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What We're Drinking with Dan Dunn

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A fantabulous conflation of history, culture, politics, famous people and booze, strained through the cognitive mesh of a best-selling author, polymath and inveterate reprobate.

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Dan is joined by Eddie Zamora, aka the Yum Yum Foodie, a culinary expert who's extremely passionate about wine. They share reds and whites from two superb producers, Castello di Verrazzano from Tuscany, Italy, and Trimbach from Alsace, France. Also, in a new feature, we blast out booze-fueled scenes from some of Dan's favorite films including "Casablanca," "Bridesmaids," Team America: World Police" and more. Now THAT is a yummy episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan loves Bunnahabhain Scotch so much, he named his dog after it. On this episode he tips back a few drams of his favorite Islay malt with "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator and "Somebody Feed Phil" star Phil Rosenthal, along with Emmy-winning writer-comedian Tom Caltabiano. They talk food, whisky and travel... and the go-to drinks of some of TV's best known characters. Also, WWD's Chief Foreign Correspondent Brad Japhe with breaking news about the Japanese whisky industry. And to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of "The Silence of the Lambs," Dan finally comes clean about the time he stole into director Jonathan Demme's hotel room in Philadelphia and read the "Lambs" script in full. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the time it takes to pour a proper Guinness, our host Dansplains one of the Emerald Isle's great libational achievements, Irish Coffee. He theorizes about its most likely origin, lays out how to make it the right way, suggests some variations and, as always, tells a hilarious joke at the end. Again, in average-shiite time. Slainte! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On this special episode, Bryan Cranston is THE ONE WHO KNOCKS back mezcal with Dan. Dos Hombres Mezcal, that is, the brand Bryan started with his friend and former “Breaking Bad” co-star Aaron Paul. Among the topics discussed are the many ways to enjoy mezcal, the current state of the American bar scene, and the go-to cocktails of some of Bryan’s most iconic characters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
For four glorious seasons, South Boston's own Jack Maxwell had a dream job — or Dan Dunn's idea of a dream job, anyway — globetrotting and imbibing as the host of "Booze Traveler" on the Travel Channel. Not that Dan's still bitter about losing out on that gig. Ok, maybe he remains a tad salty, but he's got nothing but love for Mr. Maxwell. Also on tap, Tristan Mermin, founder and CEO of California-based Batiste Rhum, a delicious adult beverage that also happens to be one of the most sustainably made spirits on the planet... and boy, the planet really needs that right now! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bourbon and hamburgers... two great tastes that taste great together! Dan chats and drinks with George Motz, the author of “Hamburger America” and “The Great American Hamburger Book.” George is the resident burger scholar on "The Burger Show" on Complex Media’s "First We Feast." Did we mention that he knows a thing or two about burgers? Right! Also on the show, the founder and whiskey maker at Kentucky's Rabbit Hole Distillery, Kaveh Zamanian, who is also into burgers, but not as much as he's into whiskey. And on this episode, we're getting way into Kaveh's whiskey. You're gonna wanna bust out the rocks glasses and napkins for this juicy episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the course of 180-some-odd seconds, Dan lays out the history and proper preparation technique of the cocktail canon's most slovenly standout — a middling, uncomplicated cream drink from the mid-20th century that would likely have faded into obscurity had it not been plucked from a room crowded with milkshake-like beverages of the era and ushered into the spotlight by Jeff Bridges in the 1998 movie, "The Big Lebowski." We recommend listening while wearing sunglasses and a bathrobe, and perhaps a rug that ties the room together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan is joined by Wine Enthusiast magazine's reigning "Winemaker of the Year" Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton Winery in Santa Barbara, CA. Greg is one of the most fascinating personalities in the industry, and makes incredible Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, where he’s spent his entire career on an 8-mile stretch of land. We talk wine theory, history and flavor... and drink some wine too, of course. Also, Dan has a spirited chat about online dating with WWD's new Chief Southern Corespondent, Ashley McCue. And finally, wine pairing suggestions for foodstuffs like KFC and Chef Boyardee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Allison Janney has won an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, seven Primetime Emmy Awards and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards. But one thing she hadn't accomplished in her illustrious career — until now — is survive an epic round of tequila-drinking with Dan Dunn. Along with Emmy-winning writer-comedian Tom Caltabiano, Allison and Dan throw back a tidy amount of El Tesoro, a tequila that's no stranger to winning awards itself. We nominate this our "Wildest of Episode of the Year" so far! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan and guest cohost Joe DeRosa powwow with Billy Gould, founding member of Faith No More and proprietor of Yebiga Rakija. Never heard of “rakija” or “rakia," the famous fruit brandy of the Balkans? You're not alone. This beautiful, bracing spirit might be on every table in Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Bosnia, but until now, the finest family recipe version has never come stateside. Unless it was packed in a suitcase. Billy Gould and his team have changed that with Yebiga­­ —an 86-proof spirit, clear like the morning sun on a windowpane, lightly spicy, certainly fruity, floral, clean and a bracing bit of wonder in a bottle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan chats with director Steven Soderbergh, whose iconic films include Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s 11 through 23... what else, The Laundromat, Out of Sight... Contagion— although Dan DOES NOT recommend watching that last one during this particular period of time. Steven’s got his own spirits brand called Singani 63— Singani being the national liquor of Bolivia, and 63 being the decibel level Dan screamed at while watching them remove Gwyneth Paltrow’s scalp in Contagion... again, don’t do it. Not now! Instead watch Magic Mike and get lost in the carefree splendor of Channing Tatum’s abs. Also on the show, filmmaker and Cinema Vino host Marcos Efron pairs wine with three of Soderbergh's finest films, and Dan recounts the time he drove race cars with an unassuming, yet massively famous rockstar. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In a crisp and effervescent 180 seconds, Dan pops the cork on the origin of carbonation in wine, explains the process of producing bubbly, defines that weird indent at the bottom of a Champagne bottle, and reveals precisely how much sparkling grape juice one of the world's greatest sex symbols used to bathe in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan is joined by Seggie Isho and Steve Morgan of the wildly popular group Straight No Chaser, who ushered in the modern a cappella craze twelve years ago by releasing an unorthodox and rousing version of "The 12 Days of Christmas.” And they ain’t just singin’, they boozin... the band partnered with Nashville’s Hard Truth Distilling Co. for a signature vodka that Dan likey likeys. Also, our host unveils a boozy version of the classic poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas," reviews some new adult beverages and signs off for the year with an all-time favorite, snowy tale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan is joined by the hilarious Brad Williams, who the great Robin Williams once called “Prozac with a head.” Dan calls Brad an extremely talented motherfucker he couldn't wait to drink whiskey with... and that's just what they do, with the help of Rob Dietrich, master distiller of Blackened American Whiskey. That's a brand owned by a band you may have heard of, goes by the name Metallica. Ya, so this episode rocks, and it rocks hard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Actor Colin Donnell ("Chicago Med," "The Affair") officially signs on as the podcast's new East Coast Co-Host, joining Dan for a spirited chat with world-renowned spirits expert F. Paul Pacult, who also happens to be the master blender for a wonderful whiskey called Jacob's Pardon. As you might imagine, the guys happily imbibe Jacob's Pardon while covering an array of topics including Prohibition history, the ins and outs of whiskey production and Colin's not-so-nuanced feelings about critics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the debut of what will no doubt be a wildly successful series of "quickie" episodes, Dan devotes 180 seconds — exactly! — to the storied history of the Negroni, that beguiling combination of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. Plus, the recipe. Bada bing, bada boom! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan chats with Raj Peter Bhakta, former contestant on "The Apprentice" and founder of the iconic rye whiskey brand, WhistlePig. Raj's latest venture, BHAKTA 50, is the rarest spirit known to mankind — a blend of 8 Armagnac vintages from 50 to 152-years-old finished in Islay Scotch casks for a unique, smoky intrigue. Also, Dan reveals his official list of the Various Types of Bar and How to Navigate Them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan is joined by Mark Sansom, the Content Editor for "The World’s 50 Best Bars" — since 2009, the definitive list of the world’s finest drinking venues. They discuss the just-announced 2020 winners, and break down just what it is that makes a bar great. Also, Dan tells the story of an otherworldly (or better yet, after-worldly) bar he dreamed up where all his dead literary heroes congregate to whet their whistles. And, everything you ever needed to know about the Negroni, with Ford's Gin founder Simon Ford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the momentous occasion of this podcast's 100th episode, esteemed journalist Scott Alexander interviews Dan Dunn. Also, spirits scribe Brad Japhe joins Dan in reviewing whiskey, rum and poitin (aka Irish moonshine). Celebrate good times... come on! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan welcomes supermodel Christie Brinkley to the show to drink and talk about her popular Prosecco brand, Bellissima. Christie dishes about her early days in the modeling business, the origin of one ex-husband Billy Joel's best songs... and the time Dan turned bright red hanging out with her in Las Vegas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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