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Join VinePair co-founder Adam Teeter, executive editor Joanna Sciarrino, and sommelier and wine educator Zach Geballe as they discuss the latest news, trends, and happenings, as well as interview newsmakers and key figures in the world of wine, beer, and spirits each week. Now officially New York Times recommended! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach ponder some recently-reviewed blanco tequilas that check in at well over $100 retail: is there really a market for unaged spirits at that pricepoint, and if so, who are these brands targeting? Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your episodes, and send any…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach respond to listener questions about the potential for craft cider to grab a bigger slice of the pie, and make predictions about what the drink of Summer 2024 will be. Plus: is the Martini an indoor-only cocktail? Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your ep…
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In response to a ton of listener feedback, Adam, Joanna, and Zach weigh on a recent slew of social media posts from a famous sommelier-turned-winemaker who claims that the American restaurant industry is being criminal for not better supporting American wine...and a lot of other noise. They have thoughts. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and …
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss VinePair's recent Martini Madness tournament, then explore why it feels like cocktail bars and restaurants are focusing on different kinds of cocktails: what's driving that divide, and should restaurants be trying to keep up? Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or whe…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach ponder why sustainability is such a central part of the conversation around wine, from vineyard practices to alternative packaging, while the same considerations almost never come into the broader conversation around spirits. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever yo…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the curious case of the rise of functional beverages - drinks that rely on adaptogens, nootropics, and other buzzy ingredients to create an aura of healthfulness and safe stimulation, despite many of the ingredients being untested and lightly studied. Then, they try two examples from category leader Kin Euphorics. Ple…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach respond to a listener question about recent and significant increases in the prices of several cult Napa Valley wines: will these increases alienate even the very wealthy who form the core audience for these wines, or is the prestige priceless for that set? Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple P…
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First, Adam shares an update on a breaking news story about Mexican authorities raiding the home of Tequila Matchmaker, then Adam, Joanna, and Zach talk about why despite its ubiquity and success in Europe, the Gin & Tonic will never be a drink that works in American cocktail bars or for premium gin brands. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, an…
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Adam and Zach discuss the various things they learned while traveling last week: how Las Vegas is perhaps the ideal place to get the pulse of what America, writ large, wants to drink, and why a city like Boise is an exciting and dynamic place to drink, even if it's off the radar of many enthusiasts. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review…
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Adam and Zach are joined by VinePair's managing editor Tim McKirdy to discuss recent conversations around the end of the alleged piquette trend, and why Tim was highly skeptical of any such trend all the way back in July of 2021. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your episodes…
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NOTE (9:15 AM 3/18) - THE ORIGINAL UPLOADED AUDIO WAS DE-SYNCED AROUND THE LISTENER QUESTION - IT IS NOW FIXED. SORRY FOR THAT - ZACH. Adam, Joanna, and Zach respond to a listener question about why cocktails have usurped by-the-glass wine in many restaurant beverage programs, even when in many cases wine might be more affordable or potentially off…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss why so many of the biggest companies in beverage alcohol continue to compare current sales and trends to the peak of the pandemic, despite the fact that most of that entire period was a total anomaly. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your episod…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach respond to a listener question about how local and regional media cover wine and the drinks industry more broadly: can they do more than just report on openings and closings, and how does that work when there's often a lack of expertise? Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach debate what rights a cocktail creator should have, from menu attribution to financial compensation when their drink is bottled or canned. The law might read a certain way, but is it fair to creators? Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your episodes, and s…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach respond to a listener question about by-the-glass wine, and whether curious wine drinkers can continue to rely on it to discover new wines. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your episodes, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to po…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the puzzling state of the soda market: why did a self-proclaimed "good for you" brand shell out for a Super Bowl ad, and what exactly does the American public want from this drink in a world of nearly infinite carbonated beverages. Also, Spiced Coke why? In doing so, they taste the aforementioned Poppi Classic Cola, a…
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Adam and Zach discuss why no one throughout the wine industry, from producers to wholesalers to retailers and restaurants seems to have a good handle on how to sell wine right now. With changing demographics, distributor consolidation, and uncertain demand in restaurants, maybe doing things "the way we've always done it" is a bad idea. Please remem…
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Adam and Zach are joined by VinePair assistant editor Hannah Staab to discuss why influencers remain so contentious within the world of food and drinks, and why the attention they bring to restaurants and bars isn't always seen in as favorable a light as traditional press attention. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Appl…
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Joanna and Zach take a look at the landscape of working conditions in the hospitality industry, and wonder why they're still relatively poor despite high demand for skilled labor: why unionization efforts fail and why high profile organizations are still having to fight to raise the tipped minimum wage. Could part of a solution be a new vision for …
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Joanna and Zach discuss the conflict between the American drinking public's desire for bold, recognizable flavors, and the resistance of the wine industry to meet that demand, in light of the impressive success of Stella Rosa's new line of spicy wines. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or whereve…
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Please attend the first-ever LIVE taping of Cocktail College on Sunday, February 18th at Sunken Harbor Club in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets here. Adam, Joanna, and Zach explore whether modern-day drinkers, journalists, and industry members should care about keeping historically important drinks, styles, and regions economically viable, even if they strugg…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the ways in which group-think can negatively impact the drinks industry, from nearly-identical wine programs and back bars to companies and brands being afraid to take risks. Plus, a brief discussion of Zach's latest piece on generational succession in American wineries. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and revi…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss data that shows that people are going out earlier in the day and concentrating their drinking on the weekends. What are bars and restaurants supposed to do in the Early Bird Economy: can they create more demand for later seatings, or do they just have to concentrate on the times and days when people want to go out now…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach suggest that more wineries should (where possible) add full-service dining options to their amenities, as doing so allows restaurants to showcase their wines in an ideal setting and also keep guests on-site longer, both crucial to bringing in visitors and boosting wine sales. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review …
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Joanna and Zach marvel at the fact that airlines and hotels increasing their non-alcoholic options is being spun as some totally new form of travel instead of another reminder that as long as people will pay premium prices for non-alcoholic drinks, vendors will stock them. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts…
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Joanna and Zach discuss the growing prominence of hop water in the NA drinks space: what kind of drinker are these products aimed at, are they hoppy enough for beer lovers, and is their steep price point a barrier to further growth. Then, they taste one of the more widely-distributed versions, the Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher. Please remember to subsc…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss whether bartender snobbery is a real issue, and if it threatens the ascendency of cocktails in the American drinking firmament. If we concede that sommeliers, and the entire culture around them, served to turn some drinkers away from wine, will bartenders do the same? Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review …
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach explore the possible reasons behind Uber's surprising decision to shut down the alcohol delivery platform Drizly just over two years after acquiring it. Does this mean that there's no market for alcohol delivery, or did Uber just want to eliminate a competitor. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on App…
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Adam and Joanna speak with Michael Tipps about the upcoming Bar and Restaurant Expo in Las Vegas (March 18-20), including how Tipps first got involved, what potentially attendees can expect to get out of the experience, and why Las Vegas is the ideal setting for this event. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcast…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach wonder if rising restaurant wine prices are due to a raft of new, arguably predatory loans that have targeted restaurants of late, offering quick infusions of cash in exchange for a cut of all credit card transactions. Do operators think that guests are less likely to notice price hikes when it comes to booze? Please remember…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach reflect on the fact that after years of trying to hype up Sherry, the wine trade seems to have largely forgotten about it, relegating it to producing casks for Scotch and an occasional cocktail ingredient. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your episodes,…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach examine recent survey data that shows that, contrary to popular belief, the audience for non-alcoholic drinks is overwhelming made up of people who also drink alcohol, and that the growth in the NA sector is not in fact a sign that more Americans are turning away from alcohol, but in fact are looking for other interesting dri…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach are joined by VinePair assistant editor Hannah Staab to discuss her recent article about a growing trend of wine programs that exclusively serve American wine: to what extent is it driven by a lack of consumer demand, to what extent does it reflect bias within the wine industry, and to what extent is it a byproduct of our com…
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To kick off 2024, Adam, Joanna, and Zach share some of their predictions for the drinks industry in the new year, including a banner year for Mexican spirits, even outside of agave, continued confusion around what consumers want with regards to ABV in various drinks, and the continued erosion of wine as a restaurant mainstay. Please remember to sub…
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To close out 2023, Adam, Joanna, and Zach highlight some of the biggest stories in the drinks industry from the year that was, including a crisis in the wine industry and the concurrent ascendancy of spirits, changes in the hard seltzer landscape, a massive quagmire for Bud Light, and lots more. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review Vin…
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On this special episode, members of the VinePair team share some of their favorite drinks and most memorable drinking experiences of 2023. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your episodes, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Than…
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With holiday season in full swing, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the shady world of unregulated hangover cures, and why we just can't help ourselves when it comes to trying to dodge the consequences of a boisterous night out. Plus, an in-depth discussion of family holiday traditions. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Ap…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach react to the news that Gruppo Campari will be purchasing Courvoisier from Beam Suntory for $1.32 billion. Does this mean that the recent dip in Cognac sales is just a a blip on the radar? Will this allow Campari to take on Hennessy in the American market? And why do we need to be very careful when analyzing sales data from 20…
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Zach is joined by VinePair managing editor and Cocktail College host Tim McKirdy to break down some of the bottles and trends showcased on The 50 Best Spirits of 2023 list, including dynamism in Cognac, a range of Mexican spirits, and a very strong year for seasonal and special releases in American whiskey. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, an…
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In light of the news that Diageo is intending to sell off all of its beer brands besides Guinness, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss what this says about the future of global beer brands, and why imports were the true casualties of the craft beer boom. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever y…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach react to a recent essay stating that the wine industry should double down on marketing to the oldest part of the wine-consuming crowd. Does it make sense for wine to further focus its efforts on a generation it has a longstanding and lucrative relationship with, and does marketing to younger generations really turn off others…
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Zach is joined by dairy farmer Jean-Francois Marmier and winemaker Raphael Pommier to discuss the interconnected legacies of Comté cheese and Côtes du Rhône wine, how these artisanal products are the result of a great deal of human labor and ingenuity, and some of the best ways to enjoy them. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePa…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach debate whether restaurant and bar hospitality has changed since Covid, and if so, why - could the increasing importance of TikTok and Instagram be driving a different sort of customer engagement, or has attrition in the work force since the pandemic had a lasting impact? Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VineP…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the baffling comments from the managing director of Bollinger about the future of Champagne being still Pinot Noir and vineyard-designate sparkling wines. Could this approach, which flies in the face of Champagne's tradition branding, actually work? Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple P…
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Zach is joined by dairy farmer Jean-Francois Marmier and winemaker Raphael Pommier to discuss the interconnected legacies of Comté cheese and Côtes du Rhône wine, and how their distinctive terroirs shape and enrich these Protected Designation of Origin goods. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or …
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss how several recent wine industry transactions plus trend data suggest that white wine is surging in popularity, driven by a mix of health consciousness, red wine fatigue, and maybe an assist from one of the most famous humans on the planet. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, …
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach briefly discuss Duckhorn's acquisition of Sonoma-Cutrer, then delve into a discussion of why exactly the period from Thanksgiving to New Year's is the most crucial stretch of the year for the drinks industry, as well as what categories and brands are best positioned to crush Holiday 2023. Please remember to subscribe to, rate…
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Zach speaks with Dr. Pat Heist, co-founder of Wilderness Trail Distillery, about his background in fermentation science, the techniques and approaches that distinguish the distillery, what allying with Gruppo Campari has meant for the brand, and much more. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or whe…
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Adam reflects on the resigned attitude he experienced from many wine professionals at Wine2Wine in Verona, and he, Joanna, and Zach discuss why defeatism won't work for wine, and why younger consumers can be won over, they just have to be actively targeted. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wh…
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Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the oft-repeated fear that legalized marijuana is negatively impacting the alcohol industry, then Adam and VinePair Tastings Director Keith Beavers speak with Gotham founder Joanne Wilson about the business and appeal of legal marijuana. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spo…
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