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 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…

A bottle of 2019 Two Old Dogs Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, standing on a picnic table
Two Old Dogs 2019 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, JACK Winery

What do you get when you cross a couple of Major League ballplayers, some exquisite Rutherford juice, and a rock star winemaker? Two Old Dogs, apparently.

Hawk and Horse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2012 Red Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Hawk and Horse Vineyards Red Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon shows up to the interview with the perfect resume. Beautiful AVA, rock star winemaker, glowing critical reviews. Alright, you’ve got the jo…