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Hot Days, Cold Wines: What to Drink When the Temperature Climbs

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

Orange Wine · Podcasts · United States Wine · White Wine

Thank You Very Much, Field Recordings

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.”

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

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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

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

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Fish Out of Water: Accidental Review of Alice Verdeca 2019

Wine: Alice Verdeca Producer: Produttori Di Manduria Country of origin: Italy Vintage: 2019 Wine type: White Varietal: Verdeca Cost: Online sources show the cost as averaging around $18 Disclosures: We purchased this wine ourselves and did not receive it as a free gift or sample. As of March 8th, 2021, this post does not include… Continue reading Fish Out of Water: Accidental Review of Alice Verdeca 2019