The Wine Situation is a show where hosts Ellen Clifford and Shaughn Buchholz talk to sommeliers, wine makers, food writers, comedians really anyone who will drink with them to find out what their situation is with wine. Pop a cork and learn about whats in your glass!
A slightly loopy Ellen and Shaughn kick the episode off with the replies they got from their “what’s your pool party wine?” question. They got some good responses!
They then welcome Jim Clarke, representative of Wines of South Africa and wine writer at large to the show. He pours them a bottle of Treinspoor from Swartland made of a grape traditionally used in Port: Tinta Barroca!
They then get into Jim’s situation. He started in music, and even used it to take wine notes at one point. What wine goes with Stravinsky?
They talk about South African wine and why you should be drinking it—including Pinotage! Then it’s time for What’s in the Glass!
Also in the episode: wine whispering, old vines talk, airports, and what Jim’s wedding wines were!
For the 69th episode of the show, Shaughn and Ellen welcome their boyfriends: Preston A. Wilson and Brennen Hernandez!
But first the hip sip tip! Ellen is recommending mixing up a Vieux Carré. Shaughn has been drinking Hendricks gin—his martini has just a whisper of vermouth.
They crack open a bottle of Sancerre rosé and introduce the world to their significant others. Brennen is a writer who is absorbing wine knowledge by osmosis, whereas Preston is a sommelier running a wine program. They get into the role wine has (or hasn’t) played in their lives—everyone has a different favorite Pinot Noir. They debate the “Sideways effect”, and orange wine—they can all agree that people are impressionable! The conversation goes on long enough to merit a second bottle of rosé—this time they opt for another Loire variety: Pineau d’Aunis!
This week Shaughn and Ellen are joined by Coly Den Haan, owner of wine shop Vinovore, where all the wines are made by women!
But first they reveal the Grape of Thrones. This week it’s Vermentino, aka Favorita, aka Pigato, aka Rolle...it’s delicious!
Coly Den Haan brought them a gem from her shop, a Petillant Naturel made by Margins Wine. It takes a little while to open without spilling but in the meantime Coly tells them the tale behind her journey to store ownership. It all started with bartending and taking wine classes.
They all go through the chart that Vinovore uses to help you pick what sort of wine you’d like. It’s like a personality test with animals and wine! Shaughn is a Gold Owl, Ellen is a Pink Pony and David is a Purple Ape, take a listen to see if the results match their taste in wine!
It’s a very special family catch-up episode! Shaughn, Ellen and David are catching up on their busy busy year while taking down a bottle of Furmint...then later a surprise guest shows up and they crack open a second bottle.
But first! They have new wine homework: what’s your pool party wine of choice? Shaughn wants a chilled Gamay or rosé while Ellen is contemplating cans. David has a sangria-mojito hybrid recipe they are all craving.
Ellen catches everyone up on her writing and studying shenanigans. She had an exciting trip to Napa to share. Shaughn talks about his acting exploits—between auditions, plays and the premiere of Weird City, and a part on Barry! It’s been a cool year so far.
Also, who would be into a Wine Situation Patreon? David is on board with it! He has been happy to no longer be on crutches, shout-out to his physical therapist! Plus he shares how his pod, Try It You’ll Like It is going. He has had a beer-y month.
They are recording on pi day (3/14) so expect good food talk too. Plus! A what’s in the glass for the ages. And then a surprise guest!
This week the pod comes to you from the French onion soup scented air of Oriel, their guest Alain Jeu’s restaurant in Chinatown. Before jumping into the interview Shaughn and Ellen read the results of their first boozey homework assignment. Find out what bizarre drinks the other listeners are drinking!
Alain’s wine situation starts very differently, and much later than many. He rebelled by not drinking which worked in his favor when dating the ladies: parents loved him. He started drinking not until he was in California, but he pours a French wine for Shaughn and Ellen, the Thierry Richoux Irancy Bourgogne Pinot Noir. It’s a great thing for drinking all night long.
He recounts learning English on the job, and the culture shock of seeing, in America, all the things he did not think of as “French” things—then gives his recipe for pain perdu, aka French toast.
He has no desire to go back to France, beyond for visiting family in the Loire valley where everyone takes turns hosting dinners. His brother brings the wines and he brings treats from the States like granola and Trader Joe’s snacks.
Come down to Oriel and meet Alain for yourself. And have some onion soup!
There's booze homework this week! Shaughn and Ellen want to know what the weirdest/most obscure thing you've ever had to drink. Tag us on instagram @thewinesituation or email what it was to email@example.com!
This week Candy Washington (Sugar Pills) joins Shaughn and Ellen to share some spirit fingers, day-drink a nice Schiava, talk about seizing the day and kicking ass!
Candy recalls her first wine being a Pinot Grigio but is digging a buttery Chard these days. She also shares her vodka chocolate cocktail! And they find out what everyone's butter situation is, which leads to dragging David into the fray for some hot snail talk too. So there's that. Eh...what they get to is that we should all spend more time hanging with drunken monkeys. Blame the Schiava.
This week Shaughn and Ellen welcome Andrew Ti of the "Yo, Is This Racist?" podcast!
First they tackle the Grape of Thrones: Gruner Veltliner. Learn all about this Austrian grape.
Andrew recalls that his first wine was probably a wine his friends stole from their parents—and was probably pretty good! He didn’t drink so much in high school though. These days he likes a beer, or a light white or rosé wine. Or whiskey and weed.
They get deep with a discussion of tiki culture and just how racist it is. What’s the solution and is it safe to drink a mai tai?
It’s all washed down by a Cannonau di Sardegna aka a Grenache from Sardinia!
It’s the first podcast of the year and Shaughn and Ellen are starting with some wine resolutions! Shaughn resolves to drink more mead and Ellen is going to drink more Chenin Blanc.
They record the episode from the LA Wine Bar, owned by their guest David DeLuca. David also tastes them on the wines he makes. He aims to show people all the different terroir of California wine.
He talks about how working in a wine shop in New York and a Ridge Montebello first entranced him, leading to working harvest in California. From there he learned all aspects of wine. He applies all he knows to his winemaking and they all taste two of his new releases under the name of LA Wine, a Petaluma Gap Chardonnay and a Russian River Valley Syrah. Shaughn and Ellen agree they need to get back to the bar to buy a bottle!