Rank #1: 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 #2: 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 #3: Episode 50: Gettin Chile With It
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
Rank #4: Episode 72: The Wine Times They Are A-Changin': A Chat With Eric Asimov
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
Rank #5: Episode 193: Grape Gab - Cabernet Franc
Dec 20 2018
Rank #6: 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 #7: Episode 83: Back from Italy, a Brunello Brief & a Bottle of Whiskey
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
Rank #8: Episode 64: Speaking Spanish Wine When You Don’t Speak Spanish
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
Rank #9: 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 #10: W25LoCo1 - Bonacquisti Winery, Denver
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
Rank #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: Episode 49: Where's That Merlot? A Royal Good Time With The King
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
Rank #14: Episode 82: Wine Enthusiast Executive Editor, Susan Kostrzewa
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
Rank #15: Episode 167: My Wine Society
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
Rank #16: Episode 158: New Season, New Stuff
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
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 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 #19: 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 #20: Episode 31: Games Wine Geeks Play
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