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Ep38: Be Kind, Be Lovely

Who knew there was a day – no, actually a week! – dedicated to being a good person? This episode, we reflect on what we can do to make the world a kinder place, by performing and celebrating random acts of kindness. In a world that sometimes seems to hide behind screens, there are still so many ways to make a difference, to be kind, and be lovely to one another. The perfect wine to pair with this topic comes from B. Lovely in Washington, where we fantasize about an action movie featuring exploding vines! Tune in, drink up, be kind, and let’s get the movement going.

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Ep37: The Magic of the 45th

Some call it the “Magnificent Mile” for wine growing, but what is really behind all the fuss of the 45th parallel? This invisible line runs halfway between the equator and the North Pole, where some of the best wines of the world are grown. We delve into the fascination of this geographical prominence – is it really magical or is there more to it? – all while drinking a namesake wine coming from the Rhône valley itself, which is knee-deep in those 45 degrees of latitude.

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Ep36: Tidy Up! Method vs. Madness

Feeling a little disorganized? Well if you’re anything like your DBP hosts, we’re a little bit on the OCD side of cleaning. So when we learned about the KonMari method for cleaning we had to investigate what all the fuss was about! We crack open her method, discuss the madness, and propose some alternative cleaning methods we think you might like. Pop open a bottle of Momentos Reserva, and be prepared to start wondering whether all those mementos you’ve got in your house are a keep or thank and get rid of!

Check out Marie Kondo’s best-seller here!

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Ep35: Let’s Make a Deal: 2019 Resolutions!

Time to make a deal! With yourself, of course! It’s a New Year, which means new beginnings and resolutions. This episode we discuss the tradition of New Year’s resolutions, how to set meaningful goals for yourself, and tactics to making them stick! What better way to start a New Year than by drinking the California red, DealMaker, mostly composed of Old Vine Zinfandel, a DBP favorite! Even the winemaker, Jeff Cohn, has some words of wisdom for 2019…”Relax: It’s 2019!

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Ep34: WTF 2018!

Time to wrap up 2018!! As we come to the end of this most amazing year – the inaugural DBP year – we take a pause to appreciate and reflect on the last 365 days. But also to say, “WTF 2018?!” From fake emergency missile threats to famous rappers in the White House, we recall the events of this year that literally made us stop in our tracks, with nothing but a blank stare, thinking WTF! And we close out the year with a wine from one of our favorite winemakers, with a label that accurately reflects how we feel in this episode: Orin Swift’s Blank Stare Sauvignon Blanc. You won’t want to miss this!

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Ep33: Popping the Bubbly for Royalty

It’s that time of year! Time to celebrate and be merry! And we think that bubbly is a perfect pairing for your holiday and new year’s festivities! And you know who else does? The Queen, of course! This episode we pop open a bottle of Bollinger Champagne (the Queen’s fave!) and discuss the significance of this bubbly beverage with the British Royal family, the difference between sparkling wine and champagne, and what makes them all fun and fizzy! We also get into why we, and the rest of the world, are fascinated with the British Royal Family – and top it all off with what some of their Royal Christmas traditions are. Because, hey – it’s that time of year! Trust us – some will definitely surprise you! So grab a bottle of some Champs (or other sparkling wine of choice), pop that baby open, and get fancy with us!

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Ep32: SOMM: The Experience

Your DBP hosts had a memorable evening with the stars! Well, sort of! Last week we had the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the Chicago premiere of SOMM3, the third installment of the documentary series which has brought to light some unique aspects of the wine world. The film brings back some of our favorite folks from the earlier films – and allowed us to take a peek into some private tastings with some of the wine world’s most prestigious peeps: Fred Dame, Jancis Robinson, and Steven Spurrier. As we pop open a bottle from one of the vineyards which took down the French wines in 1976 and in honor of Dame’s “a-ha” wine, hear our thoughts on the film, our “a-ha” wines – including those of the movie’s director Jason, Dustin, and D’Lynn’s which we learned from the screening’s live Q&A session. So much fun and can’t wait to do our own blind tasting!

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Ep31: The Great Holiday Escape

The holiday season is upon us!! And with all the joy this time of year brings, sometimes comes unwanted guests…and we are not referring to your Great Aunt Kathy who shows up unannounced with a suitcase and some fruitcake…we are talking about STRESS! This episode, we chat holiday stressors and tactics to make the best of this festive time. How can we escape the holiday blues and focus on the “reason for the season,” appreciating all the pleasures that comes with spending time with loved ones and the spirit of giving. We have lots of helpful tips to keep you merry and bright all season long! Of course, wine helps – so pour yourself a glass and drink along with us! Escape is the name of the game as we sip on PAXIS Red Blend, the winemaker’s expression of a way to escape from the stress of the world and appreciate the pleasure a great wine can give. Happy Holidays DBPeeps!

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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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