Ep. 159: (Chilled) Red Wine Supernova

Look, we want you to listen to podcasts. Specifically OUR podcast. That said, it’s important that we all agree on the (wine) song of the summer, so we dedicate some time to figuring that out on Ep. 159.  While we’re all…

Ep. 158: Pest, Pricing, and Pinot Noir

Until this week, we’ve never really taken the time to ask: Is The Four Top grown and sexy? On Ep. 158, we dig into that question. Once the important business is out of the way, we get to the news.…

Ep. 157: In With the Old, Out With the New

♫ Tumble out of work as soon as I’m let goAsk for glass of Dolly’s ProseccoAnd yawn and stretch and try to come to life ♫ That’s right, folks: Dolly Parton is making wine, and on Ep. 157 we’re singing about it.…

Ep. 156: Smoke and Sulfur

Bacchus has blessed us with some good news for Ep. 156! Never mind that one of the sources is former supermodel Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Good news is good news! Plus, friend of the pod Karen MacNeil makes a bold (and exciting)…

Ep. 155: Weed > Wine?

It’s a bottle! It’s a cardboard box! It’s…a cardboard bottle? That’s right, folks, the cool kids are drinking from molded fiber these days. And, if the Re-Judgment of Paris (aka London) is any indication, it’ll be French wine in those paper flasks.If…

Ep. 154: Vegan Beef and Sake Futures

As a growing podcast, we’re seeing increased demand for merchandise. We know our listeners don’t need more junk, so we’re following in Martha Stewart’s footsteps and selling The Four Top branded potting soil! Whether you’re growing vines, bines, hash, or…

Ep. 153: Tomato Wine and the Sideways Guy

Ep. 153 is a bit like your first semester of college: There’s a dash of science, a bit of politics, a stab at Econ 101, and some dude who wrote a lot of books pontificates. Plus, tune in to hear Nick…

Ep. 147: Teetotalers vs. Nebuchadnezzars

At about the 1:08 mark of Ep. 147, Katherine starts naming ancient biblical kings, but don’t turn it off! It get’s better! We discover an interesting new ally, we launch a hit gameshow, and we celebrate another surprising acquisition. Plus, we…

Ep. 146: Import Outrage and Export Heroics

Not all is well in wine, and this week, we’ve got the news you need to know. Tune in for the lowdown on reverse buyouts, cross-border antipathy and synergy, and importer angst. Plus, we tap into our entrepreneurial side to introduce…

Ep. 144: Sheep and Cheese and Registries

Let’s do a little role-playing: You’re an EU diplomat, and you get an email invite to a wine tasting at the Indian residence. Do you click that link (we would)? If you want to hear what happens next, tune in…

Ep. 140: Psilocybin and Smoke Taint

We all know you don’t need alcohol to be cool, but these days it feels like you need fungi to be a fun guy. Speaking of fun guys, on Ep. 140 we’ll tell you all about someone accused of stealing…

Ep. 139: The Pope has Spoken

We’ve begun a petition to have the pope canonized after his recent comments about wine. Sign it here! Once you’re done with that, be sure to listen to Ep. 139. You won’t want to miss our coverage of tractor protests, unmasked…

Ep. 138: Good Vibrations from AI Robots

Last week was all about how tough 2023 was, but no one made out worse than Abruzzo. Let’s just say, they’re feeling down(y), and on Ep. 138 we’ll tell you why. But, of course, all that bad is balanced out…

Ep. 136: Righted Wrongs and French Families

Bureaucratic mistakes are rarely interesting (and rarely fixed), but in Ep. 136 we bring you a story that fits both criteria. Perhaps more predictably, we have three stories that all involve money; saving it, spending it, and controlling it. Macroeconomics! Microeconomics! You…

Ep. 135: $30,000 Bottles and Beer Goggles

We explored a bit outside the borders of the vino-sphere on Ep. 135. From low-abv cocktails (for the inconsistent imbibers of Gen Z), to very important research on “beer goggles,” we bring you news from the wider world of alcohol.…

Ep. 134: Wine: It Does a Body Good

“No level of alcohol consumption is safe for our health.” Those words were published by the World Health Organization almost exactly a year ago, and the wine world was not happy. But was that declaration accurate? In Ep. 134, Martín Reyes, MW is…

Ep. 133: Financial Failures and Lost Generations

2023 was quite a year for wine, and it only felt right to recap some of the year’s biggest stories in Ep. 133. From financial failures (plural!) to lost generations, the wine news cycle just kept turning. If you aren’t up…

Ep. 132: Wine Scams and TikTok Takeovers

An alternative title for Ep. 132 could be “CSI: Vino,” for all the thrills and intrigue. We’ve got damning lab results, missing collections of rare wine, a $100 million Ponzi scheme, and a friendly bouncer keeping a small business safe from throngs…

Ep. 130: Grapes, Water, the Death Star…

This week we welcome back our secret ingredient: Martín Reyes, MW (high-fructose corny jokes, artificial color commentary). New wine labeling requirements are looming in the EU, and more countries are pushing for wineries to list ingredients and health warnings on…

Ep. 129: Hot Gazpacho (A Red Wine Episode)

In case you missed last week’s newsletter, we’ve got big news: we’re back with a new format! Join us as we break down the four biggest wine news stories of the week and add our own takes. That’s right: The…

Ep. 128: Is Chardonnay the Low-Rise Jeans of the Wine World?

Low-calorie wines see growth while the rest of the industry shrinks. Glass bottles are getting slimmer and cleaner (and cleaner). Dozens of new Criohl-ya grape varieties are discovered centuries after their ancestors arrived in South America. Chardonnay, the low-rise jeans of the wine world, is hot once again.

Ep. 127: Wine Tastings Are a Civil Right?

We’ve got big news: we’re back with a new format! Join us as we break down the four biggest wine news stories of the week and add our own takes. That’s right: The Four Top is now your go-to podcast…