Summertime and the wine is easy...or at least, easier with a list of the four best alternatives to the usual fare of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio. On this episode, I dig deep into the cellar (aka the fridge) and come up with four cool, refreshing, low-alcohol wines made from some peculiar if not obscure varietals, all of which are easily available to buy. The winemaker for my #1 choice makes an appearance via Skype (no spoilers!), while wine author Kathleen Wilcox shares her Wine Virginity Story.
In the final half of this two-part series, we find David about to serve 6 years in Federal prison. But this is far from the end of Dave's story - one that will take him on a trip across the border, across the country, and back to prison...two more times.
But this is also a story of redemption: how we find it, how we create it, and how we justify the roles we play to get there. For Dave, it comes with the creation of his first novel, The Jacumba Connection, and reconnection with his family. But redemption never comes easy, and never without a cost.
There are lives with ups & downs and twists & turns, and then there's David Taylor. In a special, 2-part episode, David Taylor, author of the acclaimed fictional memoir, The Jacumba Connection, tells the not-so-fictional story of his life - a highway of tragedy and triumph for which there is no legal road map. Strap in, hold on, and get ready for a ride to redemption unlike any you've experienced before.
What's in your glass? Not just the kind of grape, but what's really in it? Is it grape juice and natural yeast, or colorings, flavoring, sugar and preservatives? This week, we take a trip to Total Wine to check out the vast variety of control brands sold there, and how to identify them. Are they inherently worse than terroir-driven wines? We don't make that judgment (sort of): that's up to you. But if you're the type who likes to look behind the curtain and see how the (wine) sausage is made, you'll want to check this out.
Homeschooling: the whole proposition has filled both parents and kids with anxiety and dread. As we count down the days until summer "break," JT talks with educator and counselor Charle Peck of the Advancing Humanity Podcast about the impact of homeschooling, and what parents can do to make the overall experience less stressful for everyone; JT's daughters join him to talk about their personal experience with homeschooling and, well, farting; JT cautiously sips the Kalyra Winery "239," a Rosé with an alcohol level higher than the legal drinking age.
Dating expert and Dates & Mates Podcast host Damona Hoffman joins JT for a discussion on how to reach the revelation that you're the asshole in your relationships; A trip to the grocery store leaves JT with bad vibes and too much cookie dough; We review the 2017 Cultivar Oak Knoll Cabernet Franc and reveal why it's particularly important in JT's life; Entertainment Industry vet Michael Mayhew shares his Wine Virginity Story.