As the fires blaze in one of our favorite parts of the world, we can’t help but wonder why it seems like California is literally burning down. From year to year, California wine country has experienced increasingly devastating disasters and we want to know why! Has Mother Nature lost her shit or are we actually to blame for the destruction? Discussing the threat to one of our most precious commodities, we indulge in Colossal Red Wine which seems to fit the magnitude of this issue. Grab your own glass and listen in!
Trick or Treat, smell our feet, give us something good to eat! We’re known for our love of wine, but we also have quite the sweet tooth – teeth? – especially around Halloween. From pumpkin shaped Reese’s to candy corn (does anyone really like it?), all of us have our fave treats this time of year. We share some of ours, the story behind the beloved candy tradition, and the darker side of trick-or-treating…dare we say…poison?! Grab some candy, pick your poison (we sure did!) and listen in!
Boobies…we got ’em, and we gotta take care of ’em! With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, we thought what better time to focus our conversation – and beverage – on the twins we’ve got on the front of our bodies. One in eight woman will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, a sobering statistic for sure. The good news is there are higher survival rates and technology that improves detection. Still, breast cancer is a scary thing, and we want to be sure our DBPeeps are informed and have a better understanding of how to support those affected. While drinking the Montes Twins red blend, we run through recent statistics surrounding breast cancer, preventive measures, symptoms, and resources that exist. So wear pink, pour a drink, and cheers to boobies!
For more information about breast cancer, visit https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org
Could we BE any happier to have an episode dedicated to our favorite show, FRIENDS?! Your DBP hosts don’t need convincing of the appeal of this show, that hit TVs nationwide in 1994 – that means it’s 25 years old!! Even today, so much of what was covered in episodes still applies today, and we continue to find various aspects of our daily lives relating to a scene. Whether you’re more like Joey or Rachel, it doesn’t matter, because we’re sure you’ll find a connection in this episode. Break out your best, “I’ll be there for youuuuu,” and listen.
In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, we find ourselves wondering storm specifics – what was the deadliest storm in our nation? What do the categories actually mean? And how in the hell do they come up with these names?! Seriously?! This gave us the perfect opportunity to drink Storm Point Red Blend from South Africa while we ponder these weather wonders. Grab a glass and listen in…a storm is coming!
Happy National Wine & Cheese Day! We couldn’t let this day pass without lending a DBP hand in an attempt to answer the wine-drinker’s million dollar question – what wine should I pair with my food (or vice versa)?! Creating the ideal pairing isn’t quite rocket science, but it’s not always easy either. In this episode we share some tips and tricks for putting together a great pairing. There are certainly some guiding principles to make your mouth do a little happy dance as you sip and nibble, but remember: taste is subjective. We pop open a bottle of Savor Collective to accompany our savory discussion that certainly makes us salivate. Cheers!
From false walls and fake cobwebs to buried bottles, the vignerons of France came up with some pretty inventive ways to keep the Germans’ hands off their precious treasure: wine! Throughout World War II, the Germans invaded and pillaged the vineyards of their neighboring country, taking any and all wine they could get their hands on, especially the good shit! All of this has been captured in a fantasic book, called Wine & War, which Sarah read to bring us the deets. Whether you’re a history buff, a wine nerd, or just like to read, Wine & War is a fascinating story to immerse yourself!
In this special episode, we interview Grant, Tasting Gallery Lead at family-owned Jessup Cellars in Napa Valley. Grant walks us through the philosophy of their winemaking practices, their belief in hospitality, and what makes their wine special. He also takes us on a journey through his own path from growing up in Napa to where he is now. As we get a more intimate look into the friendly Jessup Cellars and the lengths they will go to please their customers (flying to your home for your own personal wine tasting!), we sip on Table for Four, one of Jessup’s flagship wines. So grab a glass and listen in for a treat. As Grant says, “Every glass is an adventure!” and we can guarantee this one is!
Find out more about Jessup Cellars here!
Are you a curfew breaker? If you’re one of our listeners, we bet most of you probably have at some point! But, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a purpose for the younger generations. This episode, we discuss the history behind curfews, if they are effective (do they actually prevent youth crime or protect the younger crowds?), and do they potentially violate juvenile civil liberties (wait, what??). While we ponder the concept of curfews, we sip on the No Curfew red blend.
As the winemakers say, “Work will be work and adulting is hard, but we’ll be there when you need that reprieve. So kick off your shoes, settle onto the sofa, and sip away. Now Swirl, Sip & Repeat!” Cheers!
Interested in the safety app we discussed in the episode? Check out Noonlight!
Now it’s time for a recap of our time in Napa Valley. From tasting rooms to vineyards, we had a variety of experiences through a range of widely accessible wines to limited productions! As we recount the rest of our first DBP trip to the motherland, we share everything from the Summer Release Event at Round Pond to a one-on-one tasting at the world-class Joseph Phelps with a spectacular view of their vineyards. Do as the “napkins” (aka, people from Napa) do, pour a glass and get transported to the DBP motherland!
- Black Stallion Winery
- Jessup Cellars
- Round Pond Estate
- JCB Cellars
- Joseph Phelps Vineyards
- Gustavo Wines