2020 was definitely one for the books, with pretty much everyone ready to slam the door on the year and start fresh with a new one. Since we didn’t think everyone wanted to relive the dark incidents that will brand 2020 for years to come, we decided to dedicate this episode to highlighting some of the more uplifting events of the year and share some of our personal triumphs and accomplishments. Pour yourself something fabulous to toast as we ring in the New Year and say BUH-BYE to 2020!
Brrr…it’s cold outside! While the freeze may be no fun for most, it is essential to make Icewine, or Eiswein as the Germans say! We decided to show appreciation for the winter season with a tasting of not one but THREE types of Icewine! This sweet wine is unique from other dessert wines because of the strict laws and and harsh conditions required to make it. Canada’s not only known for its maple syrup, but for being the largest producer of Icewine, so it’s perfect that we opted to drink G.Marquis Icewine from Ontario while discussing this wine delicacy.
Wine in a can?! While it may sound outrageous, the new trend is to can our favorite beverage for convenience, portability, and because it’s the hip new thing. As more and more producers jump on the canned wine train, we have been asking ourselves if we should join this modern movement. So to get to the bottom of the can, so to speak, we decided to compare every aspect of canned vs bottled wine, from taste to cost. We grabbed a bottle and a can of pinot noir from one of the biggest entrepreneurs in the canned wine industry – Union Wine Company – for our taste test challenge. Is the can too good to be true? Or is it the perfect way for wine to be a part of all our adventures? Grab a bottle or can (or both!) and listen in to find out! #pinkiesdown
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
Coming at you live from DBP’s motherland, California, this episode was recorded in our hotel after a long, delicious day of wine tasting through Sonoma County. After visiting four wineries – from small and rustic to a chateau with beautiful gardens – we share little tidbits from along the journey with history and fun facts, try to whittle down our list of favorites from the day, and recommend some stops for wine country travelers. Highlighted by meeting a couple of the winemakers themselves and capping off our day with chocolate and a little “S&M,” the Sonoma leg of our tour was a blast! According to the Californians, “You can drink whatever you want, as long as you drink wine.” Cheers!
It’s time to get a bit nostalgic with your DBP hosts, as we reflect on some of our favorite wines and episodes of the past year. From new beginnings to epidemics, we’ve learned and covered a lot. We’ve had a blast this past year and want to relive some of the magic we’ve experienced. Interested in some wine tips we’ve learned along the way? Listen in! Can you guess some of our favorite topics? Find out if you’re right! For this special occasion, we’re popping the cork of a DBP favorite: Gamba Zinfandel. Thanks for a memorable first year, and cheers to a fruitful – get it? – future with the drunk bitches of DBP!
It’s the month of love, and there’s no better pairing than wine and chocolate, right? In this episode, we share tips on how to enjoy our two favorite things in the most delicious way – together of course! We also delve into tales about the confection – including some details about two giant US-based chocolate companies – all while revisiting some pairing rules we learned at a local wine tasting where we had some unusual chocolate flavors. Should you pair dark wines with dark chocolate? Listen and find out! And if you need the perfect wine pairing, seek out The Chocolate Block blend and pop along with us!
What is DBP’s utopia? Wine Country! Though we love it, we know that planning a trip to wine country can seem overwhelming. In this episode, we recount stories and share recommendations from our trips to Willamette Valley, Oregon, and Napa Valley, California – like how to avoid getting too tipsy, how to select your wineries, and how to cut costs – so you can experience wine country like a DBPer, too.
Sarah’s Favorite Wineries:
- Alexana, Oregon
- Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley
- Utopia Vineyard, Oregon
- Viader Vineyards & Winery, Napa Valley
Jamie’s Favorite Wineries:
Wine Tour Recommendations:
Did you know Slovenia is the 4th largest consumer of wine per capita?! Such a small country, so much wine consumption! This week we’re taking a little detour from our typical “programming” to focus on wines from an indiviudal region, and we’re recapping a special wine tasting we had with two Slovenian wine importers in Wisconsin. New to Slovenian wine? Us, too! So listen into this episode to learn what you’ve been missing out on!