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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 discuss why the boom years for direct-to-consumer and online alcohol sales of 2020 and 2021 failed to create a new landscape for alcohol sales, with those businesses and channels suffering steep declines in 2022. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you g…
 
In the wake of a ton of feedback from listeners, Adam, Joanna, and Zach follow up on Monday's episode by talking about how the wine industry struggles to market itself, to know where to spend money, and in not trying to sell the previous generation's wine to the next one. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts,…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach unpack the 2023 Silicon Valley Bank Wine Industry Report, and discuss how wine's struggles to attract younger consumers have only deepened, as the industry as a whole does not properly market to Millennials and Gen Zers even as they face much wider competition in the beverage alcohol space. Plus, a conversation about home esp…
 
In responding to a listener question, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss whether craft beer cans have gone overboard with their art, obscuring what the actual beer inside the can might be. Then, they taste the latest release in Sierra Nevada's "Little Thing" line of beers, Juicy Little Thing. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair o…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach dive into some of the surprising success stories behind the rise of vodka-based hard seltzers, in particular the curious fact that two of the most successful brands on the market are owned by a beer giant and a wine giant, not any of the big spirits multinationals. Plus, why mid-sized cities are struggling to keep their downt…
 
As more American distilleries are producing Amaro, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss how these products might intend to compete against the growing number of Italian bottlings available here in the US, especially when the domestic versions are frequently more expensive than many of their European brethren. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and re…
 
Prompted by the recent announcement of Noma's impending closure, Adam, Joanna, and Zach take stock of the changes in the fine dining world. Is a shift to a more fun, party-like atmosphere and style limiting opportunities for sommeliers at the same time as the profession itself has taken reputational damage from a series of scandals and the ravages …
 
Everyone from journalists to shop owners to PR types groups low-alcohol and non-alcohol beverages together, but as Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss, this is a bad idea and we should stop. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your episodes, and send any questions, comments…
 
Even as Dry January has become a more established cultural phenomenon, consumer interest is in decline. Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss why Millennials in particular might be losing interest in the month-long practice of abstention from alcohol, from greater interest in year-round moderation aided by a proliferation of non-alcoholic alternatives, to…
 
Back from the holidays, Adam, Joanna, and Zach puzzle at the surprisingly confusing Bourbon market, one that is suddenly saturated with special, collectible bottles that vary wildly in price and are rarely if ever available at retail. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you ge…
 
To kick off 2023, Adam, Joanna, and Zach make some predictions about what the year will bring: from massive lawsuits about what exactly beer is, to a moment in the sun for the Pisco Sour, from the looming threat of ingredient labeling for drinks to more momentum behind boxed wine, and much more. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review Vin…
 
To close out 2022, the VinePair team shares some of their best and most memorable drinking experiences of the year. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your episodes, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listen…
 
To finish out the year, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss some of the most important trends and happenings from 2022, including the continued growth of the spirits category, struggles for online DTC businesses, and lots more. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your episo…
 
With the continued growth and success of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s "Little Thing" line of beers, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss how the company decided to extend their brand into other beer styles, as well as ruminate on how and why Hazy Little Thing became such a juggernaut in craft beer. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePai…
 
With the holiday season right around the corner, Adam, Joanna, and Zach examine the sparkling wine industry: how Prosecco has been able to create its own space alongside Champagne, and why consumers have tended to lump all sparkling wines in with those two styles and regions. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podca…
 
We're dreaming of a white truffle podcast, as Adam, Joanna, and Zach speak with truffle expert Dave Persaud of Sabatino Tartufi all about the mysterious and beloved fungi, then ask why luxury food goods like truffles, foie gras, and others haven't made their way into the cocktail scene. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on …
 
With the recent news that Winc had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the ill-fated direct-to-consumer wine company, why they were never able to make their model of private-label bulk wine into a sustainable one, and whether this will dissuade some of the other companies that have followed in their footsteps. Please rem…
 
With the holiday season in full swing, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss whether magnums (1.5 liter bottles of wine) are really such a great option for dinner parties and other gatherings, or if perhaps they're more trouble than they're worth. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever …
 
In response to a recent San Francisco Chronicle piece about wineries in Napa and Sonoma no longer allowing minors, Adam, Joanna, and Zach explore why those regions have gotten much less kid-friendly, and whether parents should be able to bring their children along with them wherever they want. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VineP…
 
With December here and "all Christmas, all the time" in full force, Adam, Joanna, and Zach look at the remarkable success of Christmas-themed bar pop-ups and takeovers, with a particular focus on the incredibly popular and widely franchised (and copied) "Miracle." Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify…
 
Zach is joined once again by master sommelier Evan Goldstein to discuss the wines of Portugal's Alentejo region. After previously outlining the region and highlighting how it is a leading region for sustainability, the two examine the potential for these wines at the holiday table or as a seasonal gift, as well as exploring what the future might lo…
 
With the recent announcement from the TTB that they will be issuing guidelines for ingredient labeling for beverage alcohol in the near future, Adam, Joanna, and Zach dive into how this might affect the industry: what types of products will be most affected, which producers will be hurt or helped, and will this meaningfully change consumer behavior…
 
With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, Adam, Joanna, and Zach chat about a few things they're thankful for in the world of drinks this year, and then discuss what gifts they're hoping to receive (or self-gift) this holiday season. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you ge…
 
To prepare for Thanksgiving, Adam, Joanna, and Zach chat about their own holiday traditions, as well as explore why despite how Thanksgiving definitely feels like a drinking holiday, it lacks an obvious drink to call its own. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your ep…
 
With the holiday season around the corner, Adam, Joanna, and Zach wonder why no one really drinks dessert wines here in the US. Is it the sweetness, the confusing nature, or just the fact that we Americans tend to eat fast and move on to other things. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, o…
 
As the US Dollar has reached parity with the Euro over the last few months, American consumers have wondered whether they might see friendly prices on European wines and spirits. Adam, Joanna, and Zach chat about Adam and Joanna's time at Wine2Wine in Verona, Italy, and then discuss how the current state of affairs might not alter prices much, and …
 
In the wake of Gruppo Campari acquiring a 70% stake in Wilderness Trail, Adam, Joanna, and Zach explore why the bourbon market remains red-hot, why the primacy of Kentucky remains unchallenged, and speculate on which distillery will be the next to sell. Then, they taste the Small Batch Bottled in Bond from Wilderness Trail. Please remember to subsc…
 
Zach explores one of France's most exciting up-and-coming wine regions, Costières de Nîmes, with Nicolas Ricombe, owner of Château de Valcombe. Topics include the ways in which the combination of classic Rhône Valley soils and Mediterranean influence create a unique growing region, the preponderance of younger winemakers with international experien…
 
With much of the economic world projecting a recession in the near future, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss how previous recessions have impacted the drinks industry, and whether a recession would actually eat into the premiumization trend or not. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wher…
 
After touching on it last week, Adam, Joanna, and Zach are forced to discuss the apparently-real trend of the vodka water: who actually enjoys this drink, what purpose does it serve, and is it almost admirable in its lack of pretension? Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you …
 
As pop-ups and bar takeovers become more and more popular, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss whether they actually do much for drinks lovers, and if not, why so many famous (or aspiring) bars go down that path. Sure, you can take a drink around the world, but can you take the experience of a beloved, iconic cocktail bar? Please remember to subscribe t…
 
To prepare for Halloween, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss some of the scariest trends in drinks right now, from charcoal in your drinks and the Frankenstein-tini to iPad wine lists and the vodka water. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your episodes, and send any ques…
 
Adam and Joanna speak with Stevie Kim, Managing Director of VinItaly International, about the upcoming Wine2Wine conference in Verona, Italy: what the return to a fully in-person format will look like, some additions that Stevie is excited about, as well as her own journey in the Italian wine world. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review…
 
Prompted by a listening question (podcast@vinepair.com!), Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss whether cocktails, particularly stirred drinks served up, are smaller in volume than they used to be: whether that's even true, and if so, why. Plus, a conversation around mini-sized cocktails and whether they serve any purpose. Please remember to subscribe to,…
 
With the 2022 VinePair Next Wave Awards announced, Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the stories and importance of a few of the winners, like Bar Program of the Year (Double Chicken Please), Advocate of the Year (Tahiirah Habibi), and Brewery of the Year (Athletic Brewing Co.). Then, they taste products from three more winners: Hirsch Vineyards, Lunar…
 
With backlash against "funky wines" coming from within the natural wine movement, Adam, Joanna, and Zach take a well-earned victory lap for having foreseen this exact moment, then talk about why some of natural wine's most important advocates and influencers are pushing back against "funky." Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePai…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach have a bit of fun discussing the ubiquitous habit of champion athletes to douse their teammates or selves with Champagne, beer, or other drinks immediately after winning a title, as well as how alcohol brands have seized upon these moments to do a bit of self-promotion. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePa…
 
Zach speaks with master distiller Conor O'Driscoll and brand ambassador Bernie Lubbers from Heaven Hill Distillery about their Seven-Year Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon: what the bottled-in-bond label means, why this whiskey is special, and how best to enjoy it. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitche…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach chat about how craft beer is slowly moving back towards the 12-ounce can, and explore why craft glommed on to the 16-ounce tallboy despite the fact that it makes for an inferior drinking experience. Plus, a brief discussion on the recently-released World's 50 Best Bars list. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review V…
 
In light of the death of Fred Franzia, founder of Bronco Wine Company and the man responsible for bringing "Two-Buck Chuck" to the masses, Adam, Joanna, and Zach talk about the challenges the wine industry has with the notion of "gateway wines," and whether those who dismiss their importance are not reflective of most people's wine journey. Then, t…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach contemplate a recently-released "diet vodka," and how the newest entries in the no/low alcohol category are less and less appealing. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your episodes, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss what the future holds for Bourbon, including whether dessert-influenced bottles will grow in popularity and scale, as well as if the ever-increasing number of single-barrel bottlings and other limited releases will continue to draw customer and collector attention. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review Vin…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach contemplate what's behind the growth of tableside cocktail service, as well as what kinds of drinks best fit into the format. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your episodes, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcas…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss the continued rise in popularity of spicy drinks, including how the Spicy Margarita started the trend and a broader cultural appreciation of and lust for spice has carried over into the drinks industry. Then, they try this summer's viral hit, spicy rosé. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Ap…
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach discuss some of the recent expansions for iconic cocktail bars like Dante, Death & Co., and The Dead Rabbit: can they keep the quality high even in newer, larger settings? What is the end game for this kind of expansion? Can someone create the Shake Shack of bars? Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on …
 
Adam, Joanna, and Zach are finally reunited just in time for football season so they can discuss the centrality of tailgating as a part of football drinking culture, why it varies so much around the country and from college football to the NFL, and how it's suddenly become big business. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on …
 
Zach speaks with Misty Kalkofen, Director of Education for Another Round, Another Rally, and Kevin Denton-Rex, Head of Mixology and Education for Pernod Ricard USA, about the origins of the BarSmarts program as well as how it's been recently revamped to meet the needs of today's bartenders. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair…
 
Adam returns from his Italian vacation and shares the details about his travels, then he and Zach discuss a phenomenon he noticed on his trip, that many of the most critically acclaimed cocktail bars seemed geared towards and frequented by Americans. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or…
 
Joanna and Zach discuss why despite their popularity on store shelves and with drinkers, many wine professionals and media members seem dismissive of red blends. Then, they try one of the most popular and thus somewhat controversial red blends, The Prisoner. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stit…
 
Joanna and Zach discuss hard cider's attempt to borrow from hard seltzer in a bid to revitalize the flagging category, why hard cider's momentum fizzled in the last decade, and what a path forward for craft producers might look like. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get…
 
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