Wine Enthusiast Podcast

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The Wine Enthusiast Podcast takes you on a tantalizing trip into the world of wine, beer and spirits. Drink up engaging, behind-the-scenes stories reported and recorded by Wine Enthusiast’s editors. In each episode, we explore emerging trends, provide educational tidbits, and introduce you to the passionate people who craft, shake, ferment, and pour their beverage of choice. Inside every bottle is a story.

Episode Date
3:12 Legacies and Lineage

We talk to second, third, and fourth-generation winemakers, and hear how they are keeping their family legacies alive. Plus, the "Indiana Jones of Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages” talks about how far back wine's lineage really goes. 

Jun 12, 2018
3:11 Stop and Smell the Rosés

We’ll hear from winemakers working to quench your summer thirst, including one you music fans may very well recognize. Plus, we’ll meet a former London telecom executive who’s living his dream of making wines in France. And we’ll talk with an innovator who's changing the way we consume wine on-the-go. 

May 25, 2018
3:10 Mastering Wine

What does it take to become a certified sommelier, or a Master of Wine?  We’ll get tips from some pros.  Also, it’s no secret that the Master of Wine exam is notoriously difficult. We'll hear from one M-W who wasn't sure she'd pass the test.

May 14, 2018
3:9 A Spring Tasting

We’ll bring you a medley of stories from the world of wine, and beyond. We’ll meet the tattoo artist who’s making his mark as a vintner. We’ll hear what it’s like to work the wine beat when you’re a mom-to-be. And if you fancy a cocktail made with shrubs or bitters, we’ll meet some of the artisans who handcraft these must-have ingredients.

May 02, 2018
3:8 Red, White, and Green

With Earth Day around the corner, we’re paying tribute to the planet with a look at natural and eco-friendly wines.  We’ll learn how one of those bottles goes from the winery to your table.  Plus, the innovators working to conserve water in the wine and beer industries.

Apr 18, 2018
3:7 Volcanic Wines

Just one-percent of the world’s surface is covered in volcanic soil, but more and more vineyards are cropping up on this ash-enriched earth. We’ll meet the man who’s heating up the volcanic-wine movement with an exciting annual event. We’ll find out why it isn’t just volcanic wine’s soil that’s complex. And we’ll hear from some of the most celebrated producers in this burgeoning wine movement.

Apr 04, 2018
3:6 Goddesses of the Grape II

In the second of our two-part series, we'll take you to the annual Women of the Vine and Spirits Global Symposium in NAPA. We’ll hear how women are working to change the face of the wine and spirits industry. We’ll meet the creator of the first luxury-spirits brand aimed at “the successful woman.”  And we’ll talk with a man working to engage other men in empowering women as leaders.

Mar 20, 2018
3:5 Goddesses of the Grape I

It’s National Women’s History Month, and in the first of our two-part series, we’re raising a glass to female trailblazers in the winemaking world, like the pioneer who headed both winemaking and business in the early days of a now-legendary California winery. Plus, getting up close and personal with the first black female vintner in South Africa. And, can’t get enough Willamette Valley Pinot Noir? We’ll hear from the Oregon native who’s been helming an award-winning cellar in the region for over a decade.

Mar 07, 2018
3:4 American Spirits

Craft distilleries are on the rise in the United States. This week, we’ll raise a glass to the Americans behind those small-batch stills Like the whiskey master whose wizardry is changing the face and taste of American single malts.  Plus, we’ll meet the team behind a brand new artisanal vodka with a twist And we’ll hear from U.S. Army veterans on a mission: to make world-class bourbon.

Feb 21, 2018
3:3 Cupid's Arrow

With Valentine's Day around the corner, we're pouring a big glass of love and desire with a side of chemistry. Looking to wow your date with the perfect wine order? We ask wine pros for their do's and don'ts. We dish with famed sexologist Pepper Schwartz about edible aphrodisiacs. Plus, a crash course in the chemistry of cocktails.

Feb 07, 2018
3:2 Destinations

We’ll sip our way around the globe, with wine-fueled stops on three different continents.  We’ll visit Cape Town and meet a sommelier and winemaker on a mission.  Plus, we’ll get down and dirty with the Mosel Riesling harvest in Germany.  And, after wildfires raged through northern California last fall, we’ll hear about an all-hands-on-deck effort to Rebuild Wine Country.

Jan 24, 2018
3:1 Wine and Wellness

New year… new format! We’re kicking off 2018 with an excitingly different taste and feel, as we take a look at wine and wellness.   Hitting the mat, and pouring a glass: we talk with the founder of New York’s Yoga Unwined about the intersection of vinyasa and vino.  A renowned Master of Wine talks about taking his last drink, and continuing a career in the industry.  And, if a little detox is among your New Year’s resolutions, we’ll show you how to do it stylishly and deliciously - with mocktails.  

Jan 10, 2018
2:15 Get Ready to Feast
Chefs share their Feasts of Seven Fishes menus and traditions with us.
Dec 20, 2017
2:14 The Lowdown on 2017’s Best Wine, Beer & Spirits

In this episode, Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa talks about 2017’s best wine, beer and spirits, getting the lowdown on how they’re created, some of the exciting trends they represent, and giving you a head start on what to buy before the rest of the world catches up. 

Dec 06, 2017
2:13 Not Your Average Thanksgiving

Add some excitement to your traditional spread with unexpected drink pairings. Senior Editor Layla Schlack talks to cider sommelier Dan Pucci, master cicerone Max Bakker and more to get suggestions for a memorable feast. 

Nov 22, 2017
2:12 Getting Frisky Over Whiskey

What should wine lovers look for in a Bourbon? Is Scotch really that intimidating? WE Editors Kara Newman and Dylan Garret pull up to the bar to talk to two experts—Flavien Desoblin, owner of The Brandy Library and Copper & Oak, and New York Times spirits writer Clay Risen—about America’s favorite brown spirit, whiskey.

Nov 08, 2017
2:11 Renegade Winemakers Changing the Face of Australian Wine

In this episode, Wine Enthusiast's Contributing Editor for Australia, Christina Pickard, chats with experts about the “New” Australia, one overflowing with thrilling young producers throwing out the rule book, redefining their individual regions, and making delicious wine.

Oct 26, 2017
2:10 The World’s Best Value Wines

Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa and Managing Editor and Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo sit down to discuss Wine Enthusiast’s anticipated Top 100 Best Buys of 2017. They reveal how this list is compiled, who chose what, and why price does not equal quality.

Oct 12, 2017
2:9 Exploring the Connections Between Cannabis and Wine
The experts at discuss the cultural impact of legal cannabis with Senior Digital Editor Jameson Fink. What are the similarities between how wine and cannabis are produced and enjoyed? And where does recreational use of cannabis fit in with wine?
Sep 27, 2017
2:8 How Music Makes the Tasting Room Experience Memorable

With a winery named after a Pearl Jam song, you know Winemaker/Co-Owner Trey Busch of Walla Walla’s Sleight of Hand Cellars is obsessed with music. Senior Digital Editor Jameson Fink talks with Busch about how music plays a huge role in the tasting room and his life.

Sep 13, 2017
2:7 Merroir: The Art of Shellfish & Wine

Wine Enthusiast’s Food Editor, Nils Bernstein, heads to Seattle, Washington—one of the country’s seafood capitals—to talk to representatives of Penn Cove Shellfish and Seatown Seabar about how the ocean's terroir affects the delicacies of the sea.

Sep 05, 2017
2:6 Washington Wine: Then and Now

In this episode, Contributing Editor Sean Sullivan brings us on a deep dive through the history of Washington State wine. Featuring one of the region’s founding fathers, Allen Shoup, we learn how Washington went from a little-known region to wine-producing powerhouse. 

Aug 16, 2017
2:5 Does South Africa Need a Signature Grape Variety?

Lauren Buzzeo, Wine Enthusiast's managing editor of print, has surprising thoughts about Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, and San Timberg of South African wine importer Meridian Prime has his say.

Aug 03, 2017
2:4 The Past, Present and Future of Spanish Wine

Dive deep into the wines of Priorat with Contributing Editor Michael Schachner then join Patrick Mata, co-founder of Olé Imports, as he discusses how red wine, white wine, rosé and Cava have evolved in Spain over the last two decades.

Jul 19, 2017
2:3 Throw Pairing Rules Out The Window

Champagne and cider with steak? Mezcal with cheese? Dopplebock and lemon meringue pie? We speak with four drinks experts and raconteurs turning the world of food pairing upside down. Hear from The Champagne Parlor and Tokyo Record Bar Owner Ariel Arce, Shacksbury Cider Co-Founder David Dolginow, Beverage Director and Sommelier for Rosa Mexicano restaurants Courtenay Greenleaf, and The Publican Beer Director Adam Vavrick.

Jul 05, 2017
2:2 The Trials and Triumphs of Wine Education

What motivates someone to pursue formal wine education? And how do they balance work, family and studies to have a life? We talk to three students of the vine and get their stories plus their advice and lessons learned.

Jun 22, 2017
2:1 The 411 on Rosé

In this week's episode, I talk about the wine of the season, rosé, and chat with rosé experts on its rise in popularity, different styles and regions to check out, as well as how to pair the pink stuff with your favorite food. 

Jun 07, 2017
1:15 The Ultimate Summer Gift Guide

Lifestyle & Entertaining Editor Mike DeSimone taps three industry experts for top gifts to give dads, grads, brides and grooms. 

May 24, 2017
1:14 The Wine World: Still an Old Boy’s Club?
In this episode, we talk to Deborah Brenner, founder of women’s empowerment group Women of the Vine & Spirits, and Wine Enthusiast Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo about the current state of gender equality in the beverage business, how gender affects what’s on the wine and spirits shelf, and what influencers can do to level the playing field.


May 10, 2017
1:13 A Sip Session with Supermodel Veronica Webb
In this episode, we talk to the groundbreaking lifestyle blogger and model about the globetrotting life that exposed her to the world’s great wines, her favorite restaurants in New York City, and how wine keeps her beautiful inside and out.


Apr 26, 2017
1:12 A Wine Tour of California’s Central Coast

From Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz, discover the diversity of vineyards and grapes. Matt Kettmann, who reviews the wines of the region, is your guide.

Apr 11, 2017
1:11 Taking an Educational Craft Beer Crawl
Tag along with beer author Joshua M. Bernstein for a Brooklyn brewery stroll and get to know a trio of brewers who help define the scene. 
Mar 28, 2017
1:10 Are Wine Terms Legit or Bulls&*(?
In this episode, Contributing Editor Mike Schachner riffs with New York City beverage directors Pascaline Lepeltier and Jeff Porter on whether popular wine terms help or hinder our understanding of what’s in the glass.


Mar 15, 2017
1:9 Living the 16-Hour Work Day of a Sommelier

Senior Digital Editor Jameson Fink tags along with Victoria James of New York City’s Piora as she navigates the ins and outs of a restaurant on a Friday from morning to night. 


Feb 28, 2017
1:8 Terroir-Driven Food

We know that origin impacts the taste and quality of wine, but what about food? Wine Enthusiast Editors Layla Schlack and Nils Bernstein get to the bottom of how some of the world’s foods are impacted by the place in which they’re made.

Feb 13, 2017
1:7 Oscar Worthy Entertaining

We talk with André and Tenaya Darlington, authors of “Movie Night Menus: Dinner and Drink Recipes Inspired by the Films We Love.” Also, a visit to Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema for a dish and cocktail inspired by “LA LA Land.” 

Feb 02, 2017
1:6 Behind the Scenes with an NYC Somm

In this episode we drop in on Eduardo Porto Carreiro, beverage director of Untitled restaurant at the Whitney Museum in New York City, to learn more about the real-life roller coaster of running a high-profile wine program in one of the city’s hottest new restaurants. 

Jan 18, 2017
1:5 Wine Myths Debunked

In this episode, we tap Lauren Buzzeo, tasting director and senior editor, to answer your burning wine questions and debunk the most common myths. Plus, Digital Managing Editor Marina Vataj hits the streets of New York City to find out just how much wine lovers really know about their favorite drink. The results will surprise you.

Jan 05, 2017
Wine Myths Debunked

In this episode, we tap Lauren Buzzeo, tasting director and senior editor, to answer your burning wine questions and debunk the most common myths. Plus, Digital Managing Editor Marina Vataj hits the streets of New York City to find out just how much wine lovers really know about their favorite drink. The results will surprise you.

Jan 05, 2017
1:4 Moody Cocktails

In this episode, we sit down with New York City mixologist Jane Danger and Wine Enthusiast spirits editor Kara Newman to learn how bartenders serve up drinks based on your mood. Plus, clinical psychologist Matthew Del Giudice reveals what your drink choice really says about your personality.

Dec 14, 2016
1:3 Wine & Food Holiday Traditions

In this episode of the Wine Enthusiast Podcast, we sit down with Head Buyer for NYC's Eastside Cellars wine shop, Jenny Hong, and WE’s Food Editor, Nils Bernstein, to talk about holiday must-have wine and food pairings, how to please diverse palates, plus personal stories of wine triumphs and tragedies at their holiday dinner table. We also share cool, unique holiday traditions from around the world. 





Nov 30, 2016
1:2 The What, Where and When of Cellaring Wine

In this episode of the Wine Enthusiast Podcast, we dive into our annual Top 100 Cellar Selections and learn what it takes to land on the coveted list.  Plus we tap a cellar expert for tips on making sure your storage specs are up to snuff. And two Northwest Chefs takes us into their cellars and share some of their favorite moments of collecting. 


Thanks to: Tom Douglas & Thierry Rautureau

Nov 17, 2016
1:1 How We Fell In Love With Wine

In our inaugural episode, the editors of Wine Enthusiast reveal how we first fell in love with wine, beer and spirits. We also tap industry experts Jordan Salcito (@JordanSalcito), beverage director for Momofuku restaurants, and Brandon O’Daniel (@kydistiller), head distiller at Copper & Kings American Brandy Co., to talk about their first drinks and foray into the beverage industry.

Mentioned in this episode: Wine Coolers, Momofuku Restaurants, Copper & Kings Distillery, Moonshine, Bellus Wine

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Thanks to: Susan Kostrzewa (@suskostrzewa), Jameson Fink (@jamesonfink), Joe Czerwinski (@JoeCz), Carrie Dykes, Marina Vataj (@mvataj)

Oct 27, 2016
1:0 Wine Enthusiast Podcast Coming Soon

Inside every bottle is a unique story. In this podcast, Wine Enthusiast editors will bring you these stories, plus the latest trends, news and information about wine, beer and spirits.  



Oct 24, 2016