Wine Two Five Podcast Guest Appearance

Recently I was contacted to be a guest on the Wine Two Five podcast, and I was like, “Yeah! You bet.” And I’m glad I did. Because I had a delightful time chatting with cohosts Stephanie “Steph” Davis and Valerie “Val” Caruso.

Have a listen to the episode:

Items discussed:

  • The rosé in my glass.
  • Oysters and Chablis (photo: me holding a chunk o’ Chablis)
  • Wine books and education
  • Champagne flutes (duh)
  • Dating advice from a Master Sommelier


It was also really interesting to hear what Steph and Val were drinking as well. We are an eclectic lot.

My only regret was I wasn’t in Colorado recording the show in person. Maybe if I get to come back on a guest again I’ll make that happen, as I would very much like to share some wine with with these two!

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Anxiety, Blind Tasting, and Wine Education

I am an anxious, hand-wringing individual. It manifests itself in many aspects of my life, including wine.

While putting together some (very poor man’s) Ira Glass-esque commentary for the latest episode of the Wine Enthusiast podcast, I was transported back to a few of my anxiety-ridden moments of doubt and second-guessing. Particularly when it comes to blind tasting.

So if you want to hear from not one but three brave souls pursuing formal wine education, giving up hours of their lives a day, plus my interludes and inserted thoughts/reminiscences, check out this episode. There’s 4am flash card studying, late-night flights (of wine), and a few cold beers:

For more anxious moments, read my personal essay from the magazine (the “Last Drop” on the final page of the issue) about two bi-costal incidents where I ran myself in an endless loop of self-induced psych-outs when it came to blind tasting (with an audience). Here’s the unvarnished story:

Flying Blind While Tasting Wine

Top Image: Blind Tasting / Photo by Hanzell Vineyards via flickr.

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