I'm a wine writer, educator, and podcaster...but mostly a wine lover!
Daniele Biondi - Clairin
Zach chats with Daniele Biondi of La Maison & Velier about the unique and historic spirit of Haiti, clairin, as well as other unique Caribbean rums.
Brendan Stater-West - Wines of Breze
Zach talks with Brendan Stater-West, an American winemaker living and working in Saumur, France. They discuss the iconic vineyards of Breze, dealing with Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, as well as challenging long-held notions about viticulture and enology in a region steeped in tradition.
Katherine Cole - Rosé All Day
Zach chats with wine writer and podcast host Katherine Cole about rosé, covering food and wine for a national audience, and breaking the NYC stranglehold on said coverage.
Cappie Peete - Smaller is Better
Zach chats with Raleigh sommelier Cappie Peete about studying for sommelier exams and the virtues of smaller markets and smaller wine lists.
Matt Hofmann - American Single Malt Whiskey
Zach chats with Master Distiller Matt Hofmann of Westland Distillery, one of the most critically acclaimed producers of single malt whiskey in America, about exploring the terroir of the Pacific Northwest through new strains of barley, oak, peat, and more.
Dustin Wilson - From Somm to Retail
Zach chats with Master Sommelier (and star of the movie "Somm") Dustin Wilson about his past as a sommelier and his present and future as a wine retailer.
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Learning is fun!
Make no mistake about it, you will DEFINITELY learn a lot about wine, winemaking, the business of wine, cocktails, and any number of other adult beverage related topics. You just might be having too good a time listening to witty conversations and thoughtful Q&As to realize how much you learned along the way.
Some of the content may be a bit over my head sometimes (wine science?!?!), but it's always enjoyable to listen, and I do always learn something!