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

Italian Wine · Red Wine · White Wine · Wine Reviews

Italy’s Scarce Summer Wines

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

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

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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

United States Wine · White Wine · Wine Reviews

California Chardonnay Finds Redemption: Paul Hobbs Russian River

  Dilemma: It’s time to review a Chardonnay and Chip is terrified of Lainie’s reaction to a Chard from California. Celebrated winemaker Paul Hobbs comes to the rescue, however with his Russian River Valley Chardonnay from 2017. This stuff is delicious and we can’t stop raving about it! Wine: Chardonnay Russian River Valley Producer: Paul Hobbs… Continue reading California Chardonnay Finds Redemption: Paul Hobbs Russian River

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”