What I’m Drinking

Want to learn a little more about what I’m drinking on the Pairs With Life Podcast? Here’s your chance to take a deep dive into the wine pairings I’m creating. This is the deep, wonky wine stuff about each wine I’m drinking. Each week, I feature a new wine available from The Wine Spies, my righteous new sponsor. The Wine Spies bring you rare, amazing wines from around the world at up to 70% off the retail price. And none of it is dick wash! Click on any of the Featured Wines below to learn more about them, then click on the Buy link to get $10 off your first purchase at the Wine Spies.

A bottle of 2016 Boatique Winery Petite Sirah from Lake County
Boatique Petite Sirah 2016, Lake County

If I’m going to be honest (and I am at least 31% of the time), I’ve only been a moderate fan of Petite Sirah in the past. Typically, the massive tannins, which are a signature of the varietal, overwhe…

A bottle of Erickson & Caradin 2017 Bloom & Bramble Sonoma County Chardonnay
Erickson & Caradin 2017 Bloom & Bramble Sonoma County Chardonnay

The Erickson & Caradin Bloom & Bramble is Sonoma County Chardonnay just the way you love it: crisp, dry, delicate, and refreshing, with hints of (all the high-falutin’ sommelier words inserted here). …

A bottle of Laltanza Riserva rioja 2014 from bogeas Altanza
Lealtanza Rioja Riserva 2014, Bodega Altanza

Why do Spanish wines have one of the best quality-to-price ratios available? Is it terroir? Winemaking? Government subsidies? All of the above?

A bottle of 2015 Hawk and Horse Vineyards Red Hills Estate Petit Sirah
Hawk and Horse Red Hills Estate Petite Sirah

You may remember Hawk and Horse, as I espoused the virtues of their Cabernet not long ago. Now, along comes their petite sirah, which is equally worth ranting about.

A bottle of 2016 DRNK Pinot Noir, Cavers Cuvée, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
DRNK Pinot Noir, Cavers Cuvée, Russian River Valley

DRNK is a small family-run operation started by winemaker Ryan Kunde with his wife Katie and her parents. Together their initials spell DRNK – hence the name. Ryan is a die-hard RRV guy who tends to e…