Pairs With Life is not just another wine podcast: it's about why we drink what we drink. With new episodes each Monday writer/musician/wine guy/single dad John Taylor focuses on stories of life, love, parenting, relationships, adulting, sex...and the wines that pair with it. It's a brutally honest, irreverent, hilarious and uncensored take on wine and life and all points in between.
The Halloween Special: The Four Best Goth Songs and The Wines That Pair With Them
Dim the lights, don the leather and pour the wine! For our first Halloween show, I'm joined by special guest Ellen Clifford of the The Wine Situation - perhaps the world's only Goth Wine Podcast - to talk about the Top Four Goth songs and the wines that pairs with them. So, what will it be? The Cure with Apothic Red? All I can tell you is that there won't be any Rosés. Unless they're Blood Roses...
Pairs With Double Standards For Wine Influencers: The Men Tell All
Following an insightful and somewhat controversial discussion with six women wine influencers (I know, I know, they hate being called that) about double standards on social media, it's time to turn to the men and hear what they have to say. And this wasn't an easy task: of the 20 influencers I contacted in total, only 4 agreed to be on the podcast. But that they have to say is as broad in scope and perhaps as controversial as what the women had to say. Are there double standards? If so, who created them? And does the pressure to sexualize posts for Likes and Follows come from within or without?
Pairs With An Untriumphant Return To BevMo
A year and a half ago, Christine and I merrily ventured to our local BevMo for the annual wine-purchasing Bacchanalia that is the "Five Cent Sale." Last week, with similar excitement, I journeyed back to BevMo to reap my haul of amazing wine bargains...only to be as disappointed as a 10-year-old girl opening a dead puppy for Christmas. Why? What's gone wrong? Have I just become a cynical wine snob, or are there bigger issues at play here?
Pairs With Val d'Oca Prosecco & Double Standards for Wine Influencers
Are female wine influencers subject to a double standard? Is there a pressure on women to create suggestive and provocative social media content in order to generate more Likes, Follows and comments? Do we, as an audience of wine lovers and appreciators, willingly create an environment that rewards sexualized posts over informational posts? With no less than four bottles of Val d'Oca Prosecco in hand, I talk to six women in wine who've had tremendous success on Instagram about their personal experiences with online sexism: is the pressure real, is it internal or external, and does it affect how they create content?
Pairs With A Trip To Clarksburg, Part 2
In the second part of my trip to Clarksburg, Maria Ramirez (@Uncorked_Notes) and I explore the Julietta Winery, a gorgeous property on the edge of the Clarksburg AVA. Tastings in hand, we take stock of our trip as well as a little personal inventory. Unfortunately, my inventory consisted of a Blanket of Existential Dread, while Maria's contained a small Comfort Zone. What does it take to shed that blanket and to exit that zone? About ten wine tastings, or is it something more?
Pairs With A Trip To Clarksburg, Part 1
With existential dread creeping up on me like an internet stalker, a nice trip to wine country seemed just like the ticket to clear my head and refresh my soul. With area expert and wine influencer Maria Ramirez @uncorked_notes) as my guide, I spent the day visiting Heringer Estates, the Clarksburg Wine Company and Julietta Winery, sampling all kinds of amazing Chenin Blancs and learning all about this small but thriving AVA just south of Sacramento, CA. But no cure to existential dread comes without a few side effects...like the constant questioning of why we do what we do. And when that question turns to sexism in the world of social media influencers, it just may be that another bottle of Viognier will need to be uncorked...
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Fun facts and stories
Have to say the last episode about the double standards of influencers was fun to listen too. John not only tells good stories, but has some good suggestions on wine we should all try. Get him a glass or two into the show and he is hilarious.
I’ve been listening to the Pairs With Life podcasts for a short time. I’m not a “podcast listener”, so jumping on board took me longer than most. With that said, I will say, I find John engaging, informative and completely entertaining! As a wine fan, I have learned oodles about new varietals and also some wine geek terms that I throw around every now and then. Since I spend most of my days driving around the Bay Area, it’s become a great way to make the time fly.....almost as fast as my speedometer! Definitely suggest you check it out!! 🍷🍾🥂
Great Podcast For Wine Lovers and Enthusiasts
Pairs With Life is a great combination of wine education and real life experience.