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What We're Drinking with Dan Dunn

Author: Starburns Audio, 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.

104 Episodes
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
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
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
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
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
An in-depth discussion of all things craft brewing with David Stein, the founder of Creature Comforts Brewing Co., a phenomenally successful operation based in Athens, GA. Also, we welcome a new member to the "What We're Drinking" team — Chief East Coast Correspondent: Beer Division, Cici Betsill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dan is joined by Charles Gibb, a Scotsman who heads up North American operations for Fever-Tree — the UK company behind the world’s leading premium line of mixers. They delve into the exciting history of carbonated water and tonic, the foundational components of many great cocktails. Speaking of which, Charles and Dan will learn ya' some delectable libations made with smoky ginger ale and sparkling pink grapefruit. Also, Double D offers up reviews of a pair of new whiskies and several just-released wines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dan traveled to Palm Springs with a small group of vodka experts, with the intention of conducting a comprehensive evaluation of 10 vodkas for the show. Instead, he had a run-in with the City of Palm Springs Noise Police. Yes, Dan fought the law and the law won. So instead of a comprehensive evaluation of 10 vodkas from a panel of experts, we get to hear Dan vent about the Po-po to his spiritual advisor, Scott Alexander... followed by Dan's solo reviews of five small-batch vodkas. Hey, at least it's something! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comedians and podcast stars Krystyna Hutchinson ("Guys We F#@&ed") and Justin Silver ("The Language of Dogs") join Dan for a dramatic reading of a TV pilot based on Dan's book "American Wino." They do this while drinking really good, expensive wine. Also, reviews of new whiskey and tequila. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
To celebrate the launch of Rabbit Hole's Boxergrail Founder’s Collection Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, Dan is joined by the brand's founder and whiskey maker Kaveh Zamanian. Also on the show (and drinking rye whiskey) is actor Colin Donnell of "Chicago Med," "Arrow" and Showtime's "The Affair." Colin's also an accomplished singer-songwriter, and he treats us to an acoustic performance of a track off his new album "Chaos + Cocktails." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dan tips back a few glasses of California Central Coast wine with Charles Woodson, a vintner who also happens to be one of the greatest football players in NCAA and NFL history. Woodson won a national championship and the Heisman Trophy playing defensive back at Michigan, then, over an 18 year NFL career won a Super Bowl and was named to the Pro Bowl 9 times. His wine brand is called Intercept. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dan slugs Jack Daniel's with Pili Montilla, the Emmy-winning host of "Té Para Tres con Pili Montilla." Also, a story of Tinder misadventures in Montana, and a delicious cocktail recipe from "The Nomad Cocktail Book." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Country superstar Jason Aldean drops by (via Zoom, of course) with some Wolf Moon Bourbon, his new collaboration with former WWD guests Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line. Also, Dan recounts a not-quite-deadly encounter with a hungry grizzly in Montana, plus a host of new adult beverage reviews, including two tequilas, a vodka and an expensive bottle of rye. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
With "National Vodka Day" just around the corner (October 4th), Dan calls out liquor companies on their naked attempts to goose interest and sales for no reason other than to goose interest and sales. And... let's talk about salmon- and tobacco-flavored vodkas, shall we? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dan is joined by Mr. Worldwide himself, Armando "Pitbull" Pérez, for an in-depth conversation about the international superstar's latest venture, Espanita Tequila. Also, Dan recounts the time he bought a dead, shellacked, conga-playing amphibian in a dusty Mexican border town... and reviews of some great new adult beverages. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Over a glass of cognac, Dan chats with "Million Dollar Listing LA" star Tracy Tutor about how she got her start in real estate and Hollywood. We also kick it with the legendary host of Nickelodeon's "Double Dare," Marc Summers. Plus, the story of when Dan met George Thorogood in a bar in Montecito. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dan is joined by NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and master sommelier Michael Jordan who, along with Hall of Famers Marcus Allen and Charles Haley, have partnered with Jackson Family Wines to host “Untold and Unforgettable,” a virtual “wine huddle” benefiting All Stars Helping Kids. Also, Dan rips a new bourbon a new one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feeling nostalgic, we open up the interview vault for a wine-soaked chat with superstar John Legend and rockstar vintner Jean-Charles Boisset. Also, Dan reviews Michael's Jordan's tequila, and gets real about he challenges of podcasting during a pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dan chats with acclaimed National Geographic photojournalist Pete McBride about his fantastic new documentary, "Into the Grand Canyon." Also, tips on where to get Thai food in Los Angeles from celebrity chef Jet Tila, and Dan fields questions from listeners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Six years ago this week, Dan set out on an oenophile's dream journey, visiting wineries all across America. He chronicled the journey in his 2016 book "American Wino: A Tale of Reds, Whites and One Man's Blues." In this episode, Dan catches up with one of the amazing winemakers he met along the way — Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars in Walla Walla, Washington. They talk wine, of course. And Pearl Jam. Also, a reading from the book of "Wino," and a Dan-rant about the use of the word "shaming." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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