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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 40: Life’s Too Short Not to Live the Wine

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Massimo Coppetti, Italian sommelier and faculty member of Florence University of the Arts (FUA), schools us on wine as a lifestyle and eloquently expresses how wine is considered sexy. By the way, what cheese pairs great with a good Lambrusco? Where can you find the Negrette grape? Why would we drink a wine that’s considered “rancio?” Booze-infused cupcakes? This and much more in this week’s packed – and dare we say, “sexy?” – episode! Pour a glass, listen, learn, and laugh along with us! Cheers ~

Jan 14 2016

46mins

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Rank #2: 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 #3: Episode 50: Gettin Chile With It

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Spring Break ‘mini-cast’ packed with goodies about Chile, Carmenere, and some exciting upcoming events. Steph and Val share a Chilean Negroni cocktail and toast to our 50th episode. We also peep some info about our one-year celebration in a few weeks - and you’re invited! Pour a glass, get ready to play along in our first live tasting tweet fest!

Mar 24 2016

15mins

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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: Episode 159: A Good Old Gewürztraminer Grape Gab

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It's time for the April Grape Gab, and we are getting down and gabbing Gewürztraminer. This white grape has been described as everything from spicy to grandma, to fussy and even "brassy in the glass." Either way, we're happy to grab a glass and get to know our good friend, Gewurz.

Show notes, links, pics and more at www.winetwofive.com

Apr 26 2018

35mins

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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: Episode 128: Jedi Wine Master Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, MW

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Master of Wine Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan joins the ladies for a mid-morning happy hour to talk everything from changing careers to creating apps, courses, & writing books. The Jedi Wine Master also shares some funny stories & even chats a little "wine in space." There is something here for every wine lover. Pour, click, learn, & giggle. Cheers ~

Show notes & blog here.

Sep 21 2017

48mins

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Rank #12: 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 #13: Episode 49: Where's That Merlot? A Royal Good Time With The King

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It’s Jeff Solomon from the Stay Rad Wine Blog and We Like Drinking podcast joining us from Gilroy, California. We had a blast with “The King of All Wine Media,” this week so strap in, listeners. Jeff brings his west coast flair to the Wine Two Five show, and we packed a lot into this episode including a factoid that will totally surprise you. There are lots of laughs, cool wine nuggets … and then there was that one night in Chico... Happy #ThirstyThursday and enjoy this extended treat!

Mar 17 2016

50mins

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Rank #14: 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 #15: Episode 167: My Wine Society

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Just when you think the online wine community couldn't get any cooler, the ultimate online wine community comes along - and it's pretty darned cool. We're talking with CEO of My Wine Society, Sean Evans, and the Director of Channel Content and Brand Ambassador - Christine Havens to get a behind-the-scenes sneak peek and preview of the My Wine Society app launching in July 2018.

Pics, info, and more at winetwofive.com

Jun 21 2018

50mins

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Rank #16: Episode 158: New Season, New Stuff

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We're ushering in Season 4 of the Wine Two Five Podcast with a podcastiversary celebration, bourbon and bubbles! Have no fear, there are factoids galore throughout the show, but we've got some surprises as well. Thank YOU for being part of the Wine Two Five community of hard core wine lovers and learners, and let's raise our glasses to a 4th year! Cheers ~

Show notes & links at www.winetwofive.com

Apr 19 2018

27mins

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Rank #17: Episode 99: Italy Flashback! Winery Tour With Steph

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While Val and Steph are still soaking up the Florida sun, you are invited to a private winery tour in Italy at Scacciadiavoli with Steph! You get to hear about chasing the devils, while we get back to drinking like superheroes - or heroines.

Scacciadiavoli Tour

Mar 02 2017

25mins

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Rank #18: Episode 66: Speaking Wine With Karen MacNeil

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Karen MacNeil has won an Emmy as well as James Beard and International Wine and Spirits awards, and this week she joins the Wine Two Five Podcast ladies from Napa. You may know her as author of the best-selling Wine Bible, and TIME Magazine calls her “America’s Missionary of the Vine.” She was generous with her time, humor, insight and graciousness – as well as honesty about what she won’t write about – and we hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed producing it. Yes, listeners, you are in for a treat. Pour a glass of something lovely, sit back and join us for some cool sips with a wine writing icon!

Karen MacNeil, Wine Bible, Wine Speed, Wine Podcasts

Jul 14 2016

36mins

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Rank #19: 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 #20: Episode 31: Games Wine Geeks Play

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Click, sip, and learn! This week we're talking about ways to learn about wine on the go, online, or just sitting around kicking it with friends. Most of these are free! While not necessarily drinking games these are games that could change the way you drink, shop for, or enjoy wine – while giving your brain a little bit of a workout too. Some are fun, some are dorky, some are free (did we mention free?), but all can be done with a wine glass in one hand. A bonus - a couple of them let you break bottles … without having to clean up the mess.

Nov 12 2015

33mins

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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.

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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!

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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!