In this episode, Emma & Winston tackle new subjects and a new part of the world: Hayao Miyazaki, sake, and Japan! Listen to find out what Junmai, Ginjo, and Daiginjo mean on a sake label, as well as which Miyazaki films are our favorites of Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Spirited Away. We talk about the magic of these films and the dangers of the deliciousness of sake. Plus: how to pronounce Ghibli (we don't know), alcoholic Fresca, Mr. Hatgood, good mold, nigori, nama, genshu, Emma & Winston being gross, steampunk magic, ta-da forever, and several new slogans. Kampai!
Emma is joined again by her long-time best friend, other Emma, who is definitely a real person, to discuss the first of the most seminal books of their childhood, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's (or Philosopher's) Stone. This is the second episode in our HP & New World Wine Series, in which Emma S-Z pairs the Harry Potter novels with different major New World Wine regions. Listen to the episode to find out what we think about Quidditch, which trio of grapes Harry, Ron, & Hermione would be, and why Emma S-Z had to kick her sports fan habit. Plus: the nonsensical order of the Sorting Hat, wanting to go to Yale, frizzy haired ladies, The Lord of the Rings TV Show, Peeves, remembering these are kids' books, champagne, and Voldemort's conscientiousness. BIG SPOILERS!!! If you have not read the WHOLE Harry Potter series do not listen to this episode!!!
Emma is joined by her long-time best friend, other Emma, who is definitely a real person, to discuss the first of the most seminal books of their childhood, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's (or Philosopher's) Stone. This is the first episode in our HP & New World Wine Series, in which Emma S-Z pairs the Harry Potter novels with different major New World Wine regions. The Emmas talk about what it was like discovering the magic of these books as kids, and how dark they really are. Listen to the episode to hear what we think is problematic about goblins, and why the books are so important for kids (and adults) to read. Plus: South Pacific, Monty Python references, Chilean winemaking wizards, The Magicians: Harry Potter for old people, favorite Dumbledores, the return of Phylloxera, the divisive Carmenère, "eau de antisemitism", and not-too-thinly-veiled metaphors.
Winston and Emma relay tales of their gastronomical, cultural, and artistic adventures while on the Italian leg of their Honeymoon. We relive our favorite experiences in Cinque Terre, Florence, and Rome this month, including seeing the David, the Coliseum, and eating lots of pasta. Listen to hear us misremember Italian Renaissance history, where the best sandwiches are in Florence, and be basic Americans and talk about Under the Tuscan Sun and Gladiator. Plus: the "Alias Grape", pesto, Fellini, the Duomo, the Roman Forum, Leather, Hapsburg Princes running restaurants, the Medici, Caravaggio the fighting painter, queer Italian Renaissance artists, bathroom rants, Ennio Morricone, and Sexy Show!
Winston and Emma relay tales of their gastronomical, cultural, and artistic adventures while on the Spanish leg of their Honeymoon. Recorded in Barcelona on Emma's iPhone, they remember their favorite experiences in San Sebastián, Granada, and Madrid. Listen to hear about the best pintxo bars in San Sebastián, the astonishing Alhambra in Granada, and the miracle of tapas. Plus: the Grandad Cocktail, Txakoli, raptors, gatitas, Minotaurs (who are always librarians, as everyone knows), Goya, Flamenco, Anthony Bourdain, the coexistence of cultures and traditions in Spain, and jamón. Always jamón. Warning: this episode may not be the favorite of vegetarians, vegans, and non-meat eaters... Listen at your own discretion!
In honor of the release of our 20th episode, Emma and Winston got married last weekend! So, we decided to talk about the film that first made us realize we were in love, the cult classic The Princess Bride, directed by Rob Reiner and based on the book by William Goldman. This episode is mostly a glimpse into what our daily life is like, i.e. us quoting the film and giggling at each other. Listen to find out what wine Vizzini, Fezzik, Inigo, and the rest would drink, and how much of the film was included in our wedding ceremony. Plus: drinking rubies, what scenes Emma skipped as a child, farmboy DJ's, the search for queer winemakers, Humperdinck and Noble Rot, Tom Stoppard, and Pink Unicorn Onesies.
Emma is joined by mythology and podcasting guru Julia Schifini to discuss everyone's favorite goofy hunky Norse god, Thor! The general consensus is that whatever Thor would drink, he'd drink a lot of it (so we did). Julia is not only a mythology expert but also knows a ton about the Marvel comics, and enlightens Emma on how much better Natalie Portman's character was originally. Listen to hear us discuss gender politics, why mead fell out of fashion, and cheese! Plus: gender-queer Loki, Joss Whedon, iambic pentameter, New Zealand Chardonnay, Gaelic pronunciation, Kenneth Branagh v. Taika Waititi and Josh Dallas v. Zachary Levi, bad hammer puns, Jeff Goldblum, and Metheglin, the second in our wine-term turned Marvel villain.
Emma and Winston are joined by Mike Schubert of Potterless to discuss our favorite friendly neighborhood superhero: Spider-Man! This is the second episode in our Marvel series, and we touch on a lot of topics that we covered in the Captain America episode, and so much more! Mike, Winston, and Emma enjoy dwelling in some nostalgia while they talk about Spider-Man through the ages. Listen to hear who our favorite cinematic Spider-Man is, why Spidey villains are the best, and which New York wines to look out for. Plus: the Mad Hungarian, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Scarlett Johansson as everyone, the science of wine, video games, hipster winemakers, good accents, Rice v. Wesleyan, working-class heroes, and unnoticed puns.