Boozy Biddies Talk Wine & Spirits

Boozy Biddies

The Boozy Biddies Podcast is a fun, irreverent exploration of all things boozy - wine and spirits focused - with an emphasis on drinking as you learn. Join your hosts, Kara and Calla, two long-time friends (and boozy biddies) for a discussion of all things wine and spirits. We'll be going over wine and spirits 101 and things like:

-How is wine made? -What is the difference between different kinds of wine? -How do I make sense of French wine? -What is distillation? -How are different spirits made? And from what?

All Episodes

The biddies dive into the concept of terroir and why it helps to create interesting wines with a story with Mari Jones, President (of Fun!) at Emeritus Vineyards in California. Emeritus specializes in terroir-driven Pinot Noir in California. Tune in to learn why Pinot Noir is awesome, about some cool wines Emeritus produces, a bit about sustainable winemaking and climate change in California, and most importantly, why terroir isn’t just a word for wine snobs. Emeritus Wines Full show notes: boozybiddies.com/64  

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Dec 1

48 min 15 sec

The perennial question strikes again - what wine should you serve with your Thanksgiving feast? The biddies touch on some basic food pairing and then offer some crowd-pleasing and budget-friendly options to accompany your Thanksgiving meal. For more information: boozybiddies.com/63

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Nov 24

16 min 53 sec

The biddies take a detour back into barware as they discuss the practice of decanting. If you’ve ever wondered whether or not you should decant your wine (spoiler alert: Kara’s been decanting unnecessarily for years), or if those crystal whiskey decanters are just for show, tune in.

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Nov 17

28 min 45 sec

After talking about some fun spirits that you might include in your home bar last week, the biddies decided to take a closer look at absinthe. It turns out that it probably won’t make you hallucinate, but it does have a pretty fun story and was a fan favorite during Paris’s Belle Epoque. For more information: boozybiddies.com/61

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Nov 10

16 min 43 sec

The biddies realized that some of our listeners appreciate the harder things in life - spirits. They’ve decided to take a bit of a break from wine after being disappointed by numerous wine studs in order to talk about the history of the craft cocktail and how to elevate your home bartending scene. The biddies discuss the quintessential products - both booze and tools that can help heighten your game while entertaining while also providing alternatives you probably already have in your kitchen drawers. For more information: boozybiddies.com/60

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Nov 3

42 min 51 sec

After the full episode on wine fraud and forgery, the biddies watched the documentary “Sour Grapes” discussing Rudy Kurniawan and his operation behind pumping the elite wine collectors market with fraudulent Burgundian wine. Spoiler alert, in this minisode, they summarize the documentary and provide their personal opinions on the faults in the wine auction system and the billionaire boys club buying up Burgundian and Bordeaux wines. For more information: boozybiddies.com/59

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Oct 27

19 min 47 sec

Moving into the shadier side of the industry, the biddies discuss some of the biggest counterfeit and fraudulent wine sales in recent history starting with the Jefferson Bottle in 1985 to the Rudy Kurinawan situation in the early 2000s. While these cases are more recent, wine forgery has been around for centuries. For more information: boozybiddies.com/58

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Oct 20

30 min 52 sec

The biddies do some research on the first wine stud Pliny the Elder, who had been referenced in many past episodes, only to find out that he was not so studly. Listen in to learn about the man widely regarded as the first wine critic and some of his more bizarre opinions. For more information: boozybiddies.com/57

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Oct 13

17 min 18 sec

The biddies take on Tuscany in this final episode of the Italy Passport Tour. World-renowned for delicious Italian wines, this region was literally known as the ‘land of wine’ in Ancient times. Tuscany provided plenty to talk about from the Etruscans to the first wines granted DOC status so grab a glass of Chianti or anything you’d like from the region and tune in. For more information boozybiddies.com/56

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Oct 6

34 min 41 sec

Grappa is a unique Italian spirit distilled from the leftover seeds, stalks and stems from wine production. It’s usually enjoyed as a digestif and today the biddies are diving into all things grappa for this mini-episode. For more details: boozybiddies.com/55

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Sep 29

14 min 44 sec

The Veneto region is one of the largest, most important wine regions in Italy producing a lovely range of independent and indigenous wines alongside Italian classics and international varieties. Veneto is known for two immensely popular but very different styles of wine including the light, slightly sweet and bubbly Prosecco and the deep Amarone made from dried grapes.  For the full show notes: boozybiddies.com/54 Follow along: @boozybiddies

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Sep 22

30 min 45 sec

In last week’s episode we talked about how Barolo is a BIG DEAL in Piedmont, and this week we’re filling you in on a little thing called the Barolo Wars. The old guard wanted to keep a longer maceration period, the young guns wanted shorter maceration in new French oak barrels. It got ugly. We were not drinking a Barolo for this one, but you do you and bust one out if you'd like to! For more details: boozybiddies.com/53 Follow along: @boozybiddies on Instagram

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Sep 15

15 min 35 sec

The biddies return for season three to introduce Piedmont - where the king of wines and the wine of kings, Barolo, is from. They also touch on Gavi, a delicious white wine from this northern Italian region. For more information: boozybiddies.com/52

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Sep 8

32 min 14 sec

Even the biddies need a (cocktail) break but we are so excited to have our last episode of the summer be dedicated to the brand Uncle Nearest and the fascinating, empowering, and inspiring story behind the owner, the distillery, and the person who inspired the brand. The biddies highly recommend grabbing this whiskey and sitting down with us. Drinking: Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Whiskey Follow us @boozybiddies For the full show notes: boozybiddies.com/51

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Jul 21

23 min 36 sec

The biddies continue their Italian passport tour with the southern states of Calabria, Baslicata and Puglia. Join them for a whirlwind tour of history, grapes and wine from these regions, which include super crushable summer reds and whites grown in volcanic soil. Drink featured: Calla - Cantele Salice Salentino DOC Riserva, Kara - Salice Salentino DOC Rosata Stay in touch with us on Instagram @boozybiddies For full show notes: boozybiddies.com/50

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Jul 15

29 min 58 sec

In today’s minisode, the Boozy Biddies dive into the semi-mythical world of chartreuse, an herbal liqueur produced by monks in France for centuries. It’s one of the most interesting origin stories the biddies have come across (it involves an alchemist). Grab a glass of this green beverage (or mix yourself a cocktail with it) and tune in! Drink featured: Kara and Calla both drink Green Chartreuse Stay in touch with us on Instagram @boozybiddies  Full episode notes at boozybiddies.com/49

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Jul 7

17 min 51 sec

The biddies launch into their Italy passport tour with Sicily - because for no rhyme or reason, they decided to work their way up the boot and start with the volcanic island. Join them for a meandering tour of Sicily’s grapes and wines - and some super crushable summer white wine recommendations. They also introduce the new Boozy Biddies catch phrase and sign off, so stay tuned for the end.   Wine Featured: Kara: Colosi Salina IGT, Tenuta Delle Terre Nere ‘Santo Spirito’ Etna Rosa DOC Calla: Regaleali Bianco by Tasca Centi D’Almerita Stay In Touch With Us: Instagram @boozybiddies For full show notes: boozybiddies.com/48

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Jun 30

38 min 18 sec

The biddies release their second minisode all about Veuve Clicquot and one of the most badass women (if not THE most badass woman) in wine making history, the widow herself. Due to Calla biddy losing her voice, we will get back to alternating full length episodes and minisodes as soon as she can speak again - but for now, tune in as the biddies enjoy a glass of the 2012 vintage of Veuve and talk all about it's history. For the full show notes: boozybiddies.com/47 And, don't forget to follow us on Instagram.

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Jun 23

17 min 37 sec

The biddies launch (a little belatedly) their first minisode (portmanteau of miniature and episode -it's a thing!) with Dom Perignon. Spoiler alert: the guy didn't even like champagne. Tune in for all the details and let the biddies know what you think about our new 15 minute single-bottle focused episodes that will be released between our usual features. Drinking: Kara & Calla: Dom Perignon 2010 Vintage Champagne For all the show notes:  boozybiddies.com/46 Follow along: instagram.com/boozybiddies

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Jun 18

15 min 11 sec

The biddies are bitter. Well, that’s only a little true. Mostly we meant that we love bitter things and this episode is about all things booze that tends towards the bitter side of things. From vermouth, or aromatized wines, to amari and the item literally called what it tastes like, bitters, the biddies talk about how many of these delicious concoctions started for medicinal purposes but now are very key to every bar and bartender out there.  Drinks Featured:Kara & Calla: Lillet, Amaro Montenegro, Green & Yellow Chartreuse, Aperol, Ramazzoti, Fernet-Branca, Cynar, Aperol, Campari, Amaro Lucano Stay In Touch With Us: Instagram @boozybiddies Full show notes: boozybiddies.com/45

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Jun 9

40 min 30 sec

The biddies are giving you two spirits studs for the price of one by introducing bartenders Chris Dunsmoor (@rhymeswithchris) and Loran Bush (@hattricks17) on this episode. There are, essentially, six cocktails defined by their structure that almost every drink has evolved from. Chris and Loran break down cocktail evolution and even teach the biddies how to properly order a martini. It’s a long episode, but it’s pretty worth it.  Drinks Featured: Kara: Hemingway Daquiri Calla: Old Fashioned, Topo Chico Hard Seltzer, Cynar Chris: Old Fashioned, Whiskey Shot, Goose Island IPA Loran: High West Double Rye, Carlsburg, Whiskey Shot Stay In Touch With Us: Instagram @boozybiddies Full Show Notes:  boozybiddies.com/44

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May 27

1 hr 9 min

Scotch is from Scotland. Don’t worry the biddies talk about more than just that in this week’s Scotch episode. Known for their peat usage, Scotch has a long history and has influenced many other spirits around the world. Scotch can also showcase a terroir unlike other spirits the biddies have discussed. Put on your tartan and learn more about this brown spirit. Drinks Featured:Kara: Glenlivet Single MaltCalla: Glen Grant 12 & 18 Year Single Malt For full show notes: boozybiddies.com/43

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May 12

35 min 47 sec

The biddies dive into the agave-based spirits of tequila and mezcal. This one’s a mess, but that’s to be expected. In between tequila-inspired stories, learn how these Mexican spirits are made - from growing and harvesting agave, the current agave shortage, and the distillation process that creates tequila and mezcal.   DRINKING Calla: Paloma made with Cantera Negra Kara: Jalisco in Winter made with Don Julio Reposado tequila and Pelotón de la Muerte mezcal   SOURCES Forbes.com, Tequila Shortage Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist Society of Wine Educators, Certified Specialist of Spirits Study Guide   Full show notes: boozybiddies.com/42      

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Apr 28

35 min 48 sec

Be careful, the biddies cannot get enough of gin so they are extra excited about this episode. When it comes to gin, it is defined by juniper berry as the main flavor but as far as other botanicals go, the sky’s the limit. Learn more about this aromatic and flavor filled spirit on the next installment of the distillation series.  Drinks Featured:Kara: Gin & Tonic with the Botanist GinCalla: Barr Hill Gin Bees Knees Cocktail For more info: boozybiddies.com/41

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Apr 14

37 min 27 sec

The Boozy Biddies welcome their first spirits stud, Jesse Torres, a Denver based bartender who just so happens to be a wealth of knowledge on cane spirits. R(h)um has always been a passion of Jesse’s and while it can be a very complicated and seemingly lawless spirit, Jesse helps navigate specific regions, styles, and distillation techniques.  Drinks Featured:Jesse: Foursquare Old Brigand Black Label Old FashionedKara: Clement VSOP Rhum Agircole “French Martinique 75” Calla: Appleton Estate Signature Rum Hemingway Daiquiri, Appleton Estate Joy on a large Rock For full show notes: boozybiddies.com/40

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Mar 31

54 min 40 sec

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from two boozy biddies! For once, they time up the holiday and the correct drink associated with it. In this episode, the biddies talk about Irish Whiskey and how it differs from American Whiskey. Ireland is considered the birthplace of whiskey and the Irish have a long history of perfecting this spirit through both pot and column distillation. Drinks Featured: Kara: Redbreast 12 Year Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Calla: Tullamore D.E.W. 18 Year Single Malt To learn more: boozybiddies.com/39

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Mar 17

28 min 27 sec

Does whiskey make you frisky? Are you willing to be a little risky with your whiskey choice? The biddies break down the different categories of American whiskey and talk more about the mashing process that occurs prior to distillation. While whiskey did not originate in the United States, distillers have perfected the spirit and made whiskey just as American and baseball and apple pie.   Drinks Featured: Kara: New Riff Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon on one large rock Calla: AD Laws Bottled-in-Bond Rye Boulevardier   For more show notes: boozybiddies.com/38

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Mar 3

42 min 39 sec

The biddies make a major pivot and turn to distillation as an opening discussion of the world of spirits! In this episode they discuss the more technical aspects of distillation and some historical figures with pretty fabulous names, all over whiskey cocktails. Tune into this information-packed episode, laced as per usual with a few sex jokes and butchered pronunciation. For more info: boozybiddies.com/37

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Feb 17

42 min 28 sec

In honor of both biddies being on the east coast - even if this pandemic has the recording apart - they touch base on the best known wine region out here, New York. New York is unique in the way that it can grow vitis vinifera grapes despite it’s colder climate, humid summers, and harsh winters but also the biddies get to introduce you to the world of cold hardy hybrid grapes.    Drinks Featured: Kara: Millbrook Winery Pinot Noir & Millbrook Winery Tokai Calla: Dr. Konstantin Frank Semi-Dry Riesling   For more information: boozybiddies.com/36

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Feb 3

31 min 18 sec

It’s that time of year where many people are struggling to keep their New Year’s resolutions going. While neither of the biddies goes full dry in January, they have found that substituting mocktails or lower ABV cocktails occasionally is definitely both beneficial for the body and the wallet. The biddies explore this growing trend and the new products hitting the market to see if these elevated Shirley Temples are more than just a fad.    Drinks Featured: Kara: Lillet and Tonic Calla: Campari and Soda Water   For more details: boozybiddies.com/35

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Jan 20

29 min 14 sec

While mulled wine may be more popular around Christmas, many countries have found their own unique traditions to toast when the clock strikes midnight. While Champagne may be the most popular adult beverage to be consumed on New Years, it’s not the only. Learn about mulled sake from Japan, rum doughnuts from Germany, and other drinks that will bring in good luck and prosperity in the next year! For more notes: boozybiddies.com/34

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Dec 2020

27 min 27 sec

With the holiday season rapidly approaching in a pandemic year where most of us cannot spend time with friends and family, the biddies decided to share some holiday drinking traditions. Mulled wine has a long history of existing either to make bad wine taste better or serve the body as a type of medicine. However, many countries around the world have adopted this beverage as a holiday drink to warm you up as we bunker down in colder weather. Show notes: boozybiddies.com/33 Mulled wine recipe from Wine Enthusiast

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Dec 2020

24 min 11 sec

This short but sweet episode talks about the little known history of how ice wine came to be and how it’s spread throughout today’s wine culture. Famously from Germany and Austria, ice wine can be found traditionally made in the US, Canada, and more. Kara and Calla compare a traditional Canadian ice wine with a mechanically frozen Californian ice wine. While not the cheapest wine out there, it’s truly unique and something everyone should try once.    Wines Featured: Kara: Bonny Doon Viognier Vin de Glaciere  Calla: Jackson Triggs Estate Reserve Vidal Ice Wine   For more details: boozybiddies.com/32

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Dec 2020

22 min 58 sec

Let’s say au revoir to France and end with arguably one of the most famous wine regions and styles in the world - Champagne. The biddies have a special affinity for everything sparkling and jumped at the opportunity to get a little tipsy on some grower champagnes from the region. Champagne is not only useful for celebrations but something the biddies think should always be on hand as one of the most versatile and delicious wines out there. Wines Featured:  Kara: Agrapart & Fils Terroir Calla: Aubry Brut Champagne For more details: boozybiddies.com/31 For bubbles episode #1: boozybiddies.com/2  

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Dec 2020

30 min 50 sec

The biddies finally get the hang of France and have really stepped up their pronunciation game. Thankfully, it happened just in time to dive into the iconic wine region of Bordeaux. Known for some of the most famous red wine in the world, Bordeaux relies heavily on Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc. Generally one of the more confusing areas to new wine drinkers, the biddies help break down Left Bank and Right bank to point you towards the right wine to get.    Wines Featured: Kara: Chateau Carbonnieux Grand Cru Classe de Graves 2017 Calla: Chateau Leseggue St. Emilion Grand Cru 2016   For more details: boozybiddies.com/30

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Nov 2020

33 min 23 sec

Burgundy is arguably one of the best known wine regions in the world and maybe only second to Bordeaux in France (who knows - it's a toss up with Champagne). It’s known as the home to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but let’s not forget Beaujolais which gets lumped into Burgundy and showcases a very different type of wine and terroir. Released on the eve of Beaujolais Nouveau release day, the biddies talk about the first French wine released from current vintage as well as the normal high points of this next passport stop.  For more details: boozybiddies.com/29

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Nov 2020

28 min

Arguably the black sheep of the French winemaking regions - due to a few things the biddies cover in the episode - is Alsace. This region is Calla’s personal favorite wine making region in the world and she aggressively tries to convince Kara it should be hers as well. Alsace has a different history having bounced back and forth between German and French control and their laws, varietals, and styles are truly unique from other French making wine regions.    Wines Featured: Kara: Zind 2017 (Chardonnay/Auxerrois) Calla: Cave de Cleebourg 2016 Gewurtztraminer   For more details: boozybiddies.com/28

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Nov 2020

39 min 27 sec

The biddies couldn’t avoid it any longer. They return to Europe with the first episode in an in depth series on French wine making regions. The Loire Valley is known for very famous Sauvignon Blancs, earthy Cabernet Francs and high acid Chenin Blancs. It’s a diverse wine region to begin with and allows the biddies to work on their French pronunciation again.   Wines Featured: Kara: Domaine de la Butte 2018 Bourgueil Calla: Domaine de Clos de Aumones 2018 Vouvray Sec   For more info: boozybiddies.com/27

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Nov 2020

32 min 32 sec

The biddies finish out the Pacific Northwest of the United States with Oregon - known for its Pinot Noir and stellar Alsatian style white wines. From the early day Pinot Pioneers to the biggest Oregonian wine growing house, A to Z wineworks, they discuss who helped put their name on the new world winemaking map. For fans of cold climate wines, Oregon is a must drink destination.   Wines Featured Kara: A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Calla: Ovum Wines Big Salt White Blend   For more details: boozybiddies.com/26

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Oct 2020

33 min 25 sec

Second in line for the US wine tour is the second largest wine producing state, Washington. The biddies are lucky to host close friend Walter Zamora, who has long worked in the wine and service industry scene in Washington and can also provide a first hand experience of how the pandemic has affected smaller wineries. The biddies touch base on the basics with insight from Walter including the history, appellations, and the varietals. For more details: boozybiddies.com/25

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Oct 2020

55 min 25 sec

Rounding out the basics of California wine culture, the biddies look at the different appellations in this state. In addition, they discuss a few more important grape varietals that have been brought over from other countries besides France including Barbera, Zinfandel, and Riesling. While we though wine labeling laws in the United States were much easier to understand than some European countries, we do stumble through it and show you how to properly read and understand your California wine label. Wines FeaturedKara: Terro d’Oro Chenin Blanc/Viognier, Lieu Dit Chenin BlancCalla: Stuhlmuller 2016 Estate Zinfandel For more details: boozybiddies.com/24

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Oct 2020

44 min 1 sec

To kick off the new season, the biddies turn to domestic wines on the next leg of the passport tour (even if we don’t need a passport to get to California). With California being such a pillar of wine culture, they’ve decided to break into two separate episodes.  Part one will explore the history behind California and the significance of French varietals in the state’s wines.  Wines FeaturedKara: Groth Sauvignon BlancCalla: Tablas Creek Syrah For more information: boozybiddies.com/23

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Oct 2020

47 min 44 sec

The biddies introduce two new wine studs to the podcast to talk about how to make wine at home for fun and personal consumption. Both from Tucson, Arizona Josh is the sommelier to the Hotel Congress wine program and Todd is the owner of Revel Wine Bar as well as a certified sommelier. The biddies get to drink their wines - both made from Grenache - and learn how easy and/or hard it is to try and make your own wine.  Wines Featured:Josh Osteen’s Spittlebug GrenacheTodd Getzelman’s Jolon Grenache Rose For more details: boozybiddies.com/22

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Aug 2020

50 min

The biddies return to Austria for the last segment of this first passport tour. Austria shares some similar labeling laws to Germany but even with more restrictions due to a scandal in the 1980s. The biddies also explore some non-French European grapes including Gruner Veltliner, Welschriesling, and Zweigelt. The biddies bid adieu to the passport tour for now but Austria doesn't disappoint for the final episode.    Wines Featured:  Kara: Heinrich Naked White Calla: Arndorfer Zweigelt   For more details: boozybiddies.com/21

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Jul 2020

39 min 21 sec

The biddies take a break from Europe and head back down to South America where they focus on another country built on French varietals - Chile. Like Argentina with Malbec, Chile has become world renowned for focusing on lesser Bordeaux varietals (i.e. Carmenere) and truly making them their own. The biddies were lucky enough to locate some wines made by more unique grapes - Pais and Sauvignon Gris - to introduce this long, skinny country and how beautiful and inexpensive it’s wines can be.    Wines Featured: Kara: A Los Vinateros Bravos Pipeno Tinta, Clous de Fous Grillos Cantores Cabernet Sauvignon Calla: Casa Silva Sauvignon Gris 1912 Vines   For more details: boozybiddies.com/20

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Jul 2020

37 min 44 sec

Portugal -  much like Spain, much like Greece, much like Italy - has hundreds of indigenous varietals not found elsewhere. Did the biddies try to simplify this episode by specifically discussing Madeira and Port? They did. Did it work? No. Madeira and Port are very unique to Portugal’s long history of wine making and come with their own set of requirements and rules. The Boozy Biddies switch things up this episode with wine cocktails featuring these styles to help cool you off on hot summer days.    Wines Featured: Kara: Sandeman Rainwater Madeira (made into a punch) Calla: Kopke Off Dry White Port (mixed with tonic)   For more details: boozybiddies.com/19

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Jul 2020

47 min 45 sec

Spain is another country that can’t be condensed into one episode - not saying any of the great wine making regions only deserve 30 minutes - but Spain is similar to Greece and Italy and hosts hundreds of unique and indigenous varietals. The biddies focus on their light, crisp, and refreshing white wines and cava this episode while also introducing you to the history, laws, and important figures in Spanish wine culture.    Wines Featured:  Kara: Albarino Palacio de Fefinanes Calla: Bolet Brut Nature Cava   For more details: boozybiddies.com/18

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Jul 2020

43 min 34 sec

With most of our passport tour, the biddies have focused on regional varietals, styles, and the history behind how the country became known as a wine region. With Germany, they focus much more on the laws and labeling of German wines in order to better educate how to pick the right bottle off the shelf. With an intricate and unique labeling system, there is certainly a lot to learn to make sure you pick the right Riesling for yourself!   Wines Featured: Kara: Bruder Dr. Becker Rheinhessen Qualitatswein Dienhem Riesling Trocken 2017 Calla: Villa Wolf Rose Pinot Noir For more: boozybiddies.com/17

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Jul 2020

34 min 32 sec

New Zealand is extra special to one biddie - Calla - who had the opportunity to work for a winery located there. Both the biddies though find that New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is an especially thirst quenching style for hot summer days. New Zealand is more than just Sauvignon Blanc, albeit being a newer wine region in the world, so they touch on Pinot Noir and the other regions that make up this island nation.    Wines Featured:  Kara: Momo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Calla: Sileni “The Straits” Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, The Ned Pinot Noir   For more details: boozybiddies.com/16

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Jun 2020

41 min 27 sec

South Africa has a long tradition of wine albeit still being referred to as a New World wine country. The biddies discuss South Africa’s history, re-emergence on the quality wine scene and dive into some of its most popular grape varieties: Chenin Blanc, Cinsault, and Pinotage - which is a grape unique to South Africa, made from crossing Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Wines Featured: Kara: Lubanzi Chenin Blanc, Backsberg Pinotage Calla: Blackwater Lazy Lucy Rose For more info: boozybiddies.com/15

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Jun 2020

37 min 38 sec