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Stories From The Edge of The Wine Glass: A Conversation About Race

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Stories From The Edge of The Wine Glass: A Conversation About Race
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Well, here’s a bit of a touchy subject. Race. So, why is it a touchy subject? Because we don’t talk about it the way it needs to be discussed? Because the events of the last few years have brought long-suppressed problems bubbling to the surface? Or do we simply not know how to start a conversation about race?

Pairs With Hawk and Horse Petite Sirah and The Summer Mix (With DJ White Chocolate)

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Pairs With Hawk and Horse Petite Sirah and The Summer Mix (With DJ White Chocolate)
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In case I haven’t mentioned it a few hundred times, summer is my favorite time of year. Last week, Carrie Flaspohler and I talked about our favorite summer wines. This week, DJ White Chocolate drops by to talk about the best music for summer. I… Read More »Pairs With Hawk and Horse Petite Sirah and The Summer Mix (With DJ White Chocolate)

Pairs With The Best Wines For Summer

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Pairs With The Best Wines For Summer
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Summertime and the living is easy. And what makes it easy? Wine. Summer is the turbo-charged Cleveland V-8 of seasons, and wine is its high-octane fuel. Better still, this summer we don’t have to drink through a mask, and we can go back to invading… Read More »Pairs With The Best Wines For Summer

Pairs With Two Old Dogs Sauvignon Blanc and Wine vs. Weed Growers

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Pairs With Two Old Dogs Sauvignon Blanc and Wine vs. Weed Growers
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Weed growers have rejoiced ever since cannabis was legalized in 2016. Since then, a new kind of Gold Rush has come to Northern California. The pot industry has boomed, resulting in nearly $2B of additional tax revenue to the state annually. But does this windfall come at a cost for California’s grape growers and wineries? How much farm property can be bought up as grow lots? And are the risks that weed farms pose to some of California’s finest appellations a cautionary tale to other states considering legalization?

Pairs With Hawk and Horse Cabernet and The Soapbox Marathon

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Pairs With Hawk and Horse Cabernet and The Soapbox Marathon
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Hawk and Horse Cabernet? Pairs with the shit you wanna say. That’s right, grab yourself a glass of Hawk and Horse Cabernet Sauvignon, compose your thoughts for a two-minute gripe, and get on the soapbox. There have been things on my mind as of late, so I decided to do a marathon session on the soapbox. Don’t worry, each grievance is still only two minutes long, so if one offends your delicate sensibilities, you can fast-forward to the next. Oh, and my cat gets in on the action, too, ’cause everyone’s got something to bitch about around here, though some of us are less concerned about Cat Chow vs. Iams.

Pairs With DRNK Chardonnay and Blockchain Wine

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Pairs With DRNK Chardonnay and Blockchain Wine
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Earlier this month, Yao Family Wines in Napa became the first winery in history to release a wine online with an NFT (a non-fungible token). Will this revolutionary new way of releasing and marketing wine be the wave of the future?

Pairs With Chateau Diana Zinfandel and Post-COVID Possibilities

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Pairs With Chateau Diana Zinfandel and Post-COVID Possibilities
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Actually, you’re not supposed to drink Chateau Diana Zinfandel (or any other wine for that matter) when you get your vaccine shot. But the mere fact that I’m finally getting the shot is reason to celebrate…so why am I feeling so anxious?

Pairs With “UN” Uva Nocturna Garnacha and AITA Stories, Part 2

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Pairs With "UN" Uva Nocturna Garnacha and AITA Stories, Part 2
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“Am I the asshole?” AITA questions are a moral conundrum. But when you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Carrie Flaspohler, better known as the Instagram Wine Queen @drinkwithcarrie, joins me to wrap up this 2-part series on AITA questions submitted by listeners. Am I the… Read More »Pairs With “UN” Uva Nocturna Garnacha and AITA Stories, Part 2

Pairs With Gravel Bed Red and Am I The Asshole? Part 1 (with Guest Co-Host Carrie Flaspohler)

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Pairs With Gravel Bed Red and Am I The Asshole? Part 1 (with Guest Co-Host Carrie Flaspohler)
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We’ve all had that situation where we’ve made a tough call in a personal situation and are left asking, “wait a sec…am I the asshole?” In fact, it’s what I love most about the original Star Trek. Captain Kirk, exhausted from screwing aliens from one… Read More »Pairs With Gravel Bed Red and Am I The Asshole? Part 1 (with Guest Co-Host Carrie Flaspohler)

Pairs With Janzen Cabernet And A Pilgrimage To Napa

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Pairs With Janzen Cabernet And A Pilgrimage To Napa
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While tasting this amazing 2016 Janzen Cabernet, I couldn’t shake the feeling that something was wrong. Not with the wine—it’s another spectacular find from The Wine Spies—but with me. Something empty. Something angsty. I realized I’d been at this desk and in the house and… Read More »Pairs With Janzen Cabernet And A Pilgrimage To Napa