Rank #1: Episode 47: Anbaugebiete by Dre
Get ready for it. On this episode the Homies are doing ALL OF GERMANY. In one foul swoop. One giant invasion where we crush the entire country with das boot on dat foot.
Have you ever wanted to learn everything about Germany? Or most of it anyway? Well then your welcome. Germany. Ta-da.
Rank #2: Episode 102: The Piemonte Paradox
On this episode, Internationally famous Symbologist/ Enologist Chase Maxwell finds himself on a race against the clock to solve the murder of a famous Barolo winemaker before it's too late. Murder. Sex. Intrigue. Wine. It's all here.
It always is.
Rank #3: A Brief Word on Tannins
This is hardly a full length episode. Rather, this is merely an introspection. A research tangent. A dangling participle.
Some words mean many things. Some words deserve a little more attention than others.
And here we find 'Tannin' on the examination table.
Rank #4: Episode 46: Wine Cocktails from Thine Hot Males
On this episode, the overly attractive Wine Homies invite you into the wine cocktail world. Ever wondered what the major cocktails incorporating wine are? Well here you are homies.
Ben and Jason break down cocktails that have at least 50 percent wine in their recipe. Enjoy this podcast while drinking, listen to it a second time while drunk.
Rank #5: Episode 80: Vineyards You Should Recognize If You See Them In Public
Some Wineries and Chateaus are famous, and then sometimes, the vineyard ITSELF is famous. On this episode we break down some of the most famous vineyards in the world where wineries fight to use the name on their bottles. The terroir on this podcast is too legitimate to quitimate, so pull up a plow, take a squat, and enjoy the learnin' you sun-scorched hand pickers of the season.
Rank #6: Episode 40: A Cure for What Ales You
Did we mention Beer!
We talk about Beer on this episode. That is all.
Beer. Enjoy Homies.
Rank #7: Episode 41: Oh…Canada.
On this episode, the Homies are back and better than ever. Join them as they dissect the political intrigue and seedy underworld of the Canadian wine industry.
From backdoor mafia dealings to side-alley assassinations, Canada has long been known as one of the most malevolently violent wine countries the world has ever seen. Now, for the first time ever, these two brave wine journalists risk life and reputation by revealing to you the forgotten world of Canadian vino. You'll learn all about popular Canadian wine mob bosses such as Canucky Thompson and feared terroir locales like Vancuvee.
Get ready for some Ice Wine Eh?
Rank #8: Episode 107: The Bordeaux Blenditage
On this episode, Jason teaches the homies what each grape contributes to the final product of the famous Bordeaux Blend.
He also uses way too many metaphors and similes and probably exhausts that family member in your car that doesn't want to listen to another one of these episodes but you're making them anyway because you have a quirkier sense of humor than they do and you just had to sit through their entire Post Malone album.
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OKAY GOODBYE THANKS FOR READING ALL OF THIS I REALLY APPRECIATE HOW BORED YOU MUST BE I'M NOT YOUR MOM YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT.
Rank #9: Episode 84: Riojajajajaja
We're Back Homies! Well, Jason is anyway, but that's okay! From this point forward we'll be back on track with new episodes.
What are we talking about today? Rioja. I know some of you might have reservations about trying Spanish wine...but you should actually have Gran Reservations. Because these wines are THE SHIZ. Join us on the Spanish Train and
Join Jason for his first solo podcast as he talks to himself all about Rioja wine. Well, he's talking to you too...but, for the sake of the podcast, he just recorded this in front of a mirror wearing his prettiest hat. And yes, everyone should own a pretty hat.
Rank #10: Episode 26: The Napa Valley, Part 1
The Napa Valley is important and stuff. It's important that we tell you about this important region, its important grapes, and the important reasons that you learn all about this historically important AVA of importance.
Cabernet? Chardonnay? Those are important grapes. Krug? He's important. Mondavi? So important. The Judgment of Paris? So damn important. In this podcast, the first of the two parts, we teach you the history of the Napa Valley, America's mos important wine region. So put your thinking caps on, sit back in your Adirondock chairs and turn on your most important lamps so that you can see the notes you write while listening to this VERY important podcast. We bring you, The Napa Valley. Enjoy Homies.
Rank #11: Episode 65: ViognYAYYY!!!
Yippee! On this episode we teach you homies all about the white grape Viognier. Ever wondered if you'll ever find love? Sorry, we can't help you there, but we CAN help you learn all about Viognier. We'll walk you through the grape, the regions it grows in, the best wineries making it, and what to pair it with. Peppered throughout that lesson, you'll find hilariously bad pronunciations, unneccessary pop culture stream of consciousness jokes, and entirely innapropriate politically incorrect peanut gallery comments to make your long drive with your Republican-voting stepdad both enjoyable and awkward. Enjoy this podcast by yourself in your closet, or at your local Supreme Court Equality party, either way it's a smash hit!
Rank #12: Episode 29: South Africa: The Wine Safari
Hop on top of the old Safari Jeep, we're about to take you into the South African wine world, where you might spot a ferocious Cabernet Sauvignon, a herd of Chenin Blancs, a graceful Sauvignon Blanc, or perhaps even see the misunderstood Pinotage!
Rifles at the ready! Glasses up! No poaching!
Here we go into...SOUTH AFRICA!
Rank #13: Episode 89: Wine Chit Chat
To switch things up a little this week, Jason decided to do a fun little episode on current wine trends, pop culture, and various vagaries of the beverage and spirits' industries. Crack open an over-hyped Orphan Barrel whiskey and enjoy some good old chit chat regarding the trending topics in the world of drunkenness and the world at large.
Listen to this episode while running on the treadmill, having a sleepover on the family trampoline, or while your less sophisticated friends are all in the living room watching the latest episode of 'The Real Housewives of Society's Downfall'.
Rank #14: Episode 71: All-Day-Every-Muscadet
Did you know Muscadet isn't actually a grape? Nope, the grape is known as Melon de Bourgogne. Is the grape from Burgundy? No. Is the fruit a melon? No. Wanna know these things and more? Then listen to this podcast you curious little devils! Sheesh! Grab a bucket of oysters and settle into your favorite chair on your favorite fishing village deck, cuz we're gonna learn you mother shuckers some serious wine knowledge. Cheers Homies.
Rank #15: Episode 35: Austria, The Desolation of Smaragd
Get Ready! Get Set! Austria!
On this episode, the Wine Homies are back to tell you all about Austria.
Get ready to get Svelt with Veltliner, Pompous with Blaufrankish, and Smile with Zweigelt.
Rank #16: Episode 74: Would you like some More Vèdre?
On this episode the Homies take you inside the seedy underbelly of Mourvèdre fighting rings. Did you know there are certain regions around the world where this grape is trained as an attack grape and forced to fight other grapes? Of course you didn't...because that isn't true. But would you have known that thing that you wouldn't ever even have assumed wasn't true if we didn't tell you it wasn't true. Now you know something isn't about something you hadn't even thought about. Learn about other Is's and Isn't's regarding this amazing grape on Episode 74 of the Wine For Sophisticated homies podcast, which is a podcast all about grapes, but which isn't a podcast all about not grapes, or double negatives. It definitely isn't not a podcast about not double negatives.
Rank #17: Episode 72: The Campania You Keep
Pizza was invented in Naples. You know what goes great with Pizza? Wine. You know where the first great wines of the world came from? Campania. Pizza and Falernian Wine. Need I say more? On this whiz bang episode of Wine for Sophisticated homies, super somms Jason Booth and Ben Draper teach you all about this up-and-coming Italian wine behemoth. From the red Aglianico, to the royal triumvirate of whites: Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, and Falanghina, Campania wine is a companion wine. Drink it with your companions. You'll thank us later. Or now if you like...go ahead.
Rank #18: Episode 78: All Sauce
On this episode we're gettin' saucy. The Wine for Sophisticated Homies are finally bringing you the Alsace episode wherein you can expect to find great white wines, intense history lessons, high level punnery, and overt sexuality. Ever wondered what was up with this overly germanic french region? Prepare to become a learned scholar on everyone's favorite region to invade: Alsace. You can listen to it now, or, for a real swinging good time, you can lay this podcast down for 15 years and open it when it's at its peak (though keep in mind the pop culture jokes won't translate quite as well). Cheers to the beginning of another beautiful work week Homies. Remember, you are all harbingers of pleasure and keepers of the wine key.
Rank #19: Episode 90: Franc-ly My Dear
We've made it all the way to 90 episodes! You know what that means right? We're only 17 episodes away from our 107th episode! Whoa!
On this episode Jason teaches you all about the grape: Cabernet Franc. Did you know Cab Franc caused testicular cancer? IT DOESN'T! But how would you know that if you didn't listen to this episode?!?! You wouldn't. You'd just worry about all the ball cancer you might have. But now you don't need to. Because you have episode 90, and it will answer all of the questions your mind can even come close to formulating.
Enjoy this episode Homies. Show it to your hairdresser. Learn all about Cabernet Franc and then you won't go into a divorce proceeding unprepared, ever again.
Rank #20: Episode 3: Dessert Wines As Sweet As Yo Mamma
"Oh No! All of my dry wine from dinner is gone, What the flip am I gonna to do now?" Said the Homey who didn't know about dessert wines. Dessert wines offer you a little slice of sacchariferous nectar to end your night. You can pair them with everything or just drink them on their own. Plus, look at how gigantic your hand will look holdin' that tiny glass! Only a true homey would have gigantic hands. Boom, impress everyone with your hand size. Also, learn a little bit about how dessert wines are made, where they come from, and why you should drink them.
If you don't like dessert wines, you need to expand your horizons. If you don't have horizons, you should move away from smoggy city you live in Homey! Horizons are dang beautiful! Learn yo'self on these dessert wines and be a better person. Or don't! But don't give us any attitude about the decisions you make in life.