French Wine · Podcasts · South African Wine · White Wine · Wine Reviews

Chenin Blanc: French Vs. South African, plus a tribute to Anthony Bourdain

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

Podcasts · Red Wine · United States Wine · Wine Reviews

Zin Revolution: A Review of Easton Zinfandel Amador County 2015

  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

French Wine · Podcasts · Rosé Wine · United States Wine

Everything Is Coming up Rosés

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

Podcasts · Red Wine · Wine Reviews

Tale of Two Pinots: Burgundy & Willamette Valley

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

Buying Wine · Podcasts

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Ordering Wine by Mail

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

French Wine · Podcasts · White Wine · Wine Reviews

The Trouble with Terroir: Two vines, two wines

“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

Podcasts · Red Wine · United States Wine · Wine Reviews

A Night (Owl) to Remember: Stolpman Vineyards “Para Maria”

Chip and Lainie got out of Europe (metaphorically, of course) and back to the states this week. Lainie found this HUGE Syrah, Petite Verdot blend from Santa Barbara. She experienced extreme nostalgia and Chip wondered at how such a juicy, fruit-forward wine could still have such structure. Wine: Para Maria De Los Tecolotes (Please note that… Continue reading A Night (Owl) to Remember: Stolpman Vineyards “Para Maria”

Austrian Wine · Podcasts · White Wine · Wine Reviews

The Hills are Alive With the Taste of Grüner Veltliner

Wine experts agree: If you are flummoxed about a wine pairing, you usually won’t go wrong with Grüner Veltliner. Chip discovered this lovely example at Binny’s, one of Chicago’s largest beverage chains. We loved it! Wine: Freheit Producer: Nigl Country of origin: Austria Vintage: 2019 Wine type: White Varietal: Grüner Veltliner Cost: $17 Disclosures: We… Continue reading The Hills are Alive With the Taste of Grüner Veltliner

Greek Wine · Orange Wine · Podcasts · Rosé Wine · Wine Reviews

Orange Is the New Black . . .Muscat

Wine:  ‘Oreads’ Rosé PGI Tyrnavos Producer: Papras Bio Wines Country of origin: Thessalia, Greece Vintage: 2019 Wine type: Rosé/Skin-Contact Varietal: Black Muscat Cost: $22 Disclosures: We purchased this wine ourselves from Independent Spirits in Chicago and did not receive it as a free gift or sample. As of March 17th, 2021, this post does not… Continue reading Orange Is the New Black . . .Muscat