Wine and Vinyl Episode 8: Heart Like a Riesling 

Greetings, Internet! I apologize for the Monday release. Celebrating the various mothers of my family was, naturally, a highly festive event. One at which I may have enjoyed just a little more wine than is recommended for competent editing. Speaking of mothers, the theme for today's pairing is a trait gracefully exhibited by mothers everywhere — versatility. Much like the metaphorical Swiss Army knife of talents brought forth when one commits to raising a child, today’s episode showcases a duo with…

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Wine and Vinyl Episode 7: Primitivo and All Things Must Pass 

Greetings, Internet! Inspired by the reluctant, if not forced, appearance of Spring we are finally experiencing here in the Heartland, I have decided that for today's pairing we shall examine the immensely enjoyable flavors and poetry born out of artistic and creative suppression. A grape shackled by its blended value-brand past, and an artist delayed from full recognition of his greatness by feuding high-profile band leaders, a gentle disposition, and contractual obligations. Happily, both achieved…

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Wine and Vinyl Episode 6: Torrontes and Buena Vista Social Club 

Greetings, Internet. I write to you today amid what we have started referring to here in Kansas City as “third winter.” For those of you who follow the dhillwineandsongs Instagram, you may have noticed that I spent the last few days trout fishing and generally basking in the sun. This morning however, it’s a balmy 28 degrees with snow. The kind of weather that calls for cozying up by the fireplace with an oversized pour of escapism. Which is why for today’s episode I have settled on a pairing which takes us…

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Wine and Vinyl Episode 5: Layla and The French Pope 

Greetings and happy Easter/Passover/Sunday. Since any of you fortunate enough to reside in Middle America are likely trying to muster the courage to brave this late winter - allegedly spring - death rattle of cold and sleet to gather with family, I am here today to offer the warm solace of my most trusty winter garment, booze and Rock and Roll. Today’s pairing is born out of a tale as twisted as those friendly masochists you’ve spotted find knitting their own scarfs in the corner of the local coffee shop…

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Wine and Vinyl Episode 4 "Texas Edition": The Ballad of Spider John and The Tempranillo Cowboy  

Greetings, good people of the Internet. Today I am excited to bring you a particularly prideful and personal edition of Wine and Vinyl. Not proud in the everyday human sense, like the “hey maybe I did a decent job, whaddayathink?” kind of pride. But a particular sort of bold, inherent, borderline reckless kind of pride that one might only truly understand if they have had the joyous opportunity to live and love life in the great state of Texas.  With a strong Texan lineage and as a longtime former resident…

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Wine and Vinyl Episode 3: Vinho Verde and The Belfast Cowboy 

Greetings, good people of the Internet. Thank you for joining me for this particularly festive St. Patrick's Day Weekend edition of Wine and Vinyl. In an attempt to meet modern criteria for the holiday, I have scoured the shelves of local record stores and beverage purveyors to bring you a pairing both Irish in origin, and (in a sort of roundabout manner) green. I’ll admit this was not an easy match to make. On the one hand you have Ireland, a country that in spite of being roughly the same size as the…

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Bubbles and Bob Marley 

So, here's the thing. I may have broken the law. And not knowingly and willfully like usual. But it turns out that my video series for pairing a wine with a vinyl record resides hermit-like in the vast gray desert known as "copyright infringement." And as a songwriter with income derived from copyrighted works of my own, I have decided it would be less than cool to carry on after having learned this. So while I rework the video series idea into something not only entertaining and informative, but also…

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Choosing the right wine (store) for dinner 

Wine choosing. Quite possibly the largest deterrent to prospective wine buyers the industry has ever faced. To the untrained eye a diverse wine rack can be simultaneously one of most terrifying and intriguing experiences known to everyday consumerism. One glance at this loosely organized labyrinth of bottles evokes classic internal conversation: "Not in English, is that good or bad?" "This label is FUN!" "I’ve been to Santa Barbara..." And possibly the most toxic: "My Dad drinks this one..." Now, while…

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