Episode 168 – The Culinary Stone Wine Buyer, Ethan Lillis: His Wine Story Starting From Square Zero

Episode 168 – The Culinary Stone Wine Buyer, Ethan Lillis: His Wine Story Starting From Square Zero Episode 168 – The Culinary Stone Wine Buyer, Ethan Lillis: His Wine Story Starting From Square Zero

In today’s episode, Shelley and Phil sit down with the wine buyer at our long time sponsor, The Culinary Stone, Ethan Lillis. Ethan’s wine journey has been a dead sprint from square zero to his current position. However, in this episode, Ethan drops a bombshell that nearly knocks Shelley and Phil off their stool!  Phil throws in a dad joke that Ethan ranks 8 out of 10 AND we have a big announcement at the end of this episode! It is that time of week where we get to say, #HappyFriday! #ItsWineTime! #Cheersing #PorchPounder

Wine Time Fridays Rating System: 

Phenomenal ???? Practically Perfect ???? Pretty Damn Good! ???? Pleasant ???? Problematic ????

Pleagth (Pitiful/Pathetic) ????

Wines this episode:   

  • 2017 Marqués de Gelida Cava Gran Reserva Brut ($25 at The Culinary Stone) ????
  • 2021Txomin Etxaniz Getaria Geariako Txakolina ($30 at The Culinary Stone) ????
    • Grape is Hondarrabi Zuri
  • 2019 Cellers Can Blau ($20 at The Culinary Stone) ????

For more information about the Wine Club at The Culinary Stone, please visit https://culinarystone.com/wine-club

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The Social Web Wine Word of the Week – Batonnage

Batonnage is the process of stirring the lees, or dead yeast cells, back into the wine. This is typically done with a long, wooden rod called a bâton.

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Wines we enjoyed this week: 2008 Vidau Rioja, Scott Kelley Pinot Noir, 7 Cellars The Farm Collection Chardonnay, Sofia Rosé, Mercer Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and a Ecolosi Nero d’ Avola.

Mentions: Jackson Volker, Abeja Winery and Inn, Forgeron Cellars Winery, Northstar Winery, Erin Rutherford, Hat Ranch Winery, Jake Weigand, Tastevin, Kelly Bussard, Idaho Wine Merchants, Kevin Olsenberg, Odom Distributing, Saviah Cellars, Trevor Treller, Terroir Fine Wine, Seven Hills Vineyard, The Buckley Storms, Lesa Le Beau, Laureen Betts AND….Bruce.

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