151 episodes

Each week, wine media veteran Katherine Cole serves up and breaks down the four biggest stories in the vinous world with help from The Four Top team, including our contributing cohost, Martín Reyes, MW. Come for the headlines, stick around for the occasional bad pun, and savor the conversation.

The Four Top is winner of both the James Beard and IACP awards for Best Culinary Podcast.

The Four Top: Wine News and Culture The Four Top

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    • 4.5 • 90 Ratings

Each week, wine media veteran Katherine Cole serves up and breaks down the four biggest stories in the vinous world with help from The Four Top team, including our contributing cohost, Martín Reyes, MW. Come for the headlines, stick around for the occasional bad pun, and savor the conversation.

The Four Top is winner of both the James Beard and IACP awards for Best Culinary Podcast.

    Ep. 150: Reruns: Sound Off on Roundup

    Ep. 150: Reruns: Sound Off on Roundup

    Katherine is speaking at a wine celebration in Croatia this week, so we've dug a classic episode out of the vault for you. This engrossing, and at times shocking, episode deals with everyone's least-favorite, most-used herbicide: Roundup. It is the perfect pairing for Earth Week, so please enjoy! 

    Here it is, folks; our episode about Roundup…but it’s so much more than that. We dive into regenerative agriculture, climate action, and the fight over how to grow grapes on a rapidly changing planet.

    Rounding out our expertise this week are Dr. Jamie Goode, an award-winning wine journalist, plant biologist, and the author of I Taste Red: The Science of Tasting Wine; and Anna Brittain, the founder and executive director of Napa Green and Napa RISE.

    • 45 min
    Ep. 149: Enzymes, Endorphins, and Ethanol

    Ep. 149: Enzymes, Endorphins, and Ethanol

    Martín Reyes, MW continues his residency in part two of our exploration of alcohol metabolization. We get into enzymes, dopamine, and orgasms in this occasionally off-kilter discussion of how our bodies deal with alcohol. All aboard our very adult Magic School Bus! 

    • 24 min
    Ep. 148: The One with Science In It

    Ep. 148: The One with Science In It

    Martín Reyes, MW is back for a two-episode arc! We've got science, dad jokes, and questionable man-made sound effects on this one. Join us as Katherine and Martín dig in to how alcohol is metabolized in our bodies in part one of this two-parter. 

    • 21 min
    Ep. 147: Teetotalers vs. Nebuchadnezzars

    Ep. 147: Teetotalers vs. Nebuchadnezzars

    Neo prohibitionists have the ears of health officials. It turns out old vines can travel. We've got a climate change game show for you. Yet another wine brand has been bought by its founder. These are the wine news stories we're following this week. 

    • 17 min
    Ep. 146: Import Outrage and Export Heroics

    Ep. 146: Import Outrage and Export Heroics

    A winemaker takes back his brand from a big ol' private equity firm. A surprising amount of American wine is not actually American. Organic wine importers are completely freaking out, and we don't blame them. Washington State is throwing British Columbia a lifeline. These are the four wine news stories we're following this week. 

    • 21 min
    Ep. 145: The Curse of the Blue Nun

    Ep. 145: The Curse of the Blue Nun

    A winery uses AI to sexy up its team, do backflips, and oh yeah, sell wine. Californians are scrambling for last resort fire insurance. We've definitely identified the economic sweet spots for the wine industry. The curse of the blue nun has been lifted. These are the wine news stories we're following this week. 

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Ricky94! ,

Fun and informative!

Good content and fun banter.

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Episode 65 Wine and Music

Talking to plants was introduced in the 60’s and 70’s, so playing music to wine should affect wine too, from smooth jazz to acid rock. The amazing life of plants involves the taste and texture of wine. Discussions with Sheri Hood, Courtney Taylor-Taylor and Jay Boberg were entertaining and mind bending. Another cast by the Four Top that stimulates the taste buds of your mind.

VTBVTB ,

Use of ‘Hispanic’

Should be eradicated altogether.

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