Susie and Peter are married Masters of Wine who bring wine to life with a smile via interviews, chat, food, tips, your questions, gentle bickering and a certain amount of over-sharing. (And yes, they probably should get out more...) A top-10 US & UK podcast (Chartable - Apple, Food), recommended in The Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Decanter, Great British Podcasts and more. Reviews say: 'Laugh-out-loud' (Claire); 'Love these guys (almost as much as wine): educational, invigorating and damn funny too' (JDPWalker); 'Relatable, entertaining, light-hearted' (The Drinks Business); 'Best wine podcast out there' (Mickey); and 'A complete tonic for the heart, mind and soul' (Drinks Network).
When Coffee Dorks Meet Wine Nerds
Wanna hear us get humbled and schooled? Interested in exploring whether expensive really means better when it comes to coffee and wine? Or how we're getting it wrong when it comes to storing coffee and wine?!
This is a collaborative episode in which we get together with Scott and Jools from the brilliant Adventures in Coffee podcast. We give them a blind wine tasting, they serve us a blind coffee tasting. Hilarity and humiliation ensue - as well as lessons about how to get the biggest bang for your buck in both.
There are tips, confessions, jeopardy and fun galore in this crossover episode. There's even mention of plastic beach balls, 'de-gassing' and 1974 Barolo. Enjoy!
Do check out the brilliant Adventures in Coffee podcast!
Buy our delicious English sparkling wines, with all profits going to the Marine Conservation Trust charity via this link: The Big English Wine Adventure.
Show notes and details are on our website: When Coffee Dorks Meet Wine Nerds on susieandpeter.com
You can also find us on social media: Instagram or Twitter.
Wines featured in this episode:
Viña del Cura Rioja 2020, 13% (was £5 at time of recording, now £6.75, Tesco) Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2016, 14.3% (from £13.99, Majestic) López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2009, 13% (From £29.99 for the 2008, Majestic)
A Drink to Dry
So: the big question. What to drink when you're not drinking?!
In this short Wine Blast Live, we share our favourite non-alcoholic concoction, one which goes some way to replicating the joy of wine. It's based on Aecorn Bitter, which is made using (unfermented) English sparkling wine grapes mixed with botanicals, mixed with Fever Tree Aromatic tonic plus ice and orange.
We also share a few other options. Including ways to be 'damp' rather than dry - eg by choosing naturally lighter alcohol wines, and perhaps drinking a bit less of them too. Like Riesling, or Hunter Semillon, or a fabulous Sicilian Catarratto...(well, we couldn't bring ourselves to do a whole episode of Wine Blast without some mention of proper wine!)
We touch on the evidence, which suggests a global trend towards increasing moderation on an ongoing basis rather than periods of abstinence. One of the reasons for this has to be the emergence of ambitious, high-quality non-alcoholic drinks over the last few years, a category which is growing fast (and includes the likes of Aecorn).
So: if you want a day off, our 'Anti' cocktail is a great option! Enjoy the pod.
If you have a wine question or challenge you'd like us to tackle, get in touch!
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Check out the video of this podcast, and subscribe to our YouTube channel while you're at it, via this link: A Drink to Dry on YouTube
Details of all products, plus a full transcript, are on our show notes: https://susieandpeter.com/podcast-episodes/season-three/a-drink-to-dry/
Listen to our previous (full) episode on Dry Drinking here: https://susieandpeter.com/podcast-episodes/season-two/dry-drinking/
Investing in Wine
Wine investment is booming - particularly since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Regular headlines champion it as giving greater returns than not only the major equity indices but also other so-called 'alternative' investments like gold, cars and handbags.
But what exactly is wine investment? Why do it? What are the potential gains and pitfalls? What kind of returns and time-scales are we actually talking? How to get the most out of it? And what does the future hold?
In this sponsored episode with fine wine merchant Oeno, we quiz Director of Wine Justin Knock MW as well as Chief Portfolio Manager Sid McNamara-Rajeswaran on all the above and more.
If you're interested in finding out more about wine and wine investment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.oenogroup.com
Show notes and transcript are on our website via this link: Investing in Wine on susieandpeter.com
Catch up with us and say hi on Instagram or Twitter - we'd love to hear from you. Cheers!
Our Wines Of The Year (LIVE)
At this time of year, we get asked two things. What wines we'd recommend. And will we wear silly Christmas stuff. So here you go - the double whammy, all wrapped up in a brand new format: Wine Blast Live, a 5-minute video-podcast, for your delectation.
Listen (or watch) as we try to gloss over our absurd festive attire while recommending our three top wines of the year, including a bargain option, the best wine we've ever tried out of a can (a white, as it happens), and a gorgeous red that represents a large slice of humble pie for Susie.
You can watch on YouTube via this link (even if just to see just how tragic Peter's Christmas jumper really is): Susie & Peter's Wines of the Year 2021 on YouTube
Show notes, including all wine details and the video, are on our website: Susie & Peter's Wines of the Year on susieandpeter.com
The three wines we feature are:
Raul Perez Bierzo La Vitoriana 2018, SpainBanks Brothers Chardonnay No. 3, South AfricaSanta Tresa Rina Russa Frappato 2019, ItalyCatch up with us and say hi on Instagram or Twitter - we'd love to hear from you. Cheers!
The Oz Clarke EXCLUSIVE!
Oz Clarke has done most wine things you've ever thought of, and some you maybe haven't even imagined.
But we're not here to dwell on sex in a Margaux vineyard (though we do, of course, ask the question). This is about Oz Clarke OBE the wine titan, the great storyteller, the acclaimed author and broadcaster, surely the most successful person who ever claimed to have spent his, 'whole life avoiding getting a proper job.'
We try not to slur as we work our way through a bottle of 1985 claret and discuss what Oz would criticise about wine today, climate change, natural wine, his favourite (and least favourite) wine grapes, Bordeaux, whether Burgundy should re-plant Pinot Noir with Syrah (heresy though it might sound)...and how to disagree.
A sponsored episode in collaboration with Academie du Vin Library, publishers of Oz Clarke on Wine, who are generously offering £5 or $5 off the cover price when you use the discount code WINEBLAST5 at www.academieduvinlibrary.com
Show notes are on our website via this link: The Oz Clarke Exclusive on susieandpeter.com
Catch up with us and say hi on Instagram or Twitter - we'd love to hear from you. Cheers!
WTAF - Wine's Alt Format Warriors Battle Climate Change
'Nobody thinks of wine as the villain in the climate story. But in fact we are.' So says When In Rome's Rob Malin, who spoke at COP26 about how shipping wine around the world in glass bottles leads to significant carbon emissions.
'We have to take this seriously because if we don’t do something about climate change, you can forget a lot of your nice wine producing regions,' says Oli Purnell of canned wine startup The Copper Crew.
WTAF stands, in this case, for Wine Traders for Alternative Formats (things like bag-in-box, pouches, bagnums, cans, kegs and plastic bottles). In this episode, we hear their impassioned case for building a more sustainable future for wine, citing figures showing glass bottles have nearly ten times worse carbon footprint than bag-in-box. Their secret weapon? Quality wines and new technology meaning no scrimping on drinking pleasure - while presenting a strong case for sustainability.
We also get a sense of the overview from packaging experts WRAP. And along the way, we talk about featuring climate impact on labels, new ways to recycle plastic, cost savings of alt format wines, wastage, carbon tax...and Nero d'Avola on cornflakes.
Featured in this episode are:
- Rob Malin, When in Rome
- Ollie Lea, The BIB Wine Company
- Rich Hamblin, More Wine
- Nik Darlington, Graft Wine
- Oli Purnell, The Copper Crew
- Adam Herriott, WRAP
As ever, show notes for this episode (including our 'alt format' wine recommendations) are on our website.
You can catch us and say hi via Instagram or Twitter.
Just happened upon Susie and Peter’s podcast last week. As a recently outed wine enthusiast, I love absorbing the knowledge shared on the podcast. Great combination of theoretical frame, personal insights, tips and experiences, with great and relevant guests. Their sense of humor tops it off. Keep it up!
100 point podcast
New Yorker/wine drinker here! Wine Blast is engaging, entertaining, and charming. Susie and Peter are knowledgeable without being pretentious, and they’re also so much fun to listen to. I just passed my WSET Level 2, and I’m hungry (or should I say thirsty?) for more wine knowledge. This podcast is helping me fill the yawning void before I take Level 3 next year. Susie and Peter have got me seriously considering switching careers and entering the wine industry one day, but until then - I’ll keep listening to Wine Blast.
Learning for the pros
I love listening to the show. I learn every episode. Working on my WSET Diploma and the information is brought to real life from the text through Susie and Peter, and it helps the studying tremendously.
Keep up the great show!