57 episodes

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.

Pairs With Life John Taylor

    • Comedy
    • 4.9, 32 Ratings

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.

    Pairs With Gracianna Rosé & The State Of The Wine Union

    Pairs With Gracianna Rosé & The State Of The Wine Union

    These are strange days indeed, and the strangeness has not eluded the wine business. In this episode, we take a look at the "State of The Wine Union," examining the startling developments both in the wine biz and the world at large and how the two affect one another. Friend of The Pod and Master Sommelier Candidate Kat Thomas joins us to give insight to the recent shake-up at the Court of Sommeliers and why it's important to everything from the wine in your glass to the cause of social justice.But worry not: with a hearty glass of the 2019 Gracianna Winery "Arozza" Russian River Valley Rosé - with its 15.4% alcohol -  things can't possibly get too heavy. 

    • 31 min
    Pairs With The Top 3 BBQ Wines and Destiny

    Pairs With The Top 3 BBQ Wines and Destiny

    What does destiny and a damn good barbecue have in common? Not much, really, but that's never stopped a podcast before. This week, just in time for the July 4th Holiday, JT counts down the Top 3 Wines that go with barbecue, all the while contemplating whether we are put on this Earth with a destiny to fulfill. It's the kind of shit you talk about when you're drunk anyway, so just roll with it. 

    • 31 min
    Pairs With The Top Four Alternative White Wines Of The Summer

    Pairs With The Top Four Alternative White Wines Of The Summer

    Summertime and the wine is easy...or at least, easier with a list of the four best alternatives to the usual fare of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio. On this episode, I dig deep into the cellar (aka the fridge) and come up with four cool, refreshing, low-alcohol wines made from some peculiar if not obscure varietals, all of which are easily available to buy. The winemaker for my #1 choice makes an appearance via Skype (no spoilers!), while wine author Kathleen Wilcox shares her Wine Virginity Story.

    • 30 min
    Pairs With The David C. Taylor Story, Part 2

    Pairs With The David C. Taylor Story, Part 2

    In the final half of this two-part series, we find David about to serve 6 years in Federal prison. But this is far from the end of Dave's story - one that will take him on a trip across the border, across the country, and back to prison...two more times. 
    But this is also a story of redemption: how we find it, how we create it, and how we justify the roles we play to get there. For Dave, it comes with the creation of his first novel, The Jacumba Connection, and reconnection with his family. But redemption never comes easy, and never without a cost.

    • 33 min
    Pairs With The David C. Taylor Story, Part 1

    Pairs With The David C. Taylor Story, Part 1

    There are lives with ups & downs and twists & turns, and then there's David Taylor. In a special, 2-part episode, David Taylor, author of the acclaimed fictional memoir, The Jacumba Connection, tells the not-so-fictional story of his life - a highway of tragedy and triumph for which there is no legal road map. Strap in, hold on, and get ready for a ride to redemption unlike any you've experienced before.

    • 23 min
    Pairs With Vinho Verde and The Dirty Little Secret of Wine

    Pairs With Vinho Verde and The Dirty Little Secret of Wine

    What's in your glass? Not just the kind of grape, but what's really in it? Is it grape juice and natural yeast, or colorings, flavoring, sugar and preservatives? This week, we take a trip to Total Wine to check out the vast variety of control brands sold there, and how to identify them. Are they inherently worse than terroir-driven wines? We don't make that judgment (sort of): that's up to you. But if you're the type who likes to look behind the curtain and see how the (wine) sausage is made, you'll want to check this out.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

addarkchild09 ,

MUST LISTEN!!

I love love love the humor!!! I’m a wine lover and learning the history of it in a very interesting yet humorous way is very refreshing and interesting! Very informative and the host speaks so well! 5 star!

JoaoFan! ,

Great Podcast!

This is truly a fun and entertaining listen! I often pick the wines that are recommended and I’m never disappointed! Highly recommend! 🍷 😃

mamayhew ,

Really charming

The balance of humor and topical conversation is spot on. Plus wine!

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