The Diving Bell Lounge is an educational podcast and space for learning about wine and engaging in conversations on all matters of interest with artists, writers, entertainment professionals, the science community, wine experts and more. While sommeliers and co-hosts, Shaughn Frehill and Shane Lopez, guide guests through the blind tasting experience, they use wine as a vehicle to drive conversation into other worlds and topics, including the arts, philosophy, and politics.
Episode 008: Evan Taubenfeld tastes 2012 Barbera D’Alba
Evan Taubenfeld is the head of A&R Crush Music, partner and brand ambassador at CCGP Wines and partner of Los Angeles restaurant, Sushi Note. He is a level 3 sommelier and passed the CMS certification and WSET with merit. Evan talks with Shaughn and Shane about his journey from music to wine and why he thinks wine is one of the most beautiful examples of art versus commerce.
Episode 007: Matthew Kaner tastes Dr. Rick Heimann's Private Collection of 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape
Matthew Kaner (Wine Director & President of Will Travel For Wine, Co-Owner of Bar Covell, Augustine Wine Bar, Dead or Alive Bar and Good Measure, Founder of AM/FM Wines and Co-Founder of Solovin) is joined by Dr. Rick Heimann to blind taste Dr. Heimann's private collection of 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from some of the region's most renowned and respected vineyards.
Episode 006: Adam Faberman tastes 2015 Koehler Grenache
Adam Faberman, writer on The Big Bang Theory, heads to Koehler Winery with Shaughn and Shane, where he tells his story of how he ended up in the writers' room of one of the most successful shows in television history over a bottle of Grenache. Koehler winemaker, Colin Murphy, joins the episode for the bottle reveal and to discuss the science of winemaking, as well as his philosophy and approach as a winemaker.
Taste along with Adam by purchasing his bottle here
Episode 005: Baxter Holmes tastes 2014 Prion Fleurie “La Madone”
Baxter Holmes, Senior NBA writer for ESPN and winner of the 2017 James Beard Foundation media award, discusses his dynamic work as a sports journalist, journalism in today’s political and cultural climate, his insights into the rich world of basketball, and the correlation between sports and wine over a bottle of Gamay.
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Episode 004: Aleks Berry tastes 2016 Nikolaihof Wachau Gruner Veltliner
Sommelier and occasional co-host of The Diving Bell Lounge, Aleks, discusses the dos and don’ts of ordering wine at a restaurant, why your server asks you to taste the bottle you ordered, and other wine etiquette tips for the next time you’re dining out.
Taste along with Aleks by purchasing his bottle here
Episode 003: Cynthia Glanzberg (feat. Dylan Meek) tastes 2016 Saumur-Champigny Clos des Cordeliers
Cynthia Glanzberg, founder and owner of OneTea, discusses the communal spirit and universal language of drinking tea, its history and cultivation, and the intimate relationship between tea and wine. This episode features musical guest, Dylan Meek.
Unfortunately, this bottle seems to have sold out in the United States and is currently only available in France and Belgium. We’re working on making it accessible to listeners who wish to taste along with Cynthia. More info to come!
Episode 002: Dr. Chris Donaghue tastes 2013 The Paring Red Blend
Dr. Chris Donaghue, certified sex therapist, author of ‘Sex Outside the Lines’, and host of Loveline and The Amber Rose Show podcast, discusses gender identity, how to approach sex with a new partner, and sex toys over a bottle of The Paring Red Blend.
Taste along with Chris by purchasing a bottle of The Paring Red Blend online or from your local wine shop.
Episode 001: JJ Rubin tastes 2016 Castello di Verduno Nebbiolo Langhe
JJ Rubin, Los Angeles-based film and branded content producer, discusses filmmaking and some of his upcoming projects over a bottle of Nebbiolo. On this episode, a bonus bottle of wine is blind tasted by our hosts and guest.
Taste along with JJ by purchasing his bottle here