The Urban Wine Club podcast features fun and interesting guests discussing their life, passions, careers, and favorite wines. Your hosts Ari Kalos (the tech guy and wine newbie) and Foti Stamos (the wine guy) come from diverse backgrounds but come together through a mutual love and respect of wine. Grab a glass and join us!
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We had the honor and privilege to kick off our new Greek winemaker series with a truly amazing winemaker, the one and only Stellios Boutaris of Kir-Yianni Estates! We had Stelios join us live from Greece and Ari & Foti from Greek Wine Club as well as Johnny Livanos of Diamond Wine Imports had a great chat about Greek wine and the evolution it has gone through in the last 30 years, as well as the evolution of Greece's winemakers. Grab a glass and join us!
Our Sustainability Series Premiere – Drink Responsibly… It’s Not What You Think!
To kick-off our Sustainability mini-series (and to celebrate Earth Month), join our guests sustainability and zero waste consultant Kaitlyn Reed, and healthy living enthusiast and nonprofit director Karen Sheehan, for a discussion about sustainably produced wines and how we can make responsible choices for our planet, and our health. With so many buzz words out there like zero waste, green, and natural, Kaitlyn and Karen will make sense of it all, and answer the question, “What does sustainable even mean?” Together with our wine expert Fotios, they’ll explain the difference between organic, natural, and sustainably grown wines and how consumer demand is changing the way winemakers produce their collections. We’ll also be sampling a few excellent and affordable sustainably produced wines. This Urban Wine Club event is Part 1 of a miniseries dedicated to living your best life – sustainably! Be responsible and join us!
More about Kaitlyn Reed: Kaitlyn Reed graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Sustainable Development. Dedicating her career to educating people of all ages about the importance of sustainability and easy ways to incorporate it into their lifestyles, she hopes to help individuals redefine what convenience means to them, one webinar at a time.
About Karen Sheehan: Passionate about heathy living since her childhood years in the performing arts, Karen has continued to pursue her interest and the effects of lifestyle choices on longevity while working in the senior living industry in Massachusetts. She is the Director of Development at the Rhode Island nonprofit Clean Ocean Access and is currently studying Nutrition and Healthy Living through Cornell University, exploring connections between human health and the health of our planet.
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Zhuzh up your cheese and charcuterie board to pair with Château Barbebelle Cuvée Madeleine Rouge and benefit The Alex Manfull Memorial Fund Supporting Research, Education, and Treatment of PANDAS.
Please join Susan and William “Towny” Manfull, founders of The Alex Manfull Memorial Fund, and David Scott Allen, editor of Cocoa & Lavender, at the Urban Wine Club for a fun and informative webinar about an excellent (2017) French red wine from Château Barbebelle in Provence. This Cuvée Madeleine Rouge (2017) – aka “Alex’s wine — was specially made to raise awareness about PANDAS, a neurological disorder triggered by Streptococcus that is also referred to as basal ganglia encephalitis.
This awareness campaign is called À Table! (French for “come to the table!”). The goal is to bring people “to the table” to share wine, food, and conversation about PANDAS and a related neurological disorder called PANS. Our guests at the table will be discussing the recent Health Care legislation passed in Massachusetts and how it will benefit those with PANDAS/PANS.
Proceeds from the sales of the wine will be donated to The Alex Manfull Memorial Fund, which is dedicated to raising awareness as well as supporting education and research that furthers the understanding of PANDAS/PANS, especially in adolescents and young adults. The Cork Stop/Urban Wine Club is the only outlet in the United States selling this wine. (It is available in France at De La Cuisine au 20 in Lourmarin and at Château Barbebelle in Rognes, both in Provence.)
In the kitchen, David will begin by popping some no knead bread into the oven and, while that is baking, he will demonstrate how easy it is to make the bread. Then, he will create a cheese and charcuterie board that will pair with Alex’s wine and show us how to zhuzh it up with things you probably have around the house. The nice thing about a charcuterie board is that it doesn’t need to be complicated or have fancy ingredients. It simply needs to have items that pair well with the wine being served. Together, Susan, Towny, and David will talk about the best cheeses, meats, and accoutrements to go with Alex’s wine – and why.
Towny and Susan (editor of Provence WineZine), who lost their only child to PANDAS, will also talk about why they founded The Alex Manfull Memorial Fund, part of PANDAS Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Most importantly, also sitting ‘round the table will be some local citizens who were instrumental in getting the Health Care legislation passed: Sheilah M. Gauch, LICSW, M.Ed., Principal of Dearborn Academy, and Jennifer Vitelli, MBA, Co-Executive Director of The JBC PANS & PANDAS Foundation and Founding Member of New England PANS/PANDAS Association, who (with a team of citizens!) worked tirelessly. As a result, health insurance coverage for PANDAS/PANS treatment is mandated in Massachusetts and a PANDAS/PANS Advisory Council at the Mass. Department of Public Health will be created.
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Join us for an amazing cooking demo and wine pairing with Food Network’s Chopped contestant, Chef Sophia Manatakis! Our resident wine expert, Fotios Stamos, will do the honors of pairing Chef Sophia’s exquisite and flavorful dishes.
A little bit about Chef Sophia: Graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City and owner of Uncle Nick’s Greek Cuisine, NYC. Sophia is a Greek and Italian-American chef who has appeared on the Food Network’s Chopped and winner of the Family Food Showdown cooking competition. Manatakis is also a recipient of the Orthodox Christian Network “30 Under 30 Entrepreneurship Award”. Sophia has recently published Our Greek Kitchen, the first of many cook-calendars, has a thriving catering business, and is a private culinary instructor. Sophia’s intensity and passion for culinary art is unmatched.
Chef Sophia will be demonstrating 2 recipes along with 2 amazing wines. See the recipes and wines here.
Join us for our very first vodka cocktail webinar with founder Stelios Stavrianos of Cylinder Vodka. Stelio will be discussing his journey into making one of the best and smoothest vodkas in the industry while demonstrating three amazing cocktails.
From tending bar to tending still, Stelios eventually distilled a vodka so smooth, he was compelled to bring it to the world. Since then, Cylinder Vodka has won over 20 global awards, donated thousands to local charities, and helped penetrate through a crowded spirit marketplace with the brand’s next-level experiential events and unique cocktail recipes.
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Welcome to the premiere episode of our Sips & Dips Series featuring Dr. Susanna Hoffman. We will explore the origins and history of amazing recipes from the Mediterranean region with a focus on Greece. We will also pair these recipes with fantastic wines and have great Q & A sessions for the viewers. Please join us as we discover a Mint Pesto recipe with Retsina!
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A very interesting subject that we want to expand into a lifestyle, intermittent fasting has always been part of Ari & Foti's culture and now is part of their health routine. Listen in as we discuss the known benefits to health with this ancient style of eating. Join us!
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In this fascinating episode, we dive into the world of vegan wines. Foti describes the process and ideologies that go into producing vegan wines and Ari learns a whole lot about the truth behind wines he always assumed were purely vegan in the first place! Sit back, grab a glass, and join us!
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The amazing Kayla Quigley of the awesome Flor de Caña brand is back to show us some super cool cocktails you can make at home or whenever you are entertaining, and she teaches us some history and facts along the way! Join us!
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Foti and Ari get into some serious discussion about what it means to have longevity, how to create healthy habits for better living, and all the cool experts and celebs that will be helping us spread the word of living better! Grab a glass and join us!
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A great episode and the fascinating story of an amazing individual and his journey from NFL to amazing wines! For former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe, owning a winery has been a longtime aspiration that would allow him to combine his passion for fine wine and the love of the Walla Walla Valley. We got to chat with Drew and his winemaker Josh to learn more about how they got to where they are - the creators of a truly amazing portfolio. Grab a glass and join us!
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There's no magic cure for a hangover, but the more you know the better you can be at preventing and/or fighting them. Join Foti and Ari as they discuss some tips, facts, and tricks to getting through the worst part of drinking!
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We had the great fortune of sitting down to learn more about wine guru and documentary filmmaker Chrisa Giorgi. She has created a wonderful and fascinating documentary about the wine culture and history of Crete. She is passionate and determined to bring this culture to the limelight and we are 100% confident in her efforts. Join us as we meet Chrisa!
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We had an amazing webinar learning about the rich history and fascinating facts on the historical region of Nemea in Greece. Dr. Susanna Hoffman and Johnny Livanos guest hosted for this truly awe inspiring segment of this captivating region. Grab a glass and join us!
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We had an amazing wine webinar with Ara Sarkissian of Storica Wines. He taught us the history and importance of Armenia as a wine producing region and we tasted some truly incredible wines. Please join us as we explore this wonderful place that is experiencing a renaissance of wine-making!
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Once again we invited Erik Andersson, brand ambassador of Hendrick's Gin, to our webinar series to demonstrate some warm cocktail recipes that are an absolute perfect fit for the season and the coming holidays! Join us as we make and taste an assortment of amazing hot gin cocktail punch recipes!
We had a great webinar hosted by the always entertaining Anthony Bohlinger, brand ambassador for Fistful of Bourbon, an amazing new brand of bourbon everyone absolutely must try. Hang out with us while we learn more about this fun and delicious whiskey and the people bringing it to us!
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Join us for this amazing webinar event as we explore the fascinating world of tequila! Combining passion, charisma and originality with an unrivalled knowledge and reverence for the art of tequila, National Ambassador Jaime Salas is the perfect embodiment of modern day Mexico. A true connoisseur and advocate for tequila, Jaime now brings his enthusiasm and experience to his role as National Ambassador for Milagro Tequila. Milagro is the rare tequila that unabashedly brings forward the fresh, mouth-watering taste of the highlands agave with consummate, world class smoothness.
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We had the absolute great fortune of having Erik Andersson, ambassador to Hendrick's Gin, connect with us for a wonderful webinar detailing the history of gin, Hendrick's as a company, and demos of cocktails made perfect by his many year's experience around the world serving to an international clientele. Please join us as we hang out with Erik!
In our latest and greatest episode, we learn the history and folklore surrounding the incredible "mastiha" resin. It grows in one section on one island in Greece and it's pretty much a magical super food that you really need to learn more about. And what's more? It's an amazing alcoholic spirit created by powerhouse female entrepreneur Effie Panagopoulos. Take this journey with us! Sit back, grab a glass, and enjoy!
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On this episode of Urban Wine Club's Sip Clips, we welcome Katherine to the fold to give a fresh perspective on all of our discussions. Ari, Foti, and Katherine discuss Pinot Gris vs Pinot Grigio with some fantastic tasting in between. Sit back, grab a glass, and join us!
Join us in learning about this amazing rum as well as the awesome company that makes it! Our Flor de Caña Rum & Cocktail Webinar is chock full of great info and great cocktail recipes. Our host Kayla Quigley takes us on a true journey! Sit back, grab a glass, and enjoy!
On this SIp Clip episode (which we will call "lighter" episodes), Ari and Foti discuss Rosé wines and do a tasting of the glorious Le Poussin Rosé from France. Sit back, grab a glass and join us!
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On this episode, we truly had an amazing time with two very special guests! Johnny Livanos from Livanos Restaurant Group out of New York City and Ted Diamantis of Diamond Wine Importers out of Chicago hung out with us to talk wines, spirits, life, and future! These are great guys so sit back, grab a glass, and join us!
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We virtually hung out with Hendrick's Gin East Coast Ambassador Erik Andersson. We talked and learned so much from Erik and truly realized our appreciation for some of the finer points of gin. He's a well traveled and well spoken individual and we hope you learn as much as we did! Sit back, grab a glass, and join us!
We virtually hung out with chocolate maestro Carlo Bacci of CB Stuffer fame. We discussed the fine chocolate business and how well it pairs with which wines. This episode got us craving some specialty peanut butter cups! You'll find out why. Sit back, grab a glass, and join us!
We virtually hung out with Rosé guru Patrick Walsh of Provence Wine Imports and talked all things rosé, it's legacy, and it's reputation. So sit back, grab a glass, and join us!
In this episode of the UWC podcast, Ari & Foti "virtually" hang out and discuss how life has changed drastically in the last couple months and how wine plays a role. We also discuss how our industry is affected and what we're doing to keep the normalcy going. Sit back, grab a glass and join us!
We headed over to the M.S. Walker headquarters to hang out with the incomparable Sarah Barry, wine specialist and all around guru! Her long and fascinating history with wine is impressive, so sit back, grab a glass and join us!
We sit down with businessman & philanthropist Drake Behrakis to learn a little more about what he does to further his community in a great and positive way. He's as passionate about creating a positive future as we are about wine, and all his efforts are appreciated far and wide. So sit back, grab a glass and join us!
On this "light" episode of the UWC podcast, Ari & Foti hang out and discuss wines and dieting. People are in the middle of New Year's resolutions so we decided to talk some truths about the whole scenario surrounding what people feel about drinking wine when trying to lose weight. Sit back, grab a glass (trust us, it won't hurt your diet) and join us!
We sit down with Vito Bruno of Boston Winery, the first and only winery in the city of Boston. Vito invited us to hang out in the winery while they were hard at work creating their signature wines. We ate and drank and learned some history of the winery, the building they're in, and his family that started this amazing establishment. Sit back, grab a glass and join us!
We sit down with Chef Rob Picardi of Cappella Restaurant, an amazing Italian restaurant in the heart of Needham. He invited us to hang out in the dining room of Cappella and chat about his journey from Boston to Italy and back again. Pour a glass and join us!
We sit down with entrepreneur Effie Panagopoulos of Kleos Mastiha, the world’s first super premium Mastiha spirit. She invited us to hang out in her office and chat about life and her journey of bringing a brand to life. Pour a glass and join us!
We sit down with craft beer pioneer, whiskey visionary, and all-around super Bostonian Rhonda Kallman. She invited us to sit in the barrel room of her Boston Harbor Distillery to chat about her life and sip some whiskey. Pour a glass and join us!