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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.