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
Listen to “Everything Is Coming up Rosés” on Spreaker. Chip and Lainie are once again joined by their friend Tom for a lively wine discussion. The topic this week is one near and dear to our hearts: rosé! We discuss the history of this style of wine, how it got its bad reputation, and… Continue reading Everything Is Coming up Rosés
Listen to “Dueling Darkness: Pinot Noir from France and Willamette Valley” on Spreaker. Pinot Noir is a tricky grape and wines made from it can easily go wrong. Yet, they can also be incredibly delicious when done well. This week, Chip and Lainie are joined by their friend Tom Hall for two bottles of Pinot… Continue reading Tale of Two Pinots: Burgundy & Willamette Valley
Listen to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Ordering Wine Online” on Spreaker. In this episode, Chip and Lainie talk about ordering wine by mail. While we both love to patronize small local wine shops that offer expertise as well as boutique wines that are hard to find in large retailers, we also realize that not everyone has… Continue reading Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Ordering Wine by Mail
“Terroir” in winemaking refers to the natural environment in which grapes are grown. Some people believe terroir has a huge impact on the quality of wine, while others are suspicious of this notion. Chip and Lainie talk terroir and sip two Loire Valley Sauvignon Blancs by Benoit Chauveau: Coteaux de Giennois Calcaire 2019 & Benoit… Continue reading The Trouble with Terroir: Two vines, two wines
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!