Rank #1: Episode 5: Chianti & a Rooster Romp
What we learned about storing wines in bomb shelters, the original Chianti “recipe” &, well, what the crow of a rooster has to do with wine. The girls get a little sassy in this one: Steph has a special hat & Val tells a medieval story. There’s a trivia question for you, & we have some shout outs to new & fun followers in Chicago & in the UK!
May 14 2015
Rank #2: Episode 109: A Trepat Grape Gab and a bit o' Bubbly Banter
We’re spending some time in the wine glasses this week with some bubbly banter to find that Steph and Val share a similar South African sparkling wine story. Then it’s time lay down a double dose of grape gab about Alicante before bringing it home with more sparkly speak and a flirty, fun factoid about Trepat. The May Patreon winner is announced and there are shout outs galore!
Grape Gab, Alicante, Trepat, Sparking Wine, Wine
May 11 2017
Rank #3: Episode 40: Life’s Too Short Not to Live the Wine
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
Rank #4: Episode 4: In the Pink & a Chianti Clue
Opening up the mind & opening up the pink … without opening up the wallet too wide. Let your wine shop experts help you select wines in your price range & out of your normal comfort zone to rock your summer sipping.
Buck up! Because pink? It’s not a sissy wine (regardless if Val & Steph are drinking it at 11 a.m.) If it has a dragon on the label even better.
A Chianti clue will wrap things up & get you ready for Episode 5. We hope you enjoy this episode of Wine Two Five!
May 07 2015
Rank #5: Episode 103: Whiskey Chat With Suzanne Redmond of The Cask Magazine
Direct from Dublin, Ireland – via Cambeltown, Scotland – Features Editor for Cask Magazine, Suzanne (Suzi) Redmond, joins the ladies of W25 to fill us in on the hottest things under the Irish whiskey sun. A writer and contributor to the Malt Whiskey Year Book and Whiskey Magazine, Suzi also shares a passion for wine and gives us the lowdown on the Irish craft beer - and moonshine - scenes as well. We hope you’ll pour a dram and join the ladies for a little “malt madness.” Sláinte ~ Cheers!
Suzanne Redmond, SuzisGrapeCrush, Irish Whiskey, Ireland, Scotch Whisky, Campbeltown, Scotland, Poitín
Mar 30 2017
Rank #6: Episode 44: Master of Wine Tim Hanni Explains Why You Like The Wines You Like
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
Rank #7: Episode 45: Grape Gab: Viognier, the Grape of The Day. Yo.
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
Rank #8: Episode 96: Wine Trippin’ on Aeration
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
Rank #9: Episode 153: A Port Primer
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
Rank #10: Episode 94: Wine Lists and Fun Wine Finds
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
Rank #11: Episode 159: A Good Old Gewürztraminer Grape Gab
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
Rank #12: Episode 66: Speaking Wine With Karen MacNeil
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
Rank #13: Episode 32: The Bubbly Professor in the House!
The Wine Two Five crew is stoked to welcome Jane Nickles, CWE, CSE to the show. She’s the Director of Education for the Society of Wine Educators and one of the most beloved and accomplished wine educators that you’ll meet. You won't want to miss how "The Bubbly Professor" came to be. Honestly, “My dress is on the floor” is something we never thought we’d hear on the show, but our faces literally hurt from laughing at the end of this cast. We hope you enjoy your time with her this week as much as we did. Be sure to stick around for upcoming wine education events, a factoid, and some words from you! It’s a long one, but the entertainment is nonstop this week!
Nov 19 2015
Rank #14: Episode 88: Beaujolais Reindeer Games
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
Rank #15: Episode 191: Grape Gab - Sauvignon Blanc
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
Rank #16: Episode 144: Alsace Opulence With Cassidy Havens
What is the “red drinker’s white wine?” What’s unique about Alsace, the wine styles, and the labeling? Cassidy Havens, DipWSET, of Teuwen Communications fills us in on why these wines are so sought after on wine lists. There are some juicy nuggets of information of which wine lovers will want to take note. Also, she shares the secret to “the best 15 minutes of your wine and cheese life.” Yes, we go there. We all should go there.
[Interview with Teuwen Communications Senior Account Supervisor, Cassidy Havens, DipWSET, on Alsace Wines. Recorded at Wine Bloggers Conference, Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, Santa Rosa, CA, 9 Nov 2017]
Show notes at WineTwoFive.com
Jan 11 2018
Rank #17: Episode 99: Italy Flashback! Winery Tour With Steph
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.
Mar 02 2017
Rank #18: Episode 128: Jedi Wine Master Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, MW
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 ~
Sep 21 2017
Rank #19: Episode 60: Kind of a Geeky Grape Gab
If it’s geeky, funny or silly we sniffed it out this week. We have native grapes from Italy, talk about a geeky Greek grape, and have just a bit of a WTF moment where Champagne and ice cubes collide. There’s a dose of education chased with some banter, and we hope you enjoy our little geek trek into the crazy hot matrix of wine.
Jun 02 2016
Rank #20: Episode 93: Grand Master Wine Geek, Yo
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