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May 29, 2020
Zach speaks with Jeffrey Morgenthaler, bar manager at Portland, Oregon's Clyde Common, about efforts to get the legendary bar back open for service, how Covid-19 will change the bar industry, and why it will ultimately bounce back. Please send any requests or suggestions for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 28, 2020
Zach speaks with Hanna Raskin, Chief Critic and Food Editor at the Charleston (SC) Post and Courier, about how Charleston's restaurants are operating without any restrictions despite the Covid-19 pandemic, and how the city's nascent food scene is dealing with the crisis. Please send any requests or suggestions for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 27, 2020
Zach speaks with Mario Enriquez and Eric Prato, co-owners of Garagiste Wine Room & Merchant in Las Vegas, about how the city is responding to the Covid-19 crisis and how social media is saving their business. Please send any suggestions or requests for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 26, 2020
Adam, Erica, and Zach discuss what is rapidly shaping up to be the biggest trend of Summer 2020: blended and frozen drinks. From why looking to the classics like the Piña Colada and Hemingway Daiquiri to innovative tricks like using frozen fruit and frozen juice, they've got all the angles covered. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 22, 2020
Zach speaks with Full Pull Wines owner Paul Zitarelli about how his online wine retail business is faring during the Covid-19 crisis, how customer buying habits have shifted, and why now is the time to take risks, if you can. Please send any suggestions or requests for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 21, 2020
Adam speaks with Joe Campanale and Dave Foss, owners of the Brooklyn wine bar Lalou, about their efforts to still sell wine during the Covid-19 crisis and why reopening in New York looks much more difficult than in much of the country. Please send any suggestions or requests for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 20, 2020
Today, a sneak preview of VinePair's latest podcast: Wine 101. Join VinePair's Tastings Director Keith Beavers as he breaks down how to sit down and taste wine. You can subscribe to Wine 101 on the podcast platform of your choice. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 19, 2020
Adam speaks with Eric Bernheim, partner at Halloran & Sage, about ways that restaurant and bar owners can negotiate rent reductions and abatements with their landlords, as well as why following governmental health and safety best practices should protect them from legal issues. Please send any requests or suggestions for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 18, 2020
Adam, Erica, and Zach take a brief break from the world of alcohol to talk about coffee: how Covid-19 has affected their consumption, how they prepare coffee at home, and some tips for upping your at-home coffee game. Plus, further confirmation that Summer 2020 is going to require a blender. Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to VinePair on Apple Pocasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Send any comments, questions, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 15, 2020
Adam speaks with Bacardi Senior VP of Marketing Ned Duggan about how they're helping home bartenders and the trade, why this summer will be all about blended drinks, and how bars might re-open. Please send any suggestions or requests for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be wel. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 14, 2020
Adam speaks with Intelligentsia Coffee CEO James McLaughlin about how they've pivoted their business to direct-to-consumer and contactless sales, and what individuals and goverments need to do to get coffee shops re-opened when it's safe to do so. Please send any suggestions or requests for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 13, 2020
Erica speaks with Ivy Mix, co-owner of Brooklyn's Leyenda, co-founder of Speed Rack, and author of Spirits of Latin America, about how Covid-19 is challenging her bar, and might reshape American hospitality. Please send any suggestions or requests for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 12, 2020
Adam speaks with Kate Shapira Latts, CMO at Heaven Hill Brands, about how her company is responding to the Covid-19 challenge, what they expect consumers to do as the crisis continues, and how marketing in these times has added complications. Please send any suggestions or requests for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 11, 2020
With Summer 2020 almost upon us, Adam, Erica, and Zach discuss what trends, ingredients, and drinks they expect to dominate this most unusual summer. Will quarantine drive drinkers to more classic cocktails? Will blended drinks make a comeback? What beer will people be drinking? Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 9, 2020
Adam speaks with John Dantzler, co-founder of Manhattan's Torch & Crown Brewing Company, about the specific challenges facing craft beer during the Covid-19 crisis, and how his brewery is focusing on same-day beer delivery. Please send any requests or suggestions for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 8, 2020
Adam speaks with Robert Furniss-Roe, co-founder of craft spirits marketer Samson & Surrey, about how craft spirits can survive the Covid-19 crisis. Please remember to send any requests or suggestions for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 7, 2020
Adam speaks with Josh Wyatt, CEO of NeueHouse, about how his business has dealt with Covid-imposed shutdowns, what rebuilding the coworking space will be like, and how businesses need to take a long-term approach on the road to recovery. Please send any requests or suggestions for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 6, 2020
Adam speaks with Ben Pundole, Vice President of Brand Experience at Edition Hotels, and the founder of A Hotel Life, about how Covid-19 has shuttered many of their properties, what recovery is looking like in China, and what the future of the hotel industry will entail. Please send any requests or suggestions for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 5, 2020
Adam speaks with Adrian Parker, Vice President of Global Marketing for Patrón Tequila, about what this Cinco de Mayo will look like, how you market tequila without bars for people to have it at, and convincing people that they actually do like it. Please send any requests or suggestions for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 4, 2020
Adam, Erica, and Zach are joined by VinePair's Tastings Editor Keith Beavers and staff writer Tim McKirdy to break down VinePair's list of the Top 25 Rosés for 2020. Topics include why southern Italy is a hot spot for great rosé, whether tariffs on European imports are affecting prices, and some tips to get the most out of your rosé while social distancing. Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 1, 2020
Adam speaks with Will Wyatt and Eric Kruvant, owners of New York City's Mister Paradise, named VinePair's Bar of the Year for 2019, about closing down operations, liquor delivery, and what reopening might look like. Please send any suggestions or requests for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
April 30, 2020
Adam speaks with Michel Chapoutier, president and winemaker at Chapoutier, and president of Wineries of France, about the affects Covid-19 is having on the French wine and restaurant industries, how the government is attempting to reopen parts of society, and what this crisis means for 2020's rosé season. Please send any requests or suggestions for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
April 29, 2020
Adam speaks with Francesco Zonin, vice president of Casa Vinicola Zonin, about how Covid-19 has affected their many wine properties, as well as what the future of fine wine sales holds. Please send any requests or suggestions for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
April 28, 2020
Adam speaks with Malcolm Gosling, president and CEO of Gosling's International Limited, about how Covid-19 has changed production, promotion, and distribution, as well as how it is affecting Bermuda as a whole. Please send any suggestions or requests for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
April 27, 2020
Adam, Erica, and Zach discuss the looming recession, how previous recessions have affected the drinks industry, and why this one may or may not be different. Will the premiumization trend screech to a halt? Will beer suffer as it has in previous recessions? Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
April 24, 2020
Erica speaks with Jamie Ritchie, worldwide head of wine for Sotheby's, about the current state of the wine auction market, how pricing and supply could change in the next few years, and how new technologies are helping keep the auction house open during the crisis. Please send any suggestions or requests for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 23, 2020
Erica speaks with Brian Rosen, president of BevStrat, about how small brands can continue to connect with consumers during a time when on-premise sales have ceased, and what recovery might look like when the worst of this crisis passes. Please send any suggestions or requests for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 22, 2020
Adam speaks with Ed Pilkington, chief marketing and innovation officer at Diageo North America, about how the drinks company is dealing with changes to production and distribution, as well as the innovations they're pursuing at these times. Please send any suggestions or requests for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 21, 2020
Erica speaks with winemaker Dan Petroski of Larkmead Vineyards and Massican about how Covid-19 will change wine tourism in Napa Valley, and sources of optimism as he looks to the future. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 20, 2020
Adam, Zach, and Erica discuss the existential threat that Covid-19 presents to smaller wine, beer, and spirits brands, and how through political action and savvy buying we can try to keep this vital part of the drinks industry alive. Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever else you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 16, 2020
Zach interviews Lynnette Marrero, co-founder of Speed Rack, bar director at New York's Llama San and Llama Inn, and founding board member of the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation about shuttering her restaurants, trying to keep a cocktail competition alive, and online teachings and trainings. Please send any suggestions or requests for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thank you for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 15, 2020
Adam speaks with Maggie Curry, Director of Marketing for Jackson Family Wines, about the future of drinking wine at home, how Jackson Family is keeping production going during these challenging times, and what life in wine country is like right now. Please send any recommendations or requests for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 14, 2020
Adam speaks with Mike Capoferri, owner of Los Angeles's Thunderbolt, about feeding furloughed restaurant workers, trying to keep a new venture viable during the crisis, and pivoting to cocktails to-go. Please send any recommendations for future VinePair Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 13, 2020
Adam, Erica, and Zach discuss which changes to the drinks world that the Covid-19 crisis has caused will last: will online ordering become the norm? Will society have a similar response as it did to the 1918 epidemic? And will we still be able to discover new drinks without restaurants, bars, and wine shops to guide us? Please remember to rate and review VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 9, 2020
Adam speaks with CMO Stephanie Gallo about how her family's winery is dealing with the changes that Covid-19 has brought to both making and selling their wines. Please send any recommendations for future Conversations to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 8, 2020
Erica speaks with sommelier Erik Segelbaum, vice president of the United Sommeliers Foundation, about his efforts to provide support for furloughed and unemployed wine professionals. Please send any recommendations for future Conversations guests to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 7, 2020
Zach speaks with distiller Cody Morris of Hardware Distillery in Hoodsport, Washington about changing production over to hand sanitizer, dealing with government agencies in the middle of a crisis, and the challenge of launching a brewery in the midst of said crisis. Please send any recommendations for future interviews to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 6, 2020
Sparks fly as Adam, Erica, and Zach debate whether the term "simple" is an insult to a beer, wine, or cocktail. As more and more people and publications are championing "simple drinks" at this moment, it's important to define what exactly that term even means. Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 2, 2020
Adam speaks with Patrick Cournot, Alexis Percival, and Moshe Schulman of the acclaimed New York wine bars Ruffian and Kindred about their decision to shutter their restaurants, and what they'd need to get back on their feet in the future. If you have suggestions for future VinePair Conversations guests, please email podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
April 1, 2020
Adam speaks with Artisanal Brewing Ventures' CMO Derek Detenber about how the shift to total off-premise sales has changed his business, and what craft beer will look like after Covid-19. If you have suggestions for future VinePair Conversations guests, please send them to podcast@vinepair.com. Thank you for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 31, 2020
Adam interview Jenny Lefcourt, the founder of Jenny & François Selections, a New York-based importer of natural wines, about the impact of Covid-19 on her business. If you have anyone you'd like us to speak to about how Covid-19 is impacting their business or life, please email podcast@vinepair.com. Thank you for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 30, 2020
Adam, Erica, and Zach discuss drinks-based projects to take on while quarantining/social distancing/sheltering in place, such as making your own infusions, syrups, vermouths, and even home-brewing. Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 27, 2020
Zach speaks with Cory Rellas, CEO and co-founder of Drizly, an alcohol ordering and delivery app, about the massive surge in business Drizly has seen, and how order sizes and compositions are changing. Please let us know who else in the beverage world you'd like to hear from at podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 26, 2020
Zach speaks with Rajat Parr, acclaimed sommelier, winemaker at Sandhi, Domaine de la Côte, and Evening Land, as well as the author of The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste and Secrets of the Sommelier, about how winery work is proceding during lockdown and what wines and books he's catching up on. If you have suggestions for future conversations, please send them to podcast@vinepair.com, and remember to rate and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 25, 2020
Adam speaks with Paul Mabray, CEO of Emetry and an expert in e-commerce and digital presence about how Covid-19 is changing the way wineries interact with customers online. We are bringing you these Covid-19 Conversations as part of our expanded podcast presence during this crisis, and if you have any suggestions on potential guests, please send them to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 24, 2020
Adam, Erica, and Zach discuss how drinking with friends has transformed in the era of social distancing, with virtual happy hours, Instagram Live nightclubs, and online wine classes replacing the ways we used to socialize over drinks. Hell, there's even Zoom beer pong! Keep an eye out for more of our Covid-19 Conversations in this channel, and please send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com, as well as sending us pictures of what you're drinking. Subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on your podcast platform of choice, and thanks so much for listening. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 23, 2020
Zach speaks with Esther Mobley, Wine Critic at the San Francisco Chronicle, about how Covid-19 is affecting the California wine industry, Bay Area restaurants and bars, and is forcing the government to relax alcohol regulations in order to get drinks to the people who want them. If you have suggestions for other conversations in this series, please send them to podcast@vinepair.com, and remember to rate and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever else you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 19, 2020
Adam, Erica, and Zach discuss how they're coping with the challenges of COVID-19 with old vine Pais and 1 pm margaritas, and then tackle the real question: how can we all help to keep the American restaurant and bar industry afloat during this unprecedented crisis. Check out VinePair's industry live blog for up-to-the-minute information, and let us know what you're thinking about, or how you're dealing with this challenge, at podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 16, 2020
Adam, Erica, and Zach address the sad reality facing the restaurant industry in the face of COVID-19, then offer some suggestions on how to still have quality drinks while keeping yourself and your community safe. In these difficult and uncertain times, please remember to drink responsibly, and also remember that we're all in this together. If you have any thoughts you'd like to share, please email podcast@vinepair.com, or you can record a voice memo and send it in to that email address as well. Thank you for listening, and be well. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 10, 2020
Adam and Zach talk about the many ways in which COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is having major impacts on the beverage alcohol world, from cancelling major industry events to crippling many bars and restaurants. This episode was recorded on Tuesday, March 3rd, so our apologies for any out-of-date or inaccurate information. Is coronavirus having an impact on your job or lifestyle? Please email us at podcast@vinepair.com, and remember to rate, review, and subscribe to VinePair wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening, and please be safe. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy
March 2, 2020
Adam and Zach are joined by their new co-host, VinePair's Editor-in-Chief Erica Duecy, as well as VinePair staff writer Tim McKirdy, to discuss what the data says about hard seltzer's audience, staying power, and future. Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
February 24, 2020
Adam and Zach discuss a pressing question in the fine wine world: why is no one collecting wine any more? Is it just that no one has any space to store bottles, or does it have more to do with limited experience with older wines and a chaotic time that seems to reward living for the here and now. If you collect wine, or don't, let us know about it at podcast@vinepair.com, and please rate, review, and subscribe to VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
February 17, 2020
Adam and Zach are joined by VinePair Associate Editor Cat Wolinski to discuss Zach's recent piece on the rising trend of cocktail beers, and how breweries hope they draw new drinkers into taprooms and brewhouses. Plus, discussions of Valentine's Day plans...and the New York International Auto Show, for some reason. Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to VinePair on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
February 10, 2020
Adam and Zach discuss why Valentine's Day is perhaps the only big "drinking holiday" without a drink or drinks to call its own, and make a few suggestions for the Official Drink of Valentine's Day. Plus, recapping Adam's Super Bowl party, and news about a permanent addition to the podcast. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
February 3, 2020
Adam and Zach are joined by VinePair's Tastings Editor and former restaurateur Keith Beavers to discuss the scourge of incomprehensible wine lists, why they turn off many guests, and how they serve more as sommelier insurance policy than as actual useful tool. Plus, more talk about drinking at sporting events. Please subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and remember to send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
January 27, 2020
Adam and Zach discuss the unique circumstances of drinking at sporting events, why more and more fans are moving beyond beer, and more. Plus, more Dry January thoughts and a heartbreaking story about the Kentucky Derby. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and please send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
January 20, 2020
Adam and Zach discuss the reasons why they find Dry January to be a silly and counterproductive way to have a healthy relationship with alcohol: that it's viewed more as a challenge of willpower than an opportunity to be thoughtful about our consumption, that people don't make any lasting changes to their drinking habits, and that even the health benefits are greatly overstated. Do you disagree? We'd love to hear your comments, questions, critiques, and suggestions, please send them to podcast@vinepair.com, and please rate, review, and subscribe to VinePair wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
January 13, 2020
Adam and Zach discuss their predictions for the upcoming year, including a new source for rosé, more rampant growth for spiked seltzer, casual bars, bitter is better, and more. Plus, all kinds of technical issues and why checks are the worst form of payment. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
January 6, 2020
Adam and Zach are joined by wine importer Mary Taylor to talk about the catastrophic and nearly-unimaginable damage that President Trump's proposed 100% tariff on imported European wine and spirits would have on the American beverage alcohol world. For more information, please read this VinePair piece. If you are an American citizen, you should also contact your U.S. Senators (find them here) and U.S. Representatives (find them here). Protecting the burgeoning American beverage alcohol trade, and the prices and selection that you value, is something that we all need to do. Thank you for listening, and cheers!
December 23, 2019
In the final VinePair podcast of 2019 (and the 2010s), Adam and Zach reflect on some of the changes in the drinks world that have most impacted them, from the rise of the sommelier to the democratization of drinks media. Plus, Nick returns from his travels with tales of Thai gin and aged eggnog. Thanks so much for listening to VinePair, and please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review the podcast wherever it is you get it. Please also send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Have a wonderful and joyous holiday season, and we will see you in 2020!
December 16, 2019
With the 2010s drawing to a close, Adam and Zach look back at the brands and beverages that defined the decade. From mass-produced and marketed vodka and red blends to biodynamic Beaujolais, from Instagram-darling beers to a beer that purported to be a sports drink, it's all here. If you think we missed an important drink from the past decade, or if you have any other questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions, please email podcast@vinepair.com, and don't forget to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks so much for listening and cheers!
December 9, 2019
Adam and Zach take some time to answer listener questions about the rise of natural wine, red blends, whether gin is finally having its moment, and how not to come off as an asshole when you know a few things about drinks. Plus, a conversation about aging egg nog and whether drinking while you're sick is worth it or not. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and please send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
December 2, 2019
Adam and Zach are joined by acclaimed wine director and author Victoria James to discuss sexism, exploitation, and a profound lack of diversity in the wine world, particularly in fine dining. James is the beverage director at New York City's Cote, the author of "Drink Pink" and the upcoming "Wine Girl," available for pre-order now, and you can read her piece on this subject here. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
November 25, 2019
With Thanksgiving upon us, we revisit the very beginnings of the podcast: Zach's interview of Adam for a previous podcast, originally recorded in June 2017, where they discussed the history and growth of VinePair, what the future held for the celebrity sommelier, and much more. Read Adam's piece on Dustin Wilson here. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever it is you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks so much for listening, have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and cheers!
November 18, 2019
Adam and Zach are LIVE in Charleston, South Carolina, where they're joined by beverage pro Kellie Holmes to discuss why Charleston has become such a great cocktail city, why wineries and importers need to take the South more seriously, and much more. Many thanks to Charleston Wine + Food for making this event happen, and our on-site engineer Lindsay Collins for making us sound good. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and feel free to send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks so much for listening, and cheers!
November 11, 2019
Adam and Zach answer Nick's questions about how best to drink when facing a long international flight, and how to gauge local drinking customs in a foreign land. Plus, why oral hygiene is critical for drinks professionals, and details about the next VinePair live show! Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and please send any comments, questions, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
November 4, 2019
Celebrities have always been a part of the alcohol industry, but recently, certain celebs have gone beyond endorsements to launch brands and offer creative input on production, not just marketing. Adam and Zach discuss whether you should take these drinks seriously, why the trend is suddenly exploding, and how to identify which celebrity spirits are actually worth buying. For more on the subject, read Tim McKirdy's recent piece on VinePair. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and please send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks so much for listening, and cheers!
October 28, 2019
Adam and Zach discuss their very different interest levels in Halloween festivities, and then come up with a few drink pairings for classic Halloween candies. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and remember to send any questions, comments, critiques, and suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks so much for listening, and Happy Halloween!
October 21, 2019
Adam and Zach are joined by legendary Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey: restaurateur, winery owner, and hospitality icon. They discuss the term "sommelier," what hospitality really means, how to get started in the wine industry, the natural wine movement, and much more. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks so much for listening, and cheers!
October 14, 2019
Adam and Zach discuss how the signature cocktail craze has more than run its course, and why most bars would be better served to focus on the classics. Plus: what does the rise of draft and pre-batched cocktails mean for the future of the bartender? Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and please send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
October 7, 2019
Adam and Zach respond to a listener question and explore whether it's wise to get wine pairings when you enjoy a tasting menu, if sommeliers use them as a dumping ground for wine they can't otherwise sell, and how exactly you get a chatty somm to leave you the hell alone. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever it is you get it, and feel free to send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
October 3, 2019
Adam and Zach record an EMERGENCY PODCAST in the wake of the Trump Administration's rollout of a new 25% tariff on many European wines, spirits, and cheeses. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
September 30, 2019
Adam and Zach are joined by legendary Seattle bartender Casey Robison to discuss tequila, mezcal, and all things agave, including how American companies can behave responsibly in Mexico and what exactly makes this category so exciting. Plus: Nick and Adam's paths potentially cross in Portland. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
September 23, 2019
Adam and Zach discuss the bizarre duality of vodka: at once America's most popular spirit in terms of sales, yet perhaps its most overlooked and underappreciated by bartenders, including a conversation about vodka's role at the dinner table in many Eastern European cultures. Plus, Adam and Zach share their favorite fall drinks and discuss the bachelor party Adam is throwing for his brother. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever you get your podcasts, and send us your comments, questions, critiques, and suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks so much for listening, and cheers!
September 16, 2019
Adam and Zach discuss some deeply untrendy drinks that they still love, including Merlot, Pinot Grigio, and the Mojito. Plus: why is it that it's way more fun to drink while watching football than any other sport? Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever it is you get your podcasts, and don't forget to send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks so much for listening, and cheers!
September 9, 2019
Adam and Zach are joined by Hanna Raskin, chief critic and food editor for the Charleston Post & Courier, to discuss why it is that restaurant reviews don't devote much space to beverage programs and the people who run them. Prompted by Zach's Twitter conversation with Pete Wells of the New York Times, Adam and Zach explore why specialty publications like VinePair might be better suited for the task then traditional restaurant reviews. Plus: Pumpkin Spice White Claw? Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review the VinePair podcast on whatever platform you prefer, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks so much for listening, and cheers!
September 3, 2019
Adam and Zach have an actual argument over whether wine regions, particularly those in America, should focus on a single variety or style of wine. Things get heated. Plus, your feedback on the podcast, and did you know that VinePair does reader/listener trips? If you'd like to send us your feedback, please send questions, comments, critiques, and suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com, and please remember to like, subscribe, rate, and review on the podcast platform of your choosing. Thanks so much for listening, and cheers!
August 26, 2019
Adam and Zach discuss how we can no longer ignore the reality that our beverage purchases can serve as an endorsement, and that we should think long and hard about the people and businesses we choose to support with our dollars and drinks. Plus, more discussion of last week's topic: online wine clubs. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com; we love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening, and cheers!
August 19, 2019
Adam and Zach are joined by Paul Zitarelli, owner of Full Pull Wines (www.fullpullwines), to discuss how online wine clubs work, what sets them apart from one another, and how some sell you bulk juice while others sell you wine from actual, real-world wineries. Plus, Adam ups the stakes in Paloma War 2019, and a discussion about the best day of the week to do your drinking. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, review, and like VinePair on the podcast platform of your choosing, and make sure to send any comments, suggestions, critiques, or questions to podcast@vinepair.com, we love to hear from you! Thanks so much for listening, and cheers!
August 12, 2019
Adam and Zach join forces for a late night conversation about what's fair to expect from a bar or restaurant, like that they should know how to make the drinks on their cocktail list, or that they serve your beverage in a clean glass, plus a Negroni horror story from Zach's wife. Please remember to subscribe to, like, rate, and review VinePair on whatever podcast service you prefer, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
August 5, 2019
Adam reports in from Santiago, Chile, where he and Zach discuss what's going on in the Chilean wine industry, why Chile might be one of the world's best places to grow grapes, and how producers there are trying to find a way into the American market. Plus, why the revamped TWA Lounge at JFK Airport is a great model for drinking while traveling, and the difference between grafted and own-rooted vines. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and feel free to send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks so much for listening, and cheers!
July 29, 2019
Adam and Zach discuss why sommeliers are woefully ignorant of some of the biggest production (and most popular) wines in America, and how an obsession with allocated or small-production wines can turn off wine drinkers. Plus, Adam explains why a visit to Chile is a must for food and wine lovers the world over, and how suitcase-baked bread is the next great travel invention. If you have any comments, questions, critiques, or suggestions, please email podcast@vinepair.com, we love to hear from our listeners. Also, please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair wherever it is you find us. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
July 22, 2019
Adam and Zach discuss Summer 2019's hottest trend, spiked seltzer, and why it's become such a phenomenon, with an assist from resident twenty-something and podcast engineer Nick: check VinePair's list of the 20 best spiked seltzers for 2019 right here. Plus, our responses to your comments on last week's episode on tipping. If you want to share your undying love for spiked seltzer, or have any other comments, questions, critiques, or suggestions, email podcast@vinepair.com, and please remember to like, subscribe, rate, and review VinePair wherever it is you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
July 15, 2019
Adam and Zach discuss one of the most complicated and fraught topics in the drinks world: tipping. Want to understand why tipping well will actually benefit you in the long run? Listen up! Plus, how restaurants are sharing information about good and bad patrons, and why you should use your words, not your dollars, to remedy poor service. Think we're dead wrong about tipping, or just want to share a comment, question, critique, or suggestion? Email podcast@vinepair.com, and please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
July 8, 2019
Adam and Zach are joined by Matt Crafton, winemaker at Napa Valley's famed Chateau Montelena, to explore how intervention is a critical part of winemaking, and why we shouldn't be afraid of it. Plus, what happens when the manager of a wine bar doesn't know (or care) what grapes are in the wines they're selling? Spoiler: Adam gets pissed! Please remember to like, subscribe, rate, and review VinePair wherever it is you found it, and feel free to send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com, we love hearing from our listeners! Thanks so much for tuning in, and cheers!
July 1, 2019
Adam and Zach are joined by VinePair's senior beer writer Cat Wolinski to explore the trend of macrobrews returning to retro labels, and how craft producers are looking to adopt this trend themselves. Plus, Adam and Zach discuss whether it actually matters whether your server or bartender is able to properly open a bottle of wine. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review the VinePair podcast wherever you found it, and feel free to send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
June 24, 2019
Adam and Zach are joined by VinePair's editor-in-chief Emily Saladino to discuss how conversations around politics, race, gender, and sexuality are critical to covering the beverage alcohol industry in 2019. Plus, Adam explains why HBO's Chernobyl is a must-watch show. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review the VinePair podcast wherever it is you get it, and feel free to send any comments, questions, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
June 17, 2019
Adam and Zach are joined by Marc Farrell, founder of Ten To One Rum, to discuss why rum is much more than a spring break beverage, how to get the most out of your rum, and how you can't appreciate rum without appreciating the history and culture of the Caribbean. Plus, the latest salvo in the ongoing New York versus Seattle battle. Please remember to subscribe, like, rate, and review the VinePair podcast wherever it is you get your podcasts, and email podcast@vinepair.com with any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions. Thanks so much for listening, and cheers!
June 10, 2019
Adam and Zach discuss VinePair's list of the Top 25 Rosés of 2019 along with editor-in-chief Emily Saladino and tastings editor Keith Beavers. The gang discusses the making of this year's list, why the top wine isn't from France, and the rebirth of Pinot Noir rosé. Plus, Zach visits VinePair HQ and then gets shit for drinking Champagne with somms. Please remember to like, subscribe to, rate, and review the VinePair podcast wherever you can, and email podcast@vinepair.com if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or critiques. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
June 3, 2019
Adam and Zach discuss the pernicious trend of ever-more-specialized glassware for wine, beer, and spirits, and why you should avoid falling victim to the very compelling but utterly unproven marketing hype. Plus: are some wineries actually playing up how conventional their winemaking and farming is, are rooftop bars taking over the world, and why in the world are America's open container laws so fucked up? Please remember to subscribe to, like, rate, and review the VinePair podcast wherever you get it, and if you have any comments, questions, suggestions, or critiques, please send them to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks so much for listening, and cheers!
May 28, 2019
With the news of legendary wine critic and Wine Advocate founder Robert Parker's retirement, Adam and Zach discuss Parker's legacy and impact on wine-making, wine criticism, and consumer behavior. Plus, making vermouth at home, home brewing, and other adventures in DIY booze. Please remember to like, subscribe, rate, and review the VinePair podcast wherever you found it, and send any questions, comments, suggestions, or critiques to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
May 20, 2019
Adam and Zach are joined by Nikolas Smyrlakis, co-founder of the Athens-based Finest Roots brand of liqueurs to discuss why Athens is among the world's best cocktail cities, and how drinking culture helped Greece recover from economic disaster. Plus, Adam mourns the fact that the Knicks failed to land the #1 overall pick, and Zach gives his theory on why Game of Thrones became a victim of its own success. Please remember to like, subscribe, rate, and review the VinePair podcast wherever it is you found us, and if you have any questions, comments, or critiques, please email podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
May 13, 2019
Adam and Zach discuss the NBA's current wine obsession with ESPN Senior NBA Writer Baxter Holmes, who explains why LeBron James has changed the conversation around wine in the league, why San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is the master sommelier of the NBA, and whether some of the Association's wine-loving superstars will shift their focus from the court to the vineyard as their careers wind down. Read Baxter's pieces on the NBA's love of wine and the legend of Gregg Popovich, and please remember to subscribe, rate, and review VinePair on the podcast platform of your choice. If you have questions, comments, or critiques, email the show at podcast@vinepair.com, and thanks so much for listening: cheers!
May 6, 2019
Adam and Zach are joined by VinePair Senior Writer Cat Wolinski to discuss the current state and evolution of the international craft beer scene: how it's borrowed from the American movement but also done its own innovating. Plus: does anyone still give their teething child whiskey, should you bring your kids to a taproom, and Cat's flawless pronunciation of "reinheitsgebot." Thanks for listening to the VinePair podcast: please remember to like, subscribe, rate, and review us wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, or critiques to podcast@vinepair.com. Cheers!
April 29, 2019
Adam and Zach discuss the alarming trend of high-profile sommeliers who only seem interested in high-end and small-production Champagne, plus an exploration of drinking etiquette when travelling abroad, and why no one outside of the East Coast can make a decent bagel. Do you love small-lot Grower Champagne? Are you a somm who only posts unicorn bottles on Instagram? Share your thoughts with us, or other questions, comments, or critiques at podcast@vinepair.com, and please remember to like, subscribe, rate, and review VinePair wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
April 22, 2019
Adam and Zach respond to a listener's question about whether wine and whiskey collecting is a good idea, and how to go about doing it. Spoiler warning: it's a bad idea, but they've got some tips if you still feel compelled. Plus, why Adam hates Bloody Marys and Zach can't stand Mimosas. Do you love collecting wine? Want to defend the honor of your favorite breakfast beverage? Email us at podcast@vinepair.com with your questions, comments, and critiques, and please remember to like, subscribe, rate, and review the VinePair podcast on the podcast platform you like best. Thanks so much for listening, and cheers!
April 15, 2019
Adam and Zach discuss and explain the newly-rediscovered phenomenon of orange wine, highlighted by Adam's interview with Matteo Bisol, winemaker at Venissa on the island of Mazzorbo in the Venetian lagoon. Plus: why are Italians such masochists when it comes to winemaking, and why can't they make a good Negroni? If you have any comments, questions, or critiques of the VinePair podcast, please email podcast@vinepair.com, and don't forget to like, subscribe, rate, and review us on your podcast platform of choice. Thanks for listening, and cheers!
April 8, 2019
Adam and Zach discuss the scourge of "pay to play" journalism, where writers trade coverage for free shit, and the challenge of unscrupulous influencers in the drinks world, many of whom will promote anything that someone sends them in the mail. All that, plus the challenges of judging wine competitions and the wisdom of recording a controversial podcast after having had some drinks. Thanks for listening to the VinePair podcast: please remember to subscribe, like, rate, and review us on your podcast platform of choice. If you have any questions, comments, or critiques, please send them to podcast@vinepair.com, we love hearing from you!
April 1, 2019
Adam and Zach discuss why canned cocktails, boxed wine, and other alternatively-packaged beverages might just be better than bottles and bars...at least if we can all get over our reluctance to accept such formats. Plus, reflections on last week's podcast with Eric Asimov and a teaser for next week's topic! Thank you for listening to VinePair: please remember to like, subscribe, rate, and review the podcast wherever it is you found us, and if you have any questions, comments, or critiques, please email podcast@vinepair.com. Cheers!
March 25, 2019
Adam and Zach are honored to be joined by New York Times wine writer Eric Asimov, who discusses his recent writings about mass-produced wines, how to avoid wine snobbery, and shares some of his current interests in the world of wine. Our sincere thanks to Eric for his time and insight! Please remember to subscribe, like, rate, and review this podcast on the podcast app you use (and maybe even one you don't!), and reach out to us with comments, questions, or critiques at podcast@vinepair.com. Cheers!
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