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A wine driven and libation fueled candid conversation among beverage industry leaders

A wine driven and libation fueled candid conversation among beverage industry leaders
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A wine driven and libation fueled candid conversation among beverage industry leaders






Episode 24: Why everyone should drink more Rosé

In today's episode, Damien and Jonathan dive deep into Rosé wines and discuss why everyone should drink more of them. The guys open wines from two different countries and talk about everything from how Rosé is made and common food pairings to the final 2018 stats on wine consumption in the USA. We suspect the guys will do many more Rosé episodes after this one since they only scratched the surface on the many different styles of Rosé made around the world. Enjoy ! Wines Tasted: 2018 Ioppa...


Episode 23: Produttori Barbaresco and Wine Stats

In today's Episode, Jonathan and Damien open a 1.5ltr bottle of 2011 Produttori del Barbaresco for the Easter Holiday to share with friends. The guys return from a week away to discuss the nostalgia of opening large format bottles, debate proper glassware to use for nebbiolo and talk about some great Wine Searcher stats that Damien pulled off the interweb. This episode is packed full of general knowledge about the wine industry as a whole and the region of Barbaresco. We hope you...


Episode 22: Cabernet Franc and Conversation

In this episode Jonathan and Damien focus in on the varietal Cabernet Franc. The duo open two very different styles of Cab Franc and discuss everything from 80's cartoons to Instagram influencers marketing wine now. This is a total rabbit hole of an episode in which you will discover both Damien's worst fashion mistakes to Jonathan's amazing singing voice. We really hope you enjoy, and remember "Knowing is half the battle" Wines Tasted: 2017 Malibu Rocky Oaks Cabernet Franc - Malibu Coast,...


Episode 21: Brewery Conversations with Dermott Hutton owner of Firehall Brewery

In this episode, Jonathan and Damien pack up their mic's and take the Spilling the Truth on the road to meet with their friend Dermott Hutton, owner of Firehall Brewery in Oliver, British Columbia. Firehall Brewery is considered "The Beer of Wine Country" as they are the only brewery located in the heart of Canada's wine growing region. They make a variety of artisan beers including "The Hoser" and the trio have a chance to enjoy that along with few of the brewery's limited released while...


Episode 20: Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

In this Episode, Jonathan and Damien talk all about Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara. The duo open a couple affordable wines from the region and break down many of the different AVA's in Santa Barbara county. Their discussions cover everything from how the Sta. Rita AVA got its unique name to their take on free range organic sulfites. We hope you enjoy Wines Tasted: 2015 Cambria Pinot Noir "Julia's Vineyard" - Santa Maria Valley, California 2015 Foley Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills, California


Episode 19: The Cabernet Conversations

In this episode, Jonathan and Damien debut "The Cabernet Conversations" where they have a great discussion over two amazing Cabernets. The guys dive deep into their cellars for this episode and come out with shocking results. One of the bottles might be the last in existence and they talk about everything from label importance to Tahitian wines while enjoying these amazing cabs. Damien does get a bit nostalgic talking about consuming vintage wines on this episode and the guys even have a...


Episode 18: Talking Italy and the Devour Culinary Classic with Lauren Saria

In this episode, Jonathan and Damien welcome to the table local dining reporter, Lauren Saria from the Arizona Republic. There was plenty to discuss as Lauren just returned from her first trip to Italy and spent this past weekend eating everything at the Devour Culinary Classic. The guys open a some iconic Italian wines to share however this episode developed into a food and restaurant culture discussion in the end. They do cover everything from what its like to be a food critic and some...


Episode 17: Talking Sonoma County, Sicily and Bordeaux Blanc with Sean Tevik

In this episode, Jonathan and Damien are joined by their friend, Sean Tevik from Noble Tree & Thomas George winery to talk about Sonoma County, making wine approachable, and the wine business in general. Sean has had the privilege of working with one of Sonoma's greatest vineyard managers and he brought a wealth of knowledge with him to the show along with a few great wines. He has also worked on most every side of the business from sales to production and is a lot of fun to chat with. The...


Episode 16: Sommelier talk with Jason Caballero from Bourbon Steak

In this Episode of Spilling the Truth, Damien and Jonathan are joined by advanced sommelier Jason Caballero from Bourbon Steak in Scottsdale, AZ to talk everything sommelier. Jason leads the local Arizona somm prep classes and will also be taking his master sommelier exam later in 2019. The trio talk about everything from their humble wine beginnings and mentors to their epiphany wines. This episode is a great look into the sommelier profession and the effort it takes to achieve the highest...


Episode 15: Talking Mexican & Mayan Liqueurs owner of Nonna Urban Eatery, Valentina Huerta

In this episode Damien and Jonathan are joined on the mics by Valentina Huerta, the owner of Nonna Urban Eatery in Scottsdale, AZ. Valentina is as passionate as the guys are about food & wine and the conversation was off and running even before Damien could hit record. They quickly dive into the unique cuisine served at Nonna and how Chef Brugaletta crafts his seasonal menus using influences from his experiences around the world. While on the show, Valentina wanted to share some historical...


Episode 14: Chianti Classico and the Black Rooster

In this episode, Jonathan and Damien go back to their roots and dive deep into aged Chianti Classico and their love of Italy. The guys start out by discussing what a government shutdown means for new wine vintages arriving in the US and then get right into everything Tuscany and Sangiovese. They compare and contrast two very distinct vintages of Chianti Classico from two very different sized producers while telling many stories from their families and their travels there. The discussion...


Episode 13: Drinking Negroni and talking cocktails with guest Kirti Dwivedi

In this episode, Damien and Jonathan welcome local Sazerac lover, influencer, and ambassador for Arizona Cocktail Weekend, Kirti Dwivedi of Diya marketing. The trio decide to forgo the wine and make Negroni's while discussing everything from their favorite dive bars to finding a kidney on Twitter. This episode is a great look into the craft spirit industry, the power of social media, and will give you an insider preview of some of the amazing events & competitions planned for Arizona...


Episode 12: 2004 Clos Apalta and Chilean Wine

In this episode, Jonathan and Damien open the iconic 2004 Clos Apalta from Casa Lapostolle. After a quick discussion about using an Ah-so wine opener, the conversation turns to the wine growing region of Chile and the history of the region. The guys really enjoy the nose and the nuances of the Clos Apalta while talking about the root louse phylloxera, the challenges facing the Chilean wine industry in today's market, and even the Queen of England. We hope you enjoy today's episode. Wine...


Episode 11: Txakolina and Barolo with Chef Cullen Campbell of Bar Pesce

In this episode, Jonathan and Damien get schooled in wine by chef and restaurant owner Cullen Campbell of Bar Pesce. Chef Campbell arrived to the show with a bottle of Txakolina, which is 100% Hondurrabi Zuri, and a porron to pour the wine. After a quick lesson on how to use a porron, chef and the guys skipped the wine talk and went straight to talking about Amaro, Mezcal and Fernet. This episode is a great look into the mind of a chef/owner and they discuss everything from favorite things...


Episode 10: Vintage Veuve Clicquot with guest James Chau

In this episode, Jonathan and Damien open a selection of vintage Veuve Clicquot and celebrate episode 10 by welcoming their first guest, James Chau from Strategic Group in Arizona. James represents some of the top Champagne houses is able to give insight into the region and the history of Veuve Clicquot as well as teach the guys a few things about proper pronunciation of some of the major houses. The three of them actually stay on topic talking Champagne for most of the show but its easy to...


Episode 9: "Hollywood and Vine" wine movie discussions with 2002 Joseph Phelps

In this episode Jonathan and Damien pop open a 16 year Joseph Phelps Monterey County blend called Le Mistral to see how well it held up. The discussion however quickly turns into their opinions of all the wine movies and the future of "Hollywood and Vine". They talk about many of the wine movies such as Sour Grapes, Somm, Bottle Shock, Sideways and The Red Obsession. Of course the conversation covers everything from "Why tasters often give Bordeaux a free pass" to the farmers of Barbaresco...


Episode 8: New Years Eve with 2009 Terredora Taurasi DOCG and Prosecco

In this episode, Jonathan and Damien had planned to summarize all the top wine news of 2018 however their conversations takes them down many different paths. They discuss Campanian red wines, Italian bubbles, and all sorts of weird US wine shipping laws. The off topic things include everything from to the Music Instrument Museum to Jesus tears. We hope you enjoy today's episode and we hope you have a very happy New Year Wines Tasted 2009 Terredora DiPaolo Lacryma Christi Del Vesuvio Rosso...


Episode 7: Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and high end wine parties

On today's episode, Jonathan and Damien do their first late night recording and discuss higher end wines and what type of wine to bring to a holiday party. The guys debate and disagree throughout the episode, proving there is no right answer to the question. Their conversation covers everything from various ways a person can acquire collector or vintage wines to their biggest pet peeves when ordering off a restaurant reserve list. Cheers ! Wines Tasted 2005 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon -...


Episode 6: Value wines for holiday parties

On today's episode, Jonathan and Damien discuss value wines to bring to a party of non wine professionals while blind tasting a few values themselves. The conversation today covers everything from our thoughts on vegan and sulfite free wines to our worst auto-correct text mistakes of all time. Cheers ! Wines Tasted 2008 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon - Sonoma County, California 2016 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon - Sonoma County, California 2016 The Velvet Devil Merlot - Washington...


Episode 5: Tasting wine blind and why we do it

On today's episode, Jonathan and Damien do their first blind tastings of the show. They discuss how to taste wine, types of oak and what it does to wine, how to identify some varietals and of course some great party idea's associated with blind tastings. As usual they go off topic and discuss everything from fake id's to pickle-backs. Cheers ! Wines Tasted 2009 Beaucanon Estate Cabernet Franc - Napa Valley, California 2015 Les Pierres Saint-Amour Cru Beaujolais - Beaujeu, France