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Savor the conversation. Join a roundtable of nationally prominent pundits as they discuss today’s hot-button topics in food and beverage culture. Hosted by Katherine Cole.

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    • 4.6 • 76 Ratings

Savor the conversation. Join a roundtable of nationally prominent pundits as they discuss today’s hot-button topics in food and beverage culture. Hosted by Katherine Cole.

    Ep. 101: Bonus Episode — Maggie Henriquez on the Luxury Market

    Ep. 101: Bonus Episode — Maggie Henriquez on the Luxury Market

    In this bonus episode, Maggie Henriquez, PhD, President and CEO of the prestige Champagne house Krug, joins us for a special interview. Katherine and Maggie discuss the beginnings of Krug and how she navigated the luxury market during the pandemic. We’ll be back next week with our final episode of the season.

    • 13 min
    Ep. 100: What Wine Gets Wrong About Indigenous Americans

    Ep. 100: What Wine Gets Wrong About Indigenous Americans

    In this episode, we hear from two wine-world leaders about their experiences as Indigenous Americans, and the ignorance they must contend with every day, from incorrect old stereotypes about alcohol to the appropriation of Indigenous art and terminology by wine marketers.

    Our guides in this conversation are Elaine Chukan Brown, a wine writer, Indigenous mentor, educator, and the founder of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews; and Tara Gomez, winemaker at Kitá Wines and cofounder and cowinemaker at Camins 2 Dreams.

    • 48 min
    Ep. 99: Feeling Conflicted About Selling Luxury

    Ep. 99: Feeling Conflicted About Selling Luxury

    In a time of desperate need, how does it feel to be selling hedonism? Is it possible to find peace and purpose in a career that underscores income inequality?

    Joining us for this episode are Cristie Norman, President of The United Sommeliers Foundation, Lead Sommelier at the Wynn Resort, Las Vegas, and CEO of the Online Wine Course; and Anna-Christina Cabrales, sommelier, founder of Sommation, and Education and Innovation Manager at Independence Wine & Spirits.

    • 42 min
    Ep. 98: Everyone (Except our Guests) Is Wrong About Sustainability

    Ep. 98: Everyone (Except our Guests) Is Wrong About Sustainability

    Why does Martin want to “make lighter bottles sexy”? Here are some hints: It has to do with protecting the planet, safeguarding our future, and rethinking the wine business. Get ready to throw your preconceptions and misconceptions onto the compost pile and join us in Ep. 98 for an eye-opening conversation about sustainable winegrowing.

    Here to help us find a sustainable future are Anna Brittain, a sustainability advocate and Executive Director of Napa Green; and Sandra Taylor, founder and President of Sustainable Business International, Falk Professor of Socially Responsible Business at Chatham University, and founder of Fine Wine Divas.

    • 53 min
    Ep. 97: The Vineyard Stories You Haven’t Heard

    Ep. 97: The Vineyard Stories You Haven’t Heard

    The stories you don’t hear in wine-education classes or read about in magazines are the most important ones out there. These are the stories of brutality and enslavement in vineyards—practices that continue to this day. Prepare to be shocked, surprised, and enlightened by Episode 97.

    Our guest Stephen Satterfield, the host of High on the Hog on Netflix, has worked as an activist on behalf of South African vineyard workers. Stephen is also a food writer, sommelier, podcaster, and the founder of Whetstone Media. Deborah Parker Wong is a writer, teacher, wine judge, and the Global Wine Editor of SOMM Journal and The Tasting Panel magazines.

    • 54 min
    Ep. 96: Battling Burnout While Working in Wine

    Ep. 96: Battling Burnout While Working in Wine

    What could possibly be stressful about working with wine? It turns out that a career centered around other peoples’ enjoyment and leisure is anything but relaxing. As news headlines blare dire warnings about “The Great Resignation,” we focus Ep. 96 on why burnout happens in the wine industry, and what can be done about it.

    Keeping us grounded and healthy this week are Laura Louise Green, a spirits educator, Licensed Professional Counselor, and founder of Healthy Pour; and Rebecca Hopkins, founder of A Balanced Glass, and Vice President of Communications at Folio Fine Wine Partners.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

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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.

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Use of ‘Hispanic’

Should be eradicated altogether.

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Informative, Great conversation, Good Finds

Love the podcast - great format with multiple guests (different each week). Very conversational which makes for an easy listen. Content is also rich in that it isn't recycled information you frequently hear in other places. Unique content, fun, with great variety around food & beverage.

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