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Episode 91: Mr. Booth Goes to Washington
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
The Washington episode is finally here. If you were in the process of tying the knot around your neck because your desperation for this content had become this dire, you can cut the rope, there's no need to kill yourself (YET). On this episode, Jason Booth, sommelier to the stars, teachers you all about Washington wine: The grapes, the regions, the wineries, the personalities. He also goes on way too many tangents and often struggles to include appropriate segues so that you can keep up. But that's half the fun isn't it? You don't fall the down the rabbit hole with this podcast so you can be fully aware of what in the hell is going on. Getting lost is half the fun of finding yourself along the way. This IS the Jabberwocky. Download this pacific northwest treasure and make your ear-holes go: GLUG GLUG GLUG GLUG GLUG. Download File - 31.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 90: Franc-ly My Dear
Tue, Mar 28, 2017
We've made it all the way to 90 episodes! You know what that means right? We're only 17 episodes away from our 107th episode! Whoa!
On this episode Jason teaches you all about the grape: Cabernet Franc. Did you know Cab Franc caused testicular cancer? IT DOESN'T! But how would you know that if you didn't listen to this episode?!?! You wouldn't. You'd just worry about all the ball cancer you might have. But now you don't need to. Because you have episode 90, and it will answer all of the questions your mind can even come close to formulating.
Enjoy this episode Homies. Show it to your hairdresser. Learn all about Cabernet Franc and then you won't go into a divorce proceeding unprepared, ever again. Download File - 26.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 89: Wine Chit Chat
Fri, Mar 10, 2017
To switch things up a little this week, Jason decided to do a fun little episode on current wine trends, pop culture, and various vagaries of the beverage and spirits' industries. Crack open an over-hyped Orphan Barrel whiskey and enjoy some good old chit chat regarding the trending topics in the world of drunkenness and the world at large.
Listen to this episode while running on the treadmill, having a sleepover on the family trampoline, or while your less sophisticated friends are all in the living room watching the latest episode of 'The Real Housewives of Society's Downfall'.
Cheers Homies. Download File - 43.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 88: Jura Gonna Like this Savoie Podcast
Tue, Feb 28, 2017
Jura and Savoie. The grittiest detectives on the Arbois police force...but also, two wine regions worth talking about. Join us as we regale you with stories of Yellow Wine, Straw Wine, Crazy Wine, Vermouth, Swiss Chalets, and even...that wacky weirdo: Poulsard.
Enjoy Jason as he stumbles his way through French pronunciations in an attempt to help you learn stuff. Grab you fondue forks and your note card stacks Homies, it's gonna be one heck of a good time. And if it isn't a good time, we place the blame squarely on the shoulders of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Download File - 40.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 87: Men are from Marsala, Women are from Vino
Fri, Feb 17, 2017
About time right? We were sick and tired of people DESPERATELY BEGGING US for a Marsala episode so fine, here, ya happy?
You WILL be once you listen to this incredible podcast that is absolutely brimming with wine, women, and finely haberdashered hat brims. 'Haberdashered' isn't a word you say? Well...it's my word against yours. Just try taking me to court. I doubt they'll even hear your case. What a stupid thing to go to court for! Ya know what would be a way cooler reason for going to court? If it was a Marsala court where all people did was taste Marsala and decide which one they like the best. Yeah! That's it!
I'LL SEE YOU IN COURT! And you'll hear me on this podcast. Cheers you sexy Vergines. Download File - 29.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 86: The Potcast Podcast
Tue, Feb 14, 2017
Weed. Dope. Reefer. Chronic. Pot. Dope. Herb. Wacky Tobaccy. Sticky Icky. Giggle Smoke. Juan Valdez. The reason you were kicked out of church camp.
We've all got different names for marijuana, and you can call it whatever you'd like. But maybe you know the synonyms and not the science? Well, we're here to help you out. The Wine for Sophisticated Homies proudly present our Marijuana podcast. We wanted to wait until our 420th episode to do a potcast, but unfortunately, it's becoming way too relevant way too fast and so, here we are.
Now, more than ever, we NEED pot. And quite a few state governments are starting to agree. If you're in the industry...this will become an element of our jobs perhaps sooner rather than later. If you're a bud-tender, we hope to do you proud. If you're a bartender that sells bud light...we don't need your approval, but we hope you enjoy the episode anyway. If you're The Ting Tings...whatever happened to you guys? Download File - 50.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 85: How to Lose Somms and Alienate Bartenders
Mon, Jan 16, 2017
On this episode, the Wine Homies teach you how not to be an asshole while dining in a restaurant. Listen to this to learn if you are already one of those guests that people can't stand. Better yourself. Better the world. Download File - 46.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 84: Riojajajajaja
Fri, Dec 02, 2016
We're Back Homies! Well, Jason is anyway, but that's okay! From this point forward we'll be back on track with new episodes.
What are we talking about today? Rioja. I know some of you might have reservations about trying Spanish wine...but you should actually have Gran Reservations. Because these wines are THE SHIZ. Join us on the Spanish Train and
Join Jason for his first solo podcast as he talks to himself all about Rioja wine. Well, he's talking to you too...but, for the sake of the podcast, he just recorded this in front of a mirror wearing his prettiest hat. And yes, everyone should own a pretty hat. Download File - 30.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 83: An Interview with Hipster Bartender Skip Clappus
Mon, Aug 29, 2016
On this very special episode of Wine for Sophisticated Homies, Jason interviews 5 Time Hipster Bartender of the Year, Skip Clappus, from the hottest, literal, underground bar in America: Abandoned Subway Car. Join us as we learn the hottest new trends in the Flavor Intertwining (bartending) industry. After this podcast, you won't feel so self-conscious at that downtown LA bar where everybody you meet is a total asshole. Learn all about crazy new trends like "Anonymous Bartending" and drinks so revolutionary, even the French would appreciate them. Flair bartending? That's cool I guess. Ya know what's cooler? Flare bartending, and Skip will tell you all about that. Get ready for a doozy of a podcast homies. A really, rumstinkin' doozy. Download File - 24.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 82: By Any Other Name
Wed, Jul 06, 2016
On this episode, the wine homies teach you all about the magic that is ros?.
Have you seen this wine, but always been afraid to drink it due to it being, well, you know, a "girly color"? We get it...it's incredibly difficult sometimes to just be yourself and not care what anyone else thinks.
But now, you have the chance to learn all about it, so that maybe you can be cool and drink it. Everyone's doing it by the way. So, listen, and engage. Download File - 43.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 81: An Internship in Newsie Land
Wed, Jun 29, 2016
Ben talks about New Zealand.
No, I don't feel bad at ALL about how short this description is. Shove it. Download File - 45.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
A Night In the Life: Chapter 1
Fri, Apr 08, 2016
In this new segment from the Wine for Sophisticated Homies, the boys take you inside the seedy underbelly of restaurants and wine bars for a little taste of some of the personalities we deal with on a nightly basis. Enjoy these exaggerations, which, it should be said, are not that far off from the truth.
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Episode 80: Vineyards You Should Recognize If You See Them In Public
Thu, Mar 24, 2016
Some Wineries and Chateaus are famous, and then sometimes, the vineyard ITSELF is famous. On this episode we break down some of the most famous vineyards in the world where wineries fight to use the name on their bottles. The terroir on this podcast is too legitimate to quitimate, so pull up a plow, take a squat, and enjoy the learnin' you sun-scorched hand pickers of the season. Download File - 29.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 79: Sneaky Ol' Verdicchio
Sat, Mar 05, 2016
On another illustrious episode of Wine for Sophisticated Homies, these two Pulitzer prize winning podcasters take you inside the burgeoning world of Verdicchio, a wine with such complexity that only the most of serious of podcasts even dare go near it as a topic.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll learn, but mostly, you'll grow up a little. Isn't that what summer camp is really all about? Enjoy Homies. Download File - 17.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
A Midnight Editorial
Tue, Feb 23, 2016
Don't ever forgot to live while engaging in life.
Credit to Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/danzon-no.-2/id522933337?i=522934306 Download File - 9.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 78: All Sauce
Mon, Feb 22, 2016
On this episode we're gettin' saucy. The Wine for Sophisticated Homies are finally bringing you the Alsace episode wherein you can expect to find great white wines, intense history lessons, high level punnery, and overt sexuality. Ever wondered what was up with this overly germanic french region? Prepare to become a learned scholar on everyone's favorite region to invade: Alsace. You can listen to it now, or, for a real swinging good time, you can lay this podcast down for 15 years and open it when it's at its peak (though keep in mind the pop culture jokes won't translate quite as well). Cheers to the beginning of another beautiful work week Homies. Remember, you are all harbingers of pleasure and keepers of the wine key. Download File - 30.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 77: Urban Wines for Urbane Times
Mon, Feb 01, 2016
What is an urban winery? Where is an urban winery? When is an urban winery? Now.
On this episode, we go all city on you and teach you about the growing trend of wineries smack dab in the middle of the cities. So do the dab on over to your local warehouse to snag a bottle from one of these fresh operations and see what the wine has to say. Our guess? It'll be something urbane. Download File - 23.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 76, Chapter 2: Natural, Orange, Underwater Wine
Sat, Jan 16, 2016
See Last Episode Description. Part 2.
BERNIE SANDERS!!!!!!! Download File - 32.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 76 Chapter 1: Natural, Orange, Underwater Wine
Fri, Jan 08, 2016
On this episode we bring you Chapter One of a two Chapter saga teaching you all about Natural, Orange, and Underwater Wines. These three crazes are blowing up all over the place, because the world is full of hipsters. But you know who else was considered a hipster? Thomas Edison. And he invented light...or something like that. So on this episode, get ready to turn on your thinking caps while we teach you about these crazy new trends. And the best part? It's a TWO-PARTER! Other famous Two Part stories include Kill Bill, The Hunger Games Mockingjay Money Grab, that guy you know that for whatever reason has two different parts in his hair, and now The Wine For Sophisticated Homies Episode 76. "2016 is gonna be one hell of a year for brilliant podcasts" --Jason and Ben patting themselves on the back. Download File - 28.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 75: RazzamaTasmania
Tue, Dec 08, 2015
Australia has a lot of great wines and wine regions right? But did you know about Tasmania? It's one of seven Aussie wine regions that cover the expanse of the continent. It's also its own island. But so is Australia. So it's an island owned by an island. Technically every piece of land on the planet is an island. Why do you we subcategorize islands if even Pangea itself was an island? Ya know what? On this episode we'll talk all about Tasmanian wine but also the legal definitions and auspices of islands. Download File - 20.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 74: Would you like some More V?dre?
Mon, Nov 09, 2015
On this episode the Homies take you inside the seedy underbelly of Mourv?dre fighting rings. Did you know there are certain regions around the world where this grape is trained as an attack grape and forced to fight other grapes? Of course you didn't...because that isn't true. But would you have known that thing that you wouldn't ever even have assumed wasn't true if we didn't tell you it wasn't true. Now you know something isn't about something you hadn't even thought about. Learn about other Is's and Isn't's regarding this amazing grape on Episode 74 of the Wine For Sophisticated homies podcast, which is a podcast all about grapes, but which isn't a podcast all about not grapes, or double negatives. It definitely isn't not a podcast about not double negatives. Download File - 27.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 73: The Grape Unknown
Thu, Oct 29, 2015
Are you read to learn all about the grape? Do you think I misspelled the word 'ready' in that first sentence? Well you'd be wrong. Do you want to be right about more stuff? Then listen to this podcast all about the fruit from which thine wine doth come?
Well get ready, Ben and are are about get weird. And while we get weird? Well heck and holly, we plan on teaching you some serious vitis vinifera grape shtick. Learn about the different parts, the zones, and how those parts and zones affect the finished product in the bottle.
We know, we know, this is the podcast topic you've all been screaming and haggling for. Well save your vocal chords and your snake oil. Here it is. The Grape Podcast. Download File - 22.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 72: The Campania You Keep
Mon, Oct 19, 2015
Pizza was invented in Naples. You know what goes great with Pizza? Wine. You know where the first great wines of the world came from? Campania. Pizza and Falernian Wine. Need I say more? On this whiz bang episode of Wine for Sophisticated homies, super somms Jason Booth and Ben Draper teach you all about this up-and-coming Italian wine behemoth. From the red Aglianico, to the royal triumvirate of whites: Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, and Falanghina, Campania wine is a companion wine. Drink it with your companions. You'll thank us later. Or now if you like...go ahead. Download File - 19.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 71: All-Day-Every-Muscadet
Mon, Oct 05, 2015
Did you know Muscadet isn't actually a grape? Nope, the grape is known as Melon de Bourgogne. Is the grape from Burgundy? No. Is the fruit a melon? No. Wanna know these things and more? Then listen to this podcast you curious little devils! Sheesh! Grab a bucket of oysters and settle into your favorite chair on your favorite fishing village deck, cuz we're gonna learn you mother shuckers some serious wine knowledge. Cheers Homies. Download File - 23.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 70: Pop a Grappa
Fri, Sep 11, 2015
Grappa? What is it? We'll tell you! Put your headphones in and cozy up to your cat. (Cat's love grappa fyi). Grappa, much like Rum, comes from leftover crap. Did you know that when you're done listening to all of our podcasts you can throw them in a still and make a whole new podcast with a higher ABV? We don't know if that's true, we're just asking if you know if that's true. Is it? Is...it? Enjoy this Grappa podcast homies...use it during your Italian restaurant preshift notes and play it for fun while tooling around piedmonte on a Vespa with a passionate yet understated woman named Francesca. Cheers. Download File - 19.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 69: The Mania of Romania
Tue, Sep 01, 2015
On this episod of Ye Old Wine Podcast, the Homies are back with attitude. Welcome to our sexy episode 69, teaching you all about the wines of Romania.
On this episode we're going to teach you about the 7 unique Romanian wine regions, the major grapes of the country, and the history surrounding this vampire-heavy former eastern bloc up-and-comer. We know you'll love it because you don't have much of a choice. Have you seen the alternatives? Megh. Cheers Homies! Download File - 20.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 68: The Barbera of Seville
Mon, Aug 24, 2015
Sure Piemonte does Nebbiolo and Moscato and Dolcetto and Cortese and Arneis...
but do you know what they grow the most of? Fiat automobiles. But, if we're only referring to wine...that'd be Barbera. This podcast will grab your brain and shove barbera facts deep into your cerebellum (let it be known the cerebellum actually just handles muscle control, not fact retention, do not attempt at home). Ever wonder where Barbera grows, who makes the best versions, and what it pairs with? We know you haven't, but we're gonna teach you anyway, because we're pedantic and desperate for attention. CHEERS HOMIES! Download File - 21.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 67: Slam Your Body Down and Ziga-Cigar
Thu, Aug 13, 2015
On this episode the homies are teaching you all about cigars. Grab your velvet smoking jacket, your glass of scotch, and your finest beard, and join us as we teach you all about the history, regions, and varieties of Cigars. We know this isn't a podcast about wine. But every now and then we simply like to teach you about the finer things in life. Especially because sommeliers used to have to know about cigars. Step up your game homies. It's time to light one up. Download File - 31.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 66: Land of Switzer
Fri, Jul 24, 2015
Did you know that Switzerland makes wine? We didn't either, which is gonna make this podcast pretttttty awkward. Yeahhhhhhhhh. Ummmm. Oh WAIT, there are our notes, nevermind we good we good.
On this podcast we teach you all about the grapes, regions, and history of Switzerland. We'll give you the best opinions we can of the country but it's tough, we're usually pretty neutral when it comes to our Switzerland opinions. Listen to this podcast while you hike up the Matterhorn, or while you wait in line to ride the Matterhorn, or while you try to figure out what is the matter with your horn (ya know, like, if you're in a brass band with faulty instruments). CHEERS HOMIES! Download File - 20.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 65: ViognYAYYY!!!
Thu, Jul 02, 2015
Yippee! On this episode we teach you homies all about the white grape Viognier. Ever wondered if you'll ever find love? Sorry, we can't help you there, but we CAN help you learn all about Viognier. We'll walk you through the grape, the regions it grows in, the best wineries making it, and what to pair it with. Peppered throughout that lesson, you'll find hilariously bad pronunciations, unneccessary pop culture stream of consciousness jokes, and entirely innapropriate politically incorrect peanut gallery comments to make your long drive with your Republican-voting stepdad both enjoyable and awkward. Enjoy this podcast by yourself in your closet, or at your local Supreme Court Equality party, either way it's a smash hit! Download File - 39.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 64: I WANT MY MTVdL's and VdN's
Tue, Jun 02, 2015
You can't mutage this podcast, we're loud and proud, and breakin' it down. There are so many friggin' drinks in the wine world. Including those that are fortified before or after fermentation has begun. We're gonna help you understand the most famous versions of these two little subcategories. If you're still confused after this is over, blame the European Union. Download File - 20.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 63: The Port of Ugal
Mon, May 11, 2015
What's that little strip of land hanging off the southwest corner of Europe? BAM! That's Portugal, and they make some wine there. Don't like mainland wine? KABLAM! They also make island wine. Don't like island wine? SKIDOOSH! Why are you so picky ya butthead?
On this episode the Wine Homies will be teaching you all about the sweet and not-so-sweet wines of Portugal. Get ready to learn all about Port, Madeira, Vinho Verde, and the up-and-coming dry, still wines the country is beginning to produce.
Forgive us in advance for the high-difficulty pronunciations of the Portuguese language, we watched a lot of Brazilian Booty work-out videos to prepare for the difficult sounds. We'll post an online version later on written entirely in IPA (The international phonetic alphabet, not the India Pale Ale, you can't write something in India Pale Ale...I mean, you could write something under the influence of IPA...but why? That's a high alcohol beer, you might mistype something). Download File - 32.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 62: The Black Pinecone
Sat, Apr 18, 2015
Finally...the day you've all been waiting for, a podcast on what to pair with the music of Drake. Actually...no, that's next week. This week, we will be talking to you all about the incredibly famous and outstandingly tasty Pinot Noir. We weave you in and out of the history, geography, taste profiles, and names-to-know for this wildly seductive brunette in a glass. So sit back in your mushroom chair, grab a cola and a jar of cranberries, and prepare to learn your grape-loving-ass off. Pinot Noir, at last. Download File - 30.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 61: MexiCos d'Estournel
Wed, Apr 01, 2015
Buenas Nachos! On this episode the Homies are coming at you in real time with the wines of Mexico. Pack a pancho, grab your lasso, hop on your burro, and head on down to the fiesta...where you'll learn a large amount of high school Spanish 1 vocabulary mixed in with a brief history and overview of the wines now being made south of the border. Could've we have just called this podcast "The Baja Podcast" and focused on the majority of Mexican wine that comes from that one area? Sure...but then you wouldn't have the whole picture. The Mexican picture. Plus we wouldn't have just called it the Baja podcast, we probably would've named it something clever or punny like "Baja Humbug" or something. Oh great, now we gave you an idea for a clever Baja Podcast name. Just great. Could we delete what we just wrote? No, our keyboard has no 'delete' button because we're just that confident. We don't make misteaks. Denada Homies. Denada. Download File - 13.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 60: For Goodness Sake
Thu, Mar 26, 2015
Polish off your rice grains homies, we're going straight Sake on your bums!
Ever wanted to learn just a little bit about Sake and then forget most of what you just learned? Well then do we have an episode for you. Listen to this episode while you practice holding chopsticks. Allow the mold to form to your ipods. Put this Koji in your ears.
During World War II, many people built Sake Bomb Shelters, which were shelters where they could drink Sake Bombs without dying from literal bombs. That's not true. Or is it? We've had a lot of Sake.
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Episode 59: The Lily of the Valley
Sat, Feb 21, 2015
Did you know that agave isn't actually a cactus? It's a member of the Lily family; ya know from the genus monocot; also known as Monocotyledon; AN ANGIOSPERM!
If you didn't know this you should listen to this episode all about Tequila. Do we teach you this very thing in the episode? Heck no we just told you in this episode description. Does this mean you should start reading all of the descriptions? Hellz yeah.
Are we being a little anal retentive? Not according to Freud's original definition Homies. STAY IN SCHOOL! Also, enjoy this fascinating study on Tequila. Denada. Download File - 27.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 58: "He Got Gamay" a Spiked Lee Joint
Thu, Feb 12, 2015
The Gamay grape, forever misunderstood, always controversial.
This episode of Wine for Sophisticated Homies will teach you all about the grape Gamay Noir a Jus Blanc. Should there be an accent over that "a"? Yes, but we don't know how to do that on our keyboard. Plug in your headphones and stimulate that soft spot for gamay you never even knew you had. Cheers m'dears. Download File - 29.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 57: Neat-o Venet-o
Tue, Feb 10, 2015
Ever wanted to learn about the Veneto? Okay...well, fine then, learn, sheesh, stop yelling at us. We're RIGHT HERE.
Strap on your headphones, grab your gondolas. Download File - 15.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 56: Cone Yak and Army Yak.
Fri, Jan 30, 2015
Have you ever wondered what the hell rappers are talking about? FEAR NOT. We're here to teach you all about Cognac and Armagnac. By the time you finish this podcast, you'll be BRANDED a real expert on this French after-meal drink...you might even have a better grasp on how old your cognac is...or, for that matter, why certain people drink it. This podcast will make you all sorts of happy. Enjoy Homies. Download File - 19.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 55: A-Gris to Disa-Gris
Tue, Jan 20, 2015
Welcome to the Pinot Gris podcast homies, or, for any of you joining us on this podcast from their Cadilac just outside the local Denny's, welcome to the Pinot Grigio podcast.
On this episode we will be teaching you everything you need to know (also leaving lots of very important stuff out) about Pinot Gris. Get ready for a full-bodied, spicy podcast...or a watery and unremarkable one...it's tough to say for sure.
Cheers Homies! Download File - 15.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
'Twas The Wine Before Christmas
Thu, Dec 25, 2014
Merry Christmas Homies.
Also all the other holidays. We support everyone's version of Jesus and all drinks had in honor of those deities. Download File - 4.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 54: So Rhonery
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
On this episode the Homies teach you all about the Northern Rhone.
Have you ever wanted to learn about it? Great! Cuz now you can with this podcast. For only 14.95 this podcast can be yours. Mail your money in unmarked bearer bonds to PO Box 8675309, California, America.
Get ready to have your slopes roasted and your Chateaus Grilleted. Download File - 18.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 53: The Milk Sommelier
Wed, Dec 03, 2014
Wine For Sophisticated Homies is proud to bring you our first ever live interview.
On this episode, Jason interviews the worlds first Milk Sommelier, Xander Kavanaugh, the ever-popular trendmaker at New York's hottest new midnight snack bar: 'Got Milk'. Jason dives into the growing world of artisan milk and milk pairings. Ever wanted to learn the parallels of wine and milk? Xander breaks it down. Ever wonder where milk fits in the current world of culinary trends? Well then you'll learn that too, jeez!
Enjoy Xander's in depth milk knowledge and learn all about the hot new milk trends. This episode is udderly fantastic. Cheers Homies. Download File - 23.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 52: A Stein of Steen
Fri, Nov 14, 2014
In the next chapter of the Wine for Sophisticated Homies Saga, Ben Draper and Jason Booth take you inside the secretive world of Chenin Blanc.
Loire Valley? Check. South Africa? Check. California? Sure. New Zealand? Wait what?
Kick back in your porch hammocks with a bottle of aged Vouvray and listen to the words that are coming out of our mouths. You'll learn all about this intriguing white wine grape and the hammock will relax your back after that stressful week at work you had. If you do not own a porch, or a hammock, well, not much we can do...sucks to suck. Download File - 24.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 51: Spain Explained
Thu, Oct 30, 2014
In this episode Ben and Jason explain the Spanish wine world to you. So pop open that pocket Freixenet you've been holding onto for a special occasion and bust out some wide-grained, American oak deck chairs so that you can sit back, relax and learn all about Spanish wine law, the DO system, and the weather and geography, including why the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.
We recommend aging this podcast for two years in barrel and three years in bottle, so that five years years from now it'll be listening lovely. If you have any gran reservations about this then listen to it now.
Cheers Homies. Download File - 32.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 50: We're Drunk
Fri, Oct 17, 2014
To Celebrate our 50th Episode, the Wine Homies get very drunk and talk about life. No stuffy wine theme for this episode, just innapropriate conversations between your two favorite unserious sommeliers.
We actually talk about our own lives...alcohol leads to honesty.
The episode is over 50 minutes so you can get drunk while you listen to us in your car or in church. Cheers Homies, thanks for the dedication. Download File - 50.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 49: AmaroLand
Fri, Sep 12, 2014
Pop open a bottle of Amaro to enjoy with this podcast. If you don't know what an amaro even is, then listen to the podcast, learn, and then listen to the podcast again with an amaro. If you don't like listening to things twice, then force your loved one to listen to it. Either way it doesn't matter to us. Actually it does matter to us. Listen to this podcast 3 times. And that's final. Download File - 22.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 48: Aglianico, AKA "The Wine of Vultures"
Thu, Sep 04, 2014
In this episode the homies teach you all about Diana Taurasi's favorite Italian wine to drink after a tough Phoenix Mercury game.
The Aglianico grape is probably Greek, but hell, it's all Greek to us. Pull the shades down, put those headphones on, and get ready to dance, or...sit, politely, and learn about this marvelously large Italian go-to. Hazzah! Download File - 12.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 47: Anbaugebiete by Dre
Thu, Aug 07, 2014
Get ready for it. On this episode the Homies are doing ALL OF GERMANY. In one foul swoop. One giant invasion where we crush the entire country with das boot on dat foot.
Have you ever wanted to learn everything about Germany? Or most of it anyway? Well then your welcome. Germany. Ta-da. Download File - 31.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 46: Wine Cocktails from Thine Hot Males
Sun, Jul 27, 2014
On this episode, the overly attractive Wine Homies invite you into the wine cocktail world. Ever wondered what the major cocktails incorporating wine are? Well here you are homies.
Ben and Jason break down cocktails that have at least 50 percent wine in their recipe. Enjoy this podcast while drinking, listen to it a second time while drunk.
Cheers Homies. Download File - 16.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 45: Torront?s, Salta on the Wounds
Thu, Jul 17, 2014
"DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA,
The truth is I love your white wine,
I love Torront?s,
not just from Montes,
IT'S OH SO TRAGIC
SUCH AROMATICS." Evita Remix, Wine Homies 2014
On this podcast, we talk about the noble, white grape of Argentina, Torront?s, and also where it comes from and what to eat it with and, most importantly, 12-14 unneccessary pop culture references that half of you won't even get much less appreciate.
Enjoy the podcast Homies! Download File - 15.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 44: God Save the Wine
Thu, Jul 10, 2014
On this episode, the homies talk to you about England!
Did you know they make wine?
Yeah, we didn't either! But they do! It's great! It Sparkles! Loud Noises!
So cuddle up next to the fire with some Yorkshire Pudding, Reestit Mutton, Kippers, and Haggis, turn on your laptop, and get ready for a jolly holiday. Keep Calm and Carry Wine. Download File - 19.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 43: Bamboozled Booze
Fri, Jul 04, 2014
The con. The Trick. The Prestige. To fool the consumer into thinking they are buying one wine, when really they are buying another.
On this episode, the Brothers Sophisticated break down the world of Counterfeit Wine, an underground nebula of seedy characters dressed up to look like that shadowy figure from the Neighborhood Watch signs.
Fake lables, dilution, millions of dollars spent for fraudulent vinager...there's nothing these cronies haven't tried in order to pull of their imposter bottle shenanigans. So, get the rest of your 11 together Mr. Ocean and get ready for the wild word of wine crime and counterfeiting. Spyglasses ready gumshoes! Download File - 20.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 42: NebbiYOLO
Fri, Jun 20, 2014
On this episode the Wine Homies teach you all about Nebbiolo, the foggy grape from the foggy region of Piemonte, where fog and smoke sometimes mix together to create smog. Foghorn-Leghorn has nothing to do with Nebbiolo, but was a quality cartoon.
Nebbiolo on the other and is not a quality cartoon, it is a grape responsible for some of the most famous wines in the world, Barolo and Barbaresco. So sit back, relax, crack open a bottle of Palmina's Sparkling Nebbiolo (Yes that's actually a thing) and enjoy as we once again seduce you with factamundos extraordinaire. Download File - 22.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 41: Oh…Canada.
Sun, Jun 08, 2014
On this episode, the Homies are back and better than ever. Join them as they dissect the political intrigue and seedy underworld of the Canadian wine industry.
From backdoor mafia dealings to side-alley assassinations, Canada has long been known as one of the most malevolently violent wine countries the world has ever seen. Now, for the first time ever, these two brave wine journalists risk life and reputation by revealing to you the forgotten world of Canadian vino. You'll learn all about popular Canadian wine mob bosses such as Canucky Thompson and feared terroir locales like Vancuvee.
Get ready for some Ice Wine Eh?
Download File - 17.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 40: A Cure for What Ales You
Tue, May 06, 2014
Did we mention Beer!
We talk about Beer on this episode. That is all.
Beer. Enjoy Homies. Download File - 23.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 39: Chardonnaked
Sat, Apr 19, 2014
We're getting real. Exposing you homies to Chardonnay for all it's worth.
Ever wondered where the grape grows, what it tastes like, what it pairs with? We'll kind of help you with some of that. We'll address it we guess...if we remember or get to it. Try to remember we're highly driven by tangents and stream of conscious thinking.
Chardonnay is one of the top ten grapes currently grown in the world. Tons of Hectares, and even more Acres, so we'll just say it's grown on many different Hectacres. Which is different than Heck Takers, a name of people who put up with a lot of Heck. Enjoy the Chardonnay podcast Homies. Download File - 22.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 38: Oregon Baby Gone
Fri, Apr 04, 2014
Grab your free range headphones and organically grown iPods and get ready to take a trip through Oregon wine country...where the wine is all made by earth loving Oregon hippies (according to Ben).
Do you like Pinot Noir and diyurnal swings? Do you appreciate wine that falls somewhere between Sonoma and Burgundy on the earth to fruit ratio? Well then you're in luck. You'll find it in Oregon, as well as some Blastin' Indoor Soccer, and a killer Shakespeare festival. Be careful of the panhandlers though...some of them make more money than us. Download File - 17.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 37 Part Zwei: Blind as a Bat and…It's Not Your Fault
Tue, Feb 25, 2014
On part Zwei of our Blind Tasting podcast, the homies go further into classic wine indicators, as well as breaking down the wide world of wine faults and what you should be looking for if a wine is said to be faulted.
Remember, It's not your fault...it's not your fault...it's not your fault...it's not your fault.
Download File - 22.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 37, Part 1: Blind as a Bat…That Likes Wine
Mon, Feb 17, 2014
In this episode, sommeliers Jason Booth and Ben Draper teach you all about Blind Tasting.
This will be a two part series where we taste some wines blind, and then afterwards explain why it is important to be able to pick up on certain flavors and qualities (or faults) in wine.
We promise this will only be a two-part series because we are not driven by money or pressures from major movie studios who want to exploit our early successes. There won't be an Indiana Jones 4 to this podcast series, with Deadly Ants that supposedly know how to make ladders out of their own bodies when trying to kill Shia Lebouef. We do not however have any problem with killing Shia Lebouef...if there are any ants out there who want to do that then go ahead.
ENJOY THE BLIND WINE TASTING HOMIES! Download File - 18.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 36: Ugni Trebbiano
Mon, Jan 20, 2014
On this episode, the Wine Homies are giving some serious credit to the biggest Unsung Hero of the wine world: Ugni Blanc. Also known as Trebbiano in Italy and Thalia in Hip Hop videos.
This grape has been providing fronting rappers with Cognac for years, as well as rounding out the acidity you all know and love so much in the Chianti blend.
So sit back and get ready to learn all about one of the most important grapes you've never heard of. EDUCATE YOURSELVES HOMIES. Download File - 14.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 35: Austria, The Desolation of Smaragd
Mon, Jan 13, 2014
Get Ready! Get Set! Austria!
On this episode, the Wine Homies are back to tell you all about Austria.
Get ready to get Svelt with Veltliner, Pompous with Blaufrankish, and Smile with Zweigelt. Download File - 16.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 34: Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Wed, Jan 08, 2014
Yes. We're back. Nice to meet you 2014.
On this episode, the Wine Homies are taking you into the world of Absinthe. What is Absinthe you might ask? Well the listen to the episode loser...who the heck looks at podcast descriptions just to find out what's in the podcast? That's what listening is for.
So strap yourself onto the Green Fairy, Chop your ears off, pull up your Bohemian butts, and enjoy. Missed you Homies. It's great to be back.
Download File - 18.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 33: Swing Merlot, Sweet Cherryut.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013
Gather round peeps, the Wine Homies are breaking down Merlot, that wine that your dad drinks...and definitely your grandparents.
This grape also died after Paul Giamatti took a verbal axe to that cherry tree, but thankfully it has survived the pop culture scare and is now doing okay again (Pinot is still doing better).
We're going to do a quick run through on this grape. The facts, the regions, and the way it tastes (inside your mouth). So curl up by the fireplace with a Merlot and some Werther's Originals...and enjoy. Download File - 16.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 32: Chile and Chillax
Sat, Dec 07, 2013
Chile is a country. Boom! Chile is a very long country! Bam! See those facts we just laid down? Well that's our job. A job that we work PROBONO! Skidoosh!
On this podcast, professional sommeliers and part-time kindergarten teachers Ben Draper and Jason Booth lay down the cold, hard facts on Chilean wine. Where does it grow, what does it grow, who does it grow. You've got Chilean questions? We've got Chilean answers. Wanna know something about Paraguay? YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO WAIT HOMIE...this is the Chile podcast. Cheers to our Homies, jeers to our detractors.
Download File - 31.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 31: Vodka or Gin? Shaken or Stirred?
Tue, Nov 26, 2013
Don't use that wheat for bread! Use it for alcohol. Use it for vodka or gin. on this episode the Wine Homies delve into everyone's favorite before dinner beverage...a drink that'll help you through any boring business dinner, meeting of the parents, or impending Thanksgiving.
Drink this if you are a spy, or a Russian government official, or a depressed early American author. We're gonna go over the basics for you homies. Enjoy this podcast neat or on the rocks.
Download File - 22.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 30: Sauvignon: The White Savage
Thu, Nov 21, 2013
On this, the 30th episode of the podcast that changed the wine world, incumbent sommeliers Benjamin Draper and Jason Booth take you on a journey into the world of sauvignon blanc. All aboard the train of white grape wonder as we teach you the ins and outs of the mysterious cat pee wine grape.
From Sancerre to Marlborough, Napa to Bordeaux, Friuli to Durbinville, we show you just how variable this grape of grace and dignity can be. Won't you join us for another magical podcast as we elaborate on the wonders of wine? For every download we donate a large sum of money into an offshore bank account that we don't want the government knowing about. Enjoy Homies. Download File - 24.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 29: South Africa: The Wine Safari
Mon, Nov 11, 2013
Hop on top of the old Safari Jeep, we're about to take you into the South African wine world, where you might spot a ferocious Cabernet Sauvignon, a herd of Chenin Blancs, a graceful Sauvignon Blanc, or perhaps even see the misunderstood Pinotage!
Rifles at the ready! Glasses up! No poaching!
Here we go into...SOUTH AFRICA! Download File - 19.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 28: Tools (not jerks) of the Trade
Tue, Nov 05, 2013
Brandish thy corkscrews,
wield thy decanters,
Credit Card thy Coravins,
For this podcasteth is thine episode of wine tools. Hear ye, hear ye, listen well, For Benjamin and I, sommeliers of ye old castle, deliver you details far and wide on wine tools.
Ahem, You are most welcometh.
Download File - 26.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Happy HalloWine Boys and Ghouls!
Thu, Oct 31, 2013
A quick guide on which wine goes with which costume. Cheers Homies. Download File - 2.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 27: Syrah Michelle Gellar
Mon, Oct 28, 2013
All you all ready for a chewy podcast? We hope so cuz on this episode the wine homies will be breaking down the world of Syrah. Have you ever wanted to know everything there was to know about this Northern Rhone legend? Well here ya go.
Home, home on the grange, where the Penfolds and Hill of Grace play, where seldom is heard, a light bodied word, and the sky is just Chapoutier.
Cheers Homies! Download File - 19.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 26: The Napa Valley, Part Deux
Mon, Oct 21, 2013
Ch-ch-check it Benny D and Jasey Boo are on the mic with number 2. That's right, part two of our Napa Valley podcast...get out your quills and parchment papers, cuz we're getting allllll specific on this episode. We're gonna take you through the 16 different sub-Ava's of the Napa Valley, and when we're done, we're gonna drop the mic and walk away Homies.
This podcast is full of history, wineries, gravel, and cool stuff. That's not enough? You'll also get our humor. Boom. Salesmanship. You're welcome. The Napa Valley is a behemoth. So get with it. You've been served Homies. Download File - 18.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 26: The Napa Valley, Part 1
Fri, Oct 11, 2013
The Napa Valley is important and stuff. It's important that we tell you about this important region, its important grapes, and the important reasons that you learn all about this historically important AVA of importance.
Cabernet? Chardonnay? Those are important grapes. Krug? He's important. Mondavi? So important. The Judgment of Paris? So damn important. In this podcast, the first of the two parts, we teach you the history of the Napa Valley, America's mos important wine region. So put your thinking caps on, sit back in your Adirondock chairs and turn on your most important lamps so that you can see the notes you write while listening to this VERY important podcast. We bring you, The Napa Valley. Enjoy Homies. Download File - 24.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 25: Future Wine Beep Boop Beep!
Tue, Oct 01, 2013
Salutations Earthlings and sentient beings from the 5 Galaxies! Welcome to our Future podcast...a podcast from the year 3000. If you're Brain Scanning this podcast from somewhere in the universe, we hope you appreciate the current state of Universal Wine.
If you are one of our listeners on Klorgshtorpel 9, you can find the translation of this podcast at your local Klorgshtorpel Pod-Library. Make sure you give us 7 tentacles up!
A lot has changed since the year 2013, but one thing remains...wine is still awesome. Thanks for listening Galactic Homies! Download File - 21.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 24: Albari?o If Ya Know What I Mea?-o
Thu, Sep 19, 2013
On this episode we're gettin' down with the Galicia sound. If you've never tried Albari?o you're missing out. What one-horse town have you been living in? And even if you are living in a town with just one horse, that's hardly an excuse, most people drive cars now. Where the eff are you living? The point is on this episode we go over one of our favorite white grapes and we do so with gusto.
If you don't like gusto you can shove it. Enjoy Homies! Download File - 17.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 23: Australia Regalia
Thu, Sep 05, 2013
Welcome to the Land Down Under, home of big wines and big vines.
Ever wondered what wine you should order when you see the Thunder from Down Under in Las Vegas? Ever wondered what wine you should be holding in your Mollydooker? We've got the answers.
Tune in and hear the story of the wine from the the land of the Backwards Swirl.
Cheers Homies! Download File - 25.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 22: Frisky Whisky Twerkin' Bourbon
Thu, Aug 29, 2013
What? No wine?
No. Let's take a wine break and talk about whisky...whiskey...whiskee...wiscy...whatever.
"Scotch Scotch Scotch down in my belly", and straight to your technological devices via our podcast so you can learn all about what fancy shmancy people drink when they're not drinking wine.
We recommend this podcast with a Cuban cigar and and properly twirled mustache. Enjoy Homies. Download File - 30.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 21: Zin-copation
Wed, Aug 21, 2013
On this episode, we dive into the depths of the zincredible, the Zintillating, the zingenius grape known as Zinfandel.
Come on Zin and join us for a zinteresting episode full of zinformation and a look at the zindustry of zinfandel. You might find it suprizin just how much you don't know about Zin.
We might even talk about dessert zinfandels using raiZINated grapes. Okay, we probably wont but that sentence was worth it for the pun.
Zinjoy! Download File - 19.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 20: My Big Fat Greek Podcast
Thu, Aug 15, 2013
Opa! It's a Greek wine podcast! We're gonna explain the hell outta some Hellenic Republic wine and the grapes and producers you should know for the next time you go out for some Spanakopita.
Ever wonder what Socrates and Plato were getting drunk on while they were waxing poetic on world philosophy? We've got the answers! (And the lost scrolls of the Parthenon for that matter).
So bust out some Retsina, sit back, and enjoy the Wine for Sophisticated Homies podcast on the ancient and modern wine-world of Greece. Download File - 26.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Mon, Aug 12, 2013
Have you ever wished there was a rap out there listing all of the 1st through 5th growths from Bordeaux? Well now there is.
Ben is on vacation and Jason is bored...and with no one there to tell Jason he can't rap...he tries to rap. Use this if you're studying Bordeaux or if you just need to laugh homies. (Note: technically Jason went old school and listed Chateau Dubignon which no longer exists as it was absorbed by Chateau Malescot St. Exupery...but, rappers stretch the truth, what do you know about the rap game? Nothing.) Download File - 4.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 19: Fizzy Lifting Drinks
Sat, Aug 03, 2013
On this bubbly episode of Wine for Sophisticated Homies, semi-professional sommeliers Ben Draper and Jason Booth show off some effervescent facts for you and your gang of Homies to get down with.
Ever wondered how Champagne is made? Ever wondered what that stuff all those athletes waste after playoff wins? Ever wanted to ride a pony and tell everyone how pretty you look? Well then this is the podcast for you. Put down those stuffy wine tomes and novels and listen in for an enjoyable episode about glittery wine. If you don't laugh, we give you permission to make a frowny face. If you do laugh...well...duh. We're hilarious.
Learn about sparkling wine! Show off at dinner parties to your friends! Be a better parent to your children! Chillax.
Remember, the proof is in the pudding, and doubly in the bubbly. Download File - 37.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 18: FurMint Condition
Thu, Jul 25, 2013
Everyone come quick! It's your favorite grape! Furmint!
Welllll, maybe it's not your favorite grape. Maybe you haven't even tried this wine before, or, heard of it, or, will even listen to this podcast. But...this podcast is quick and snappy and is a nice little snapshot into the life of a Hungarian (No, not the Hungarian who promised us he'd be BACK) but rather, the grape that makes a killer, dry white wine and a famous, Botrytised dessert wine.
Hopefully we did Hugh Johnson proud, if not...well, then, we apologize Mr. Johnson, maybe if you'd been around more when we were growing up we wouldn't have turned out like this. Download File - 12.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 17: Burgundiana Jones and the Raiders of the Last Cru
Thu, Jul 18, 2013
Said. Download File - 29.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 16: Biodynamics--Hippies and Horticulture
Thu, Jul 11, 2013
In this episode, we invigorate your mind by teaching you all about Biodynamic Winemaking. Who are we? We're sommeliers Jason Booth and Ben Draper, the nicest kids on the block. Take us home to your moms. Feed us a pot roast. Read to us. We're wine-trained and house-trained.
Have you ever wondered all about the trippy pseudo-science that is Biodynamics? It's weird and scary, sort of like your body when you're 13 years old...but don't worry, the Sophisticated Homies are here to teach you all about it. Pop in a Pop Tart, kick back in your Adirondack, and enjoy Episode 16 of the best podcast Nicolas Joly has never listened to.
Cheers Homies! Download File - 22.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 15: The Tempranillo Armadillo
Thu, Jul 04, 2013
In this episode, slightly professional sommeliers Ben Draper and Jason Booth regale you with facts and information about the Noble grape of Spain: Tempranillo.
Learn all about the main blending grape of Rioja and why it's such a tricky little devil. Rearrange all the letters used in all the words in this episode to make a hilarious new sentence! Spelling is fun! Enjoy Homies. Download File - 16.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 14: Mano e Mano in Old Toscano
Fri, Jun 28, 2013
In this episode we take you into the world of Tuscany and all the grapes there-in. Well, we sort of go over Tuscany. Let's be honest...half of these podcasts are just sommeliers Ben and Jason telling very bad jokes.
But if you want to know more about Tuscany...you'd be hardpressed to find a better wine podcast. And if you're a Tuscan grape, you'd also be hardpressed...but...just so they could extract the juice. And if you ARE a grape and you're listening to this podcast, well then you're a scientific miracle. Whoa. Download File - 19.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 13: What's in a Glass?
Thu, Jun 20, 2013
On this episode, Sommeliers Ben Draper and Jason Booth break down the basics of wine glasses so that the information is crystal clear. CRYSTAL CLEAR.
Enjoy these two Homies while they go back and forth explaining just what's so special about wine glasses and why the heck there are so many different types. Cheers! Download File - 17.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 12: We Made a Malbec Podcast O-Cahors?
Fri, Jun 07, 2013
In this episode we teach you all about Malbec. Word.
Ben did the entire podcast nude but you'll never know that because we don't take pictures. Jason dressed normally and wore his sommelier pin...what a stand up guy (lame). Check out our breakdown of this inky grape Homies, we think you'll enjoy the smarts.
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Episode 11: Rising Stars, Falling Sobrieties
Thu, May 30, 2013
In this episode, sexy funkadelic sommeliers Jason Booth and Ben Draper take you inside the world of the newest and coolest up and coming American wine regions. You've all heard of the west coast kids, but what other states are making great wine?
We'll tell you all about the debutantes of debauchery in this brand spanking new podcast, and you don't even have to feel guilty!
We used organic microphones and biodynamic podcasting techniques. Cheers Homies! Download File - 20.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 10: Winemaking...It was Ferment to Be.
Wed, May 15, 2013
"How do you make wine????" Yelled the frustrated man on the street corner. To which the Sophisticated Homies Ben and Jason replied, "we'll tell you right now Homie!"
And that's the history of this podcast idea. This is a very simple, very basic podcast, focusing entirely on the subject of winemaking. We really hope you learn the basics of how wine is made. And if you don't...pay attention idiot! Download File - 19.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 9: The Central Coastest with the Mostest
Tue, Apr 23, 2013
On this episode, Professional sommeliers Ben Draper and Jason Booth take you in depth into the world of the Central Coast of California, one of the five major AVA's that separate California.
If you're a Rhone Ranger, a Pinot Player, or a Chardonnay Shorty, you'll love the different regions that make up the geeky little coastal AVA's within the Central Coast.
Get your notepads out and get ready to take some notes...or, have a notepad battle! Download File - 28.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 8: Gewurztraminer...I Hardly Know Her!
Tue, Apr 16, 2013
In this podcast, we break down the Gewurztraminer grape for all you Homies out there.
ARE YOU AFRAID OF BIG, SCARY WORDS????? It's okay, it gets better.
We break down this grape like it's never been broken down before. Learn all about the origins, the styles, the pairings, and what clothing you should wear while drinking it (disclaimer: we do not tell you what clothing to wear while drinking this grape).
Then, when you're done listening to the podcast, go to your local wine bar and order it like a truly Sophisticated Homie. Download File - 20.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 7: Oak: The Quercus Circus
Tue, Apr 09, 2013
In this episode, sommeliers Ben Draper and Jason Booth get all sophisticated on dat oak! Ever wonder how oak works? If barrels are important? Who the father is? Well then this episode will be 2/3 helpful!
We go over the history of oak, how barrels are made, the flavors it imparts, and your Mom (we will probably not actually go over your mom, even though Ben would love to).
So sit back and enjoy our newest podcast, and get ready to learn some serious oak facts!
Cheers Homies! Download File - 25.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 6: Meet the New Zealand! Better than the Old Zealand!
Sat, Mar 30, 2013
On this episode, sommeliers Jason Booth and Ben Draper dive into New Zealand, the region, the grapes, the land, the history, the Lord of the Rings, etc, etc.
Real Homies love New Zealand, and we think you Homies will really like our breakdown of this land of Sauvignon Blanc. Sit back, kick your high-tops up, and enjoy the shizzle out of this shiznit. Then go and review our site! Or else!!!!!!!
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Film Noir Wine Review
Wed, Mar 27, 2013
It was a dark and stormy night when she walked in, some Italian girl with all sorts of grapes in her eyes...
So begins our first wine review. Other podcasts just review wine. We review wine with panache. Our first victim? Villa Artimino, Carmignano Vigna Grumarello, DOCG Tuscan blend. But rather than just review the wine, we incorporate the review into a Film Noir style drama, complete with bad music and crappy acting.
You're welcome posterity...you're welcome.
Ben gave this wine 7 out of 10 Top Hats, I gave it 5, for a grand total of 6 Top Hats on the Wine For Sophisticated Homies Review Scale. Check it out and tell us if you agree.......Ya lousy animals'. Download File - 8.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 5: Tease Thy Palate With Riesling and Salad
Sun, Mar 24, 2013
Sophistication? Boom. Riesling. Minerals are WAY sophisticated. Homies and Riesling go together like............homies and Riesling.
Take this with you to the club. Drink it in the jacuzzi. Give it out at baby showers. Pair it with your Homie food. Age it and drink it at the gas station so that your petrol is paired with your literal gas (that's all Ben, Jason does not recommend that last thing). Download File - 25.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 4: The People's Republic of Wine
Thu, Mar 14, 2013
In this Episode, Sommeliers Jason Booth and Ben Draper get real on the world of wine in China. What are they buying, what are they making, and where can a homie find some wine at a moments notice.
We're about to open up your eyes on some stuff you didn't even know about. So get ready to learn about the Chinese wine industry. Also, we apologize in advance for any offensive remarks Ben might make. He thinks we're going to be talking about fancy dishware so I think we should be okay. But he's also currently dressing up his decanter to look like Chairman Mao, so...we'll see. Download File - 26.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 3: Dessert Wines As Sweet As Yo Mamma
Sat, Mar 09, 2013
"Oh No! All of my dry wine from dinner is gone, What the flip am I gonna to do now?" Said the Homey who didn't know about dessert wines. Dessert wines offer you a little slice of sacchariferous nectar to end your night. You can pair them with everything or just drink them on their own. Plus, look at how gigantic your hand will look holdin' that tiny glass! Only a true homey would have gigantic hands. Boom, impress everyone with your hand size. Also, learn a little bit about how dessert wines are made, where they come from, and why you should drink them.
If you don't like dessert wines, you need to expand your horizons. If you don't have horizons, you should move away from smoggy city you live in Homey! Horizons are dang beautiful! Learn yo'self on these dessert wines and be a better person. Or don't! But don't give us any attitude about the decisions you make in life. Download File - 25.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 2: Cabernet Sauvignon--Long Live the King
Wed, Feb 27, 2013
In this Episode, sommeliers Jason Booth and Benjamin Draper dive into the world of Cabernet Sauvignon. Here, you'll learn all the basics of Cabernet Sauvignon, the king of the wine grapes. We'll take you region to region, label to label, and explain some of the major differences in wine style based on where in the world the wine is coming from. We'll also talk about a lot of nonsense that you should ignore. We'll also write a description for this episode that is too long. We'll also be repetitive. Repetitive. Hope you enjoy Homies. Download File - 23.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Episode 1: Bordeaux is for Lovers
Mon, Feb 18, 2013
Join Sommeliers Ben Draper and Jason Booth as they make wine interesting, fun, and ridiculous, all while busting out the cold hard facts along the way. Have you ever wanted to know about wine, but not feel like you were in a mausoleum? Well then listen to this podcast. Or don't...if you're lame and like being lame. Download File - 19.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
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