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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 34: Sulfites & Other Wine Misconceptions with Sean Tevik

In this episode, Damien and Jonathan welcome back Sean Tevik to discuss sulfites in wine more in depth and talk about other misconceptions in wine production. Sean has worked as a wine director, winery general manager, distributor, and ambassador and is a wealth of knowledge. We had planned on talking more about sulfites during this episode however the conversation lead us to many alternate topics such as spontaneous fermentation, immaculate inoculations and magic wands that reduce...


Episode 33: Sulfites in Wine, They Don't Cause Headaches or Hangovers

In this episode, Jonathan and Damien discuss sulfites and additives in wines. The sulfites added to wine have became the stuff of urban legend where people believe its the catalyst for every headache, migraine, and movie style hangover. And yet, there’s no scientific evidence to support such claims. Damien has some great rants as the duo discuss all the additives allowed in wine, the real reason you might get a headache, and some local Arizona wines that you might find interesting. Thank you...


Episode 32: Wine Conversations with Sommelier Oscar Avila

In this episode, Jonathan and Damien sit down with Sommelier Oscar Avila before he leaves for Burgundy to pursue his MBA in wine. The guys talk what it takes to get a Business Degree in wine while enjoying some of Oscar's favorite varietals. The trio discusses everything from food and wine pairings and global warming to the wine events to attend such as TexSomm, VinItaly, and ProWein. Oscar drops some great knowledge including when is the perfect time to open those special bottles you are...


Episode 31: Hazy IPAs of San Diego and Craft Beer Statistics

In this episode, Jonathan and Damien go back to beer and do a followup to their Hazy IPA episode. They guys open a few different craft beers fresh from San Diego and discuss the craft beer explosion in the US and many of the trends happening right now. Damien busts out some amazing stats such as total number of breweries since the 1800's and per capita volume brewed per state. Many of the things covered in this episode are going to shock you ! Enjoy and thank you for listening. Beers...


Episode 30: The Cabernet Conversations Vol 2

In todays episode, Jonathan and Damien open a great bottle of 2007 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and have a conversation about the state of the beverage industry. They talk about the new tasting tongue that can spot fakes, trigger words that freak people out, and what exactly the guys consider a "big" wine. We hope you enjoy and thank you for tuning in. Wine tasted: 2007 Barbour Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon - St. Helena, California You can now also watch on YouTube Episode 30 on YouTube


Episode 29: Alternative White Wines Perfect for Summer

In this Episode, Jonathan and Damien open some of their favorite unique white wines that are perfect for summertime entertaining and all these wines pair perfectly with barbecues, tacos and pools. The discuss throwing "A.B.C." parties as well as some of their favorite white wine pairings. There are some hilariously funny moments in this episode and we hope you enjoy. Wines Tasted: 2017 Aveleda Vinho Verde - Vinho Verde, Portugal 2017 Piattelli Torrontes - Salta, Argentina 2016 Hirsch...


Episode 28: All About Barolo

In this episode, Jonathan and Damien talk all about Barolo. They guys open two wines from the most iconic Barolo producers while discussing the region of Piedmont, the different clones of Nebbiolo and why this is one of their favorite varietals and regions in the world. This is another milestone episode where you can also watch on YouTube. We hope you enjoy. Wines tasted: 2013 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'alba - Nieve, Piedmont, Italy 2010 Damilano Cannubi Barolo - La Morra, Piedmont,...


Episode 27: Clarifying the Hazy IPA craze

In today's episode, Jonathan and Damien go down the Hazy IPA rabbit hole and discuss why so many wine lovers are enjoying this newer style of IPA. The guys talk all about the different types of hops, the beer collaboration movement, and proper glassware. As usual, the conversation takes many twists and turns and always ends up back to whats in the glass. Cheers! Beers Tasted: Odd 13 Brewing "Intergalactic Juice Hunter" Double IPA Lumberyard Brewing "Hazy Angel" IPA New Image Brewing -...


Episode 26: When good wines go bad

In today's episode, Jonathan and Damien blind taste each other on some poorly stored wines and discuss the effects the storage environment has on wine. During the show, the guys talk about different techniques used to romance wine buyers, the beer hops craze in the US, and wine diamonds. The grand unveiling of wines tasted was shocking and you will need to tune in to see what happened. Enjoy Wines tasted: Its a surprise - you will need to listed to see what happens


Episode 25: Blind tasting Malbecs and talking beer with our friend Yousef Hawash

In today's episode, Jonathan and Damien welcome local beer geek Yousef Hawash on the show drink wine and give his views as a consumer on the wine industry. The original plan was to blind taste various Malbecs from around the world with him however the guys got quickly derailed and ended up talking about everything from the best airport food in America and Alex Jones to who really is the Robert Parker of milkshakes. Yousef was a great guest and even shared a beer that would make the best...


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...