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Wine does not have to be a mystery. It doesn't need to make you feel you're being tested to join some secret Skull and Bones Society. The stuff is, after all, wine. All you really need to know is how to get it open and which end of the glass to drink from. We're pretty sure it's the open part. Most of us drink it because it's fun.

Bottle Talk with Rick & Paul Rick Kushman & Paul Wagner

    • Education
    • 5.0, 14 Ratings

Wine does not have to be a mystery. It doesn't need to make you feel you're being tested to join some secret Skull and Bones Society. The stuff is, after all, wine. All you really need to know is how to get it open and which end of the glass to drink from. We're pretty sure it's the open part. Most of us drink it because it's fun.

    Bottle Talk Season 6 Episode 18

    Bottle Talk Season 6 Episode 18

    Listeners asked, so we explain using our signature clarity, wit and charm a bit about how the wine industry operates. Also, listeners ask about plastic wine glasses and stemless glasses, whether it’s OK to chill wine in the freezer and for how long, and if red wines that leave purple on the glass are a thing. Plus or horrible wine writing has a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity, tingling, amusing, medium-to-medium long finish

    • 34 min
    Bottle Talk Season 6 Episode 17

    Bottle Talk Season 6 Episode 17

    We give props a blog called SpitBucket written by longtime wine pro Amber LeBeau who explains why force feeding an education on customers is bad for, well, everyone. Plus listeners ask if Rosé is cheaper to make than other wines, how to tell if a wine will age if you get no clue from the label, and whether all wines need to be stored on their side. Plus, our horrible

    • 30 min
    Bottle Talk Season 6 Episode 16

    Bottle Talk Season 6 Episode 16

    We continue our pandemic distraction tour with another meaningless episode: We answer listener questions about the purpose of oak, why an unoaked wine tasted buttery, whether a flawed wine can make you sick, and just what the heck is a Claret. Plus our horrible wine writing has pulverized notes of effortless minerality. Really. Someone wrote “pulverized minerality.”

    • 30 min
    Bottle Talk Season 6 Episode 15

    Bottle Talk Season 6 Episode 15

    One extremely loyal listener – and very tough man – binge listened to every “Bottle Talk” from all 5½ seasons, and no surprise, had some questions about our confusion. He also admits to nightmares. So we answer some of his questions, including one about the shape of wine glasses, minerality, gadgets that supposedly make wine better when you pour it, and why we don’t have super impressive wine degrees. (Simple answer: Too much work.) Plus our horrible wine writing is cliché, meaningless, repetitive and it repeats itself with meaningless clichés.

    • 33 min
    Bottle Talk Season 6 Episode 14

    Bottle Talk Season 6 Episode 14

    In this Best of Bottle talk episode, we have research that says wine can improve your language skills, listeners who’ve been wine tasting recently ask questions about acid, fog and why the wines in stores taste different. Plus another jerk wine writer tries to tell us what “real” wine lovers drink.

    • 26 min
    Bottle Talk Season 6 Episode 13

    Bottle Talk Season 6 Episode 13

    We compare wine descriptions from major magazine about the same wine – and they are, here’s shocker, totally different. Plus listeners ask about headaches, letting wine breathe and food pairings for port style wines. And for a change of pace, we’ve got some wine writing we really like.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

KarinaU. ,

Educational & Entertaining!

I have never listed to let alone downloaded any podcast in my mere 24years of living. With that being said , I now have all 5 seasons and current Episodes downloaded of this particular podcast because it’s truly amazing! All the content that is discussed in their podcast is very informative alongside a bit of humor which is my favorite part about this podcast!
Highly recommend anyone and everyone to listen to their podcast !

TheRetrojam ,

Funny and I actually learn things

Recommend to anyone who believes wine shouldn't be for snobs but also wants to learn more about wine and the industry.

Velodious ,

Informative and Funny

These guys know wine. Well produced and very entertaining.

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