3
Pairs With A Trip To Trader Joe's
November 11th, 2019
Awwwyeah, look at that Trader Joe's wine aisle, with its enticing promises of $3 to $10 wines beckoning you like a degenerate wine addict. But how can you be certain you're going to pick your next favorite wine and not something you can use to peel off wallpaper? Well, that's why you listen to the podcast, bitches. We took a trip to TJ's, picked out four wines under $20 that we hoped would be winners, and test them out just for you. But are they winners, or will we strike out entirely and be forced to drink the dump bucket?
Season 2 Episode 2
Pairs With Life Presents The OMG Wine Happy Hour: Latchkey Kids.
November 7th, 2019
Pairs With Life is proud to present the debut of The OMG Wine Happy Hour. Based on the popular Facebook Page OMG I So Need A Glass Of Wine Or I'm Gonna Sell My Kids, created by Pairs With Life co-host Christine Trice, The OMG Wine Happy Hour explores all facets of parenting, from the glorious little victories to the tear-jerking heartbreaks to the times you'd just pitch the little bastards out the window if you didn't have wine close at hand.
This week, we talk about Latchkey Kids: when is it ok to give your kids that responsibility? How long do you leave them alone? And is the world less safe for kids alone at home than it used to be?
And remember, The OMG Wine Happy Hour is all about the community: your stories, your insights and your experiences are what drive the conversation. Check out the OMG Facebook Page every Tuesday for the week's topic, comment on the post with your stories and insights, and we may use it on the podcast. Learn how other parents deal with the shit you have to deal with...and which wine takes the stress off!
Season 2 Episode 1
November 5th, 2019
...aaaaand WE'RE BACK! Season 2 of The Pairs With Life Podcast kicks off with a heartfelt shoutout to our friends and co-workers in Sonoma, who've been living through the devastating Kincade Fire. If you're looking to help in some way, we suggest you show your support by drinking Sonoma wine. If you're looking for suggestions, friend of the pod Amybess Cook has made a list of 25 incredible Sonoma wines created at women-owned wineries in Sonoma.
After a bottle of Piper Sonoma Brut Rosé, JT & Christine get all up in a recent article by Dr. Ruth Westheimer, which basically asks if honesty at all costs is really the way you should approach your relationship. Helping us out with a little insight to this question are two relationship experts, Damona Hoffman of DatesAndMates.com and Mashaun D. Simon of The B4Nine Podcast.
Coming up later this week is the premiere of The OMG Wine Happy Hour, a weekly mini-podcast centered around the community Christine created with OMG I So Need A Glass Of Wine Or I'm Going To Sell My Kids. Keep listening for more information!
Season 2 Trailer
October 15th, 2019
Season 2 is coming! We've got a ton of awesome things planned for our return, so we thought we'd pop in for a moment, let you know what's going on, and let you stew in anticipation for the overwhelming joys that await you.
If you're excited about the return of Pairs With Life and have about three minutes you don't know what to do with your life, PLEASE PLEASE OH GOD PRETTY PLEASE leave us a review. Thanks!
Pairs With Ca' Momi Sparkling Wine and The Season 1 Finale
August 8th, 2019
It's the final episode of Season 1 of the Pairs With Life Podcast! Join us as we take a look back at some of the best podcasts of the season, and update you on what's been going on with the stories and the people that we've featured. For the occasion, we bust open a bottle of Heartcraft by Ca' Momi California Sparkling Wine, and toast to you, the listeners who've made this season such a success. As Christine says, make good choices, and we'll see you again for season 2 starting October 1st, 2019!
Pairs With Pinot Noir and Sex Talks With Kara Haug, Part 3
July 23rd, 2019
As we conclude our three-part series of sex talks with Kara Haug, we look at the future of sex: will the next generation be able to achieve intimacy or has our reliance on technology handicapped them somehow? Will sex dolls take the place of living partners in an age when you can marry an online avatar? The future, perhaps isn't a gloomy as it may seem, as Kara tries to show us a way to teach our kids to obtain not only intimacy, but agency.
Renowned sex educator Kara Haug can be reached at the website Grace Unbound and on Twitter @karalbh.
Pairs With Gloria Ferrer Pinot Noir and Sex Talks With Kara Haug, Part 2
July 18th, 2019
As our three-part series continues, we uncork a vastly superior bottle to the last one, the 2013 Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir, and get down to some serious sex business. Kara offers up her opinions on the advantages of masturbation, why marriage went from a Biblical Model to a Victorian Model (and how hard it is to say which one is worse) to exposing the truth of The Enormous Clitoris.
Got some questions for Kara? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll pass them along for you!
Pairs With Chardonnay and Sex Talks With Kara Haug, Part 1
July 15th, 2019
In the first of our three-part series of Sex Talks, we meet Kara Haug, nationally recognized sex educator and an expert on spirituality's relation to sexuality. Kara's perspective on removing the shame and sin from sex has made her unique in her field and among her peers. Though our bottle of Viano Chardonnay is truly mediocre, the conversation is anything but, swerving from the necessity of masturbation to the idea that God wants you to have an orgasm. We break our own rule about never discussing religion on the pod because...sex. Who knew?
To learn more about Kara Haug, visit her website at Grace Unbound.