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72 - The Last Jedi Review - SPOILERS

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS!!! There, now that we got that out of the way... this week's episode is all about the reason for the season, Star Wars Episode VIII - The Last Jedi. The gang gives their feedback and review on what worked and what didn't with the latest installment in the Skywalker saga. Visit for free shipping and $20 off of your first order from WINC. Use the promo code WineWars at checkout. Visit for a free...

Duration: 01:22:55

71 - From California with Love

It’s all about the love on this week's show. With only a few days between the Wine Warriors and Star Wars: Episode 8 - The Last Jedi, everyone is in a jolly mood. The gang gives their last minute thoughts on the movie, respond to some listener reviews, and then dive into their wines from California, outlining the impact of the wildfires in October of 2017 as they go. Wines reviewed on the show: 2013 - Benovia - Russian River Valley - Pinot Noir 2014 - William Hill - Central Coast -...

Duration: 01:01:32

70 - Emily Ellis from Square Wine Company

Emily Ellis is a wine guru who works at the Square Wine Company in Madison Wisconsin. Before ending up in Madison her travels brought her through Chile, Costa Rica, and Spain, all the while developing her wine knowledge and pallet. Please visit and follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Wines reviewed on the show: 2014 - Matthiasson - Linda Vista - Chardonnay 2009 Ferrando Carema (White Label) - Nebbiolo 2002 - R. Lopez de Heredia - Rioja Reserva Moussé...

Duration: 01:14:41

69 - Jim Lambert of Lambert Estate Winery (Barossa Valley, Australia)

Jim Lambert is the owner and proprietor of the Lambert estate winery in Barossa Valley, Australia. A native to Wisconsin he set his sites on planting new roots in a wine region half way across the world. This weeks episode was recorded at the Wine Maniacs Wine Bar and Bistro in Occonomowoc Wisconsin. Visit for free shipping and $20 off of your first order from WINC. Use the promo code WineWars at checkout. Visit for a free audiobook...

Duration: 00:40:56

68 - Home Winemaking - Blending

The theme of Wisconsin is Wine continues this week as Scott welcomes the rest of the gang into his cellar. Scott has some wine that, after aging for nearly a year, needs to be bottled. But the blend needs to be just right. Luckily the rest of the Wine Warriors are here to help him out. To help victims of the California wild fires, you can donate to the American Red Cross here. Visit for free shipping and $20 off of your first order from WINC. Use the promo code...

Duration: 00:28:40

67 - Wisconsin is Wine: Interview with Nick Smith

The midwest is not really known for it’s wine. It’s a region that has harsh winters and blistering summers which requires winemakers to use hybrid grapes that can survive this difficult weather. But what is a hybrid? What does a midwestern wine taste like and who is making them? On this weeks show, Scott sat down with Nick Smith, a member of the UW Madison Fermentation Sciences Department, to discuss what it means to be a winemaker in Wisconsin and the UW hosting the Wisconsin is Wine...

Duration: 00:18:22

66 - Interview with Andrea Hillsey of Square Wine Company

Andrea Hillsey is the owner of Square Wine Company in Madison, Wisconsin. Although she never envisioned herself owning a wine shop there are many wine lovers in Madison that are happy she did. She joins the Wine Warriors this week to pour some amazing wines and tell some great stories about her exciting career in wine. #BootTheFlute Please visit and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Wines reviewed on the show: 2010 - Chehalem - Ridgecrest Vineyards -...

Duration: 01:18:32

65 - $12 Red Wine Challenge

Sometimes you just can’t afford to splurge. Sometimes you’ve splurged for too hard and for too long. That’s when you need to reach for a trusty bottle of wine that won’t break the bank. On this week’s episode the Wine Warriors make it their mission to find the best wine’s they can for under $12. Also, the gang discussed getting drinks at a fancy schmancy restaurant in Madison and give an update on Star Wars news. Wines reviewed on the show: 2014 - Chateau Ste Michelle - Cabernet...

Duration: 00:55:47

64 - Interview with Kirsten Ellis - Wine Educator

Kristen Ellis is a wine educator who works with the American Wine School and Binny’s Beverage Depot in Chicago, Illinois. She joins the wine warriors this week to discuss her journey through wine and stun them all with a last minute revelation of a per chance meeting with a certain film director. Wines reviewed on the show: 2013 - Produttori del Barbaresco Pierre Paillard - Bouzy Grand Cru Champagne Lustau - Amontillado Los Arcos - Sherry Visit for free...

Duration: 01:13:34

63 - The Tuscan Clone Wars (Sangiovese from Montepulciano & Chianti)

Tuscany is ground zero for the Sangiovese grape but with 14 clones of Sangiovese you have to do some extra drinking to hone in on the one you like. That’s why this week on the show the Wine Warriors are taking a tour around Tuscany. Starting to Montepulciano, then moving to Chianti - Colli Senesi and Chianti Classico, the gang finds all that Tuscany has to offer with this versatile varietal. Wines reviewed on the show: 2014 - Poderi Sanguineto 1 & 2 - Rosso di montepulciano 2013 -...

Duration: 00:56:06

62 - Viognier

There was a time when all the world knew of Viognier was a lousy 14 hectares in France. Luckily for us, Viognier has grown to about 2,000 hectares today, with plantings in nearly every major wine region. On today's show, the Wine Warriors same some 100% Viognier wines from Washington, France, California, and Australia. Then, Scott walks the crew through a discussion on Malolactic Fermentation. Mercer - Culloden Vineyard - 2013 Viognier Domaine de Montfaucon - 2014 Viognier Cline - North...

Duration: 01:04:10

61 - Road to Wine Expert Summit - Interview

The Road to Wine Expert Summit is an online gathering of some of the wine industry's best and brightest… and us, for some reason. Brian McCann is the man behind this unique gathering and he wanted to get the Wine Wars crew on his panel to find out what it takes to be a wine podcaster. Scott and Emigh have a great chat with Brian about what got them into wine and what got the podcast started in the first place. It was quite an honor to be a part of this event so be sure to check out the...

Duration: 01:05:04

Special Announcement: The Road to Wine Expert Summit

A quick special announcement from Scott about the Wine Wars Podcast being involved in the Road to Wine Expert Summit which running from July 10th to the 19th. You can sign up for the summit here: Sponsors: Visit for free shipping and $20 off of your first order from WINC. Use the promo code WineWars at checkout. Visit for a free audiobook and 30-day free trial of Audible. Look for Shadows in the...

Duration: 00:03:27

60 - Red Burgundy - Part 2

It’s Scott’s turn to splurge on this week's episode, and splurge he did. He took the wine warriors to Burgundy, France, a wine region so steeped in history that they couldn’t contain it all in one episode. So this trip through Burgundy has been broken into two parts. Part 1 discusses Beaujolais, Regional Burgundy wines, and Village level wines. Part 2 discusses the Premier CRU level wines, Grand CRU level wines, and an unfathomable story about Romanee-Conti, a vineyard side considered to...

Duration: 00:36:30

59 - Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a region of France that is often overlooked yet steeped in history. It was classified as the first AOC, it was the home of the Pope for almost a decade, and it has unique terroir everywhere you look. With all that mystique, it had been on Jason’s radar for almost 2 years. So it was time to splurge and splurge we did… twice. A computer glitch resulted in us taking two trips through Châteauneuf-du-Pape from start to finish, which means we are twice as charming, twice...

Duration: 00:51:46

58 - The Last Jedi Trailer Review

The first of The Last Jedi trailers has the Wine Warriors crawling up to speakers in search of hidden messages among all of the eye candy. Excitement is abound among the gang as they begin speculating what Episode 8 will hold. Visit for free shipping and $20 off of your first order from WINC. Use the promo code WineWars at checkout. Visit for a free audiobook and 30-day free trial of Audible. Visit us on all the social...

Duration: 00:36:43

57 - New Zealand (Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Noir)

New Zealand has more to offer for the world than just hobbits and folk comedy duos-- a lot more in fact. In the last 30 years they’ve begun to produce some of the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wine. Thanks to a listener request, the Wine Warriors finally get around to giving the country it’s due. Wines reviewed on the show: 2016 - Kim Crawford - Sauvignon Blanc 2016 - Oyster Bay - Sauvignon Blanc 2014 - Seaside Cellars - Pinot Noir 2015 - The Better Half - Pinot...

Duration: 01:01:28

56 - In Pursuit of a 3 Way with Anna & Anna from Landmark Creamery

Anna & Anna from Landmark Creamery stop by the show to help the wine warriors find the fabled ‘3 way pairing’ that Jedi Wine Master Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan discussed in a prior episode. The Anna’s bring in 4 amazing cheeses (including one never before made) to pair with some great wines, resulting in a ‘3 way’ or two. The Anna’s also discuss how they got their start in the world of cheese, how controlling the cooking process gives us all of the variations of cheeses in the world, and what...

Duration: 01:12:08

55 - WINC wine review

This week on the show the Wine Warriors break open their first shipment of wine from WINC and give their impressions. They find some gems in the box and are excited to see how their feedback alters the sites recommendations. Wines reviewed on the show: 2015 - Passarola - “Vinho Branco” - Portugal White Blend 2015 - Wonderful Wine Co. - California White Blend 2016 - One From The Quiver - Malbec 2014 - La Forza - Super Tuscan Visit for free shipping and $20 off...

Duration: 00:46:44

54 - Rosé Wine with Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan Master of Wine

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan is one of about thirty Masters of Wine in the United States. She is also an avid Star Wars fan. Could the Wine Warriors ask for a more perfect guest!? Jennifer talks with the Wine Warriors about her 8 year journey from no wine knowledge to Master of Wine, her experience teaching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin how to saber wine, and Jason's favorite, Rosé Wine! Jennifer's new book Rosé Wine: The Guide to Drinking Pink is available for pre-order and will be...

Duration: 01:09:42

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