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10.17.21 / THE NOSE EPISODE

In Ep. 95 we discuss the ways in which COVID-19 and technological innovations have changed our thinking on smelling. We’ll also explore the nose’s ability to dramatically enhance a whole spectrum of experiences, from our own memory to a glass of wine.

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10.11.21 / THE NATURAL WINE COLD WAR

Is “Natural Wine” a category, a lifestyle, or just a buzz phrase? In Ep. 94, we hear about the Cold War between natural and conventional winemakers, question the possible quackery of so-called “clean wines,” and more.

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10.4.21 / VINFLUENCERS...OR THIRST TRAPS?

Are social media “vinfluencers” bringing new consumers to wine, or simply devaluing expertise? In Ep. 93 we discuss what it takes to be a successful wine pro in the digital age, and what authenticity looks like in a world of polished Instagram feeds.

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9.27.21 / MONEY, MONEY, MONEY

What do toilet paper and Bordeaux have in common? In Ep. 92, we dive into the economics of the wine world. We discuss the various ways the pandemic has upended the industry, and debate what changes might be here to stay.

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9.20.21 / WILD WINE FAIRS

In Ep. 91, we reminisce about our most memorable moments from wine trade shows and consumer fairs with guest panelists Alpana Singh and Stevie Kim. We also discuss the ways in which these mega-events forge connections and propel the industry forward.

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9.12.21 / THE NEW (NON) RULES OF WINE PAIRING

In the first episode of The Four Top’s new wine season we are joined by Regine Rousseau and Derrick Westbrook to discuss why “traditional” wine pairings (think Champagne and caviar) don’t work, and explore more abstract pairing concepts, such as wine with music, poetry, fragrance and… CBD?

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4.16.21 / HOW TO APPEAR NORMAL AT SOCIAL EVENTS

Before taking off for our summer break, we prep our cocktail conversation for reentry into the social world, discuss the humor value of various foods, and unpack the experience of becoming a culinary celeb or star sommelier. (We’ll be back in September!)

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3.16.21 / WHY WINE IS ROCK & ROLL

Meet three legendary music-industry veterans-turned wine insiders as they discuss overlap between the worlds of wine and music. Plus: A totally inappropriate book teaser, and more.

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2.23.21 / CANNABIS IN THE KITCHEN

As congress considers legalizing marijuana nationally, it’s time to revisit our conversation about cannabis in the kitchen. Sparkling Wine Anytime will be on shelves in a few short weeks, and submit your ideas for the future of The Four Top!

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