Chris Tries to Review Wine

Chris Tries to Review Wine

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By Chris Barlow
America's #1 Uneducated Wine Podcast is back! Join Amateur Internet Wine Expert Chris Barlow as he attempts to taste some of the most affordable wines he can... afford.
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Real Fake Pokémon... LIVE! at Dixon Place!
We're coming to you LIVE from the Lounge at Dixon Place in this week's special LIVE episode featuring LIVE human guests Lani Harms (UCB) and Gabe Templin (Just Press Playhouse). Together they tackle a trio of original drinking games, learn a thing or two about the history of cans from our friends at the New York Times, and taste a pair of wines poured fresh at the Dixon Place bar. Listen in, play along, and try not to cry when you realize there are over 800 Pokémon! Links: The New York Times investigates the canned wine phenomenon. Lani Harms (.com) Just Press Playhouse on Apple Podcasts
39:42
May 15, 2019
Golden Showers with Jon Esquivel and The Prospector 49er Blend
Last week's tasting champ Jon Esquivel returns to get showered in historical knowledge (and red wine) as we play a drinking game all about the California Gold Rush in honor of The Prospector 49er Blend. It's a big, brash, red blend, but does it have what it takes to battle a bear (or kangaroo)? Grab a glass of whatever you're drinking and play along at home! (And don't forget to join us this Friday at Dixon Place!)
24:17
May 8, 2019
Bodega Cat Rosé! (Feat. Jon Esquivel)
It's the return of The Least Terrible Wine of the Month Club (for the very first time!) and longtime wine fan Jon Esquivel is here to help inaugurate the summer weather with an affordable favorite: Bodega Piedra Negra Pinot Gris Rosado (2018). It's just under $10 at Trader Joe's and is perfect everywhere from the porch to a picnic (#TwistOff Life). Come for the wine and stay for the superhero epic of your dreams as we learn all about the world's most popular story (ENDGAME) in a brand new Drinking Game with a totally catchy title. (And don't forget about Chris Tries to Review Wine LIVE! on May 10th!) Yes, all that and more. On Chris Tries to Review Wine.
23:21
May 1, 2019
Parragon Cabernet: An Inexpensive All Star (with Allison Frasca)
All star guest Allison Frasca returns to compare last week's fancy Cabernet with Parragon Cabernet, an affordable new selection in the Trader Joe's canon. Plus: Allison tells us all about All Star: The Best Broadway Musical (yes, that's a real musical!) and we dig deep into the only superhero movie more exciting than The Avengers (that's right, we're talking about Mystery Men). Drinking games! Cheap wine tips! Smash Mouth! Yes, this episode truly has it all. Read more about Parragon Cabernet at christriestoreview.wine Follow All Star: The Best Broadway Musical on Instagram Come see Chris Tries to Review Wine LIVE! on May 10th at 7:30 PM Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts. 
28:25
April 24, 2019
Old Juice All Stars with Allison Frasca and Café Zoetrope Cabernet Sauvignon
The new season of Chris Tries to Review Wine continues with an ALL STAR contestant-slash-guest: Allison Frasca, the creator of All Star: The Best Broadway Musical. Join us as we relive the highs and lows of 1999, play a drinking game, and find the secret wine-tasting savant in all of us (with a little help from Café Zoetrope Cabernet Sauvignon). Read more tasting notes at christriestoreview.wine and don't miss our live show at Dixon Place on May 10th!
31:58
April 17, 2019
Chris Tries to Review Wild Child Chardonnay
Chris is BACK with a wine so refreshing it can only be described as the melted runoff that pools together in the bottom of that ancient cooler your dad gave you for that camping trip that was what? Five years ago? (And God knows how long he had it before that.) Oh, but I didn't pay for it so it's pretty good all things considered.
11:00
April 12, 2019
If You Brexit You Bought It
The U.K. is barreling towards Brexit and that's bad news for British Bordeaux lovers, so this week we're double fisting an American Red Wine and a French Champagne as we play a brand new drinking game (Brexi-snatch!) and learn all about Theresa May's no good very bad day(s) in Parliament! All that and more in the latest episode of BYOB News!
35:07
March 21, 2019
White Men Say The Darnedest Things
My guest Kate Fisher joins me to talk about the New Yorker's mind-bending profile of an author gaslighting an entire industry, then we bend our own minds around Elizabeth Warren's proposal to break up big tech, play a drinking game, and face off in the Lightning Round (with explosions)! Subscribe to the BYOB Newsletter at byobnews.wtf for links to all these stories and more!
44:55
March 11, 2019
Getting Drunk on the Roots of American Rage with Anna O’Donoghue’s Rosé
Chris and Anna O’Donoghue dig into the roots of American (and British) rage with the help of a very large bottle of Rosé. Get all the links by subscribing to the BYOB Newsletter at byobnews.wtf.
42:00
March 4, 2019
Sarah Harburg-Petrich, Sparkling Wine, and a Seriously Depressing Story from Guatemala
It’s the first episode of BYOB News! Join me as I discover what our country’s highly problematic history of intervention in Latin America has in common with a refreshing knockoff Champagne! Plus I dive into the Amazon/Queens debacle with a Seattle native, play a drinking game, and more! Subscribe to the BYOB Newsletter for links to all these stories and more.
52:40
February 22, 2019
Chris Tries to Review Wine #31. Perfection in Paso (Feat. Tobin James Wines)
Big changes are coming to Chris Tries to Review Wine, but first Gary Brintz stops by for my favorite tasting yet: A pair of true 5-star red wines from Tobin James. Cheers!
29:53
February 7, 2019
Chris Tries to Review Wine Bonus Tasting: Sparkling Wine Flavoured Potato Chips
Travel blogger Lizzy Mavrogenes (The Road Liz Traveled) returns for a BONUS TASTING! Join us as we wash our Sauvignon Blanc down with Torres Selecta Sparkling Wine Flavoured Potato Chips and this week's episode of Chris Tries to Review Wine!
07:00
January 31, 2019
Chris Tries to Review Wine #29. The Road Liz Traveled (Feat. Oyster Bay & Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc)
Take a trip around the world with travel blogger Lizzy Mavrogenes (The Road Liz Traveled) as we do a blind taste test of two “kiwi” wines–– that’s wine from New Zealand, not wine made of kiwis (although to be clear, we’d drink that too). Can the cheap and cheerful Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc beat the $20+ Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc? Will either of us be able to tell the difference? And just where are all these bays anyway? Get the answers to all those questions and play a brand new game this week on Chris Tries to Review Wine!
24:49
January 23, 2019
Chris Tries to Review Wine #26. Steve Trolinger Drinks Trump Cabernet
Because nothing says Christmas like choking down overpriced red wine while trying to get through dinner with your Republican uncle: It's Trump Cabernet Sauvignon! Join me and fellow podcaster Steve Trolinger (The Songtopsy Report) as we shower America with our golden tasting notes. Make your own $24.99 donation to the ACLU or CAIR. Links at christriestoreview.wine.
28:43
December 12, 2018
Chris Tries to Review Wine #25. Ian Brodsky Drinks Kosher Wine for Hanukkah
Celebrate the fourth night of Hanukkah with special guest Ian Brodsky and a bottle of Israel’s own Barkan Classic Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ll sing our favorite non-denominational synergy carols and share our cultural traditions— from kosher wines to Catholic guilt— just in time for your big Chrismakankwanzadan shindig! The Wine: Barkan Classic Cabernet Sauvignon (It’s Kosher!) Red Wine Israel The Extras: Subscribe to Ian’s podcast “The Thing That Happened This Week” Rate and review Chris Tries to Review Wine on Apple Podcasts!
21:45
December 5, 2018
Chris Tries to Review Wine Encore: Adam Toback Drinks Pinot Grigio From a Can (And Doesn’t Get a Headache!)
It’s our first-ever “encore” episode! Celebrate the L.A. premier of “Adam Adamson: Licensed Realtor” by taking a walk down memory lane with Adam Toback in this classic #CantoberFest tasting of Dark Horse Pinot Grigio. Get tickets to see “Adam Adamson: Licensed Realtor” at the L.A. Comedy Festival on 12/1.
22:39
November 28, 2018
Chris Tries to Review Wine #23. Jonathan Horvath Brings Cabernet to Thanksgiving Dinner
Jonathan Horvath joins me to pick the perfect Thanksgiving Cabernet. And by perfect I mean “cheapest you can get away with.” Can you bring a bottle of Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve or do you need to upgrade to Belle Roche? Will anyone even be able to tell the difference? You’ll be thankful you know the answers to these questions (and more) after listening to this very special holiday episode. ~~~~~ (Spoilers ahead!) ~~~~~ Cab-testant #1: Belle Roche Belle Roche Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 red wine from France. Price: $14 (average). Tasting note: “It keeps developing, unlike the political opinions of your uncle.” Cab-testant #2: Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 red wine from Paso Robles California. Price: $7 (only at Trader Joe’s). Tasting note: “It’ll wake you up!” The Extras: See (and hear) more of Jonathan’s work at jonathanhorvath.com. Rate and review Chris Tries to Review Wine on Apple Podcasts!
24:38
November 21, 2018
Chris Tries to Review Wine #22. Zach Hodges Compares Cabernets
Zach Hodges stops by to help me recover from last week’s big live show and I show my gratitude by forcing him to do a blind taste test: One Cabernet costs twice as much as the other! Will he be able to tell the difference? Find out in this week’s new episode! ~~~~~ (Spoilers ahead!) ~~~~~ Cab-testant #1: Robert Mondavi Private Selection Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (aged in bourbon barrels) 2016 red wine from Monterey County, California. Price: $14 (average). Tasting note: Smells like rubbing alcohol but tastes subtle and complex. Rating: 4/5 Cab-testant #2: Moon X Trader Moon Moon X Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 red wine from California. Price: $7 (only at Trader Joe’s). Tasting note: Fruity and fun–– with a hint of banana! Rating: At least a 2! The Extras: Check out the photos from our live show! See Chris LIVE this Friday at the Little Old Lady Comedy show in Brooklyn. Rate and review Chris Tries to Review Wine on Apple Podcasts!
24:58
November 14, 2018
Chris Tries to Review Wine #21. Mary Cella Drinks Rosé and Cabernet Live! at Dixon Place
Comedian Mary Cella joins Chris for our first live taping at the Lounge at Dixon Place! They laughed, they cried, but mostly they got drunk as they revealed the secrets to being an amateur internet wine expert. Plus a live tasting of Mezzacorona Rosé and 120 Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon! Wine #1: Mezzacronora Rosé Australian White Wine served with frozen white grapes and an option dash of balsamic vinegar. Price: $9 a glass at the Lounge at Dixon Place Tasting note: “It tastes like The Supremes sound,” with harmonizing notes and the faint memory of bedbugs. Wine #2: 120 Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $7 a glass at the Lounge at Dixon Place Tasting note: Numbing! In a good way! The Extras: Check out the photos from our live show! Read some funny stuff at Little Old Lady Comedy! Rate and review Chris Tries to Review Wine on Apple Podcasts!
23:09
November 8, 2018
20. The Cantober Can-clusion Cantacular with Anna Canna O’Donoghue
Anna Canna O’Donoghue returns to celebrate the can-clusion of everyone’s favorite alcohol-based October festivity, Cantober Fest, with a canstravaganza of canned wines. From Sauvigno Blanc to Spritzers, from Oregon’s Union Wine Co. to Arthur Roose (who may or may not be a moose), we’ve got all the canned-sized wine you need to make any party a “Yes we CAN!” party (PS–– Remember to vote this Tuesday!). Can-testant #1: Bert’s Spritzer Bert’s Aesthetically Pleasing Spritzer Feat. Simpler Wines Chardonnay (in a can!) Also Passionfruit La Croix (in a can!) Australian White Wine served with frozen white grapes and an option dash of balsamic vinegar. Price: Approx. $5 but also the cost of your reputation when you show up to the party with frozen grapes. Tasting note: “There’s a hint of something funky and booze-flavored but just like a can of La Croix you can’t be 100% sure what you’re tasting.” Can-testant #2: Archer Roose Archer Roose (the one with the moose) Sauvignon Blanc (in a can!) White Wine from some wine store in midtown Price: Either $5.99 or $6.99 but either way that’s too much, man. Tasting note: It smells like a musty room in a boarding school— but also papaya. Dirty socks and papaya. Can-testant #3: Underwood Bubbles Union Wine Co. Underwood Rosé Bubbles (in a can!) Rosé Wine from Oregon Price: $5.49 at Trader Joe’s Tasting note: With “notes of cherry and sea breeze” it’ll make you feel like you’re smack in the middle of a crab shack (but in a good way). Who will be crowned Can Champion? Listen to find out! The Extras: Reserve FREE tickets to Chris Tries to Review Wine Live! at Dixon Place. Listen to Bert James invent his cocktail on the podcast in episode 17. Rate and review Chris Tries to Review Wine on Apple Podcasts!
24:48
October 31, 2018
19. Becky Kalman and the Battle of the Canned Rosés
It’s the battle of the rosés in this #CantoberFest showdown featuring Becky Kalman, the Pinot Project, and Union Wine Company. Which can-testant will be crowned king? Can-testant #1: The Pinot Project Pinot Grigio Rosé (in a can!) Rosé Wine Italy Can-testant #2: Union Wine Co. Underwood Rosé (in a can!) Rosé Wine Oregon The Extras: Check out Becky’s conversations with young artists at BeckyGraceKalman.com. Reserve FREE tickets to Chris Tries to Review Wine Live! at Dixon Place. Rate and review Chris Tries to Review Wine on Apple Podcasts!
23:33
October 24, 2018
18. Adam Toback Drinks Pinot Grigio From a Can (And Doesn’t Get a Headache!)
Writer, realtor, and frequently-fired bartender Adam Toback joins me to discuss his new short film Adam Adamson: Licensed Realtor while lending his ex-expert opinion to Dark Horse Pinot Grigio–– it’s the latest can to join the ranks of Cantober Fest! The Wine: Dark Horse Pinot Grigio (in a can!) White Wine California The Extras: Watch the trailer for Adam Adamson: Licensed Realtor on Vimeo. Get tickets to see Adam Adamson: Realtor at the Greenwich Village Film Festival in NYC. Reserve FREE tickets to Chris Tries to Review Wine Live! at Dixon Place. Rate and review Chris Tries to Review Wine on Apple Podcasts!
20:55
October 17, 2018
17. Bert James Drinks Chardonnay From a Can
Cantober Fest continues as culinary tour guide Bert James stops by to share his favorite NYC neighborhoods for eating your feelings in style! (Pro Tip: A fancy brooch helps.) Then we crack open a refreshingly tart (and refreshingly cheap) Simpler Wines Chardonnay in a brave attempt to answer the age-old question: Does a canned wine taste better straight from the can? The Wine: Simpler Wines Chardonnay (in a can!) White Wine Australia The Extras: Learn more about Bert’s culinary tours at bertisyourguide.com. Rate and review Chris Tries to Review Wine on Apple Podcasts!
25:07
October 10, 2018
16. Ginny Hogan Drinks Pinot Noir From a Can
Comedian Ginny Hogan (Little Old Lady Comedy) joins me to kick off Cantober Fest with a tangy can of Underwood Pinot Noir! This berry-blasted Oregon Pinot pairs perfectly with deep discussions about everyone’s favorite part of comedy: Online blogging platforms. PLUS: Chris reveals a HUGE announcement! (GASP.) The Wine: Union Wine Co. Underwood Pinot Noir (in a can!) Red Wine Oregon, USA Rate and review Chris Tries to Review Wine on Apple Podcasts!
26:07
October 3, 2018
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