Who we are, what we talk about, and how we rate and review wines!
Thank you so much for coming to our website and listening to our podcast! The Wine Pair Podcast is a labor of love between the two of us that we find both joyful and educational.
We have always loved wine, but really wanted to know more about wine - the history, the tastes and smells, the varieties - and so that’s why we started this podcast. If you are like us, you love wine, and you really are curious and excited to learn more!
And, if you are like us you also don’t really want to spend a ton of money on wine, but you want to get a great value for your dollar. We call that high QPR (Quality to Price Ratio), and on our podcast, we try to focus on wines that are reasonably priced, and that means under $20.
What we talk about
So, each episode of our podcast is structured to help you (and us) learn about wine in a fun, entertaining, irreverent, honest, and hopefully funny way.
Each episode usually centers around either a varietal of wine, a type of wine, a type of cuisine, a region, a producer, or a season as our main topic. In each of these episodes, we start out by learning a bit about the main topic, and then we taste and review three wines from the main topic which are reasonably priced, meaning under $20, and that should be easy for you to find.
And we give really honest ratings and reviews. We are not sponsored by any wine makers, wine producers or distributors, or wine retailers. So when we rate and review a wine, you can be sure we are telling you what we really think - good or bad!
Our rating scale
We also have our own rating scale that we use to judge each wine we drink. Each wine is rated on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best score, and we have to give each wine a whole number, so no half numbers are allowed. In our rating system, a rating of 7 or above is good! That means we think this wine is good enough to buy and serve to our family and friends. A rating of a 5 or 6 means that we like the wine, but we are not going to buy it, and if there is some other options around, we might try and look for them. A rating of 4 or below means that we are not going to finish the wine, we may hide it behind a bush or leave it on a table or accidentally spill it down the sink.
That means that for us, a wine we rate a 9 or a 10 is outrageously good, wines rated at 7 or 8 are excellent, 5 - 6 are good, and 4 or below are bad.
We generally release a new episode every week. In weeks when we might be traveling or need a break, we will release either minisode - which is a short episode focused on a specific topic with no wine tasting involved - or an interview with a winemake, which are shorter than our usual episodes, but long enough so the winemaker can tell their story.
If you like what you are hearing, we would love to hear from you, and we would be so appreciative if you would subscribe to our podcast or leave us a rating and a review (or both!).
We are so happy you are here, and we look forward to hearing from you!