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Ep30: The Hunter & The Stag

‘Tis the season for bolder red wines and deer hunting! In this episode we’re joined by avid huntsman, Adam, as we explore the ethos of the modern, ethical hunter. Delving into the drive behind the hunt, we discuss the hunter’s responsiblity to the environment, the animal, and the earth, and how the stigma associated with the sport is not reflective of a true huntsman. This isn’t some float off into the woods and have a bonfire type of deal; it requires skill and a specific mindset. Fittingly paired with St. Hubert’s “The Stag” Cabernet Sauvignon, this episode is one that’ll prove insightful for those unfamiliar with the hunting world.

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Ep29: Bone Jolly for Beaujolais

Happy Beaujolais Nouveau Day DBPeeps!! In honor of the official release day for Beaujolais Nouveau, we wanted to revisit this holiday and what it’s all about. What is this Beaujolais we speak of and why is it so special that this youngin’ of a wine deserves its own festival? Could be because it’s a great transition to red for our white wine drinking friends! Listen in to learn how it came to be that the first harvest of the Beaujolais crop across France gained its own holiday. We couldn’t get our hands on Beaujolais Nouveau before its release, so you’ll just have to “suffer” through our TWO Beaujolais/gamay noir wines we’re drinking this episode. It’s go time….it’s Beaujolais Nouveau time! This could be the perfect wine for Thanksgiving. Now pass the wine, bitches!

Oh and if you want to check out Edmund’s music stylings, check it out here: http://edmundsstjohn.com/cds/

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Ep28: Luxembourg Wines

This week we feature another wine-making country that’s likely not on many people’s radars: the tiny country of Luxembourg! In this episode, your DBP hosts get a little more geeky about wine, as far as varietals, methods, etc. Largely influenced by its neighbors, France and Germany, Luxembourgian wines take on similar flavor profiles while offering something distinctive. Be prepared to hear us butcher a few foreign languages, grab a bottle of wine, and get ready to mentally transport yourself across the pond. Cheers, bitches!

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Ep27: Spooks & Superstitions

Black cat cross your path? Or perhaps you spot a spider on Halloween? Listen in to this DBP Special Release Halloween episode, as we discuss what these omens mean and other spooky superstitions while sipping on Omen Red Blend from the Sierra Foothills. We also get into the history behind Halloween traditions, like where Jack-O-Lanterns originated and why you might want to make sure you light a candle in yours this year! Turn your lights down, put your witch’s (aka crone’s) hat on, pop open a bottle, and get spooky with DBP!

What to see how superstitious you are? Take the quiz we found and see how you stack up: http://brainfall.com/quizzes/how-superstitious-are-you/result/a42787/

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Ep26: California Dreamin’

It all started as a dream out west, where “hicks from the sticks” had a passion for wine but without a platform to stand on. What better way to celebrate our podcast’s 6-month-versary than with an iconic wine and topic that literally brought the great USA into the international wine game?! Popping a bottle of Château Montelena’s Chardonnay, we talk about the 1976 Paris Wine Tasting (aka, the Judgment of Paris) where Californian and French wines went head to head in a blind tasting with a shocking outcome. For an entertaining spin on it, check out the movie Bottle Shock and then listen in as we discuss fact versus fiction about the movie and this historic wine moment! Cheers to Napa’s magnificent triumph!

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Ep25: Buff Beauty

We’re about to PUMP…you up! In this week’s episode your buff beauty DBP hosts talk about the importance of staying physically – and mentally – fit, citing some amazing benefits you may not be aware of (ahem, and some of this will help in the bedroom). Listen in as we explore some interesting fitness trends and share what has and hasn’t worked for us, and encourage our DBPeeps to get motivated and moving! Pick up a bottle of Australia’s Cycle Buff Beauty and get pumping….or pouring.

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Ep24: What’s Your Handprint?

The world could use some more positivity, and we know just the thing! In this episode, we’re joined by a special DBP guest and wine popper, Ellen, to talk about how we can reduce our footprints, but most importantly, what we can do to increase our handprint (and explain what that really is). Fittingly paired with the Winemaker’s Handprint Merlot from Meeker Vineyards, join us to learn some fun facts about wine tannins, what it means to be part of the Meeker Tribe, and how you can lend a helping hand to create a positive impact on the environment and world around you!

For more ways that to strengthen your handprint (and reduce your footprint) check out the North American Association for Environmental Education’s website at http://www.naaee.org.

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Ep23: A to Z: Anxiety and Gen Z

This week, we find ourselves mentally transported to our high school days, as we address recent protests by students who oppose mandatory academic presentations. Through social media, students launched an attack on in-class presentations with the argument that it makes them feel uncomfortable and for some, increases anxiety. The DBP girls try to get to the bottom of the real issue at hand and counter that it’s these skills that help prepare our youth for the future. You might need more than one glass to get through this episode, so pick up a bottle of A to Z and get ready to hit the books, uh, we mean get ready to hear the DBP views!

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Ep22: Secret Identities

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a top-secret agent? Well, the DBP girls definitely have! Listen in as we talk about different levels of covert operations, various espionage tactics, and speculate what life would be like as a NOC (aka “Non-official Cover” in the CIA world). We also tell the story behind a former NOC whose identity was leaked to the public (not so secret anymore!), its impact, and the most recent developments of the 15-year-old scandal. What better to drink with this topic than the refreshing Secret Identity Rosé! Crack one open and sip along!

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Ep21: A Tribute to Grace & Grenache

In this episode, we pay tribute to some lovely ladies who’ve been inspirational not only to us, but also the world. There’s no better wine we could’ve selected than A Tribute to Grace, a grenache dedicated to the honor of this winemaker’s grandmother, and also the attribute she holds dear to her heart. From Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, to Princess Diana and Queen Rania of Jordan, we toast the honorable actions of these graceful women. So grab your bottle, pour yourself a glass, and practice your royal wave as you listen in!

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