127 episodes

Kathryn Coker is a former Food and Wine Magazine Sommelier of the Year, and her husband, Tug, is, well, her husband. And together they own and operate Esters Wine Shop and Bar in Santa Monica, CA. Each episode Kathryn opens a new bottle of wine as the couple discusses parenting, working together, the restaurant business, and, of course, wine.

The Long Finish - A Wine Podcast The Long Finish - A Wine Podcast

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    • 4.9 • 92 Ratings

Kathryn Coker is a former Food and Wine Magazine Sommelier of the Year, and her husband, Tug, is, well, her husband. And together they own and operate Esters Wine Shop and Bar in Santa Monica, CA. Each episode Kathryn opens a new bottle of wine as the couple discusses parenting, working together, the restaurant business, and, of course, wine.

    127 Barolo Nights/Brovia, Barolo, Italy 2019

    127 Barolo Nights/Brovia, Barolo, Italy 2019

    It’s a busy time if year, but we will always sit down for Barolo. Sometimes called “the wine of kings” or the “king of wines” - Barolo is arguably one of the most popular choices among bottles of red this time of year. Made from 100% Nebbiolo, it’s a bold wine with serious tannins that’s perfect for cold nights and hearty dinners. Kathryn gives a little history on the region and the layout of the area. Back at home the family has been hopping around holiday parties, winter concerts and piano recitals. Tug is busy booking events at Esters. Kathryn gushes over a special photo album made by her friend Maura. Tug praises writer/director, Cord Jefferson. The Wine of the Week of the Brovia, Barolo, Italy 2019.

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    Brovia Wine
    Brovia.net

    Lessismaura.com

    See AMERICAN FICTION, written and directed by Cord Jefferson

    • 28 min
    126 Italian Bubbles/L’Archetipo ‘Susumante’ Rosato Brut, Puglia, Italy 2021

    126 Italian Bubbles/L’Archetipo ‘Susumante’ Rosato Brut, Puglia, Italy 2021

    Holiday season is here! Tug and Kathryn are getting ready for a string of parties and they discuss what wine to bring along. Sparkling is always a festive choice. Prosecco isn't the only bubbly in Italy - there are other spumantes from all over the country! Kathryn explains how she chooses the perfect bottle to share. The couple recounts the recent Thanksgiving week at home with the kids. Tug is inspired by some vinyl. Kathryn is still high on bus travel. The Wine of the Week is the L’Archetipo ‘Susumante’ Rosato Brut, Puglia, Italy 2021.

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    L'architepo Wines
    www.larchetipo.it

    Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%A9j%C3%A0_Vu_(Crosby,_Stills,_Nash_%26_Young_album)

    • 28 min
    125 California Nouveau, Let's Go/Las Jaras ‘Slipper Sipper’ Nouveau, California 2023

    125 California Nouveau, Let's Go/Las Jaras ‘Slipper Sipper’ Nouveau, California 2023

    Tug and Kathryn are gearing up for Thanksgiving week! The hosts discuss the “Nouveau” style of winemaking that started in Beaujolais. The trend is expanding to other regions - in this case a Carignan and Zinfandel blend from California. Kathryn explains the term “Nouveau” and why it makes for a good Thanksgiving pairing wine. Tug celebrates Devo, Kathryn has another book recommendation! The Wine of the Week is the Las Jaras ‘Slipper Sipper’ Nouveau, California 2023.

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    Las Jaras Wines
    Lasjaraswines.com

    Devo
    Clubdevo.com

    Joy Harjo
    JoyHarjo.com

    So Bad It's Good with Ryan Bailey
    www.sobaditsgood.org

    • 25 min
    124 Give Me One Riesling To Stay Here/Peter Lauer ‘Barrel X’ Riesling, Saar, Germany 2022

    124 Give Me One Riesling To Stay Here/Peter Lauer ‘Barrel X’ Riesling, Saar, Germany 2022

    Tug and Kathryn are celebrating the end of the SAG strike and drinking Riesling. They sing the praises for this varietal, a sommelier favorite. Kathryn explains why it’s a great choice for Thanksgiving. Tug is thrilled about the end of the strike, and reveals the silver linings of the picket lines and power of community. Kathryn shares another book recommendation. The Wine of the Week is the Peter Lauer ‘Barrel X’ Feinherb Riesling, Saar - Mosel, Germany 2022.

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    Peter Lauer
    @lauerwine

    Vom Boden Imports
    Vomboden.com
    @vomboden on IG

    • 24 min
    123 Get This Grenache (Rosé)!/Brij, Rosé of Grenache, San Luis Obispo County, California 2022

    123 Get This Grenache (Rosé)!/Brij, Rosé of Grenache, San Luis Obispo County, California 2022

    Tug and Kathryn are enjoying the autumn heatwave in Southern California with a bottle of rosé. Made from 100% Grenache (a varietal that Kathryn once despised) the hosts talk about the versatility of this grape. This wine comes from one of the most influential wine professionals in the United States, and his journey into farming is a good sign for the industry. In other news, the couple has survived Halloween and the candy rush. Tug is spending more time at Esters. Kathryn takes the kids to an art museum. The Wine of the Week is the Brij, Rosé of Grenache, San Luis Obispo County, California 2022.

    Phelan Farm Wine
    www.phelanfarm.com

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    The Couple Behind TV's Boldest Shows
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/06/20/the-couple-behind-tvs-boldest-shows

    The Art of the Billionaire
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/12/06/the-art-of-the-billionaire

    • 20 min
    122 Orange Wine For Halloween/Unico Zelo ‘Esoterico’ Amber, South Australia 2021

    122 Orange Wine For Halloween/Unico Zelo ‘Esoterico’ Amber, South Australia 2021

    Time to start celebrating Halloween with ORANGE wine! Kathryn and Tug open up a skin-contact wine from Australia made from Italian grape varietals. This producer has so much going for them - delicious wine and a very fresh accessible approach to branding and storytelling. Kathryn talks about the main grape-growing regions in South Australia and what’s changing with the wave of “new Australia” winemakers. Back at home, Tug shares the latest update on his ancient car. Kathryn takes the bus. And Esters gets ready to host a HalloWINE bash. The Wine of the Week is Unico Zelo ‘Esoterico’ Amber, South Australia 2021.

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    Unico Zelo
    @unicozelo on IG
    Unicozelo.com.au

    Ed Little Auto Service
    Edlittleautoservices.com

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

Great Football Podcast! ,

Real people talking about wine!

Love this pod, Kathryn and Tug give a great wine review, I always learn something new. They’re also real people, with real lives! And they talk about them! Just a good time all around.

Erin McW ,

Educational and accessible

This podcast is full of great information about wines without being stuffy or condescending.

Kmoolah ,

Fav podcast couple out there

These guys bring so much charm and feel good feels to each episode. Highly relatable. Highly recommend.

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