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Entertainment, education & consumer empowerment; everyday drinking for everyday people. Wine with lunch? Yes please! Wine-Two-Five is an entertaining wine podcast series featuring wine educators who like to drink their homework & have fun teaching. Val and Steph believe in wine with lunch and not punching a clock when pulling a cork. In other words, drinking every day - any time of the day - is acceptable. And classy.

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Entertainment, education & consumer empowerment; everyday drinking for everyday people. Wine with lunch? Yes please! Wine-Two-Five is an entertaining wine podcast series featuring wine educators who like to drink their homework & have fun teaching. Val and Steph believe in wine with lunch and not punching a clock when pulling a cork. In other words, drinking every day - any time of the day - is acceptable. And classy.

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43 Ratings
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Wine, please!

By Destination Eat Drink - Feb 10 2019
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Great podcast. You'll learn about new wines that you're sure to love.

Entertaining!

By TSPArusty - Feb 15 2016
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Love these two ladies! They are always fun to listen to and make wine education very entertaining!

iTunes Ratings

43 Ratings
Average Ratings
41
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0
0
2

Wine, please!

By Destination Eat Drink - Feb 10 2019
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Great podcast. You'll learn about new wines that you're sure to love.

Entertaining!

By TSPArusty - Feb 15 2016
Read more
Love these two ladies! They are always fun to listen to and make wine education very entertaining!
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Wine Two Five Podcast

Latest release on Feb 14, 2019

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Entertainment, education & consumer empowerment; everyday drinking for everyday people. Wine with lunch? Yes please! Wine-Two-Five is an entertaining wine podcast series featuring wine educators who like to drink their homework & have fun teaching. Val and Steph believe in wine with lunch and not punching a clock when pulling a cork. In other words, drinking every day - any time of the day - is acceptable. And classy.

Rank #1: Episode 83: Back from Italy, a Brunello Brief & a Bottle of Whiskey

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Steph & Val are back behind the mic and in the same time zone, so you've been warned. We have cocktails, a little Brunello banter, talk history and what makes this wine one of Italy's finest, while Steph shares some of things she learned in Montalcino. Val breaks out her new Irish whiskey … and shares … and shares. Other things we chatter about this week include Wine Enthusiast’s new podcast, grappa, sushi chef shout out, movie wine trivia, tasting room tales, and a new giveaway! We’re having a great time and hope you’ll pour a glass, click, listen, learn, laugh & sing along … wait ... not the singing. Please. Not the singing.

Nov 10 2016

44mins

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Rank #2: Episode 41: Grape Rap: Sangiovese, the King of the Tuscan Grapes

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We’re sipping, chatting and exploring Sangiovese this week. The versatility, the styles, the characteristics are all on the table (or in the glass) along with savvy input from last week’s guest, a true Tuscan. Massimo helps us elaborate on the many facets of Sangiovese and its wines. But wait, there’s more! The #W25Challenge is heating up, we have shoutouts to some awesome somms, and we talk about wine in a tube. Join us for some wine edu-tainment and some tips for expanding your palate!

Jan 21 2016

28mins

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Rank #3: Episode 82: Wine Enthusiast Executive Editor, Susan Kostrzewa

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While Steph works her way back to the states, we're taking a week off to square away busy winter schedules. Few people, however, have a busier schedule than our guest who took time out of her day to chat with the Wine Two Five ladies a few weeks back. Chardonnay for breakfast? Yes please, and Susan tells us why it's a great choice. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the smart, funny and talented Susan Kostrzewa, Executive Editor, Wine Enthusiast magazine!

Susan Kostrzewa, Wine Enthusiast Exec Editor, Wine Podcast

Nov 03 2016

19mins

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Rank #4: Episode 153: A Port Primer

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In preparation for a special guest that will joining us from Portugal in the next episode, we thought it would be appropriate to polish up our Port knowledge. This week we are popping off with a Port primer to get the party started. We cover styles, service, and try to get a jump on those burning fortified wine questions.

Port, Fortified Wine, Portugal, Wine Education, International Women's Day

Mar 15 2018

32mins

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Rank #5: Episode 72: The Wine Times They Are A-Changin': A Chat With Eric Asimov

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Chief Wine Critic for the New York Times Eric Asimov joins the Wine Two Five ladies this week. He is the author of “How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto,” and talks to us about just that – his love for wine, what’s changed over the last 15 years, and finding great wines to enjoy. He shares his philosophy on wine service, or as Val says, preaches the gospel on why you should show your good somms some love. Steph’s hangin’ in the Springs for this one, and both gals are behind the same mic for a change. Uh oh. Click, sip, giggle, learn, and enjoy!

Eric Asimov, New York Times, Wine, Restaurant Wine Service, Wine Writing

Aug 25 2016

39mins

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Rank #6: Episode 193: Grape Gab - Cabernet Franc

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Getting frank about cab franc, a grape gab, a pod quiz, and way too much fun!

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Dec 20 2018

35mins

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Rank #7: Episode 96: Wine Trippin’ on Aeration

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Why, when, and how do you subject your wine to an oxygen trip? It’s a question that gets asked often, and the answer can be somewhat controversial in many wine circles. We go there, while we allow our Factoid and Wino Radar segments go – well - everywhere. Pour a glass, give it a swirl and come along for a little wine road trip to chat, “breathing, aerating and decanting – oh why?”

Wine Aerating, Decanting, Spanish Wine, Podcast

Feb 09 2017

35mins

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Rank #8: Episode 94: Wine Lists and Fun Wine Finds

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What makes a great wine list? There is no single great answer to this. However, navigating your way through restaurant selections shouldn’t be rocket science. In this episode we talk about the why and how of things you may encounter in a restaurant. Steph is gifted an Iconic Wine. Val is roaming around Rome. (Recorded Dec 2016)

Wine Lists, Iconic Wines, Travel, Tautavel, Sonoma, Colorado, Wine Podcast

Jan 26 2017

29mins

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Rank #9: Episode 145: The Spanish Wine Guy, Rick Fisher

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Rick Fisher is the program director of the Wine Scholar Guild's Spanish Wine Scholar program (launching Fall 2018) and lover of all things Spain. His Catalan roots have certainly had an influence, but his passion for Spanish wine, food & culture is infectious. And what do Boise, Idaho & little plastic bulls have do with any of this? Pure, unadulterated wine edu-tainment for the books.

[Recorded November 2017]  

Wine Education, Spanish Wine, Spanish Wine Scholar, Wine Podcasts, Rick Fisher, Wine Scholar Guild

Jan 18 2018

40mins

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Rank #10: Episode 143: New Year, New York Wines

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This is an introductory exploration into the wines of New York, an overview of a couple of the regions, and their representative wine styles. There are some tasting segments, but also some factoids and recommendations, as well as a lot of fun. [sponsored content]

Jan 04 2018

47mins

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Rank #11: Episode 57: Two to Tango - Argentina Primer

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We are taking a side trip south of the equator to learn a little bit about Argentina. One of the gals admits to owning “tango shoes” while the other has a new guilty podcast pleasure. We’re also pretty high - not that kind of high (insert Colorado jokes here) - on vineyard altitude and other factoids this week. This is an easy sipper and a jumping off point for next week’s special Argentinean wine exploration - and seduction - edition.

May 12 2016

21mins

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Rank #12: Episode 88: Beaujolais Reindeer Games

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There’s more to Beauj than Nouveau, you know. And Beaujolais is more than just the gamay. This week we rap the villages and the crus, and jam this episode with factoids you can use. From Irish moonshine to drinking podcast fun, there’s something here for everyone (over 21, of course). This is our last full episode of the year, so let’s raise ‘em up for some wine geek cheer!

Beaujolais, Irish Moonshine, Drinking Podcasts, Wine

Dec 15 2016

29mins

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Rank #13: Episode 146: Top 10 Wine Two Five Podcast Re-wined

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Sometimes we have to look back to go forward. In this episode we find out what it is listeners are downloading the most. We thank those of you who “nominated” your favorites. There were certainly some surprises (or “SLURPrises”), so we hope this is a fun guide to content most enjoyed over the past three seasons of Wine Two Five.  

Top 10 most listened to podcast episodes for Wine Two Five; Wine Education; Wine Edutainment

Jan 25 2018

30mins

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Rank #14: Episode 93: Grand Master Wine Geek, Yo

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You may have those wine geek friends. You may be that wine geek friend. We may be those wine geeks who may have had a little too much fun with this episode. Either way, we’ve all experienced uncomfortable slurping and spitting situations. Steph and Val dive to the bottom of the spit bucket to banter about keeping our inner – and outer - wine geek in check. Steph has a great factoid about Meade. Val tries to rap. We’re gettin’ silly with it. (Recorded Dec 2016)

Wine Geek, Wine Snob, Wine Podcast, Prerecorded

Jan 19 2017

34mins

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Rank #15: Episode 45: Grape Gab: Viognier, the Grape of The Day. Yo.

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The wine, the where, the legend, and factoids galore are all part of our fun exploration of the Viognier grape which sometimes, let’s be honest, just doesn’t get enough love. We talk about where it came from, where it grows now, and what you can find in the glass! We have #W25Challenge updates, new reviews, upcoming events, and lots of love to shout out. Thank you for joining us and sipping along!

Feb 18 2016

20mins

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Rank #16: Episode 64: Speaking Spanish Wine When You Don’t Speak Spanish

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Part two of our Spanish Wine Summer series offers up some vocabulary and a tiny tease of history. We’re full of all kinds of nuggets and factoids in this episode. Cava gets some love, and we pick the winner of the second quarter #W25Challenge! Grab a glass of rosado and sip along!

Spanish Wine, bottle vocab, wine podcast, wine podcasts, wine education

Jun 30 2016

36mins

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Rank #17: Episode 44: Master of Wine Tim Hanni Explains Why You Like The Wines You Like

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What does an Altoid mint, a glass of Scotch, and a Brazilian wax have in common? It’s 50 shades of wine science this week. Tim Hanni, MW, author of Why You Like The Wines You Like: Changing the way the world thinks about wine, breaks down the physiological and other reasons why some wines taste – and feel – good to some people and not others. He’s a champion for sweet wine lovers, and Tim calls B.S. on some common ideas that may just take your enjoyment of wine up a notch. This is a refreshing, feel good episode, for sure.

Feb 11 2016

55mins

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Rank #18: Episode 52: Enter the Zin

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Fifty two weeks, a family affair, and one of us is drinking a ‘who’s yer daddy’ wine. We announce our #W25Challenge winner for this quarter and are so excited to have the listener co-host the show with us later this month! Oh … then there are the tribbles. Tribbles? Yes. Tribbles. We obviously need change for the pop culture clue bus here, but we’re on the Zinfandel train this week and either way it’s a fun ride. We hope you enjoy this episode!

Apr 07 2016

23mins

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Rank #19: Episode 127: Planet Cheese With Janet Fletcher

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Author and Cheese Expert, Janet Fletcher, joins the ladies for a most delightful and drool-worthy afternoon of cheese chatter. We’ve decided Janet is a true cheese goddess, and we think you’ll find her just as enchanting as she enlightens us on so many aspects of wine’s favorite sidekick. Grab your favorite beverage, and perhaps a wedge of something new, and explore the wonderful world of cheese along with us!

Author, Cheese Aficionado, Janet Fletcher, World Cheese Tour, Planet Cheese, Wine, Vodka, Whiskey

Sep 14 2017

46mins

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Rank #20: Episode 148: Talking Tannat - A Grape Gab

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We're talking Tannat in this month's Grape Gab. Tannat is a red grape that has its roots in Southwestern France. Recently it has reinvented itself in South America. So where else does it grow, what else is it called, and what does it mean to a glass of wine? Click play and sip away!

Show notes at winetwofive.com.

Feb 08 2018

26mins

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Episode 201: The W25 Journey - What a Trip! (Finale)

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This is the season/series finale of the Wine Two Five Podcast. In this episode we look back, laugh, and look ahead at what's next.

We are sincerely grateful for the opportunity to have learned and laughed along with everyone who has been a part of this effort.

Cheers ~ Val & Steph

Feb 14 2019

41mins

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Episode 200: Laura Catena - More than Malbec!

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Dr. Laura Catena of Bodega Catena Zapata and the Catena Institute of Wine joins us for some in-depth conversation about Malbec's heritage, Argentine wine, and so much more. [sponsored content]

We tasted three of the Catena wines sent to us just for this occasion, and discussed grand cru vineyards, wine culture, and making a difference in the wine world.

Feb 07 2019

1hr

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Episode 199: Pinotage Grape Gab

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Grape Gab about the Pinotage grape, drinking whisky and a whiskey cocktail, and swag.

Jan 31 2019

24mins

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Episode 198: Coffee Liqueurs

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What are coffee liqueurs, how are they made, and what are you supposed to do with them? Beyond breakfast and dessert, a little side trip into the history of liqueurs and coffee, and some brand tasting.

Also, a hot tip from a listener and a 200th episode tease.

Jan 24 2019

26mins

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Episode 197: Breakfast Wines

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Breakfast wines extend beyond the Mimosa. Breakfast is just food. Wine goes with food. Whether you're having wine for breakfast or breakfast for dinner, we stand by breakfast with wine - any time. Also, a listener in Scotland knew last week's Pod Quiz & called in to school us on some more Dubonnet facts.

Finally, as you all know, it's not five o'clock and we don't care.

Jan 17 2019

37mins

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Episode 196: Ousia's Kamal Kouiri on Greek Wine

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Kamal Kouiri joins us from New York to discuss Greek wines, history, styles, spirits, travel, and a funny frose' wine story. He is the Director of Operations for Ousia restaurant, and an enthusiast and advocate of Greek wines.

Also, the new Pod Quiz, a bit about Dubonnet, and a hint at a surprise for our 200th episode releasing in Feb 2019.

More at winetwofive.com

Jan 10 2019

31mins

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Episode 195: Bloopers, 2018, and Molasses in our Glasses

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Our 4th annual cutting room floor fun and a look back on the podcasting year that was (and what wasn't in the show, for obvious reasons).

Also in this episode, a new "Surviving Christmas" cocktail and a cheeky Pod Quiz.

Happy 2019 and thank you for listening!

Bloopers music: "You Um, I'll Ah" by Doctor Turtle https://doctorturtle.bandcamp.com/. licensed under under the CC 4.0 attribution license. (shortened from original work)

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Jan 03 2019

19mins

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Episode 194: High Tech Wine Education

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A walking tour of MSU Denver's Hospitality Learning Center with a 4,000 bottle wine cellar, cooking demonstration theater, and sensory analysis lab with Dr. Michael Wray, Restaurant & Beverage Management Professor. Wine, beer, distillation, stemware, and more are all taught at the school, and your hosts were schooled as well.

Photos, accompanying video and more at winetwofive.com

Dec 27 2018

36mins

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Episode 193: Grape Gab - Cabernet Franc

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Getting frank about cab franc, a grape gab, a pod quiz, and way too much fun!

More at winetwofive.com

Dec 20 2018

35mins

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Episode 192: Pét-Nats With Michelle Miller of Reno's Esoteric Wine Bar

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Michelle Miller of Reno's Esoteric Wine Bar joins us for some peppy pét-nat chitchat. Pét-nat is short for pétillant naturel, a type of sparkling wine based on an ancient, natural method of capturing the sparkle a bottle of fermenting wine. We also touch on natural wines, Michelle's journey from corporate world to wine bar manager, and a new Pod Quiz! 

Photos, links, and more at winetwofive.com.

Dec 13 2018

38mins

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Episode 191: Grape Gab - Sauvignon Blanc

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December's Grape Gab on the sassy Sauvignon Blanc, its color mutations, family members, and styles, history and other fun facts. Wild, and wily, perhaps like the vine itself, this episode is a fun exploration of one of the world's most important varieties.

More - including a ridiculous amount of links and resources - at winetwofive.com

Dec 06 2018

26mins

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Episode 190: Smokin' Hot Burning Wine Question Edition

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This episode is all about answering questions you all have sent in about everything from how this podcast got started, finding (or starting) a tasting group, and ideas for new tasting room attendants. Wino Radar gives way to a Whiskey Radar, and we draw the November winner for a WTSO gift card.

Happy 40th Birthday to our smokin' hot co-host, Steph!

More (including a surprise for Steph in this week's blog) at winetwofive.com.

Nov 29 2018

50mins

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Episode 189: Thanksgiving, Sipping Jordan and Wino Radar

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The Wine Two Five ladies are offering listeners a small token of of gratitude this week, as well as some Wino Radar edutainment finds. We also managed to finally open the wines from Jordan that were sent to us last year, and they are drinking so fine. And with that we raise our glasses to all our listeners. We will return next week with burning wine questions! Cheers ~

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Nov 22 2018

18mins

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Episode 188: Behind the Bottles With WTSO's Justin Kite

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This week we are chatting with Wines 'Til Sold Out (WTSO) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Justin Kite. Not only is WTSO a relationship-based retailer, they have educational aspects of their business. Full disclosure: they are this show's sponsor, and we wanted to learn more about WTSO, Weekly Tasting, and how to navigate their offerings. Justin was kind enough to entertain our many (many) questions and preview the just-released Holiday Portal for us!

[sponsored content]

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Nov 15 2018

29mins

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Episode 187: Regional Rap - Wines of Israel (featuring Golan Heights Winery)

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The November Regional Rap features the wines of Golan Heights Winery by Victor Schoenfeld. These brands include Mount Herman, Gilgal, and Yarden. Many thanks to our friends at Gregory + Vine for sending them! 

Also in this week's episode: the difference between kosher and mevushal wine, and an animated account of thousands of years of grape growing and wine making.

Show notes and more at winetwofive.com

Wines of Israel featuring Golan Heights Winery, Yarden, & Gilgal (sponsored content).

Nov 08 2018

41mins

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Episode 186: Jessie "JABS" Birschbach, Managing Editor, The Somm Journal

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This week we are chatting with The Somm Journal's Managing Editor, Jessie Birschbach, known as JABS. She is also the Senior Wine Editor at both The Tasting Panel and The Clever Root publications. JABS joins us from LA, and brings wit from her comedy background, knowledge from her Sommelier days, and her pups Ripley and Coyote. We talk everything from beer and Cicerone training to the emerging cannabis scene, to busting a move with Beyoncé and JayZ ... while pouring champagne.

Show notes, links & more at winetwofive.com

Nov 01 2018

28mins

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W25LoCo1 - Bonacquisti Winery, Denver

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This is the 1st episode of the W25 LoCo (Local Colorado) Edition! We are chatting with Paul Bonacquisti of Bonacquisti Winery in Denver, and Cha Cha Chavez, a broadcast industry veteran and Paul's partner in Denver Wine Radio podcast fun.

Interview with Paul Bonacquisti & Cha Cha Chavez, Denver, September 2018

Oct 26 2018

13mins

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Episode 185: Grape Gab - Teroldego

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We are talking Teroldego in October's Grape Gab. You may know it's an Italian original, but where else is it doing well? The answer may surprise you. It did us. We also draw the October winner of our monthly drawing for a WTSO gift card (sponsored by WTSO, thank you!), and have a new #W25Challenge update. Finally we dish on our new #W25LoCo mini-show, launching this week.

Links, show notes, vids & more at winetwofive.com

Grape Gab, Teroldego, Wine Education, WTSO Sponsored montlhy drawing, Italy, Wine Podcasts

Oct 25 2018

27mins

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Episode 184: Master the World With Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein

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A W25 exclusive! Evan Goldstein, MS, chats with us about his hottest new venture, Master the World, subscription-based and curated blind tasting kits. He is the President and Chief Education Officer of Full Circle Wine Solutions, and just the guy to explain ... where has this been all of our wine tasting lives?!

Photos, links, vids and more at winetwofive.com

Master the World, Evan Goldstein, MS, Full Circle Wine Solutions, Wine Education, Wine Tasting, Wine Service, Crowdfunding

Oct 18 2018

44mins

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Episode 183: A Punch of Fall

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This is our annual celebration of all that is fall! We talk flavors that find themselves into nearly all we eat and, yes, drink! Also, we toast #MerlotMe month, discuss post harvest winery activities, and fall cocktails.

A potpourri of fall favorites, flavors and fun. Seasonal sips and entertaining tips.

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Photos, links & more at winetwofive.com

Oct 11 2018

29mins

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iTunes Ratings

43 Ratings
Average Ratings
41
0
0
0
2

Wine, please!

By Destination Eat Drink - Feb 10 2019
Read more
Great podcast. You'll learn about new wines that you're sure to love.

Entertaining!

By TSPArusty - Feb 15 2016
Read more
Love these two ladies! They are always fun to listen to and make wine education very entertaining!