Matt and Friends Drink the Universe

Rocket Rankings - "Sparkling Wine"

December 08, 2023 Matt and Friends Drink The Universe Season 2 Episode 19
Matt and Friends Drink the Universe
Rocket Rankings - "Sparkling Wine"
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 Andy, Emma, and Siobhan join Matt, embarking on a fascinating journey through the world of sparkling wines, exchanging stories, personal anecdotes, and some surprisingly informative insights on wine tasting.

First up, we blind-tasted six different sparkling wines, each of us rating them out of 25. Our conversation turned hilariously chaotic as we shared tales of our past boozy exploits. We grappled with the sweet versus dry wine debate, causing our scores to veer wildly from wine to wine.

Our scores and opinions diverged, igniting a spirited debate about the merits of each wine. Which sparkling wine will be the highest ranked? So join us as we raise several glasses of effervescent goodness, and who knows? You might even discover a new favorite bubbly. Cheers!

The sparkling wines we tasted:
Chardone Brut
Easton Wine Project Sparkling Wine
Korbel Extra Dry
Lamarca Prosecco
Scandi Frizzante
Verdi Spumante

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Matt:

Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one. We have liftoff. Welcome to Matt and Friends Drink the Universe. Welcome back to Matt and Friends Drink the Universe. Today we are going to do Rocket RANK EYES. That's one small sip for man, one giant taste for maniac Rocket EYES.

Andy:

I feel like way too much effort went into that.

Siobhan:

Sweet Jesus.

Emma:

Yes, I'm here for it.

Siobhan:

I think Rob and Matt are definitely the definition of all the effort on you.

Matt:

I mean, we try. I'm going to say it again. I said it last episode, but the high note at the end was all me. Rob didn't think I could do it. Oh, that was good.

Andy:

And I did it once.

Matt:

I did it thrice and Rob was ready to fall off his chair. So he was like you cannot do that again and I was like let's go All right. I couldn't do it now on demand no.

Siobhan:

No, absolutely no see. Oh, you tried, that's okay, you know as an ass-flat miner.

Matt:

He's what that one was.

Siobhan:

Okay.

Matt:

Let's all go around the table here and introduce ourselves, and we're going to go this way. Hi, my name's.

Andy:

Andy.

Emma:

I'm Emma, here for you. I'm.

Siobhan:

Siobhan.

Matt:

So today we're going to be doing rocket rankings and initially Siobhan and I talked and I was on vacation and I said what should we do for rocket rankings? And Siobhan said, yeah, like champagne and sparkling. And then, as we went through, we realized that champagne is expensive and nobody bought any. So what we're doing? Rocket ranklings, rocket. Who? Rocket ranklings, Rocket?

Siobhan:

ranklings.

Matt:

Sparkling wine. Indeed, we have six different sparkling wines here lined up and, for any of you familiar with the show, you know how me and pronouncing things go, so I'm going to let Siobhan pronounce the six different kinds of sparkling wine that we have yeah, I will.

Siobhan:

So we have a chandelon brute. We have a corbel brute, I believe I don't know if it's a brute. We'll see A scandali risante which is cool sounding La Marca Prosecco, easton Wine Project hardest one to pronounce and Verdi it's a 1752 Easton Wine Project it is. I think that's part of their name. I don't know, maybe We'll see.

Matt:

I don't think it was made in 1752. I hope not, Because we're we see you guys later.

Siobhan:

It was nice knowing you and we're drinking the corbel is actually extra dry oh extra dry, it's great. Yes, okay, good to know. So once again, jen has assisted us I just tell you, mine is cheap as shit.

Emma:

That's it. Mine was not Mine was not.

Matt:

Is it cheaper than the $6 bottle of Verdi? I threw in there for fun, maybe. Probably not, I don't think so.

Siobhan:

I'm too old for this.

Matt:

Let's see what well we talked about it. I almost brought champagne.

Siobhan:

I really did. And then I was like I love these people, Do I love these people? Do I love them?

Matt:

that amount of money, Listen and full disclosure.

Siobhan:

my dog just had knee surgery, and so I was like listen Until I get that reimbursement we done, buying the sparkling wine.

Matt:

I'm glad he's okay.

Siobhan:

He's more than okay.

Matt:

He's okay after knee surgery, if it was Chris, you probably just would have put him down, oh yeah, I definitely would have bought the Vove.

Siobhan:

if it was Chris having surgery. I'd be like I need this.

Matt:

There, you go.

Emma:

Yup and Shyvana are keeping it classy with our lovely flutes. Yes, they have flutes.

Siobhan:

Yeah, because we need. Yeah, we need the fun classy time.

Matt:

We can do that too, matt ready, we can. Yeah, that sounds nothing the same.

Emma:

I hope that picked up on me too.

Siobhan:

You better do that.

Matt:

Those were the Matt and Friends Drinking Universe. Yeti's there colliding.

Siobhan:

Which I normally enjoy, but for a sparkling wine, oh, we need to go classy.

Matt:

Yes, hashtag not sponsored. Okay, so the girls are going classy today.

Siobhan:

Hashtag want to be spawn.

Matt:

Yeah, well.

Siobhan:

I have said it several times Yeti call me. Call me please. Hashtag, please spawn.

Matt:

I'm back to yellow color. So once again Jen helped us out by de-identifying our champagne and sticking them in bags, so we really don't know overall what they are. She also did that thing where she wrapped some aluminum foil around the top again, so Love that.

Emma:

I love these bags.

Matt:

Everybody please be aware that one of those caused Rob to spill bourbon all about his pants when we did this with bourbon.

Emma:

So just be really careful on those pores.

Matt:

Okay, all right, why don't we get started with number one? And what we're going to do is we're going to blindly taste each sparkling wine and then we're going to rate them out of 25. At the end of the first round, we're going to add up all of those scores and see who guessed what brand each was, or maybe we'll do it as a group. We'll see what's going on when we get there For the second round. What we're going to do is we'll take the top three. We're going to taste two and three against each other and then we'll taste which one scored the highest out of two and three against the top overall.

Andy:

That is a hefty porpoise. Yeah, tasting, that's okay, sorry friends.

Siobhan:

I'll give you fewer but, I like it so apparently.

Emma:

I'm not driving, I will say already.

Andy:

It is like a nice rosy. But you are, it's got a nice color. It looks good in the Yeti Cup here.

Siobhan:

Well, kids, we got two rosy options today, and number one is one of them.

Matt:

So there we are. There's rose in there, for sure.

Emma:

Smells nice, oh I like this it smells delicious, mmm, I think it's going in Delicious I like it.

Matt:

I like it. Champagne yeah, I don't need it. I think this is the Riz.

Emma:

It might be, and I'm not going to lie, I think this is the one I brought, which I actually got at Brewery Run and I was just trying to make it a one shop all and so when I was there I was like y'all got champagne or something bubbly, and they were like we got these four options.

Matt:

There you go.

Emma:

One of these were it, I was like I'll do it.

Matt:

I also think it is the Rosante.

Siobhan:

I think you're probably correct, guys, full disclosure. This is a story that no one will care about, except for me and maybe Chris, if he's listening. But we watch Love Island UK on the regular because we're big reality show fans. And Chris is going to say I'm not. And I'm going to say you are, because he puts it on.

Matt:

If you watch it on a regular basis, I'm definitely.

Emma:

Whatever his wife watches.

Siobhan:

We're like a 50 50 on that, like there's definitely some shows that he is not into, but last night in there for anyone that doesn't know what the show is it's a bunch of 20 somethings who are single that go on to like an island in, like you know, mallorca in Spain and have to pair up with each other.

Siobhan:

And one of them was like do you know what carpet DMM means? And he's like, oh yeah, seize the day. And she's like, yeah, that's like great, but I don't know what language that is and I had to leave the room, just so you know. Yep, yeah, andy, you got to leave the room. Yep, feel the same? Yep, hey, that's how it goes. Oh, come on now.

Matt:

Wow.

Siobhan:

Uh-huh, so just saying yeah.

Matt:

Jen and I used to watch the Bachelorette when we were first together.

Siobhan:

She's very much in the Bachelor.

Matt:

Bachelorette, yeah, and I think the last season I saw was Ali season.

Siobhan:

Oh, that's a while ago.

Andy:

Yeah, it's been a minute.

Emma:

I'm here for it. I love all of those.

Andy:

I used to watch Road Rules in the real world. Love that, do you watch?

Siobhan:

the challenge. You should watch the challenge. It's awesome actually, and that's another one that Chris and I watch, and actually we watched that when we started dating, like 18 years ago, literally, and that is awesome now because it's badass, oh. Like the challenges because, like Road Rules, real world challenges. Back in the day they were like drink six margaritas and then try to drive a car and you're like this isn't right.

Siobhan:

Now they're like hey, by the way, you have to be strapped to this big giant thing and also jump from like truck to truck also, then drive a car after.

Andy:

Seems like a good idea.

Siobhan:

Yeah, so it's pretty cool actually. I will recommend that to you because it's very cool, anyway, wine.

Matt:

I'll give this one an 18 to start off.

Emma:

I don't know, I think it's higher for me, maybe 22. Oh 22. It's delicious. It's like babbley and fruitful and flavoring.

Matt:

Now I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Siobhan and Emma probably drink a lot more sparkling wine than Andy and I do.

Emma:

Yes.

Matt:

Truth.

Andy:

Okay.

Emma:

Yeah.

Andy:

So I felt like this would bring a good balance to the episode here. He's like I'm generally I'm a bourbon guy, I'm a beer guy.

Siobhan:

Right.

Andy:

I like wine.

Siobhan:

It's fine, you like reds, though I like whites as well.

Emma:

Oh, you do.

Siobhan:

Interesting, oh, that's great to know, yeah.

Emma:

That's cool.

Siobhan:

You got a very diverse palette.

Andy:

I don't generally like the really sweet stuff, fair, you know I'm not real picky with it, but it's all right, do you?

Siobhan:

have a rating on this one.

Andy:

If we're going out of 25, 25 being like mind blowing right.

Matt:

Ooh, maybe away.

Andy:

Yeah.

Emma:

As he goes for another drink.

Siobhan:

He's tested it. It's so sweet.

Andy:

I think I'm going with the 18. I agree with the 18.

Siobhan:

Okay, I might go with a 15. That's not a dig, yeah, it is, just because 15 is pretty good out of 25.

Emma:

I agree that's more than half.

Siobhan:

Not bad. It is a bit sweet for me, but it is good.

Andy:

It is sweet.

Emma:

Yes, it's definitely sweet.

Siobhan:

It also doesn't have as much bubble which it doesn't yeah which I have, which?

Emma:

some people enjoy and some people don't, which I like. More carbonation, me too. Yeah, girl, I got you, you know you would, as in our CO2. That's right, bring it on. Yes, I know yes.

Matt:

So since we mentioned MTV when we pour the second one, I'll tell a really funny MTV story that involves me and is relatively unbelievable but true.

Siobhan:

I wonder. I don't know this story. I don't think you might. You might want to start telling it, okay.

Matt:

It actually involves the same trip I talked about in episode one when I climbed the pyramid. It was actually a day after the pyramid that.

Siobhan:

Really this occurred, oh cool.

Matt:

All right All right Number two. Number two Number one that's dedication. That's dedication there.

Andy:

Outstanding. Yeah, good job, she just threw black. Yeah, I'm not going to do that like half a fluto champagne there.

Emma:

I was like damn, siobhan just did it all. I'm going to take another.

Matt:

It's worth noting that the Matt and Friends Drink the Universe spaceship does have some sofas for people to sit off the episodes of any of these.

Andy:

I think she's going to need one, and we got more of a.

Matt:

Definitely a very different color.

Siobhan:

That's not your son. Don't try and steal my flu. No, I noticed that you're pouring a little less this go around because I felt bad last time. All right, I appreciate you for less for Emma, for the record.

Matt:

So, as you're pouring, I'll tell this silly story.

Andy:

So, if this is just like I was on TV during the Times Square. Bullshit once like no, no.

Matt:

So I was in a nightclub in Cancun on spring break and it was the day after I climbed the pyramid, so it's probably still intoxicated from the day before and then working on another one and the way the club was set up. There was a big stage up in front. So I'm drinking a tequila sunrise. I'm standing on the stage. All of a sudden the lights go up and some rappers walk out and I'm not really paying attention to what's going on because I've been drinking for four days.

Siobhan:

Wait, is this a fat Joe story? Yes, okay, I've heard this story.

Matt:

Yes, and all of a sudden I hear over the loudspeaker Joe Gordo, and I look to my left and there is fat Joe and Joe Gordo is. You know, no way light blue velour suit, probably 30 feet to my left, sing in, lean back, lean back.

Matt:

Okay and somebody that I went to school with a few weeks later said to me hey, were you in Cancun? And I said I was. And they said were you at the fat Joe concert? And I said I was. They said, yeah, mtv spring break got you on stage. Yeah, I didn't mean to. It was just like here's $30 all you can drink to get into this club, because that's what it was. And Three hours later, there the concert starts and apparently MTV got a good shot of me on stage with Joe so yes, pretty good story.

Siobhan:

Yeah okay, why number two? It is not red not my favorite.

Emma:

It is a white kind of love it.

Siobhan:

It's boring though.

Andy:

It's very bubbly love that flavor wise, especially after something. Yeah, flavor forward is the last one.

Siobhan:

Yeah, can't decide what it is though.

Andy:

I think it's the core bell. Just kind of tastes like seltzer to me. I think it's the core birdie.

Siobhan:

I. The only reason I'm not going with that it's the Verdi is because I'm not offended by it. I assume that I will be offended.

Matt:

Salt of sweetness when we get there. And just for the record, I bought that one at a beer distributor, not a liquor store. That one came from Tanzos beverage, so shout out to Tanzos, they're pretty great, I was there yesterday. As was.

Siobhan:

I. I'll be honest, though, if I'm taking this in isolation, I do enjoy this because I tend to like a drier sparkling wine not that I don't want to taste anything. Like I'm okay with it because I like something that's just like chill, you know, like it's spritzy, it's good, it's not trying to do too much.

Matt:

This is in my glass and somebody's like let's toast to the new mister and Mrs.

Siobhan:

You know what's in there. I was gonna say this is the cheap shit.

Andy:

I would like do it up like a party exactly the same like let's just ask this is the kind of stuff that I would mix with something.

Siobhan:

This would make a nice momosa. Yes, yeah, yeah, cuz all you're adding is fizz.

Emma:

Really right, yeah, you're right with an orange, you're enough. This might be amazing.

Andy:

Yeah, a little bit of Dory.

Siobhan:

Oh, and he loves my daughter.

Andy:

I love my Dory. I haven't had it for the longest time, but I used to love that is such a throwback.

Matt:

I'm gonna say this is core ball and I'm gonna give it corbel yeah, corbel, and I'm gonna give the core bell EL a. So I like drier champagne, I like drier wine. Overall, I'm gonna give this a 20 because I'm actually really enjoying it. Wow.

Emma:

So now, do you, like you know, a wine with your steak?

Andy:

because if it's, like that was away from the mic. Yeah, that was pretty good that was good.

Emma:

If it's like you know sometimes, if it's like super dry tastes amazing with your steak, you know telling you about your steak to wine ratio if I was having a steak, it would be a Cabernet Savignon or a Keanti red. I really like it no.

Siobhan:

Doing it wrong. I don't.

Matt:

I don't like liver at all if somebody shows up at drinkable with a slice of liver I'll throw you out.

Siobhan:

I Know I have members of my family. That's where that liver and onions are the greatest thing for the record, if anyone finds liver at a gas station, please leave.

Emma:

Yeah.

Siobhan:

It was we just done. Did the urban legend like yeah, I'm like.

Emma:

Oh, I grew up the family that we're like. You know we used to pig feet and all kinds of stuff and I can't.

Siobhan:

The person that doesn't do avocado isn't really going for pig feet. Yeah, just so you know that and I are in kindred spirits on that.

Matt:

Yeah, we are, but power to you for eat. I've seen pickled pigs feet, but I. Wanted. I gotta ask when you eat that? I think this is like suck on it like a lollipop, or do you just like?

Emma:

oh, you just get it down.

Matt:

Okay.

Siobhan:

All right, I've never I've seen people eat chicken.

Andy:

Okay, yep hard pass on that one.

Matt:

Yeah, many hard passes.

Siobhan:

Yeah, all right, we're hard passing so, but I'm not hard Passing on this one, because I actually really do like it.

Emma:

I like it better than the first one. We are so different not by a lot.

Siobhan:

That's okay. That's listen.

Andy:

I love different people, that's all right, different strokes for different.

Emma:

Tell me, you're on my side.

Siobhan:

I do. I do want a little more out of this, though, so I don't know that I'm gonna give it a 20, but maybe I'll do the 18 that others were doing in the last okay episode, or the last episode, the last round, oh damn.

Andy:

What are we committing to friends? Cuz I'm keeping score seven, seven, seven. So much me down for a 10 there. That makes the math any at us. Thank you, yeah, I mean it's, it's fine. It just on its own it doesn't do anything for you Fair enough.

Emma:

Yeah, I agree, on its own it doesn't do anything, and I think that's what dry wine is for me. Like it. Just if it's on its own it doesn't do anything with me. But if I have a great dry wine with an amazing Juicy red, fair and I bloody steak.

Siobhan:

Oh my god fair enough with wine parents. Oh yeah, cuz that's good I think you need to go steaks. Yeah.

Andy:

All right, I'm ready for number three.

Siobhan:

This is got like that classic champagne color.

Andy:

That's a lot of bubbles though. Oh, I love the bubbly like this looks very wedding toast ready here.

Siobhan:

Yes, yes.

Matt:

I'm gonna call it without even tasting it.

Siobhan:

I think that's the Verdi oh it doesn't smell that sweet, though I smell that sorry.

Matt:

All right, maybe it's not.

Siobhan:

Right, and we were just waiting for Verdi to suck and it maybe it doesn't.

Matt:

I was gonna say, if I called Verdi the Corbalt corbell.

Siobhan:

So funny. I you know what Full disclosure. I questioned the blindness while we were kind of doing all this meaning like I was like why do I? I care what it is like do, do, do, do, do, do. Yeah, I feel like it's actually really adding to the experience that I don't know what it is Agreed, especially the border.

Matt:

Which is interesting. So I'm gonna ask a question here which one was the other? Like strawberry sweet one. Which, which one was the other?

Siobhan:

Well, the Easton wine project is a rosé.

Matt:

It's a rosé, but it's not necessarily sweet.

Andy:

This is definitely not that no.

Emma:

Clear so and the Was also pink.

Siobhan:

Yeah, and I'm pretty sure we might be correct, with the first one being that.

Emma:

I'm not gonna like, as this is even drier like.

Siobhan:

I have more flavor out of this one.

Andy:

This actually kind of reminds me of some of the apple ciders we've had.

Matt:

I think it actually might be the birdie. I think my initial instinct was correct.

Emma:

But it doesn't smell sweet. No, it doesn't. So this isn't all messed up.

Siobhan:

All messed up.

Andy:

So remember that's.

Siobhan:

Somebody put that on a smallie test.

Emma:

Test.

Matt:

That sounds like highly painful. So there are two, remember, there are two birdie. There's the strawberry sparkle, teeny or whatever it is, and then there's the regular. This is the regular, not the strawberry, that's yeah, we know, because it's not strawberry colored or there's a it's raspberry. Is it right?

Siobhan:

Disgusting.

Matt:

To woofies in Indiana PA for making that your six dollar end of the night.

Siobhan:

Champagne $2 or something better have been two dollars yeah no for a whole bottle, they just. Well, now I'm on board.

Matt:

Oh no, it was definitely the end of the night. They were like celebrate getting your drinking diploma.

Siobhan:

Here's a bottle of raspberry, yeah drinking diploma, did I go there once?

Matt:

I probably subjected you to that at least once.

Siobhan:

Yeah, I think so, because we visited Indiana like three times, I think, indiana.

Emma:

Yeah.

Matt:

There's there's a certain story about a parking meter that originated there.

Siobhan:

I was not there for the parking meter.

Matt:

I'll tell that one in a later episode.

Siobhan:

I was there for the. Chris did like a seven hour keg stand with PBR Wow.

Emma:

Oh, yeah, that was impressive seven hours, but it was long.

Siobhan:

He would have he would have kept going to, and they were like we're gonna cut you off.

Matt:

Yeah, like.

Siobhan:

Chris was a champ he could drink.

Matt:

Yeah somebody else start this one with the rankings in the thinking well, I like this more than the.

Andy:

What would I do?

Siobhan:

Oh, these are painting shorts.

Andy:

Oh, I did not dress nice for the podcast, so my shorts are literally covered in paint spots.

Siobhan:

Short.

Matt:

Oh.

Siobhan:

We said happy little droplets and I'm out. Oh, Anyway, Andy please continue with your wine. What you got to say.

Andy:

So I do like this more than number two what I do so.

Siobhan:

I, that's funny that you don't. I don't know. Interesting, but not a lot.

Emma:

I'll give it a 13, Okay and I'm gonna drop down to a five on this one. Wow, girl, I know.

Matt:

I'm actually with oh, she's not not even finishing it.

Emma:

I can't, I can't with Emma.

Matt:

I'm the other way on this one. I like the other one, so the last one I gave 20, 20. I'm going down to 15 on this one. This one was.

Siobhan:

I didn't mind this.

Matt:

It's got it for me. I feel like toothpaste at the end. I don't know. I don't know. It's really weird. Okay, after finished thing going on after finish thing.

Siobhan:

All right, well, I'm gonna. I'm gonna go down one point and give myself crappy math. I do later math math. You say I do what we talking about Matt math equals MC. Hammer. We talking about numbers, are we? We've got to talk about them later when I can't figure them out?

Matt:

Rob did classify my voice at the end there's drunk fozzie bear, so walk a walk, a walk.

Siobhan:

All right. No Number four okay, this smells terrible.

Andy:

It really does this is.

Siobhan:

I'm not gonna lie you guys, this might be the Verdi and we screwed up last round. This smells terrible.

Matt:

That's got like a rose a thing going for it, but it's not rose a dude.

Siobhan:

Yes yeah, this is this is the vodka okay.

Emma:

Up and down away. This is a very I will fight somebody is Verdi.

Andy:

This has to be, very, though this is awful.

Siobhan:

Yes, it has to be the Verdi which we screwed up last round, because I think everything is all weird, so I literally wrote at the top of the score sheet. That three is probably either the chandel or the Prosecco. And now this is definitely this is not okay, taste wise I actually like it.

Emma:

So if I like, plug my nose.

Andy:

Get the picture ready.

Siobhan:

I'm about to put a five For myself, and you know that like dude.

Matt:

What is it like? Taste is like 70% smell or something. Oh, she von just killed it.

Siobhan:

No, I just had two steps. I hate it. Why am I doing?

Matt:

that.

Siobhan:

Cosmic Chug Me. I already got rid of it.

Matt:

I'll do it if that is what I brought on there.

Siobhan:

Yeah, you should.

Andy:

I, so I don't think I can give it a zero, but it's getting a one.

Siobhan:

Yeah, fair.

Andy:

That's getting a one from me I gave it a five, which is generous.

Siobhan:

Only after taste no, it's so bad for it's like someone took.

Andy:

My, your dedication to try to make this work.

Siobhan:

I'm trying to make the other one work. The taste is normal. This is amazing.

Matt:

I'm gonna say that this barely edges out the option of sobriety over drinking this, and that's why it got a four like.

Siobhan:

Yeah, that's real bad.

Andy:

I would rather take a trip back to your non-alcoholic episode then drink that, oh, okay.

Siobhan:

That's fair, because some of that stuff was not great, but it wasn't too bad. No, do you have a score? It's a 12 for me, because I'm here for.

Matt:

So if you don't taste it, it's really good.

Andy:

It's great if you have a COVID diagnosis going.

Siobhan:

You cannot smell or taste anything, laughing at that.

Matt:

Yeah, no, so there's actually a video of me when I had COVID and and thankfully, and some people had a rough time with it Thank God I had it really lightly, but I lost my sense of smell and taste and Jen and I went out to the fridge. We're literally tasting things that we would have net like horseradish, things that we would not have loved to do that. Oh, it's hysterical, I know that I don't want to.

Siobhan:

And then silver lining, some of that. No no but I people had horrible times.

Matt:

I firmly believe in finding this over lighting in shitty situations. So one of the things that I did amen my friend Aaron, who was on the podcast before you know, Aaron too, Him and I've gone out drinking many times together, and I was like, man, I got COVID.

Matt:

This really sucks. I was missing marching band rehearsals that I was supposed to be at at the time. I was really upset, and I was like, hey, I got a really cool party trick, though, and I picked up a bottle of tequila and took a video of me literally doing like a Three second, four second chug. I couldn't taste it, and it was the weirdest thing, because just in my belly I just felt this warm sensation, and then, like 10 minutes later, I was like, oh crap you just have like three shots, four shots.

Siobhan:

Basically, I was done, I just laid down on the couch and watched football.

Matt:

I was like, yep, all right, we're not moving for a couple hours, because that was a lot of.

Andy:

Feel like you're gonna have to put a like sound clip of a doctor saying this is not a good idea.

Matt:

Yeah, please listen to the disclaimer at the beginning of the episode. Don't do that.

Andy:

Matt and friends go to meetings.

Siobhan:

I had COVID twice and I never lost my sense of smell or taste.

Matt:

Oh, I totally did and it took a long time. It took like six weeks to come back. It was a long time before I got it all the way back.

Emma:

My brother-in-law also lost his like sense of smell and taste and he was like, literally pouring hot sauce on everything.

Andy:

Yeah, I mean, all right, that just sounds good.

Siobhan:

I think you could do that in real life if you want.

Matt:

But.

Siobhan:

I have to say, did we all score that?

Emma:

Yeah, we did yeah in german I loved it with my nose shut.

Siobhan:

Cinco. Five oh my god, I can't okay.

Andy:

Japanese.

Siobhan:

I believe it's go go Going number five, not Rose and I think in no.

Emma:

I think in chinese or korean it's chi great Ichi ni saw she love that guy?

Andy:

No, that's japanese.

Emma:

That's okay, that's fine, I'm one of those.

Matt:

That's all right, you tried, emma. I told star for trying, told star for trying my husband, be proud, my asian beautiful husband. In latin it's me oh yeah.

Emma:

Hooray.

Matt:

I was waiting for what sexy husband is in latin, as mo was. It is senator working up latin Damn it, you guys. Now I think everything's verity and in english, senator is someone who doesn't get anything done, so this smell.

Emma:

What are you guys like in america?

Siobhan:

I can't.

Andy:

I usually think of with sparkling.

Siobhan:

Like that. Do you want this? I'll be honest, I don't love the smell. I think this might be the prosecco.

Andy:

I, I agree.

Siobhan:

I think this is a little. I think this is kind of the prosecco, because it's that sweet but dry-ish.

Emma:

Yeah.

Siobhan:

And it's like a nice like light.

Emma:

This is my go-to guys. What was I going to say?

Matt:

I think it is also. I agree.

Emma:

Pist kind of color. Pist color, Pist color. Wait whoa.

Siobhan:

That's some hydrated pee. Yes, it is, that's good.

Emma:

You know, with some nice bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Matt:

Does that count? Sure for hydration. There you go, Come on.

Siobhan:

Oh, science, science.

Andy:

Hydration makes your pee Different colors.

Matt:

It does you guys, there we go.

Emma:

Hydration is important, shout out to you I did not do Rob Just because Rob is very good.

Siobhan:

Some of the rest of us know what science is too.

Matt:

Rob, rob Nye, the science guy we're going to.

Siobhan:

Rob, rob, rob, rob, Rob, rob. I agree, I did that on the last one with Bill Nye.

Matt:

You did, you did All right.

Siobhan:

I enjoy this. Yes, I enjoy this. I'm going to give.

Emma:

Color, smell, taste. I agree, this is like the kind you would have at a wedding or party.

Siobhan:

I really think this is the prosecco.

Emma:

New years. You would just be like cheers.

Siobhan:

Cheers. Everybody be OK with it, absolutely, I'm giving this a 20 because I'm enjoying it.

Emma:

You know what? Me too, girl Put one yeah.

Matt:

At the risk of Siobhan bludgeoning me. I believe this is the prosecco, but it's not doing it for me. I'm going to give it like a 14.

Siobhan:

So rude it's OK. A 14 is pretty good still.

Matt:

Yeah, I mean, it's not. I'm not saying awful, but I'm not saying no that's fair.

Emma:

It does have a very dry, I know, but I love that. Do you like taste that?

Matt:

on your teeth. I like it, like that little dryness. It is dry. If I had a choice, between that number one.

Andy:

I personally would go with number one, so I'm going to give this a 16.

Emma:

OK, yes, because I think that one would be. I'm happy with it. Bring it Number one was good, the risk I like number one a little bit better.

Siobhan:

So interesting my gastatio. You know what? Can I change my score?

Andy:

Sure, you can do whatever you want. You're in charge of the math, siobhan.

Siobhan:

You're right, I am. So I'm just going to give myself a shmillion, not, and I'm going to preempt by saying I do think this is the Prosecco, but I'm not changing my score because of that.

Matt:

OK.

Siobhan:

But I like this a lot.

Matt:

I might I might.

Siobhan:

I might undo like 22. All right, I might undo 22. That's all right.

Matt:

The classical studies major and the psychology major are going to do math after this. This is going to go really well, Guys humanities, math.

Siobhan:

We're going to do real good.

Matt:

Oh yeah.

Emma:

We just need a sociology person and we're going to be F, like that's all right, absolutely, that is exactly me. That's why I married a nation Like oh, that's so smart.

Siobhan:

You know what, though? Oh my god Law. No, I did not marry an Asian, but Chris is very good at math. He is.

Matt:

He is extremely good at math, all right.

Siobhan:

We ready for number six.

Matt:

Let's hit it. So did we miss a Rose? Because I feel like I did not.

Siobhan:

No, I bet you this is the first one, the first one and the last one. Look at us end capping.

Matt:

Oh, look at that and my color blindness. That is slightly pink.

Andy:

Matt can't tell. Would you look at that?

Emma:

So I have to say that.

Siobhan:

I agree, because that's already, I think this is what you brought. I agree.

Andy:

Yeah, I think number one was the Easton Wine Project.

Siobhan:

I agree, I think it was too.

Emma:

OK, so this is a light rosier this is red Sweet it has some sizzling bubbles coming up to the top, some bubbles around the edge.

Andy:

It's not as bubbly as I would want from a sparkling.

Emma:

It smells delicious. Siobhan, I think you like it. It is.

Siobhan:

But your face is sweet.

Matt:

Siobhan's face.

Siobhan:

F and A cotton. This is like I just ate a candy.

Matt:

Siobhan's face was someone has passed guess.

Andy:

This tastes, and we've been driving a while, do you? Remember those little strawberry hard candies. Exactly, I literally just envisioned that in my head the grandma.

Emma:

No, I don't hate it either.

Siobhan:

Which I will say was quite a lovely end. Cap yes, maybe Jen did that.

Matt:

But let's give Jen some credit, right.

Siobhan:

Yeah, maybe she planned it that way. Ok, girl. Like she done, picked the one, but I do think that that means really number one was.

Andy:

I think number one was the Easton Wine Project.

Siobhan:

Yeah, and I really think that this is number six Interesting.

Emma:

So I have to say, no matter what, this is like sweet and delicious and so sweet and, as somebody that loves a good, like sweet, is it sweet you?

Matt:

didn't say sweet enough.

Siobhan:

Is it what I could drink? The amount that I pour to my glass is how much of this?

Matt:

You can drink.

Siobhan:

I can manage. So there's that.

Emma:

I miss those little hard candies I used to get so excited.

Siobhan:

Those are really good though, yeah.

Matt:

Oh, it's Graham's.

Andy:

It's Graham's hard candy right.

Matt:

It was the ever refilling bowl of strawberry hard candy that no one knows where it either had that or the Worthers originals.

Siobhan:

Which is so different? I am here for the Worthers originals and they have those cute little things that they say on it.

Emma:

So like, love you and like.

Matt:

Since I mentioned Graham, well, also, I'm going to tell a little anecdote about my lovely grandmother, who was all of like four foot nine.

Emma:

And four foot nine.

Matt:

Four foot nine and a quarter. She was very proud of that quarter and I'm like that too. Yeah, and she, she didn't drink. She was card carrying Methodist most of her life and would not drink. And when I graduated college, it was the first time that we were sitting around and we were all having some like champagne.

Matt:

And she looked at me and my dad and was like I want a glass of champagne and everybody in the room just stopped and looked at her and was like you want a glass of champagne. She was like, yeah, and we had a bottle of Corbel.

Emma:

I love that Look at that so nice. So we do family Friday dinners, and every Friday night G-ma is always like bring on the gin.

Matt:

Yes, I love it, my grandmother.

Siobhan:

Well telling grandma stories, Chris's favorite story about my grandmother, who is a lot. This is my mom's mom right. Who is? She had red hair. We are similar humans in a few ways.

Emma:

Do you have red hair? Very distinct in other ways but amazing how they find women like us. Oh yeah, love it. I say that all the time.

Siobhan:

Like it's the best.

Matt:

So we just tripped and fall head first.

Siobhan:

She was like 83 or something and she lived in Florida and we went to visit her and she just went to her fridge and brought out a Budweiser Regular Budweiser, not a Bud Light. She's 83.

Matt:

But OK.

Siobhan:

And she just ripped open a 16 ounce can of a Budweiser and poured it in the glass and was like Chris, nice to meet you. And Chris was like this is amazing.

Andy:

All right.

Siobhan:

Yeah, it was amazing.

Andy:

There you go. My grandma called beer monkey piss.

Siobhan:

Oh no, which she's not wrong, depending on what she was talking about.

Andy:

So they owned the farm through the Depression and apparently the farmhands wanted to still drink their beer, but they weren't allowed to do it with Grammy around. So the farmhands apparently would go behind the barn and drink the beer behind the barn and then to hide it above the milking area there was, like this crawl space. They would just chuck the bottles there. And the reason we know this is because after Graham Papp died and we're cleaning out the farm, we found all these Depression era beer bottles.

Siobhan:

So wow, that's really cool, very cool, awesome, that's amazing, all right.

Andy:

Unlike this wine Yikes.

Siobhan:

All right so we have Emma's Emma. I've written this very five she is all in 25, baby.

Emma:

I love this. I then gave it a 12.

Matt:

She's in for it. I gave it a 12.

Siobhan:

I'm sorry, I gave it a 12.

Matt:

I'm giving it a 12. Anybody?

Emma:

I'm giving it an eight. I hope it's that we are on this An eight. And he's going eight. An eight.

Siobhan:

It is quite sweet.

Matt:

It's too sweet for me, However not offensive he did give one a one, you guys Right over there, so they're fairly enough. So I will say about this Siobhan and Emma might be a little upset, but my mouth tastes drier after drinking this. I don't really feel refreshed.

Siobhan:

I'm going with the eight. I don't even know, I think eight is accurate.

Matt:

I'm with the eight. I'm going to be on the eight.

Emma:

Really, I taste sweet after. I'm like give me more.

Andy:

I don't think I would choose sobriety over this.

Matt:

Is that the gauge we're going with? Oh damn, it's definitely the gauge.

Siobhan:

Oh wow, I gave this a lot. Then I don't know, I'm like drink up, give me more.

Matt:

Yeah, I mean that tends to be the gauge for some of the things we drink around here. So sobriety or this.

Siobhan:

Yeah, all right. What's the next step?

Matt:

All right, the next step is you, and I do math.

Siobhan:

Math E equals MC Hammer.

Emma:

We talking about numbers Okay.

Siobhan:

Hello, we went through. I did the math, you did the math, we helped we.

Matt:

No we nothing. It was a group effort A calculator A calculator did the math, that's true, but you told me numbers, the humanity style calculator.

Siobhan:

The calculator did the math.

Emma:

Yeah.

Siobhan:

Okay. So what we're doing here, people, is we are talking through the scores that we did and then also the guesses in the brands, but I think we all sort of aligned in what our guesses were in the brands we did. It's not like there were a bunch of dissenters on brand names, so we're just gonna go through and see. We had a guess for number one that it was either cause guys, full disclosure.

Siobhan:

It's a disagreement Two rosés right, two pinky looking things. So we thought originally that it was the scandali rosante, but I don't know, because once we got to the end we done made a quick old switcheroo.

Andy:

Switcheroo.

Siobhan:

So many of us meaning me, cause I'm talking right now think that the Easton Wine Project is number one.

Emma:

I'm still saying it's the rosés.

Siobhan:

Big reveal, big reveal.

Emma:

Get it down this way it is.

Siobhan:

The Easton Wine Project. Wow, that is the winner.

Andy:

Drink local friends. That's right, fair enough, shout out to the Easton Wine Project.

Matt:

Yeah, it was good. It was a delicious time. Yep, one of.

Siobhan:

Emma's highest scores, I have to say high. That was the highest overall score.

Emma:

It was the highest overall. Yes, I loved it.

Matt:

Yep 73 out of 100 was the score on that one Grabbing number two there.

Siobhan:

Okay, so wait. Number two in the rankings was number five. We thought number five was the Prosecco.

Andy:

Right, lamarca Prosecco, and it is.

Emma:

Oh the Corbell, corbell, corbell.

Siobhan:

Look at that Number five. Number five.

Matt:

So that's number five.

Siobhan:

So that was the second place winner.

Matt:

See, that's my go-to. When somebody says, bring a bottle of champagne, that's the one I grab.

Siobhan:

What Well done, All right. Number three was number two.

Matt:

There's three was number two.

Siobhan:

We're doing a lot of things here, so we thought If you're drinking along with us.

Matt:

I'm really sorry.

Siobhan:

We thought number two was Corbell, so who?

Matt:

the hell knows it is, it is, it is.

Siobhan:

That's the Prosecco.

Andy:

All right, we were correct, so we had those switched.

Emma:

No, we weren't, we had them switched around.

Siobhan:

Okay, number four was number three. Let's go ahead and switch that around.

Emma:

This is the one I gave the lowest score. Number three Right, am I crazy? It is Maybe I'm Shandong, shandong, shandong.

Siobhan:

Because I don't know what's happening, but anyway.

Emma:

Shandong was number what Crunchy? Number three yes.

Siobhan:

Because I really like Shandong wine. It is a Napa Valley California wine, but it is French made, but it is female run.

Emma:

Oh yeah, so the head winemaker Kind of girl power.

Siobhan:

Is a wonderful woman. And just quick story. I went on a cruise over New Year's two years ago and I did a wine tasting and it was all female run wineries that we tasted, which was wonderful. It was like decoy Shandong, like a couple of other ones and I then the rest of the cruise was like Shandong is all I want for sparkling wine, like it was just wonderful clean lovely. So yeah, pauline, okay, what are we doing?

Matt:

What we got, so we should be on number five. I think Wasn't that number four? Yeah, which?

Siobhan:

the. I screwed something up, so it's fine, just go to number six. What was number six?

Matt:

All right, so we're going backwards.

Siobhan:

We thought number six was that Rizzante.

Matt:

And number six is it is.

Siobhan:

Oh, mine it is, so we were right.

Matt:

It is the Rizzante, okay, so that means number four has to be.

Siobhan:

Yeah, absolutely, it's got to be the Verdi. It's got to be the Verdi.

Matt:

Is that the lowest number?

Siobhan:

Yeah, and it's the only one left.

Andy:

Yeah, pull the string. Oh, there you go.

Siobhan:

There you go, Lowest one yeah lowest one.

Emma:

Not gonna lie, I would never get this.

Siobhan:

Yeah, it was real bad. That was everyone's lowest score.

Matt:

Yeah, that was bad, you gave it a one, I gave it a four.

Siobhan:

Oh, maybe not everyone's. It was not Emma's lowest score, no, all right, so our top three are oh, great question, andy. Sounds like the top three are Easton Wine Project, which is let's talk about the wines, yeah, what do we got? We got Easton Wine Project, american. What does it say? American Rose? Okay, so number one, easton Wine Project, american Rose. And then number two was the Corbel. That makes me laugh. And we were only one point off on that to be fair, not bad. I give that a lot.

Siobhan:

And then number three is the Prosecco.

Matt:

Let's do two and three and then we'll taste the winner of this against one and we'll see how that goes.

Emma:

So what's interesting is that we all feel like the local was better. Do you think it's because it's fresh or do you really feel like it's because? Is that?

Matt:

Delaware River water that we're on.

Siobhan:

I think part of it is because it's rosé. So I feel like we're kind of feeling.

Andy:

I'm not like judging stuff on like how champagny is this champagny, yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm judging on like what I like and Okay, so this is the Corbel.

Matt:

This is the Corbel. All right, let's hit the Corbel first, we'll taste the second one, and then we'll rank them against each other here.

Siobhan:

Oh, they're so different, you guys.

Matt:

They are. They're very different things.

Siobhan:

Really, I still love the Prosecco man.

Matt:

And it's not just because, but this was one of the major struggles, like the initial concept for this episode was we'll do rocket rankings wine. Then, all of a sudden there was this eye-opening moment where it was like we can't do that because wine is just such a diverse spectrum.

Emma:

Oh, gosh, wine is so hard.

Siobhan:

Yeah, yeah, you must need to stick to like you got your reds.

Andy:

White red, you got your whites.

Siobhan:

You got. Reds, whites, you got, sparkling, you got sports books.

Andy:

There's three different kinds of sports books.

Siobhan:

Oh yo, yeah, that's all there is. Yeah, okay, right, not blush, not anything else. No, there's not, not sweet red.

Matt:

Concord? There's not.

Siobhan:

Concord your cabinet.

Matt:

There's, not your.

Siobhan:

Listen, are we getting really good dude? All right, so we're ranking these two here.

Matt:

Okay, so we do want to do some numbers with this as well. We do want to do some Frick, really yeah.

Andy:

I think putting them next to each other go on sip for sip here. I like the Prosecco better, but it's not a lot.

Siobhan:

You gotta give it a score, though I give the Prosecco. That's the second one I'm giving the.

Andy:

Prosecco an 18. All right, and I'm giving the Corbel a 16.

Siobhan:

Ooh, look at that, the very close score. But I put the Prosecco just a. I will say I am quite impressed with how satisfied I am by the Corbel.

Matt:

All right.

Siobhan:

I would not have pegged that If I had found that in a store, because I don't know that I treat Corbel as seriously as maybe I should depending on now that I'm having this tasting.

Emma:

All right.

Siobhan:

Cause that chandelion was more than this Corbel, and even though I like that chandelion a lot, I can understand why we maybe rated this better. All that to be said, I will thank you. We did already cover that. I was told to not talk as much.

Matt:

I never said that to you, never.

Siobhan:

No, no, no. I'm saying I was told that in school and you were not shocked. Is what we covered?

Matt:

Oh yeah, that yes.

Siobhan:

So I'm going to give this Prosecco a 20.

Matt:

All right.

Siobhan:

And I'm going to give this Corbel a 16.

Matt:

All right.

Siobhan:

Meg, you knew the math this time.

Matt:

I can Emma. I wish that was Emma.

Andy:

I know it's not, it's Andy yeah but my God, it's all the bubbles, man.

Siobhan:

Yeah, it is a lot of bubbles.

Emma:

I'm not going to like. I really like the second one and I'm going to go 19, 15.

Siobhan:

19 for the Prosecco.

Matt:

Yes, 15 for the other, let's get her.

Siobhan:

She didn't even give that a good score the last time.

Emma:

Wow. Okay, it's all relative, it's all different when they're compared. Yes, I just I'm really loving the bubbles compared.

Siobhan:

Yeah, the Prosecco is definitely bubblier which I appreciate.

Emma:

Yeah, yeah.

Siobhan:

So that's why Andy's burping so much.

Matt:

Apparently I need to be me for this one. So the core bell I like more than the Prosecco, and that makes me the only one I gave that one a 20 and I gave the Prosecco a 15.

Siobhan:

Okay, do the math.

Andy:

Please hold math loading.

Matt:

All right, people. Here's the final verdict of numbers two and three against each other. We have the core bell at a 67. We have the Prosecco drum roll.

Siobhan:

Do we need drum roll? Yes, 72.

Matt:

Oh wow 67 to 72,.

Siobhan:

That's pretty good.

Matt:

Yes, the drum roll sound effects are because your husband gave me crap about being a drummer and not having a drum roll sound effect.

Siobhan:

That's very fair. I stand by that for him.

Andy:

It was a thing that happened. You stand by that. For him, eastern versus Prosecco.

Matt:

Indeed. So let's go ahead and we'll do number two first. We're going to taste the Prosecco first, and we're going to hit Eastern Wine after that. So let's see there's the Prosecco I still love it.

Emma:

Tastes, just like it did a couple minutes ago, a second ago Exactly like it did 20 seconds before. I love the bubbly. That's like left on your tongue.

Siobhan:

I'm telling you guys, this is my go-to. It's also not that expensive, which is kind of the best.

Matt:

Eastern Wine. Eastern Wine, it's so different y'all.

Siobhan:

It's like and by y'all I mean everyone I don't know, I mean it feels like it shouldn't be in the same cup, right? I know Well, none of them are in pain, but. Lamarca makes a sparkling rosé, and I will say, having had that one, even though we're not drinking it in real time. This Eastern Wine project has a lot more flavor to it than that sparkling rosé Absolutely.

Emma:

I like it a lot. That doesn't. I'm not allying to it, I'm just saying no, I am aligning to it because it has all the flavor I want in Creed. It is really good.

Matt:

Yeah, it's good. I still like the Prosecco though.

Siobhan:

So good, ooh, okay, wait, now that I'm reading about this, eastern Wine project wine it all makes sense it says a sparkling rosé wine blend of Niagara, catawba and Concorde grapes. There's a lot of Concorde.

Matt:

There's the Concorde flavor, yeah.

Siobhan:

It's almost like it named it for me, because I was like, oh, this is really grape-y. This trio comes together in perfect harmony for a balanced mouthfeel highlighted by a classic fizz.

Matt:

I'll dispute the balanced mouthfeel as the Concorde grape is on the front of that train.

Siobhan:

It is a lot of Concorde which I absolutely really enjoy, which I absolutely really enjoy.

Andy:

I'm going to say I will buy this again.

Siobhan:

You should. I want to get it some now. I'm glad that we made you well made you, didn't make you Inspired.

Emma:

Yes.

Siobhan:

I'm glad that we inspired you to get a sparkling wine which maybe you wouldn't have gotten.

Andy:

Definitely not.

Emma:

Yeah, definitely not Generally speaking, we are buying dry at the Eastern Wine project. At the Eastern Wine project that is located at the.

Siobhan:

Silk Mill.

Andy:

Yeah, we went right. I went right to it. Right, but yeah.

Siobhan:

So I feel like I'm in two very different seasons here, right? This wine, right, the Prosecco I would drink anytime. But also it makes me think of summer. It's very light, it's very effervescent, but this Eastern Wine project, sparkling wine, makes me think like late summer heading into fall. Yeah, ready for a Concorde grape, it's got body. Yes, ready for a body adi, ready for, like, a little more substance. They're two wonderful wines.

Emma:

I will say I feel like it almost starts to go into. The wine Started off, Matt.

Matt:

Head to head because we have two very different things here and we're trying to pick a winner against the two. The Prosecco was very, very good, but head to head here I'm giving it a 16 and the Eastern Wine project I'm giving it a 23 because I think it is that close. It didn't put me over the top, that's not close at all when I'd say perfect.

Siobhan:

Okay.

Matt:

But I think a 23 is good. I like the flavor. It is much more complex, in my opinion, than the Prosecco was, where the Prosecco just gave me a white grape and a little bit of.

Siobhan:

That's what it is bizz.

Matt:

Yeah, there wasn't. I can't even pick out what it was, but now that we've talked about it, I can tell you the Catabua and the Concorde.

Siobhan:

I can taste Big words. Can you spell that, matt? I can taste. No, it's on the back of the label.

Matt:

Well, I can't see the label from here Okay. Well, so, but I can definitely taste those. I think the flavor in the Eastern Wine project is much more complex, so I'm going to go with that one at a 23.

Andy:

I think the first time around, I put the Eastern Wine project at a 18. I'm sticking with that.

Siobhan:

Okay.

Andy:

But I think I'm also sticking with the 16 for the Prosecco. Oh, it's given itself a good score. I will say though, if you put the amount of fizz in the Prosecco in the Eastern, oh yeah, good feedback, that puts me up to 25.

Matt:

Yeah, that would be phenomenal. Yeah, a little more fizz, I agree, I agree.

Siobhan:

I think there's a bunch of people on this podcast previously that have not enjoyed a fizz no. Chris is the same.

Emma:

Chris is very similar.

Siobhan:

He's like oh, it's too much carbonation. I'm like you're drinking a carbonated beverage.

Emma:

Right, that's what you're here for, what you want, and Siobhan and I love a good like CO2 sparkling.

Siobhan:

Yeah, I love a CO2. And so we appreciate people that love a bubbly.

Emma:

Yes, so thank you, yes, come over to the dark side, thank you.

Siobhan:

Thank you for the feedback on that.

Matt:

Thank you, darth Rarich, we appreciate that.

Siobhan:

What's your?

Emma:

score Emma.

Andy:

Going around.

Emma:

I'm not going to lie, I still love the Easton, it's just it's so good, it's got so much body. I need numbers.

Siobhan:

Give me some numbers, numbers, numbers, numbers, numbers.

Emma:

Numbers, numbers. Numbers Numbers, numbers, numbers, numbers, numbers, numbers, numbers, numbers, numbers, numbers, numbers, numbers. I am kind of confused.

Siobhan:

It's just I. I am kind of confused.

Matt:

It's just, it's just, it's just it's just what I meant to say.

Siobhan:

So that's it, thank you, and I'm going to give the Easton a 20. Alright, and then I'm about to give this Prosecco like a 23. Really, yeah, they're both really good they are, they're so close. They are, they're so close, but they're so different.

Emma:

They are. So part of me is like that at least speaks to their like good effort. Like you know, new Year's anniversary Like this is.

Siobhan:

I will choose with either yeah, yeah, I feel like I would love to like, just sit with this sparkling rosé, just like a fire pit situation.

Matt:

All right, are we ready? Yeah, all right. I got a different drum roll.

Andy:

That is the.

Matt:

We have the Prosecco at 72 and the Easton Wine Project at 83.

Siobhan:

Oh.

Matt:

So for the.

Siobhan:

Easton Wine Project.

Matt:

Representing.

Siobhan:

Yeah.

Matt:

FTDubs Easton Wine Project. This is for you, stellar.

Andy:

Still a little bit. I'll tell her to sit to that, all right.

Emma:

Cheers. But I really am curious Because it's local so it's just so fresh.

Andy:

Maybe classically with wine. It's the aging right Like, yeah, the older the better, that's the classic.

Siobhan:

I'll also be honest, like Easton and this area and Matt can back up on this because he's at a wine class- True, like PA is all about like this sweeter kind of whitey, blushy, kind of like Kataba stuff, Cause like we're in a good place for that flavor.

Matt:

Yes.

Siobhan:

And so I think Easton probably does really well because, like this state is set up to, like really support this.

Matt:

So yes, yes and no, I agree and disagree with you because we're set up really well for wine in general, where we can do a variety of flavors, and the reason for it is our clay soil here in Pennsylvania, which we have an interesting mix. It's either solid rock or clay and the clay soil with the water deep down. When those grapefruit, when those grape leaves go down that far, 20, 30 feet to be able to suck up the water through that clay, you get wonderful clean water and therefore we have very similar soil to what they have in the wine regions of France.

Siobhan:

Right, so we get. It's a latitude thing to you guys.

Matt:

Yes, we get phenomenal wine which here in Pennsylvania were a bit undersold, because we really can compete with Napa Valley and we can compete with France flat out. Yeah, and I think this Easton wine project sparkling here is a great example of how literally at outclassed everything else we had here.

Siobhan:

Yeah, really cool it was wonderful.

Matt:

The body was there.

Siobhan:

It had a sweet flavor.

Matt:

If somebody was to serve that as a wedding or reception or any kind of toast I was at, I'd be happy. So, stirlers, we get another one.

Siobhan:

We get two of them. I did look it up.

Andy:

According to their website, Easton Wine Project gets their grapes from Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

Matt:

It's a wonderful wine region around here.

Siobhan:

Absolutely, and I love that we paired the kind of final countdown with a not American wine, because LaMarca is truly from Italy and it's from the Veneto region.

Matt:

And it was fantastic. And with that, I believe it's time to wrap up. So thank you all again for joining us today and listening as my friends and I drink the universe. Hope you'll join us again soon. Bye.

Emma:

LaMarca Yay Cheers.

Matt:

The boozy quote for this episode comes from Lily Olajay. Lily said I only drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it when I'm not hungry and I drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it, unless I'm thirsty. On social media, please like, follow and push all the buttons for us. That's Matt and Friends DTU at Facebook, instagram Threads and TikTok. For more information about the podcast, as well as links to our merch store, social media and all the places you can listen to us, visit our website mattandfriendsdtucom. That's mattandfriendsdtucom. Thank you again for listening to Matt and Friends Drink the Universe.

Intro and Introductions
The Theme and Rules
The Tasting Begins
Ratings and Tasting of Sparkling Wine
Matt Once Ended up on Stage with a Famous Rapper
Wine Tasting and Rankings
Tasting and Discussing Different Wines
Stories of Our Grandmothers
Scores and Recap of Round 1
Round 2 Scores and Recap
Round 3 and Declaring the Highest Ranked
Outro and Boozy Quote

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