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.
Our natural wine guides are Esther Mobley, award-winning journalist and wine critic at the San Francisco Chronicle; and Amanda Smeltz, a sommelier, poet, the newly anointed European Portfolio Manager for Coeur Wine Co., and author of Imperial Bender.
Here at The Four Top, we are passionate boosters of Portland Backpack, an organization that delivers food sacks to kids through Portland Public Elementary Schools.
Portland Backpack ensures that the children who rely on free school lunches during the week have access to food on the weekends.
During the pandemic, the need has been so great that Portland Backpack’s reach has grown from 4 to 10 schools, and we need your help! To learn more about this amazing grassroots organization, please attend our 60-minute virtual event on November 10.
We’ll include information on more ways to help out in future newsletters. Thank you!
Erath, one of the O.G. (that is, pioneering) wineries of the Willamette Valley, is generously sponsoring the first half of our wine season. And they’re offering a couple of special treats to our most devoted listeners.
For one lucky winner, Erath has a gift-card giveaway that’s posted over on our Instagram feed. And for the rest of us, there’s another gift.
The exclusive Four Top 6 Pack of Erath wines is a screaming deal, priced at approximately $40 off retail. Plus, if listeners join the Erath mailing list, they get an additional 10% off. How is that even possible?
If you stick with us all the way to the end of Ep. 94, you’ll be able to partake in our figurative “dessert wine” course. Our tasty recommendations include your new favorite Basque mystery series, and Esther Mobley’s “platonic ideal of a natural wine pairing.”
Curious to learn more? We post our panelists’ “dessert wine” recommendations on our social media feeds, as a slideshow on Instagram or as separate Twitter posts. Just follow us to get those sweet, sweet recommendations.
Martin’s social media guru, Meghan, recently ordered our cohosts to start making Instagram Live videos.
Katherine and Martin’s first attempt (see screenshot at left) was dreadful. It included, among other gems, a full five introductory minutes of dead air. Katherine’s parents weighed in afterward to report that “the F-bomb was dropped far too many times.”
All of which goes to show that the best audio content is that which has been lovingly pre-produced, storyboarded, recorded, and edited twice over by a team. Like our tireless team, which includes Rachel Grossman, Kielen King, Izzy Kramer, Michelle Richards, Lex Rule, and Nick Toole. Clearly, Katherine and Martin are hopeless without this gang.
‘Sparkling Wine Anytime’ merch alert! Behold the 750-ml, stainless-steel Camelbak flask. It’s vacuum-insulated to keep your beverage of choice cool, and the base is covered in a grippy, non-slip silicone pad.
As always, 10% of sale proceeds go to AHIVOY, an organization providing education and professional development to Hispanic and Latinx vineyard stewards.