Life, limbs, booze, and personalities. SDV explores the liquor industry from both sides of the bar by interviewing the greatest personalities in the game. Although sometimes diverging into film, music, and non-booze topics, SDV is just about people with great stories. Sip, sit back, and enjoy.
Ep 312 - James Saxon: A Tale of Two Blends
I always applaud transparency and creativity in spirits. And in the world of Scotch, sometimes a different approach is the breath of fresh air we all need. This is Compass Box. James Saxon, assistant whisky blender at Compass Box, has an interesting background and introduction into blending. As a literature student, he quite literally looked for alcoholic references in books and translated how that reflected a characters significance. Compass Box has recently created new packaging and new blends for their flagship Artist's Blend and Glasgow Blend. But why 2 blends, why 2 cities? James tells all as we sip through the 2 delicious marks. We chat colors, season, and the Compass Box way.
Ep 311 - Juan Coronado: Moving and Shaking All the Way to Jalisco
Juan Coronado has an exceptional resume of pursuits from behind and beyond the bar. With travels all the over world imparting creative cocktail expertise, and sharing that certain something over 25 years in the hospitality industry can provide, one could call Juan "accomplished". But as it happens with truly brilliant people, there is always a new frontier. Juan's creation Mijenta Tequila combines his years of spirits expertise with his love of Mexico. We chat DJ'ing, daq's, history, and more.
Ep 310 - Roberto Contreras Jr: The Story of Rancho Tepúa
Roberto Contreras Jr is a 5th generation distiller in Sonora, MX. His family's legacy is capture in every beautiful bottle of Rancho Tepúa. With his new Vinatero series, Roberto captures even more nuance of the ranch with a beautiful Lechuguilla and Palmilla. His mix of rancher and academic balance perfectly pair to spread the beauty of Bacanora in the states. We chat Deftones, wrestling, education, and facing our age.
Ep 309 - Read Spear: Storytelling With Each Sip
Read Spear is a determined, ambitious, and insightful business person. His thirst for ideas and bringing his projects to fruition are imbibed with great passion. So when he started to delve into the world of agave, it was just a matter of time until he'd bring some of the most amazing spirits into the US. His brand, Cuentacuentos Mezcal, is just NOW hitting Texas in a big way. The delicious marks demonstrate Read's commitment to wonderful flavor and quality. Back in January of 2019 we sat down and chatted about this journey and so much more, but the story is more relevant than ever.
Ep 308 - Amelia Lettieri: Ready to Work, Ready to Drink
Ranch20 founder Amerlia Lettieri learned entrepreneurialism from a hard working, and accounting-minded mother. When Amelia added her drive, a degree, and a fearlessness to make a dream a reality, she arrived at her delicious Ranch20 canned cocktails. Starting with the Ranch Water cocktail, a Texas treasure with tequila, lime, and soda, Amelia committed to using actual spirits in production. The difference in taste is incredibly apparent. We talk about funding, family, and fear. Raise your Ranch Water in the air on 4/11 to celebrate National Ranch Water day.
Ep 307 - Jared Himstedt: Do, Make, Say, Think
The evolution and growth of Texas Whiskey has been catapulted by Balcones Distilling. And although the whiskey can at times be polarizing, understanding why it is the way it is, is ultimately an incredible tale. To think of Jared Himstedt as JUST a master distiller, would be a disservice to his pensive and philosophical lens about the world around us. We talk punk rock, what nature tells us, and how death is handled differently by everyone.
If you like spirits, this is a must.
If you’re into booze and the stories/makers behind them, then add this podcast to your list. But the podcast is so much more than booze—it’s about great conversation too. Mike is able to cultivate worthwhile and relaxed conversation, with a little bit of humor too. Show de Vie is truly unique in that it interviews all the important people in spirits that you don’t even know of. Take a listen and learn something new.
Mike G is The Man
Sincere and soulful conversations covering the best of topics. (Also has the best intro song)
This guy knows booze!
Great podcast, funny, interesting, and informative