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The Whine Situation: A Wine and Whines Podcast
69 minutes | May 1, 2018
Cody Ziglar and Small-Big Wines!
The man behind the engineering and recording of our podcast becomes the guest! This week features Cody Ziglar (UCB engineer, Cracked, Funny or Die) who works toooooooooo damn hard!Just so you know Zig will have some sweet bass vocals in your ears! Before getting into the whine Shaughn and Ellen have some Hip Sip Tips! Ellen wants people to give sweet wine a chance. Shaughn's tip is the Kunin Pape Star Blonde--rhone varietals from Santa Barbara!Zig's whine is that he works too much and does not have time for the small things. Shaughn and Ellen pair it with a wine that is small in name and big in taste: 2015 Brady Petite Sirah! Its a bigass wine with a smallass name.Then the convo goes all over the place! You are really missing out on the Zig vibe if you don't drink SOMETHING and listen to him. You will learn about wine and you will learn about making your way in LA! You may or may not figure out what is TRULY IMPORTANT! The talk goes deep from when to accidentally name-drop to family expectations!The lightning round covers the body of petite sirah, what Paso Robles means, food pairing and who passes in Paso.
56 minutes | Apr 24, 2018
Megan McIver and Gym Wines!
This week Megan McIver (Cosmos in the City, bubbleologist) is in the house for whines, wines and bubble talk!Before getting into whine and wines, the Grape of Thrones is Tannat. Originally from France it is deliciously tannic and juicy!Megan's whine is about etiquette at gyms so it is paired with a wine that is lean and strong: 2016 Santo Winery Santorini Assyrtiko! This Greek wine from a volcanic island is dry and bitter but the alcohol comes out to arm wrestle. Her whines start with her hot yoga studio. Should one put up with a fire alarm and keep on tree posing? Is one riddled with enough toxins to do so? Megan recently was faced with this question. They all confess their workout styles: Megan teaches kids Zumba, Shaughn shows off lifting or runs the Grand Canyon, and Ellen either pliés at ballet or uses youtube workouts.The wine is fascinating, and the crew gets into how dangerous the Santorini climate can be and the wild way they train the grape vines to deal with the wind. The wine is well-hydrated. What does that mean? Tune in to find out. Then they get deep into their bubbles--and for once not the ones coming from a secondary fermentation. And there is a Batman sidebar so nerds tune in. Lightning round covers pine-flavored Greek bevs, how much red v. white wines the Greeks make, just how drunk the ancient Greeks got and the shape of Santorini vines. Prance on! We will. Also We Stand For Stems! Let us make #standforstems a thing.
52 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Pete Zias and Recycled Wines!
This week Pete Zias (Groundlings, Cha-Cha Heels, Stand-up) joins the Whine Whisperer and Mademoiselle Palate to whine about the forced recycling program at his apartment building!Ellen's Hip Sip Tip is a well-done classic Daiquiri but with demerara simple syrup! Shaughn's Hip Sip Tip is Transplant IPA infused with CBD! Since white wine grape skins usually go to waste, Shaughn and Ellen pair Pete's recycling whine with a skin-contact wine: COS Ramí. Its a biodynamic wine from Sicily!Recycling is important but Pete, Shaughn and Ellen sidebar to late night snacks--french fry and popcorn pairings galore! Ellen also tells tales of her recent Certified Sommelier exam with the Court Masters. The three sidebar even further and invent a new dinosaur #connoisseurusrex!Then there is cat talk! And sex worker talk! The lightning round covers when Mt. Etna last erupted, when the harvest around Etna is, the Mediterranean holy trinity and commonly grown red grape varieties in Sicily.
65 minutes | Apr 10, 2018
Amanda Salvatore and Jackie Rae Aubel & Passive-Aggressive Wines!
Amanda Salvatore and Jackie Rae Aubel of the Guilty Pleasure podcast are in the house and here to make sure Shaughn and Ellen stay on track! Before getting into the whines, this week's Grape of Thrones is Albariño, a scrumptious white wine most known for being from Rías Baixas and Vinho Verde.This week's guests want to whine about passive aggressive notes! When you are passive aggressive you say one thing and mean another so Shaughn and Ellen went with a wine that is called one thing but signifies another--SHIRAZ AKA SYRAH! They are drinking the 2016 Yangarra PF Shiraz McLaren Vale! As for passive aggressive notes, the foursome deal with how to approach noisy neighbors, ponder whether Shaughn lived next to a serial killer, and how to deal with bullies and bad roommates. They also go deep on glassware. Martini glasses get a passive aggressive note?The lightning round covers what tree influences the taste of Australian wines, what Shiraz used to be known as in Australia and where else in the world is phylloxera-free!Cheers!
66 minutes | Apr 3, 2018
H Michael Croner and Newborn Wines!
H Michael Croner (Groundlings, Big Bang Theory, What Would Diplo Do, commercials you've probably seen) joins Shaughn and Ellen to whine about his mom's encouragement of a future with wife and kids. The banter kicks in early but but first Shaughn and Ellen give the Hip Sip Tip. In honor of recording on Women's Day Ellen shouts out Dutcher Crossing, a winery run by a woman! Shaughn pimps a beer: Maine Beer Company! Because he DOES fuck with IPA. Then, H Michael gets into his beef. He loves his mom but dang--why does she always keep trying to inspire him to having a wife and kids?Shaughn and Ellen pair it with a wine that was started by a man who worked by himself. They are sipping the 2016 Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel. The owner started it and worked by himself for six years before taking on a partner!Shaughn and Ellen concur the H Michael needs neither the "perfect partner" nor wine knowledge. Nor a home, but the recession is coming so no worries for anyone!In between wine and kid talk they get into getting stoned, how H Michael is part of the prob and fixing it, and how his parents are champion retirees. You can also learn how to properly do spacework. And about dental surgery. And if you wanna get laid get Zin.The lightning round covers millerandage, how Zin vines are trained, and what the birthplace of Zin is. Tune in and learn!
53 minutes | Mar 27, 2018
Marci Liroff & Slowed-Down Wines!
Casting Director and acting coach extraordinaire joins Shaughn and Ellen to whine about cars barreling through her neighborhood way too fast! But first: the Grape of Thrones Grenache Blanc! A frequently blended white grape, it can be full or too flabby but look for it! It can also be delightful.Marci's biggest beef is with people zooming too fast through her puppy friendly hood! A close second is people leaving their pups in hot cars! Basically dog misuse in general gets her distain and rightfully so!Shaughn an Ellen pair it with a Ripasso from Valpollicello, the slow cooker of wines! They explain the lengthy process of making this wine from the Veneto, then get deep into pet and traffic etiquette. Treat your pets how you would want to be treated!Lightning round covers what "Amarone" means, if Ripasso is a second wine and what cocktail was invented in the Veneto!
55 minutes | Mar 20, 2018
Cristie Norman & Guest Wines!
This week Cristie Norman (Adulting With Alcohol, sommelier at Spago) makes the trek from her Beverly Hills workplace to share her whines!The hip sip tip from Shaughn is Latitude 50 North, a trocken sekt spatburgunder rosé aka a dry sparkling pinot noir rosé!Ellen got to try some Paso Robles Roussanne and a Syrah from TOP Winery with the winemaker herself! Learn about the ethos behind these Los Angeleno winemakers!Cristie's whine is about bad guests in restaurants. As a somm who started at Spago at 21, Cristie has faced a lot of side eye from customers who can't believe that she is in charge of wine!Shaughn and Ellen pair her wine with a spirit that soothes the souls of many a restaurant industry insider: Fernet Branca! It's a bitter amaro from Italy. It turns out Fernet is an emergency beverage at Spago too!Cristie also shares how she got into the wine world at such a young age. It all started with tea. Now she pours Petrus. She gets into horror stories of condescending guests and nightmare wine pairings!The lightning round covers when Fernet was introduced, Fernet cocktails, the Fernet alcohol level. and who drinks it the most!
61 minutes | Mar 13, 2018
Zora Bikangaga & Well-Mannered Wines!
This week Shaughn and Ellen welcome Zora Bikangaga (Drunk History, improv, This American Life) to whine about the lack of manners particularly in respect to elevators and hosting.The "Grape of Thrones" is Zinfandel: the group hug of wine! Learn the roots of this American variety. It's not a pink drink!To counteract Zora's mannerly whines, Ellen and Shaughn sourced a wine from England, where proper decorum is very important! They pop a 2013 Wiston Estate Cuvee, a sparkling wine from South Downs.Zora and Shaughn get into their shared northern California roots, then dive into the whine. Hot tip: wait for people to get off the elevator before barreling in, and if you are hosting people in your home, offer them something to drink! Zora also has some thoughts on how to have a good party.They also discuss how global warming is warming up England enough to grow wine grapes, particularly with its soil which is similar to Champagne's limestone. The lightning round covers what the Queen drinks, English latitude lines, what grape England grows most and which way the Sussex slopes face.
65 minutes | Mar 6, 2018
Joel Spence & Invasive Wines!
Joel Spence (Big Little Lies, Mouth Feelings podcast) joins Shaughn and Ellen to whine about customer service reps getting to personal!Before getting into the whine they cover the Grape of Thrones/Grape of the Week: Melon de Bourgogne aka Muscadet!Everyone has had the person working at the store ask them what they are doing that day or why they need quarters; Shaughn and Ellen have to concur with Joel--it's annoying!They pair the whine with a wine no one would dare question, aka a celebrity wine: Chateau Miraval! It's a Provençal rosé from a chateau that was the summer home of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.All this leads to gossip about run-ins with Brad and Angelina, where no one dared to speak to them. More customer service gripes: inquiries into your work, laundry habits and spending habits. Also, are banks the new nightclub? Or is Gelsons? The lightning round covers facts about the Provençal appellations, garrigue,what is made in Cassis and what winds blow through France!Cheers!
64 minutes | Feb 27, 2018
Brendan Hines & Televised Wines!
This week Brendan Hines (Lie to Me, Suits, The Tick) joins the Wine Whisperer and Mademoiselle Palate to whine about televisions being everywhere.The Grape of the Week/Grapes of Thrones is Tempranillo! AKA...a lot of other names. Get the lowdown on this grape and it's spiritual home of Rioja.They also go over some of the mailbag responses. Hear what pricy wines podcast fans are sipping!Before getting into his whine, Brendan reveals the notes he took on the show's opening banter. Turns out Shaughn and Ellen are song/band name generators.Brendan gets into his whine: annoyance at televisions in public places. Shaughn and Ellen pair it with a blind tasting to envelope all their senses and tune out any televised distraction! Or noise distraction. Like former whine-er Melanie Lynskey, Brendan has misophonia.They discuss who is better at tuning things out and focusing, men or women. And as if to prove a point the guys devolve into discussing what drugs they've indulged in. Other topics covered: reading in public, eavesdropping in bars, and cashews at midnight.This blind tasting is a white wine, and this time they have the Court Masters grid to guide them! Follow along as they feel the bottle and break down wine's elements. Phenolic bitterness remains mysterious.Do they correctly guess? Tune in and find out!In a bonus round they taste another flavor of FlyWine: The Kitchen Sink. The Lightning Round covers grapes' water needs, what a rain shadow is, the thickness of Tempranillo's skin, musical keys and wine colors in respect to age!
57 minutes | Feb 20, 2018
Johnny Meeks & The Search for Lost Wines!
Shaughn and Ellen welcome Johnny Meeks (Upright Citizens Brigade, Mouth Feelings, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) to the show to hear his whines about looking for things he lost. First though they tackle their Grape of the Week/Grapes of Thrones: Viognier. Johnny reveals that he goes nuts when things are not where they are supposed to be. He tends to be staring right at things that he thinks are missing, so Shaughn and Ellen pair his whine with a wine found where you wouldn't expect it to be: in a can! They are drinking The White Queen, a canned Chardonnay from Sonoma. They get into some technical wine terms like "malo" and "tannins". Turns out Johnny likes a white wine! He also likes a good rye whiskey. Johnny tells some riveting tales of double-stick tape that remains at large. Shaughn, Ellen and Johnny decide to consult the Universe, which never answers, sadly. They discuss their frequently misplaced items. Ellen can't hold on to tiny measuring cups. Johnny loses scissors. Shaughn loses his wine key. The most important take-home lesson from the episode is that when in doubt, just say "It's Miller Time". The lightning round covers average time spent searching for things, residual sugars, the St. Louis Arch deaths and where Carneros is located.
63 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
Erin Gibson & Insta-Wines!
Erin Gibson (Throwing Shade, Feminasty) joins Shaughn and Ellen to whine about how fake everything/everyone is on Instagram. The grape of the week/grape of thrones is Torrontes, an Argentinean delight. It CAN be delicious. Just don't think about soap! Before getting into Erin's whine the three bond on a love of funky wines and footy cheese. They cheers it with a drink Erin says a "yacht widow" would drink: Campari. It's good for the Crohn's and colitis. As for her whine, Erin started noticing that when she met Insta-celebrities in real life they were not all how they pretend to be--not nearly as witty or airbrushed. She also discovered there were services out there that will manage your Instagram image for you from color schemes to curating hashtags. The layers of Instagram Inception go on... They would love the wine-eratti to believe they are drinking orange wine, but the truth is they are basic Campari bitches. It's orange, at least, but bitter and delicious, especially with a bit of soda. Campari Spritz, anyone? The lightning round covers Negroni components, other Campari cocktails, and when Campari opened their first production plant. Cheers!
52 minutes | Feb 6, 2018
Maggie Lawson & Gluten-Free Wines!
Maggie Lawson (Psych, Angel from Hell, Santa Clarita Diet) joins Shaughn and Ellen to whine about having celiac and how popularity of gluten-free diets has affected how seriously people take the disease. The Grape of the Week is Pinotage! A South African hybrid that has some...interesting tasting notes. After that everyone digs into both celiac disease. The gluten-free movement has made it easier for people with the auto-immune disease to eat out, but has lead to a lot of poking fun at the gluten-free-ers. Shaughn and Ellen pair it with a wine that gets no respect: Merlot! They are drinking a 2015 Chateau Godeau Ducarpe Sainte-Emilion Grand Cru! That's a damn fine Merlot. They explain the complex ranking system of wines in Bordeaux. It ain't as easy as A, B, C! From there the conversation covers Dog TV and Clockwork Orange which gets ditched in favor of playing what's in the glass. Also pro tip? Look to Texas for some tasty Merlot. The lightning round covers old British terms for Bordeaux, what colors of wine are allowed in Saint-Emilion, and and the legend of a stone throne in the center of Saint-Emilion. Cheers!
64 minutes | Jan 30, 2018
Karl Hess & Luncheon Wines!
Why don't we drink at lunch? That is the whine of Karl Hess (Food Fact or Fiction on the Cooking Channel, Yelling About Paté podcast, stand-up) who shows up to challenge Shaughn with his sultry bass tones. Ellen moderates as best she can. The grape of the week is Sangiovese! Do you enjoy a Tuscan red wine like Chianti? Well--boom! You are probably enjoying Sangiovese. There is a new mailbag assignment: Tell us the fanciest and/or priciest wine you've sipped! Ellen has enjoyed Armand de Brignac rosé and Shaughn has had a Henri Jayer Richebourg--what have you sipped? Karl's beef is with American's lack of lunchtime drinks. Why can we not have a nice, moderate glass of wine with lunch? That is the question. Shaughn and Ellen pair that whine with a light lunchtime wine that will compliment whatever chopped salad you are munching on: Domaine Martin-Faudot Crémant du Jura Brut Rosé! Learn more about the grapes of this obscure (but growing!) French wine region. They discuss how wine in the USA needs to find a balance--people either drink too much or not at all. Can we not just have a glass or two at lunch and call it a day? The food talk goes deep from "is Blue Apron worth it?" to Karl and Ellen's love for The Food Lab cookbook. Shoutout J. Kenji Lopez-Alt! And let us all put an egg on it! From there things go deep into the Los Angeles food scene. Where to eat, where to drink? Where should you get natural wine? We have suggestions. The lightning round goes into bastard grapes, obscure French regions and yellow wine!
51 minutes | Jan 23, 2018
Jen Curcio & Wines for Your Day Job!
This week Jen Curcio (storyteller, Cara and Jen's Sleepover Party) joins Shaughn and Ellen to complain about day jobs! Before getting into the whine and wine Shaughn and Ellen launch a new segment, Grape of the Week! This week they cover Sauvignon Blanc--from what it tastes like to classic regions and stellar pairings. They also reveal more mailbag results: the listeners have been writing in with their grocery store wine purchases! Jen's current day job right now is giving her grief being as she's a graphic designer with a title that earns less money. Shaughn and Ellen pair the whine with a wine that was MADE for night: Henriques & Henriques 10 Year Verdelho Madeira! The history of Madeira is complex and fascinating and Shaughn and Ellen break down the origins of this almost-a-dessert fortified wine. At a 20% alcohol by volume it will take away the woes of any day gig! In between wine facts they discuss the worst day jobs they ever had--alcohol rooms, dogs and hot tubs--let's just say life in LA is wild. Wild enough for Ellen, Shaughn and Jen to break themselves in multiple ways from car accidents to (potentially egg-related) food poisoning. The lightning round covers what Madeira vintages are called, various types of fortified wines, and what Madeira means!
59 minutes | Jan 16, 2018
Jeffery Self & More Famous Women Wines!
This episode gets a sultry start before welcoming guest Jeffery Self (30 Rock, You're Killing Me, A Very Very Bad Thing) joins to whine about the plethora of attention given to terrible famous men when there are so many fabulous women to be honored! They pair it with a wine that is associated with women that deserves respect: a fantastic 2013 Chardonnay by Deovlet Santa Maria Valley Solomon Hills Vineyard from sponsor Gregory Condes Wines! Honor the women, honor the wine. Ellen's hip sip tip was cab-off between a mag of Margaux and Stag's Leap Artemis! France vs. Napa... Shaughn's hip sip tip is The Pure Hoppiness by Alpine Brewing--he's going beer this week! They take a question from the mailbag about wine and erectile disfunction and their dick sip tip is that wine is part of a healthy diet and a healthy diet is good for your boner. But they are no medical experts so take all that with a grain of salt. Before getting into wine they discuss how to delve into beer for the non-beer drinker. Ellen recommends starting with a sour. Shaughn implores both to believe in beer. This dissolves into how to drink all night and not get tooooo trashed. A little trashy is okay. Also...what the hell is orange wine? Get your questions answered here! Then they get into the whine and how distressing it is that people are sad about their male heroes being taken down. Jeffery stresses that women need to not be aged out of the system. More Jane Fonda, please! Or can we have a year where men aren't allowed to work? Chardonnay paired with this because there is such negative stigma around women drinking it. A balanced sophisticated Chardonnay does not a basic bitch make. The lightning round covers: Where the town of Chardonnay is located, the difference between new and used oak, and Chardonnay's parent grapes.
64 minutes | Jan 8, 2018
Betsy Stover & Very Proper (even texted) Wines!
Betsy Stover (Why Mommy Drinks, Teacher's Lounge) joins this week to whine about the terrible etiquette surrounding iPhones. Because new-school tech needs old-school etiquette they pair this with a wine from sponsor Gregory Condes that is a collar between an old-school wine family and a new scholar of enology: 2015 Domaine du Roncée Chinon. Ellen's hip sip tip is actually a cocktail book, Kara Newman's "Road Soda", especially the Rome with a View Cocktail. Shaughn's hip sip tip is another white pinot noir from Gutzler. They read the results (so far) from what people are buying at the grocery store and the results go from Trader Joe's ideas to what is available in Spain! Betsy fills Ellen and Shaughn in on all the ways the upcoming generation (which she is helping raise!) need help when it comes to cellphone etiquette. Jacques, the moody French Monsieur and Adam Levine, in disguise as a moody french man, drop in. The lightning round covers: where else in the Touraine cab franc is grown, what the "baby-in-bar" laws are, and...well who even cares about alluvial soil? Besides the elf on a shelf but...
68 minutes | Jan 2, 2018
Gregory Condes & Freeform wines!
Shaughn and Ellen strike a power-pose to hold up the man with a plan, the man behind the wine! Gregory Condes the wine importer dugout, joins for more fun wine talk than whines and that is okay. The hip-sip-tip from Ellen is a Nebbiolo from Mexico. Shaughn hip-sip-tips a holiday coffee specialty from Go Get Em Tiger that is a cross up between toffee nut coffee and cup o' noodles. The hippest, quite possibly. They take a question from the mailbag as to what a wine aficionado should bring to a party of non-winos that everyone will appreciate. Ellen recommends Ravenswood zin (her go to for everything) and the guest of the day Greg seconds the notion of Zinfandel--it is a wine group hug! This time the guest brings the wine: a 2014 Dirupi Valtellina Superiore DOCG! AKA a really tasty nebbiolo from Lombardy in Italy. Greg regales Shaughn and Ellen with tales of Faso and Bilba, the guys behind the wine as well as descriptions of the breathtaking beauty of the land. They all three promise this is not sponsored by Southwest though they all like to fly that way. Learn more about Italian winemakers, what to pair with Nebbiolo and really...what IS in the glass? You can debate the rose petal v the peppers all you want but if the glasses are from Grandma the wine is gonna be good. The take home message for everyone is get wine from a good source and drink with good company and it is going to be good. Cheers!
50 minutes | Dec 19, 2017
Ant Hines & Who the F knows wines!
Anthony Hines (Producer/writer of Sacha Baron Cohen productions) joins us for some freeform whines! And since he rebelled against telling us his whine in advance, we paired it with a rebel wine aka a Super Tuscan (Cab/Sangiovese Tuscan vino) from sponsor Gregory Condes. The wine is "La Massa" which is a Super Tuscan! A wine that stepped outside the rules of Tuscany. The hip sip tip from Ellen is going to Prizon, a K-town bar where she enjoyed fries and soju drinks that taste like Dimetapp in the best way. Shaughn's hip sip tip is a whisky (moonshine) his chums Bob and Becky made in California. The whines are freeform and start in with Ellen's women-in-comedy whines. Then they all cheers fuck Trump. Anthony dishes on writers' round tables, the homemade wines from back home across the pond, and the terror of home-brewed dead bodies in Lake Hollywood. Gossip goes into the Royal fam back in England, from upcoming nuptials to the Queen-mum's drinking rituals. Things go on to the Scientologist's schemes and driving dinner parties in the UK. It is all about the party. The lighting round covers where Super Tuscans came from, where sparkles in the UK come from, what the hell Claret is and what Rioja is. Pour a drink an get into it!
77 minutes | Dec 12, 2017
Jason and Bree Booth & Baby Wines!
Jason Booth (Wine for Sophisticated Homies , ImprovSchrimprov) and his wife Bree (wine enjoyer) join Shaughn and Ellen to whine about bad parents and their obnoxious babies. They give it a couple of pairings: a Beaujolais Nouveau in honor of the whine's youth and the Quintodecimo Falanghina d'Irpinia Via del Campo from sponsor Gregory Condes Wines is cracked just to drink. The hip sip tips are non-alcoholic this week! Ellen's been sipping Lucky Jack Nitro Cold Brew. Shaughn's is Go Get Em' Tiger's turmeric latte. They swear they aren't hipsters. They take a question from the mailbag about an aerator's validity. Hint: don't bring one to the restaurant to impress the somm. As for the whine: From doublewide strollers at Disneyland to screaming babies in restaurants we all wish parents would hire sitters and not bring babies to bars. They discuss favorite Beaujolais crus and favorite dance crews! Then the wine gossip gets deep with WSETs vs Court Master Somm tests and how global warming is changing the wine styles. Talk goes a little dark when everyone discusses their "last supper" wines...please send all vintage rosé Champagne, Richebourg, Pantelleria and Madeira their way. Plus, big news about Jason and Bree's plans for a wine tour company! The lightning round covers Campania's famous reds (which leads to some WNBA trivia), what Quintodecimo means, who kicked Gamay out of Burgundy proper, and legal drinking ages abroad. Babies aren't allowed.
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