Listen to “No Chalice Required” on Spreaker. No Chalice Required is a podcast & blog by Chip Dudley and Lainie Petersen, two Chicago wine-buddies who enjoy sipping and discussing wine. As we get this project off the ground, we are mostly focusing on the podcast, but have big plans for the blog as well. Meanwhile,… Continue reading Welcome to No Chalice Required!
Listen to “Two Chablis for Two” on Spreaker. French Wine for Two Lainie and I had a blast during this episode. We had the immense good fortune to acquire two quality Chablis wines from Independent Spirits, a wine shop in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. Both were reasonably priced, clocking in at around… Continue reading Two Chablis for Two
Listen to “Three Rieslings are Not a Crowd” on Spreaker. Chip and Lainie rejoice in a trifecta of Rieslings, domestic and international: Weingut Beurer – Riesling Trocken 2020, Ovum “Off the Grid” Riesling 2019, Joseph Cattin Riesling Alsace 2019. Each is uniquely delicious.
Listen to “Three Rieslings are Not a Crowd” on Spreaker. It’s been a sweltering summer and Chip and Lainie have been seeking relief by drinking super-crushable, low alcohol wines. They try an old standby, Vinho Verde by Broadbent, and Brand Red 2020, a funky glou-glou from Germany. Both are crisp, low alcohol, and utterly refreshing!… Continue reading Hot Days, Cold Wines: What to Drink When the Temperature Climbs
Listen to “Fun Summer Fizz: Old Westminster Piquette” on Spreaker. Chip and Lainie enjoy Skin Contact Piquette from Old Westminster. Piquette is a wine-based beverage that offers low alcohol and plenty of tart fizz. Even better, the piquette comes in a can, making it super convenient for picnics and outdoor events.
Listen to “Thank You Very Much, Field Recordings” on Spreaker. Lainie and Chip decide to sample two wines from one of their favorite producers, Field Recordings: Domo Arigato, a skin-contact wine made from Pinot Gris and Morrow View, a Grüner Veltliner that Lainie describes as “. . .not on steroids, but definitely on B-12 shots.”
Listen to “Southern Syrahs: Hand of God & Mollydooker” on Spreaker. Chip and Lainie take a deep dive into Syrah, sampling Hand of God from Argentina and Mollydooker’s “The Boxer” from Australia. As is often the case, both marvel at how the same grape can express itself so differently.
Listen to “French Vs. South African Chenin Blanc + a Tribute to Anthony Bourdain” on Spreaker. Chip and Lainie discuss Chenin Blanc with Chip sharing two of his favorite wines made from this grape: Domaine Pichot Le Peu de La Moriette Vouvray 2019 and Badenhorst Family Wines Chenin Blanc Secateurs 2019. They also discuss Anthony… Continue reading Chenin Blanc: French Vs. South African, plus a tribute to Anthony Bourdain
Listen to “Italy’s Scarce Summer Wines” on Spreaker. It’s getting hot out there and we are all about light, refreshing wines from Italy. Sadly, this week’s wines from Cascina Feipu Dei Massaretti are in short supply here in the United States, but we really do love Pigato and Rossesse wines and encourage folks to try… Continue reading Italy’s Scarce Summer Wines
Listen to “Cool Label, Better Wine: 2019 Kerner by Matic Wines” on Spreaker. Poor Kerner. It’s a fantastic grape that doesn’t get much attention. On one hand, this is sad, as it deserves more respect. On the other hand, wines made from Kerner grapes can be great values. We loved this organic, biodynamic… Continue reading Cool Label, Better Wine: 2019 Kerner by Matic Wines
Listen to “Vanguard of the Zin Revolution” on Spreaker. The Russian Revolution was all about Red Vs. White (armies), which is analogous to how Zinfandel is understood and consumed here in the United States. Make no mistake: Neither Lainie nor Chip is a communist, they are nonetheless firm “red” partisans when it comes… Continue reading Zin Revolution: A Review of Easton Zinfandel Amador County 2015