The Wine Pair Podcast

The Wine Pair Podcast

Irreverent, honest, and understandable wine reviews for wines people actually drink. Husband and wife team Joe and Carmela, also known as The Wine Pair, give their opinions on wines - and other subjects - to help you find hidden gems at your local store. The goal of The Wine Pair Podcast is to help you select wines that are easy to find (like in your local grocery store), reasonably priced (we aim to point you to wines with price points below $20), and introduce you to voices in wine industry to help you may good choices. Now, your taste in wine might be different from ours, and that’s ok! In each episode we’ll taste three wines and rate them, and then you’ll be able to tell what you like based on what we like. You might find that wines that we don’t like are wines you do like. Which is totally fine! We also want you to have fun. I mean, wine is supposed to be fun, right? We want to make you laugh, maybe help you to learn some things about wine, and find wines you are going to love. Contact infoEmail: joe@thewinepairpodcast Instagram: @thewinepairpodcast Website: https://www.thewinepairpodcast.com/
Reviews:
3 Great, Inexpensive American Sparkling Wines (4th of July Wines, Why all sparkling wine should not be called Champagne, Blanc de Blancs vs. Blanc de Noir)
June 26, 2022x
34
00:44:5930.93 MB

3 Great, Inexpensive American Sparkling Wines (4th of July Wines, Why all sparkling wine should not be called Champagne, Blanc de Blancs vs. Blanc de Noir)

Just in time for the 4th of July, we bring you three great American sparkling wines that are inexpensive and pretty darn tasty! If you are ready for some wine to pair with fireworks and fun in the sun, we may have just found the perfect bubbly for you! In this episode, we discuss styles of sparkling wine - like what is a blanc de blanc vs. a blanc de noir - and the different states in the USA in which sparkling wines are produced. We also explain why you should never, ever, ever call sparkling wines Champagne unless they come from the Champagne region of France. Listen to find out more. You’ll be glad you did! Wines reviewed in this episode: Treveri Cellars Blanc de Blanc Brut, Gruet Brut, and Piper Sonoma Brut. 

Wine for a Cause - Interview with Robert & Susan Hollander Foundation founder Dr. Bob Hollander, Zinfandel aka Primitivo tasting and review (Funding Prostate Cancer research, Trader Joe’s Zinfandel)
June 19, 2022x
33
00:57:2639.47 MB

Wine for a Cause - Interview with Robert & Susan Hollander Foundation founder Dr. Bob Hollander, Zinfandel aka Primitivo tasting and review (Funding Prostate Cancer research, Trader Joe’s Zinfandel)

What could be better than combining a love of wine with philanthropy?!? In this episode, we talk with Dr. Robert Hollander who does that very thing! Diagnosed with Prostate cancer, Dr. Bob decided he would do his part to make a difference, and brought together his love of wine and wine making with supporting cancer researchers through his Robert & Susan Hollander Foundation. Just in time for Father’s Day, we discuss this very important topic - so make sure you tell the men in your life to listen in! In honor of one of the wines Dr. Bob makes - his Zinpiphany - we taste and review three Zinfandels we bought at Trader Joe’s to see if any of them are worth your time and money. Hint, hint, two are, but one is definitely not! Learn more about the foundation and Zinf...

Minisode #2: Why do people slurp wine?
June 12, 202200:07:595.52 MB

Minisode #2: Why do people slurp wine?

Ever wondered why sometimes people slurp their wine? Isn’t that rude? Does it really have a purpose? In this minisode, we explain why slurping wine is important in the tasting of wine, and teach you the right technique! Minisodes are fun, short, snackable content of The Wine Pair Podcast where we share with you things you have always wanted to know about wine, wine tasting, and wine etiquette but were afraid to ask!

Minisode #1: Why do we swirl wine?
June 12, 202200:08:005.52 MB

Minisode #1: Why do we swirl wine?

In this minisode, we explain why swirling wine is important in the tasting of wine, and the proper ways to swirl wine - including some things you want to avoid. Minisodes are fun, short, snackable content of The Wine Pair Podcast where we share with you things you have always wanted to know about wine, wine tasting, and wine etiquette but were afraid to ask!

If You Like Chardonnay, You’ll Love Viognier (White wine alternatives for Chardonnay, white wine for red wine drinkers, the right white wine temperature)
June 05, 2022x
32
00:49:2834 MB

If You Like Chardonnay, You’ll Love Viognier (White wine alternatives for Chardonnay, white wine for red wine drinkers, the right white wine temperature)

Are you a Chardonnay fan and want to find some good wine alternatives you might like? Well, look no further because this is the episode for you! In an effort to expand your wine horizons and give you some options to consider when your go-to may not be available, we bring you Viognier. With some similarities in flavors, body, and acidity, Viognier can be a great choice for Chardonnay lovers. In this episode we taste and review three Viogniers that are reasonably priced and should be easy to find to let you know if you should buy them. And, spoiler alert, we think there is one you should avoid! Wines reviewed in this episode: 2021 Montpellier Viognier, 2020 Jones of Washington Viognier, and 2019 Yalumba “Y” Series Viognier.

WTF is Syrah? Okanagan Valley Wines (Canadian Wine; wine for Cabernet fans; Syrah and Viognier blend; Syrah = Shiraz)
May 29, 2022x
31
00:49:5834.35 MB

WTF is Syrah? Okanagan Valley Wines (Canadian Wine; wine for Cabernet fans; Syrah and Viognier blend; Syrah = Shiraz)

Did you know they grow wine grapes and make wine in Canada? Do you like Cabernet Sauvignon and want to find more wines like it? Well, then this is the episode for you! One of our favorite places in the world - the Okanagan Valley British Columbia - is one of the few places where wine can be made in Canada. And one of the very popular wines they create there is Syrah, a wine that you should know, especially if you like fruit-forward red wines. Learn more about why the Okanagan Valley is an area where wine grapes can be grown, and how the area has changed so much over the past several years to become a very popular place for wine tourism. We also taste and review three Syrah wines from the Okanagan, including a Syrah Viognier blend which is something you should know ...

Wine from Regenerative Agriculture: Tabitha Compton from Compton Family Wines (Ramato, Orange Wine, Concrete Egg, Oregon Wine, Regenerative Viticulture)
May 22, 2022x
30
00:53:3336.8 MB

Wine from Regenerative Agriculture: Tabitha Compton from Compton Family Wines (Ramato, Orange Wine, Concrete Egg, Oregon Wine, Regenerative Viticulture)

Great wine comes from great fruit which comes from great soil. You’ve heard about organic wine, but how about wine made via Regenerative Agriculture? We interview Tabitha Compton of Compton Family Wines and learn about how they make their wines using Regenerative Viticulture methods, and why that makes a difference in how their wines taste, and why it is a step up from organic. We also talk about their Concrete Egg, a style of orange wine they make called Ramato, and what makes their well regarded Oregon Pinot Noirs unique. We also taste and review three of their wines, wines that are of a style we describe as “bright.” Listen to learn more - we bet there’s a lot in here that will be new to you! Wines reviewed in this episode: 2018 Compton “Concrete Egg” Chardonnay...

Wines for Grilling Season (Cookouts, barbecues, and other summer shindigs!)
May 15, 2022x
29
00:46:0331.65 MB

Wines for Grilling Season (Cookouts, barbecues, and other summer shindigs!)

Grilling season is here, and we have some great wines to pair with your next cookout, barbecue, or outdoor shindig! For grilling, you want wines that go well with a variety of foods, are crowd pleasers, and are reasonably priced so you can always have some on hand - in case a neighbor or relative or friend stops by for a bite to eat, or you are planning a big summer party. We discuss the different types of wines you will want to have on hand - reds, whites, and rose’s - and some specific varietals that go great with different kinds of grilled food. And, as always, we rate and review three wines - a white, a rose’, and a red - that are reasonably priced and easy to find to let you know if we think they are good choices for you! Wines reviewed in this episode: 2020 L...

An Interview with The Swirl Suite (Black and Women Voices in the Wine Industry)
May 08, 2022x
28
00:51:3535.45 MB

An Interview with The Swirl Suite (Black and Women Voices in the Wine Industry)

The Wine Pair is thrilled to be joined by The Swirl Suite, four African American women who co-host The Swirl Suite podcast and who aim to elevate black and women voices in the wine industry. In this episode, you will hear from these four amazing women - Sarita, Tanisha, Glynis, and Leslie - as they discuss with us their careers in wine, what motivates them and keeps them going, and the challenges they see and have experienced on their journey. And while we did not taste and review any wines this week, we do share some black owned wines that we think you should check out: Longevity Cabernet Sauvignon. Black Magic Girl Rose’, and Michael Lavelle Zinfandel.

Wines to Drink at an Indian Restaurant (pairing wine and Indian food)
May 01, 2022x
27
00:44:3030.59 MB

Wines to Drink at an Indian Restaurant (pairing wine and Indian food)

Indian food has been considered notoriously difficult to pair with wine, but we at the Wine Pair Podcast say pshaw to that! In this episode, we pair three wines with Indian food and discover that they work together pretty darn well! We cover what to look for in wines to pair with Indian food - hint, think about acidity, oak, and alcohol content - and we also discuss a little bit about why there may be this perception that Indian food is hard to pair with wine and how wine production is increasing in India. We pair wine with Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken Tikka, Dal Maharani, Garlic Naan, and Vegetable Samosas, food we ordered from Cedars restaurant in Seattle. Wines reviewed in this episode: 2021 Cottesbrook Gewurztraminer, 2020 San Gregorio Rosado, and 2018 Milt...

WTF is Gamay? (aka Beaujolais, chilling red wine, crunchy red fruit)
April 24, 2022x
26
00:45:5431.56 MB

WTF is Gamay? (aka Beaujolais, chilling red wine, crunchy red fruit)

Ever tried the wonderful wine Gamay, also known as Beaujolais? Well, you really should! Gamay is a crisp, refreshing red wine meant to be served chilled. Yes, it’s true - there are some red wines that are served chilled! As former teachers, Joe and Carmela are committed to your lifelong learning, and that includes learning about wine! This wine is the epitome of “crunchy red fruit,” a wine term you should be familiar with. In addition to tasting and reviewing three Gamay wines, we also talk about the best ways to chill a red wine - which should be served cool but not cold, and why highly oaked wines should not be served cold. Wines reviewed in this episode: Louis Jadot 2020 Beaujolais-Villages, Nicolas Potel 2019 Beaujolais-Villages, and 2017 Cedergreen Cellars Gam...

Woodbridge Wines and Baseball (MLB, Hot Dogs, Minor Leagues, Seattle Mariners Stadium Food)
April 17, 2022x
25
00:43:2429.83 MB

Woodbridge Wines and Baseball (MLB, Hot Dogs, Minor Leagues, Seattle Mariners Stadium Food)

With baseball season underway, it’s a great time to figure out what wine goes with the ball game and ballpark foods! In this episode, we review three Woodbridge wines by Robert Mondavi because they are the official partner of Major League Baseball, and because these are wines you can easily find at nearly any store and are very reasonably priced - even when you get them in the mega-sized magnums. But how do they taste? You might be surprised to find out what we think - so listen to find out! We also talk about all of the foods you can find at baseball stadiums these days, why we love minor league baseball, what a Seattle Dog is, and whether it is ok to put ketchup on a hot dog. Wines reviewed in this episode: Woodbridge Lightly Oaked Chardonnay, Woodbridge Cabernet...

A Night with the Nashville Wine Duo!
April 10, 2022x
24
00:37:5426.06 MB

A Night with the Nashville Wine Duo!

In this Episode we are joined by special guests TJ and Kelsey, also known as The Nashville Wine Duo. We use the magic of streaming to do a virtual wine tasting between the two great cities of Seattle and Nashville. In addition to drinking wine together over the interwebs, we share some fun stories and get an update on their cat Felix. This episode follows a bit of a different format than usual, but, look, a little change of pace is good, right?!? Wine reviewed in this episode: 2019 Black Stallion Los Carneros Pinot Noir.

WTF is White Bordeaux? (+ Fish & Chips pairing, Lent, Filet-O-Fish)
April 03, 2022x
23
00:41:5828.85 MB

WTF is White Bordeaux? (+ Fish & Chips pairing, Lent, Filet-O-Fish)

If you love Sauvignon Blanc, you need to know WTF White Bordeaux is! A perfect pairing for foods in Lent like fried fish, fish & chips, and other seafood (even a Filet-O-Fish!). We taste and review three White Bordeaux style blends, two from France, and one from Washington State, to help you find a reasonably priced winner. Each blend is different, despite the fact that all three are made from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. We also talk about giving things up for Lent, being an altar boy on Good Friday, and our go-to meatless Friday foods. If you ate meat on a Friday this Lent, you can listen to our podcast for your penance! Wines reviewed in this episode: 2019 Dubourdieu Liaison Bordeaux, 2020 L’Ecole No. 41 Luminesce, and 2021 Belingard Bergerac Sec.

Cursive Brand Wine Review (+ Special Guest Alexa)
March 27, 2022x
22
00:42:3729.3 MB

Cursive Brand Wine Review (+ Special Guest Alexa)

Curious about Cursive wines from Amazon? We’ll give you the skinny! And, we even do an exclusive interview with Alexa to get the inside story. We rate and review three wines by Amazon’s Cursive Brand that we purchased at an Amazon Fresh store - a Sauvignon Blanc, a Pinot Noir, and a Red Blend. We’ll help you determine if this is a label and brand that you should trust. We also really do interview Alexa - and find out some things she has been hiding from us - and we talk about our experience shopping in a recently opened Amazon Fresh store. And, you might be surprised to find out which wine was Joe’s favorite! Seriously! Wines reviewed in this episode: 2020 Cursive Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 Cursive Pinot Noir, and 2018 Cursive Red Blend.

Wines at a Greek Restaurant
March 20, 2022x
21
00:45:2731.24 MB

Wines at a Greek Restaurant

Love Greek food? Ever tried Greek wine? You should! Drinking wine associated with a specific cuisine is a great way to really understand how food and wine are meant to work together. In this episode, The Wine Pair serve up three Greek wines - Assyrtiko, Moschofilero, and Agiorgitiko - and taste and review them so that you can make informed choices the next time you are at a Greek restaurant. We also taste food from some local Greek restaurants, talk about the kinds of Greek cuisine we find in our hometown of Seattle, and explore the interesting intersection of Greek Italian themed restaurants in the Seattle area. We also discuss Greek pizza and what wine goes well with it, and we talk about the different kinds of pizza we have tried - New York style, Chicago style,...

Wines for Your Next Party!
March 13, 2022x
20
00:44:0630.32 MB

Wines for Your Next Party!

Looking for some great wines for your next party? Look no further! The Wine Pair introduces a new series for the podcast where we will rate and review three wines - usually a red, a white, and a sparkling or Rose’ - that make sense to serve at larger gatherings - cookouts, or weddings, or anniversaries, or whatever! These wines will be reasonably priced and easy to find, and we’ll let you know if they are crowd-pleasers or not. This episode is focused on a general large party, and we think we have found three fantastic wines that are sure to please the crowd at your next shindig. We also talk about how we think about choosing wines for parties, and we also talk about how parties have changed as we have gone through different phases of adulthood as a couple. Let’s j...

WTF is Chenin Blanc?
March 06, 2022x
19
00:41:2628.49 MB

WTF is Chenin Blanc?

WTF is Chenin Blanc? We honestly didn’t know, but after tasting these three examples, we are converts! One of the wines we try in this episode is from NBA basketball star Dwayne Wade’s Wade Cellars. We are usually a little suspicious of celebrity wines, but this one did not disappoint! If you want to find a great alternative to Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc is a good choice! One of these wines we rate a 9 out of 10! For some reason, we also talk about wine coolers, what our favorite color/flavor was, and how Carmela’s parent’s hot tub ended up pink one time! We also talk about how Carmela always orders fish tacos, and Joe always orders General Tso’s chicken. Whatever. Just listen to learn more! Wines reviewed in this episode: 2019 Badenhorst Secateurs Vintage White Wine...

Cork Free! Pinot Noir in a Can
February 27, 2022x
18
00:37:0325.47 MB

Cork Free! Pinot Noir in a Can

The Wine Pair returns to our Cork Free series, and in this episode we taste and rate some canned Pinot Noirs from California and Oregon. We discuss why a red wine is an interesting - and maybe not ideal - choice for a wine in a can, and the pros and cons of canned wine. In addition to giving our completely honest reviews of these wines (and when we say honest, we mean honest), we also try a pairing of these canned wines with Chef Boyardee lasagna. Let’s just say we’re not sure it is a match made in heaven! Wines reviewed in this episode: Freeseeker Pinot Noir in a can, Outspoken California Pinot Noir in a can, and Underwood Pinot Noir in a can. 

Gift Wine Judgment Day
February 13, 2022x
17
00:44:4230.73 MB

Gift Wine Judgment Day

Do you have a bunch of wines hanging around that have been gifted to you and you just haven’t gotten around to drinking them? Ever wonder whether you should open a bottle of wine that someone brings to your house? You are not alone! The Wine Pair welcome Carmela’s brother Mario to the podcast to try out some of the wines that he has been gifted over the years. The results were honestly better than we expected, at least in a few cases. We also discuss wine gifting etiquette, how and when wines are gifted, and how not to store gifted wine! And, breaking with tradition, we taste and rate 3 wines that we are not sure are easy to find. Wines reviewed: 2011 Eight Bells Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Jackson Cellars “12” Premium Washington Merlot, and Zdrepceva Black Stallion...

Wine and Chocolate! Practical Pairings
February 06, 2022x
16
00:46:4032.08 MB

Wine and Chocolate! Practical Pairings

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we talk about a match made in heaven: wine and chocolate! In this episode we pair 3 wines - a Brachetto, a Port, and a Zinfandel - with three kinds of chocolate: milk, dark, and Carmela’s Baby Bites from her Baby Cakes bakery. We think one of the combos is a must do for Valentine’s Day! So, if you want to treat that someone special to a fun and maybe romantic night of wine and chocolate pairing, listen in to get some great ideas - and avoid a big mistake! We also talk about different takes on Valentine’s Day and what our favorite types of chocolate are. Also in this episode: handcuffs. Don’t ask! Wines reviewed: 2020 Banfi Brachetto d'Acqui Rosa Regale, Graham's Port Six Grapes Reserve, 2019 Shenandoah Zinfandel Special R...

Costco FTW: Red Wine Time (Kirkland Signature wine reviews, Kirkland Signature Malbec, Kirkland Signature Gigondas, Kirkland Signature Brunello di Montalcino)
January 30, 2022x
15
00:43:5930.24 MB

Costco FTW: Red Wine Time (Kirkland Signature wine reviews, Kirkland Signature Malbec, Kirkland Signature Gigondas, Kirkland Signature Brunello di Montalcino)

We return to our Costco FTW! series with 3 red Kirkland Signature wines - a Malbec, a Gigondas, and a Brunello di Montalcino. In addition to tasting and reviewing these wines - one of which we gave a GOOD rating of 7 and another we gave a BAD rating of 2 - we Trademark the motto for 2022: “Happy Husband, Happy Wife.” We also discuss the different types of Costco shopping modes: Focus Mode and Adventure Mode, and determine which of these Joe and Carmela usually are in. I mean, is shopping at Costco leisure, or is it work?!? Finally, we discuss sampling at Costco, and Joe’s secret fear as a child that his mom would get arrested for shoplifting when she tasted the grapes at grocery stores. Wines reviewed in this episode: 2020 Kirkland Signature Malbec, 2019 Kirkland S...

F that Wine: Rose'
January 23, 2022x
14
00:42:4829.42 MB

F that Wine: Rose'

Although this episode is called F that Wine, we were pleasantly surprised to find that we actually really liked some of these Rose’ wines! We taste and review 3 different Rose’ wines made from 3 different grapes - Grenache, Barbera, and Pinot Noir - and discover how different they are in taste, style, and color. We also talk about other things - like if it is ok to put ice in wine (we say YES if that is your thing), if you are an - ice - cruncher or sucker (um, ok?!?) and what it means to be in a pickle, and how you get out of a pickle. Two of these wines we rated 7-8 out of 10, and one we rated a 4, so definitely listen to find our winners and losers. Wines reviewed in this episode: 2020 Yes Way Rose’, 2020 Josh Cellars Rose’, and 2020 Samuel Robert Winery Vineyar...

WTF is Barbera? (Barbera d’Alba, Barbera d’Asti, red wine for Merlot fans and Gamay fans)
January 16, 2022x
13
00:41:0428.23 MB

WTF is Barbera? (Barbera d’Alba, Barbera d’Asti, red wine for Merlot fans and Gamay fans)

We return to our much beloved What the F series to introduce you to an Italian wine called Barbera - a wine you may not know about, but you may just want to try! This fruity wine has flavors of tart cherry (think Twizzlers cherry nibs) and is a great complement to dishes like aglio e olio. We also talk about wine glasses, why Carmela breaks all of Joe’s wine glasses, and fond memories of people chugging small glasses of wine in wine bars in Italy. It’s beautiful! We rated these wines between 5 and 8 on our 10 point scale, which means there are some winners here you may really like! Wines reviewed in this episode: 2020 Mauro Veglio Barbera d’Alba, 2020 Rocca Felice Barbera d’Alba, and 2018 Vietti Barbera d’Asti.

Wines for Taco Tuesday! Practical Pairings
January 09, 2022x
12
00:45:5131.52 MB

Wines for Taco Tuesday! Practical Pairings

Taco Tuesday is a tradition in many households, and in this episode we find some great wines to pair with your taco night! Do you like fish tacos? Beef tacos? Chicken tacos? Whatever your preference, we’ve found some great wines to pair! One of these wines we rated a 9 out of 10, and we think you’ll love it! You’ll also discover what a Coronarita is, why pairing wine with food really makes a difference in the experience of the wine (and the food), and join in on our debate on whether nachos are best made in the oven or the microwave. Controversy! Wines reviewed in this episode: Casal Grande Vinho Verde, 2020 Seastone Albariño, and 2011 Latitud 42 Rioja Reserva.