Episodes

Pairs With Two Rivers Cider and Summertime

Episode 30, June 27th, 2019

Summertime and the livin' is, well, maybe not as easy as we hoped. With the kids out of school and daylight stretching past 9pm, parenting can require more alcohol than previously expected. Fortunately, we've got all the solutions for that. Or maybe not. Maybe we just bitch about it. For Episode 31, we convene at Two Rivers Cider Company in Sacramento to chat about all things summer and pound yummy hard ciders. We even did a professional video shoot of the podcast, which we'll air on our YouTube Channel later this week! 

Pairs With Aiken Pinot Noir and Grown Up Shenanigans

Episode 29, June 24th, 2019

No doubt about it, grown-ups need to get crazy, too. Just because you've got a few kids and a dozen other responsibilities doesn't mean you're already dead. In fact, the more steam you've got, the more you need to blow it off. In this episode, Christine personifies this truth with the story of her recent shenanigans at Auction Napa Valley with Joel Aiken, creator of the delicious 2013 Sonoma Mountain Sonoma County Pinot Noir we're drinking. Let's just say it involves a late night, too much wine, garden decorations, compromising photos and the authorities... 

Pairs With Bianconello and Dating Prequalifiers

Episode 28, June 12th, 2019

So you've met someone new and it's time for that exciting, revealing, mysterious first date! But is it really that mysterious, or did you already vet this candidate more thoroughly than an FBI background check? As kids and jobs and life monopolize our time, our likely MO is to prescreen our dates before hopping in that Uber. But does a pre-cocktail DNA test and credit check take all the romance out of a date, or does it help guarantee the spark will be there?

JT and Christine day-drink a bottle of the 2016 Nello Olivo Bianconello White Wine Blend and discuss the pros and cons of knowing your date before you date, and how it just might increase the odds of a Home Run...

Pairs With The Maren Conrad Story

Episode 27, June 6th, 2019

In this special episode, Christine interviews Maren Conrad, whose personal story is one of simultaneous tragedy and redemption. Conrad, a fine artist and muralist of worldwide recognition, talks about how she developed her mission to create beauty in spaces where she used to be afraid to walk, and how that mission is a metaphor to her incredible life story. 

Pairs With Chateau Davell Zinfandel and Marital Bliss Through Living Separately

Episode 26, May 26, 2019

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. So does that mean that living apart makes relationships successful? With a tasty bottle of Chateau Davell Zinfandel in hand, we explore the idea that getting married doesn't always mean living together. Whether it's small idiosyncrasies that drive you crazy, or just the need for more alone time, more and more couples are finding that the key to a happy relationship doesn't also start a U-Haul filled with your partner's shit.

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The Pairs With Life LIVE Launch Party & Confession Session, Part 2
Episode 25, May 23, 2019

 

As our May 17th, 2019 performance at JaM Cellars in Napa concludes, the wine has spun its magic and loosened up the most shocking confessions of the evening. Starting things off with a round of Truth of Drink, JT & Christine end up taking the "Truth" option to extremes, compelling audience members to throw away their inhibitions to discuss everything from the sexual perks of international travel to the emotional fulfillment of pegging.

The Pairs With Life LIVE Launch Party & Confession Session, Part 1

Episode 24, May 20th, 2019

It's our first live show! Recorded at JaM Cellars in Napa on May 17th, 2019, a packed crowd joins us for wine and candid (read: drunken) conversation. We were blown away by the number of crazy and unimaginable confessions we received and by the souls who were brave enough to actually share their experiences. It's Part 1 of a can't-miss 2-Part podcast!

Our next live show is coming to Sacramento, California, in July. Get on our mailing list to learn more!

Pairs With Margaritas and Candid Conversations With The Teens (Mother's Day, Part 2)
Episode 23, May 16th, 2019
For the second part of our Mother's Day Special, Christine is put in the hot seat by her two daughters for a game of Truth or Drink...but there's a fine line between the truth and too much information, as Christine quickly finds out. Clutching a margarita, Christine braces for a reflection of motherhood that is all at once hilarious, poignant and shocking.
Pairs With Sofia Blanc de Blancs and Mother's Day, Part 1
Episode 22, May 13th, 2019

In honor of Mother's Day, we present a two-part episode featuring conversations with our moms. In Part 1, JT shares a bottle of 2017 Sofia Monterey County Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine with his mother and talks about kids, careers, and the secret to a 61-year marriage. 

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Pairs With A Stiff One and Friends With Benefits
Episode 21, May 9th, 2019

After a tough week, it's time for something a little stronger than wine: vodka, tequila and a deep talk about friends with benefits. Is an FWB just another name for a Booty Call, or could it be that a friend with benefits is the perfect post-divorce relationship? Is the friendship unnecessary, or is it the most important component of all...and what happens if Friend #1 accidentally meets Friend #2? 

Pairs With Veuve Ambal Brut and Listener Stories

Episode 20, May 2nd, 2019

What's the cure to a crappy day? Sucking down a bottle of Veuve Ambal Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine and listening to other people's problems, which is exactly what we do in the 20th episode of the Pairs With Life Podcast. In a preview of the format of our upcoming live event and launch party, we read listener emails from across the country: stories of Napa discoveries, good and bad parenting choices and a sex confession from a woman who has been carrying around a secret for her entire marriage. Ah, perspective!

 

Pairs With Miner Emily's Cuvée and Feeling Overwhelmed

Episode 19, April 29th, 2019

We all feel overwhelmed from time to time (or in our case, 24/7), so what can be done about it? JT opens up about his recent struggle with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and what a bummer it is to be a flagrant extrovert on Zoloft, while Christine espouses the virtues of a good cry...all while uncorking a tasty bottle of 2013 Miner Emily's Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon. In the end, we come up with some suggestions on how to deal with the stress that can consume our time, energy and focus...'cause if we can't focus on sex and wine, what's the point of life?

Pairs With Dove Hunt Dog Sauvignon Blanc and Polygamy

Episode 18, April 25th, 2019

After our brief foray into monogamy, it's time to explore polygamy and polyamorous relationships. Are they simply about an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of threesomes and group sex, or does it take traditional relationship structures like trust, dedication and even monogamy to make them work? Are you more apt to try polygamy before you've had a long term relationship, or after you've been let down by one?  For such heady topics, we once again turn to a bottle of clean wine, this time the 2018 Dove Hunt Dog Sauvignon Blanc from Mendocino County. Christine thinks it's the low sulfites that keep you from getting a headache, which is a really good thing when you're considering having two or three wives...

 Pairs with Field House Cabernet Sauvignon and The Relevance of Monogamy.

Episode 17: April 22, 2019

So you tried marriage, or perhaps a long-term relationship, and it didn't work out. So, is monogamy just dead? Does anyone do it still? Is monogamy a natural instinct or a social construct? And why the hell are we so sober we can actually use the term "social construct?"

For this episode, we break open a box of wine from Scout and Cellar, specialists in curated selections of clean wine (also called "natural wine" or "wine without fuckery"). A delicious 2017 Field House Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon is our accompaniment to a discussion on the virtues of monogamy - or lack thereof - and whether the whole idea should be relegated to the scrap pile of history.

Clean wine, clean mind? Not in the least.

Pairs With Bubbles, Vasectomies and The Hit List
Episode 16: April 18, 2019

 

With half a bottle of Yao Ming Napa Valley Brut Sparkling Wine left, we decide to keep the mics live and just spew out whatever is on our mind on a Saturday night. Strangely, that turns out to be JT's bizarre vasectomy story and the celebrities with whom we get a Free Pass For Sex. It's not only an adult conversation, it's proof positive why adults shouldn't be allowed to drink.

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Pairs With Yao Ming Brut and Dating Before & After Marriage

Episode 15:  April 15, 2019

What's the difference between dating before you get married and dating after divorce? Do you need to "sow your oats" and get all the crazy out before saying "I do," or does the real crazy not even start until after you've said "I don't anymore?" And for that matter, is dating better when you're not even looking to get married anymore? We pop open a bottle of the 2016 Yao Ming Napa Valley Brut Sparkling Wine and let the bubbles and the conversation flow, from Christine's change of heart about marriage & kids to JT's confession of his Man Slut past. What better way to spend a date night? Check out JT's new blog post, 3 Ways Your Cat Secretly Hates You, now up on The Pairs With Life website!

Pairs With Wine You Can Get For A Nickel

Episode 14: April 11th, 2019

A nickel spent on a crappy bottle of wine is still a nickel wasted, so we decided to head out to BevMo for their annual "5 Cent Sale" and create a Buyer's Guide of our Top 5 Choices. We found some of our favorite varietals - Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc - from some of our favorite areas: Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles and Russian River Valley. 

So join us as we each choose our Top 5 and explain why we find so much joy in a bottle of wine under $15 bucks (and strangely, it has a lot to do with The Beastie Boys, sex and not getting child support). We're posting pictures of each of our Top 5 on our Instagram account, so Follow and get all learned on what to drink and what to avoid.

Tickets are now available for the Pairs With Life Podcast LIVE Confession Session And Launch Party Friday, May 17th! Click HERE to purchase!

Pairs With Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc and Finding Your Fire

Episode 13: April 7th, 2019

We all have passions...or do we? Is it better to live a safe and comfortable life or to find the spark that sets you on fire? But not, like, the literal fire that burns the flesh off your skin in excruciating horror. That choice would be kinda obvious, and then we wouldn't have a podcast.

We are joined on the podcast - like it or not - by Jazzy, JT's cat, whose single-minded determination to knock over microphones and rip apart Christine's cashmere sweater is evident in all the background noise (and swearing from the hosts). 

Pairing with fuel for the soul this week is the 2017 Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc. The price is righteous, and the consistency of quality is worth talking about. So...we talk about it. 

And hey! We're kicking off our first live event!

It's The Pairs With Life Podcast LIVE Confession Session Launch Party!

Friday, May 17th at JaM Cellars in Napa, 7:00pm to 10:00pm

For our debut live event, we present The Confession Session: an opportunity for the audience to anonymously confess their own honest stories...with a little help from the hosts, and of course, wine.

Members of the audience can submit their anonymous confessions & stories and drop them in the hat (or use our anonymous online form available when you purchase your tickets). Christine and John will take turns drawing from the hat and read them aloud to the audience, all the while sharing their infinite wisdom. Own it if you want...or keep your dark secret a secret. This is your night!

Confessions, true stories, embarrassing questions...all are welcome! It's an evening of real conversation, laughs, hugs and wine! Did we mention wine? The tasting room will be open exclusively for our guests. There are only 50 tickets available for this intimate event and we expect tickets to sell out quickly!

 Live music performance by singer/songwriter Zak Fennie!

Photo booth experience provided by Party Pixel Booths!

 All general ticket sales include a sparkling wine toast. Reserved VIP Booth includes a bottle of JaM Cellars Sparkling Wine.

Click HERE to learn more and purchase your tickets!

Pairs With Hall Cabernet and Uncomfortable Sex Talks With The Spawn

Episode 12: April 4, 2019

Drinking a smooth glass of Napa Cabernet is easy. Talking to your 16-year-old about having sex in the house is not. But we know this: it's a lot easier after that second glass. Or bottle. Opinions run the spectrum like Usain Bolt, from "I'm locking my kid in the closet until she's 30" to "I trust my child and she can get all kinds of nasty in her own home." Do we have the answers? Of course we do. All of them. That's why you listen.* Join us in the conversation here and on our Facebook page!

*We don't have any answers and you totally shouldn't listen to us.

Join us Friday, May 17th from 7pm to 9pm at JaM Cellars in Napa for The Pairs With Life Confession Session Live! Join our Mailing Listfor more information on tickets!

Pairs With Raki and True Crime, Part 2
Episode 11: April 1, 2019

 

In the concluding episode of our whopping 2-part series on True Crime, Christine reveals some skeletons that should probably be left in the family closet. Because the Greek Merlot we tried to pair with the last episode would make an elephant barf, we switched to the moonshine of Christine's people: Raki, a grappa-like drink that'll fry your nose hairs but make you dance like Zorba. It's mystery! It's murder! It's the last time you'll hear JT's Keith Morrison impersonation!


Pairs With Pear Valley Aglianico and Dealbreakers
Episode 10: March 28, 2019

It's about 1:15AM and JT & Christine are corking their third bottle and rolling tape (Google it, kids). After a few sips of Pear Valley Aglianico from Paso Robles, the subject turns to Dealbreakers: all the things that bring a date to a screeching halt, be it big ticket items like politics and parenting philosophies, to the smaller but sometimes more annoying shit like smoking and criminal activity. Pour a glass and have a listen as we share all the quirks that make the second date a no-go, and remember to subscribe and leave a review!

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Pairs With Don Julio 1942 and True Crime, Part 1

Episode 9:

In a blatant attempt for better ratings, we totally appropriate the True Crime podcast fad and reveal dark, murderous secrets from our families' past. In Part 1, JT tells the story of his great grandmother, left home alone one night with a revolver and a bad attitude. 

And speaking of bad (and criminal thoughts), there's a reason we had to turn to tequila for this episode...and it's not just because hard alcohol best pairs with MURRRRRDERRRRR...

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Pairs With Atrevida Chardonnay and The Myth of The Cool Parent

Episode 8: 

Is it cool to let your underage kids drink with their friends as long as you're supervising? Or are "cool parents" just idiots with children? Parenting question are hard, and we're here to make it just a liiiiiiitle bit harder for you, even though we bring the tasty unoaked chardonnay.

Our first LIVE event is coming in May!

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Pairs With Charismatic Fool Sparkling Rosé and The Winemaker-Musician Bromance

Episode 7: March 18, 2019

Ian Devereux White, wine writer, musician and co-founder of Smith Devereux Wines, joins the podcast at JaM Cellars in Napa to discuss...well, writing, wine and music. And creating charity wines for rock stars. And threesomes.

Smith Devereux Wines are awesome and you should buy some (and we weren't even paid to say that). You can find their wines and join their wine club here.

Big shoutout to JaM Cellars for hosting us for the podcast. Visit them in Napa next time you're out or pickup their new "Candy" Rosé here (still not paid. What's up with that?) 

Pairs With Jeff Cohn Petite Sirah and The New Boyfriend Moving In With The Ex

Episode 6: March 14, 2019

Single-parenting gets an unknown twist when JT's ex has her boyfriend move in...but how unknown is it when you've been divorced twice? Some parenting decisions require more than one bottle, even when it's the delicious 2015 Jeff Cohn Cellars Sweetwater Spring Petite Sirah.

Pairs With Tempranillo Rose and Gender Inequality In The Wine Business

Episode 5: March 11, 2019

Amybess Cook, founder of Women Owned Wineries of Sonoma and Imbibe Magazine's 2019 Wine Person of The Year joins us on the podcast to discuss her personal journey and observations on gender inequality in the wine business. Mad props to Passaggio Wines for hosting the podcast at their Sonoma tasting room!

Click here to learn more about the Women-Owned Wineries directory.


Pairs With Cotes du Rhone and Whoring Around After Divorce
Episode 4: March 7, 2019
Getting back to getting on your back after 20 years of monogamy; Christine Womansplains Bumble to JT; Christopher Walken makes a guest appearance...sort of.

Pairs With DICO Cabernet and Disaster-Inspired Life Choices

Episode 3: March 4, 2019

Wine Oh.tv's creator and host, Monique Soltani, discusses the stunning event that lead her to wine journalism; the quest for the perfect opening theme takes a death metal twist. 

Pairs With Cheap Wine and Dick Pics

Episode 2: February 27, 2019

John & Christine take a trip to Grocery Outlet to score cheap wine like a couple of degenerates. Four bottles in, the confessions come out...

Pairs With Champagne, Tacos and First Base

Episode 1: February 27, 2019
It's the debut episode of the Pairs With Life Podcast! Time to bust open the champagne, smash a few tacos and work through that first date awkwardness.