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Interested in learning about wine, but not sure where to start? You’re in the right place! Here at the Cork & Fizz Guide to Wine, you’ll have the opportunity to dive into the world of wine in a fun and approachable way. Hi! I'm Hailey, wine enthusiast turned wine educator and founder of Cork & Fizz. I’m here to answer all your wine questions, anything from “what the heck is an orange wine?” to “is natural wine really better for me?” I’ll also cover topics such as wine tasting, pairing food and wine, how to shop for wine, and so much more! You’ll also get to hear from experts in the wine industry like winemakers and experienced sommeliers. Whether you’re a casual wine sipper or a total cork dork like myself, this podcast is for you! Want to learn even more about wine? Come follow me on Instagram @corkandfizz and check out my website, www.corkandfizz.com to book a private tasting or join my virtual tasting club, the Cork Crew!
How to do a wine tasting for beginners. What are the basics of wine? What type of wine should a beginner drink? What wine goes with which food? Wine information for beginners. What is the best way to learn about wine? Wine education podcast.

The Cork & Fizz Guide to Wine Hailey Bohlman | Wine Talk

    • Leisure
    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

Interested in learning about wine, but not sure where to start? You’re in the right place! Here at the Cork & Fizz Guide to Wine, you’ll have the opportunity to dive into the world of wine in a fun and approachable way. Hi! I'm Hailey, wine enthusiast turned wine educator and founder of Cork & Fizz. I’m here to answer all your wine questions, anything from “what the heck is an orange wine?” to “is natural wine really better for me?” I’ll also cover topics such as wine tasting, pairing food and wine, how to shop for wine, and so much more! You’ll also get to hear from experts in the wine industry like winemakers and experienced sommeliers. Whether you’re a casual wine sipper or a total cork dork like myself, this podcast is for you! Want to learn even more about wine? Come follow me on Instagram @corkandfizz and check out my website, www.corkandfizz.com to book a private tasting or join my virtual tasting club, the Cork Crew!
How to do a wine tasting for beginners. What are the basics of wine? What type of wine should a beginner drink? What wine goes with which food? Wine information for beginners. What is the best way to learn about wine? Wine education podcast.

    What Factors Influence the Cost of Wine?

    What Factors Influence the Cost of Wine?

    Does price matter when it comes to a bottle of wine? 


    Is a $10 bottle really that different from a $50 bottle of wine? What about a $50 bottle versus a $500 bottle? And what goes into the cost of wine anyway?


    I’m breaking it all down in today’s episode! From costs involved in grape production and harvesting…to the markups added by distributors, wine shops and restaurants. I’m sharing the many pieces involved that make up that final price of your favorite bottle of wine.



    I’m also digging into the additional elements that contribute to wine pricing. These include the impact of supply and demand, skill and experience of the winemakers, and prestige associated with different wine regions, among others!



    So, if you are curious what goes into the cost of your favorite bottle of wine, or you’ve wondered why wines are priced the way that they are, press play and listen in!


    Percentage breakdown for a domestic bottle of wine - source Juicy Tales by Jo Diaz - https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2013/09/18/marketing-costs-50-bottle-wine/



    Episode Highlights:


    The cost of grapes which impacts overall price of wine

    Production costs from harvesting to packaging

    How the three-tier wine system influences the cost of wine

    How much does marketing cost for your favorite wine

    How do taxes and currency changes affect wine prices

    Supply and demands affect the cost of wine

    Does the aging process affect the cost of wine

    How does prestige factor into the cost of wine

    Can sustainability affect the cost of wine

    A breakdown of how much profit is made on one bottle of wine




    Don't Forget to Download my Free Wine Tasting Guide! - https://www.corkandfizz.com/free-wine-tasting-guide

    Have you Joined the Cork Crew?!
    The Cork Crew Tasting Club is a community of people that enjoy drinking and learning about wine. It's like a book club...but with wine! Each month I’ll select two styles of wine for us to focus on. We’ll then have a virtual tasting party to explore those wines along with a community event to learn from professionals in the wine community.



    Click the link below to get a FREE pass to attend a Cork Crew event of your choosing!
    https://www.corkandfizz.com/freeclasspass

    Connect with me:
    Cork and Fizz - https://www.corkandfizz.com/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/corkandfizz/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/corkandfizz/
    Email - hailey@corkandfizz.com

    • 25 min
    4 Up and Coming Wine Regions You Don’t Want to Miss

    4 Up and Coming Wine Regions You Don’t Want to Miss

    I’m so excited for today’s episode on 4 up and coming wine regions!



    And what I love most about this topic is that a listener proposed this idea! I love chatting about anything you’re interested in hearing about!



    Now, these regions may not necessarily be new in making wine (in fact some are quite old) but they ARE rising in popularity.



    Join me as we explore four regions that each have a unique story and distinctive terroir that is catapulting them into the forefront of the wine industry



    We will learn all about how Armenia is re-building their wine industry and producing wines that are the perfect combo of familiar and unique.



    Then we’ll head back to the states to talk about wine being made in none other than New Jersey.



    Finally we’ll discuss the amazing sparkling wines being made in England and why Elim, South Africa is being watched by the wine producing regions of the world due to its geographical location.



    And you’ll want to listen to the end where I mention 11 more regions that you should be watching! (Because you know I can’t stop at just 4!)



    So, are you ready to find a new region of wine to fall in love with? If so, press play!



    Don’t forget to check out Storcia Wines where you can find Armenian wines https://www.storicawines.com/



    Related episodes


    What is an orange wine? https://www.corkandfizz.com/wine-blog/guide-to-wine-podcast-episode-18


    Embracing hybrid grapes and creating unique wines with Wisconsin winemaker Erin Rasmussen
    https://www.corkandfizz.com/wine-blog/guide-to-wine-podcast-episode-10



    Episode Highlights:


    Up and coming wine regions and their historyWine production in ArmeniaArmenian wine varieties and producersArmenian styles of wineNew Jersey as an emerging wine regionNew Jersey's focus on hybrid and international grapesProducers to look for in New JerseyEngland as an up and coming wine regionEngland’s emphasis on sparkling wineProducers to look for in EnglandClimate changes effect on wine productionWine production in Elim, South AfricaProducers to look for in South Africa11 additional areas to look at for up a
    Don't Forget to Download my Free Wine Tasting Guide! - https://www.corkandfizz.com/free-wine-tasting-guide

    Have you Joined the Cork Crew?!
    The Cork Crew Tasting Club is a community of people that enjoy drinking and learning about wine. It's like a book club...but with wine! Each month I’ll select two styles of wine for us to focus on. We’ll then have a virtual tasting party to explore those wines along with a community event to learn from professionals in the wine community.



    Click the link below to get a FREE pass to attend a Cork Crew event of your choosing!
    https://www.corkandfizz.com/freeclasspass

    Connect with me:
    Cork and Fizz - https://www.corkandfizz.com/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/corkandfizz/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/corkandfizz/
    Email - hailey@corkandfizz.com

    • 40 min
    Learn About Burgundy Wine with Wine Expert, Alex Lopez

    Learn About Burgundy Wine with Wine Expert, Alex Lopez

    Located in the heart of France is the renowned region of Burgundy. 



    Burgundy is famed for its vineyards and diverse terroir. From Cote d’Or which is dominated by the Pinot Noir grape to the Cote de Beaune characterized by an abundance of Chardonnay, each sub region holds its own allure and unique varietals. 



    And with such a large region it’s easy to get confused by all the Burgundy has to offer! (Even if it’s mostly only two grapes!)



    So, I’m so excited to have Burgundy expert Alex Lopez (@drinkswithalexlopez) on the podcast today to teach us all about this region! Alex has focused his career on wine and spirit education while keeping accessibility as key. In addition to his numerous wine certifications, he has recently completed an MBA in Wine and Spirits from the Burgundy School of Business in Dijon.



    Alex dives into the historical evolution of Burgundy, explains the different sub-regions, the classification system, and even touches on tips for buying wine and what to do and where to stay while visiting Burgundy.



    Are you ready for this deep dive into the French region of Burgundy? If so, grab a glass of your favorite French wine and listen in!



    Connect with Alex:
    Instagram - @drinkswithalexlopez
    Website - www.drinkswithalexlopez.com



    This episode of the Cork and Fizz podcast is sponsored by Repour - save 10% off your next order with code CORKANDFIZZ and the Cork Crew Virtual Wine Club - grab your free class pass at www.corkandfizz.com/freeclasspass



    Episode Highlights:


    History of Burgundy

    Burgundy wine regions and grape varieties

    Burgundy wine regions and their unique characteristics

    Burgundys classification systems 

    Is Grand Cru worth the hype?

    Nuances between Premier Cru and Grand Cru designations

    Best tips for buying Burgundy wine

    Visiting Burgundy - Tour companies, recommended wineries and where to stay


    Don't Forget to Download my Free Wine Tasting Guide! - https://www.corkandfizz.com/free-wine-tasting-guide

    Have you Joined the Cork Crew?!
    The Cork Crew Tasting Club is a community of people that enjoy drinking and learning about wine. It's like a book club...but with wine! Each month I’ll select two styles of wine for us to focus on. We’ll then have a virtual tasting party to explore those wines along with a community event to learn from professionals in the wine community.



    Click the link below to get a FREE pass to attend a Cork Crew event of your choosing!
    https://www.corkandfizz.com/freeclasspass

    Connect with me:
    Cork and Fizz - https://www.corkandfizz.com/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/corkandfizz/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/corkandfizz/
    Email - hailey@corkandfizz.com

    • 52 min
    Grape Deep Dive - Barbera

    Grape Deep Dive - Barbera

    I’m back with another grape deep dive and this time it’s Barbera! 



    I first fell in love with this grape at my local wine shop and now it’s my go-to for pizza night since they pair so well together!



    I just love how approachable and fruity this grape is and the fact that you can get an amazing bottle of wine for only $15!



    Today, I’ll share with you the mysterious origins and scandalous past of the beloved Barbera grape in Piedmont, Italy. 



    From fraudulent winemakers to its transformation in the 1980s, this grape is fascinating and was the catalyst for the more stringent control measures in winemaking that we see today. 



    Learn about the vibrant flavors and food pairings that make Barbera a favorite among locals and a perfect match for your next pizza night. 



    By the end of this episode I know that you will be excited to try Barbera when you are out shopping for your next bottle of wine! 



    Episode Highlights:


    Mysterious origins of Barbera

    The scandal involving Barbera and how it led to changes in winemaking

    The transformation of Barbera

    Flavor and aroma profiles of Barbera

    Popular regions for Barbera

    Recommendations for food pairing with Barbera

    What temperature to serve Barbera

    What grape is used for Barbera

    Is Barbera the same as Nebbiolo

    What does Barbera taste like



    Don't Forget to Download my Free Wine Tasting Guide! - https://www.corkandfizz.com/free-wine-tasting-guide

    Have you Joined the Cork Crew?!
    The Cork Crew Tasting Club is a community of people that enjoy drinking and learning about wine. It's like a book club...but with wine! Each month I’ll select two styles of wine for us to focus on. We’ll then have a virtual tasting party to explore those wines along with a community event to learn from professionals in the wine community.



    Click the link below to get a FREE pass to attend a Cork Crew event of your choosing!
    https://www.corkandfizz.com/freeclasspass

    Connect with me:
    Cork and Fizz - https://www.corkandfizz.com/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/corkandfizz/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/corkandfizz/
    Email - hailey@corkandfizz.com

    • 22 min
    All About Sparkling Wine (Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, and more!)

    All About Sparkling Wine (Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, and more!)

    Did you know that one of my very favorite styles of wine is sparkling wine?!


    It’s absolutely delicious and I find the history behind sparkling wine so intriguing….especially since it started as an accident, or more accurately, a HAPPY accident!


    Today’s episode is essentially my Sparkling Wine 101 Tasting that you would get if you booked a private tasting with me but you are getting exclusive access to this on the podcast!


    I’m sharing how to open a bottle of sparkling wine (if you’ve ever tried to open one then you know there is a science to it!) To go along with my advice on the pod, you can check out my IG and TikTok @corkandfizz for video clips showing how to open a bottle of sparkling wine. 


    Why was Sparkling Wine once called the devil’s wine? Mostly because of the destruction it caused! Intrigued yet?


    I’m also diving into how sparkling wine is made, what makes sparkling wine so special, the different levels of dryness to sweetness in sparkling wine, and finally: the different types of sparkling wine!


    Are you ready to learn all about sparkling wine? If so press play and listen in! And after you have listened, head over to my instagram @corkandfizz and let me know what sparkling wine you are excited to try!


    Episode Highlights:
    Tips on how to open a bottle of sparkling wineHow is sparkling wine madeHow was sparkling wine foundedWhy sparkling wine was initially something to avoidWhy sparkling wine was called the Devil’s wineThe traditional method of making sparkling wineWhat is riddlingWhat is disgorgementWhat is Dosage’The tank or charmant method of making sparkling wineThe ancestral method of making sparkling wineLevels of dryness to sweetness in sparkling wine5 Different types of sparkling winesWhat is the difference between Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava


    Listen to French Wine 101
    Listen to French Wine 101 Part Deux



    This episode of the Cork and Fizz podcast is sponsored by Repour - save 10% off your next order with code CORKANDFIZZ and the Cork Crew Virtual Wine Club - grab your free class pass at www.corkandfizz.com/freeclasspass


    Don't Forget to Download my Free Wine Tasting Guide! - https://www.corkandfizz.com/free-wine-tasting-guide

    Have you Joined the Cork Crew?!
    The Cork Crew Tasting Club is a community of people that enjoy drinking and learning about wine. It's like a book club...but with wine! Each month I’ll select two styles of wine for us to focus on. We’ll then have a virtual tasting party to explore those wines along with a community event to learn from professionals in the wine community.



    Click the link below to get a FREE pass to attend a Cork Crew event of your choosing!
    https://www.corkandfizz.com/freeclasspass

    Connect with me:
    Cork and Fizz - https://www.corkandfizz.com/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/corkandfizz/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/corkandfizz/
    Email - hailey@corkandfizz.com

    • 40 min
    Elevating Everyday Wine with Hand-Blown Glasvin Wine Glasses with Founder David Kong

    Elevating Everyday Wine with Hand-Blown Glasvin Wine Glasses with Founder David Kong

    Does a beautiful hand-blown wine glass make a difference when it comes to drinking wine?


    Are different glasses good for different kinds of wine? 


    Or is it just all a marketing strategy?


    Today, I have David Kong, founder of Glasvin Stemware, with me. David is changing the game for wine and cocktail lovers everywhere! And he is giving us all the details on those questions. 


    David dives into how a wine glass can or can not impact a wine. He’s sharing what he thinks are marketing tactics when it comes to glassware and what actually matters.


    David also dives into his direct to consumer business model that allows him to offer affordable wine glasses as well as his mission to responsibly source his products and why that is so important to him and his company. 


    I know after listening to this episode that you will want one of those beautiful hand-blown wine glasses for your collection so head to https://glas.vin/ and use code CORKFIZZ for 10% off your order!


    This episode of the Cork and Fizz podcast is sponsored by Vochill wine chiller - save 15% off your next order with code CORKANDFIZZ and the Cork Crew Virtual Wine Club - grab your free class pass at www.corkandfizz.com/freeclasspass



    Episode Highlights:


    Who is David Kong, founder of Glasvin wine glasses

    Making luxury glassware accessible for everyday use at a lower price point

    Wine selection tips on finding affordable yet quality driven wines

    Importance of choosing wines based on quality rather than branding or marketing

    Versatility of the universal wine glass

    Glasvin’s commitment to responsibly sourcing glassware

    Glasvin’s direct-to-consumer business model for lower prices and better service

    Does the shape and size of a wine glass impact the aroma and taste of wine




    Don't Forget to Download my Free Wine Tasting Guide! - https://www.corkandfizz.com/free-wine-tasting-guide

    Have you Joined the Cork Crew?!
    The Cork Crew Tasting Club is a community of people that enjoy drinking and learning about wine. It's like a book club...but with wine! Each month I’ll select two styles of wine for us to focus on. We’ll then have a virtual tasting party to explore those wines along with a community event to learn from professionals in the wine community.



    Click the link below to get a FREE pass to attend a Cork Crew event of your choosing!
    https://www.corkandfizz.com/freeclasspass

    Connect with me:
    Cork and Fizz - https://www.corkandfizz.com/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/corkandfizz/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/corkandfizz/
    Email - hailey@corkandfizz.com

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Bzeeeee ,

Full of wine knowledge and so much fun!

Hailey's podcast, "Cork and Fizz," is a delightful blend of fun, education, and inspiration centered around the world of wine. With her engaging and vibrant style, Hailey not only makes learning about wine enjoyable but also leaves listeners feeling inspired to explore new varieties. I've personally gained valuable insights from her episodes, and her passion for wine has sparked my curiosity to continue trying and discovering different wines. Hailey's podcast is a must-listen for both wine enthusiasts and those looking to embark on an exciting journey into the world of vintages and flavors.

Anonymous9021074582- ,

Always brightens my day!

Hailey makes learning about wine FUN and approachable for everyone, whether you’re a wine lover already or completely new to the world of wine — I guarantee you’ll learn something new and interesting in every single episode. And her bubbly personality is contagious, always brightens my day!

Kjardim23 ,

Cheers!

"The Cork & fizz" hosted by the vivacious Haley is the perfect blend of education and entertainment, making the world of wine as enjoyable as a leisurely afternoon in a vineyard. Haley's approach to wine is refreshingly relatable. She doesn't bombard you with intimidating jargon or arcane knowledge . Instead, she takes you by the hand and invites you on a journey through the vineyards, making wine appreciation easy and fun. One of the standout features of "Cork & Fizz" is Haley's infectious enthusiasm.

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