Episode 56: The Wine Biz

by whitney & christina on January 15, 2013

It’s a wine industry special! Listen along as the ladies take a peek at the inner workings of the wine biz. Whitney and Christina have a series of interviews with top wine industry players from around the globe and break down all the cork dork terminology you need to know to sound like an expert.


Christina has arrived to her new home in Perth, Australia! This is the beach near her house. Yeah…definitely better than London weather.

The NY Times article we refer to throughout the show, uncovering the secret language of sommeliers.

Ben Gould, winemaker/owner of Two Brothers and Blind Corner wines in the Margaret River, Western Australia.

Amanda Linn, wine rep for Winewise and Revel Wines in Los Angeles, California.

Mark Bright, wine director/owner of Saison in San Francisco, California.

Christy Frank, owner of Frankly Wines in New York City.

Mike Bennie, wine presenter and writer for publications including Gourmet Traveller wine, WineFront, and Time Out Sydney.

Levi Dalton’s humorous response to the NY Times article above.

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Dale January 24, 2013 at 1:47 am

I really enjoyed this podcast (as i do all of them) – got a good chuckle out of Amanda and Mike both saying that law drove them to drink – having just left my job as a lawyer to move to Buenos Aires to figure out the next chapter (and drink wine of course) that definitely resonated with me. Although who needs an excuse, really??. I’ve also picked up Alice Feiring’s first book since I have been here (en espanol no less!) and one of my goals is to read it during my stay. Keep those podcasts coming ladies – I’m now off to drink some cougar juice…

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whitney & christina January 24, 2013 at 8:50 am

Thanks for your kind words Dale. Enjoy Argentina!! And that cougar juice 😉 (Alice’s book’ll be a good one to read while sipping!)

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Aubrey February 10, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Loved this episode, ladies! Kind of have a crush on that Mark Bright fellow now. I love hearing all these stories of people in wine. I hope to join their ranks, though in what capacity I’m not sure. It’s reassuring to hear about the sheer variety of careers under the wine umbrella. Thanks!

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Jennifer Casper March 25, 2013 at 7:42 am

Hi ladies!!

Thank you for a very informative show, although forgive me for saying this, I still feel quite LOST and could use your first hand experience as insight.

I recently became a certified Sommelier…woo hoo, that was stressful! I’ve kept my day job while studying and want to make the move into the “wine world.” Especially since I’ll be moving to a new city with an opportunity to try something new.

I love wine and decided to make it a career, but I’m not quite sure I want to work for a restaurant. I really have no idea where to go from here. You see, I’m really afraid that by working for a restaurant, I’m going to spend every week night, weekend and holiday working. What about a social life or time for my significant other? Plus, we plan on having kids in a few years! Whitney, given my situation, can you give some advice on what to expect working in a restaurant; pros and cons? What about the wine store?

What other options do I have? I’m moving to Portland in a few months and since there aren’t any wineries close enough nearby, I wonder what other options I have besides a restaurant or wine shop? How do I become a wine rep like Amanda? Is there a direction I don’t see that I may be missing?

Thanks SO much!

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