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Podcasts & Coffee | Fall 2017

Podcasts, Coffee, Round UpLesley PocklingtonComment
Podcasts & Coffee. The fall 2017 round up of podcasts to enjoy with coffee by Swell Made Co.

Podcasts & Coffee. The fall 2017 round up of podcasts to enjoy with coffee by Swell Made Co.

When I'm working at my desk all day, I'll admit, I'm fueled by two things. Podcasts and Coffee. Podcasts and coffee make perfect company for getting through the work day. From escaping through stories (real and fictional), catching up on current events or learning something completely new; this new blog series will round up some of my favourite podcasts. Grab your headphones and turn up the volume with me. If you have suggestions of your own, comment below. I'd LOVE to hear them. Literally.


Podcasts & Coffee. The fall 2017 round up of podcasts to enjoy with coffee by Swell Made Co.

Podcasts & Coffee. The fall 2017 round up of podcasts to enjoy with coffee by Swell Made Co.

FALL PODCAST ROUND UP

  1. The Daily by Michael Barbaro of the New York Times
    Every morning starts with this daily (5 days a week) news podcast powered by the New York Times. In twenty minutes you'll catch up on the news. This is how news should sound with only what you want to know, none of what you don't. Plus, Michael caps off each episode with a splash of gin. That's my kind of news.
     
  2. Revisionist History by Malcom Gladwell
    You've read Malcolm Gladwell's infamous books, now you can listen to his fascinating podcasts. Revisionist History seeks to explain the misunderstood. He approaches the past; whether it be a person, and event, and idea or even a song with the question of if we got it right the first time. Through facts and an insight that only Malcom Gladwell can expose, history gets a second chance.
     
  3. 99% Invisible by Roman Mars
    For design lovers like me, this will become one of your new favourite podcasts. Host Roman Mars explores the process and power of design and architecture that's often overlooked. Weekly episodes look at design in a whole new way from the history of the stethoscope to stories of architects like Frank Lloyd Wright. Roman has a dreamy voice that will captivate you from the beginning to end of every episode.
     
  4. Locked Up Abroad by Wondery
    Host Jim Clemente brings you first hand accounts of people who have lived the nightmare of being locked up in foreign countries. This immersive podcast has been adapted from National Geographic's hit TV series. Hear the riveting stories from the prisoners themselves as they have experienced being locked up (and escaping) from Istanbul to Bali.
     
  5. Casefile
    Not for the faint of heart, Casefile covers the shocking, strange and unsolved true crime stories. Fact is definitely scarier than fiction with this series. If you like true crime, you'll find this podcast fascinating as they look at well known and obscure cases. If you're not into true crime, skip this one.
     
  6. Women, Work + Worth by Mavenly & Co.
    A podcast for women by women about designing a career and lifestyle with purpose. The hosts and professionals touch on topics that are relevant to women in business with honesty, intention and meaning.

You can listen to and subscribe to all of these podcasts for free, of course. Happy listening while you work! Again, if you have any podcast suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

Netflix & Wine | Spring 2017

Wine, Round UpLesley PocklingtonComment
Netflix & Wine - Pairing your favourite shows and movies with delicious wines. By Swell Made Co.

Netflix & Wine - Pairing your favourite shows and movies with delicious wines. By Swell Made Co.

Bring on the Netflix & Wine because it's March Break! At our house anyway. That means days filled with a balance between burning off some energy and having some chill time. When the day is done and the kids are snuggled in their beds, I'll be snuggling up with a glass of wine and some of my favourite shows and movies.

If you're like me, March Break sort of snuck up this year, so I'll be flying through the aisles of my local wine shop (LCBO - where you'll find these easy drinking bottles and tasting notes) to stock up on some of these bottles below. They're all red, because winter is still here in Canada.

  1. Chef's Table - Fantini Farnese Numero Uno Primitivo, Italy

    NEW episodes of Chef's Table Season 3 launched on February 17. If you haven't binged this series already, you're in for a treat. The seasons just get better and better with stunning footage and captivating story lines, that make your jaw drop and your stomach grumble. My favourite episode will take you to Peru's many landscapes. Pair this show with Numero Uno Primitivo, because you have to be numero uno to make it as far as these chefs.

    Primitivo has a very long history that dates back to the times of the Phoenicians and has an lot in common with a more well-known grape variety called Zinfandel. Fantini' s version is an intense ruby colour with aromas and flavours of dark berries, cherry, and prune; full and soft with a harmoniously tannic finish.
     
  2. Sing Street - Flagstone Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, South Africa

    I can't resist British movies. If you love Brit humour and whimsy, you'll love Sing Street. This film takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy. While trying to adjust to his new inner-city school, he finds a glimmer of hope in a mysterious girl. With the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band's music videos. There's only one problem: he's not part of a band... yet. Pair this film with Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Spicy oak, well integrated with sweet black fruits, mint, good focus on the palate. Chunky, rich, well integrated with a light, lifted finish.
     
  3. Abstract - Southbrook Seriously Cool Red VQA, Canada

    Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life with this new series that follows a similar format to Chef's Table. As a graphic designer, I found the Paula Scher episode the most inspiring, but all episodes are equally fascinating. Pair this wine with Seriously Cool Red because these designers are cooler than you'll ever be.

    New from Southbrook is this lively red that offers aromas of mulled cherry, candied strawberry and light spice. The palate is medium-bodied and dry with medium acidity and tannins; look for flavours of black cherry, raspberry, and candied apple followed by a lightly spiced, medium length, finish. The packaging is seriously cool and comes in three colourful variations.
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  4. Love - Sandbanks French Kiss Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot VQA, Canada

    Back for another season, Love follows the not so "perfect" pair, Mickey and Gus as they go through the triumphs and tribulations of finding contentment, or love. Pair this romantic comedy with French Kiss from Sandbanks.

    Medium ruby with a garnet hue; aromas and flavours of plums, smoke and clove; dry, medium-bodied with balanced acidity and tannin.
     
  5. Where to Invade Next - Charles & Charles Red Blend Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah, USA

    Michael Moore is "back". He's been somewhat quiet the past 8 years, but with a ripe political climate under Donald Trump, he and his commentary are louder than ever. This warm up documentary follows Michael Moore as he playfully "invades" European countries to see what they have to offer in comparison to the United States. Pair this documentary with Charles & Charles Red Blend.

    Deep ruby; notes of cassis, dark chocolate and vanilla on the nose; the palate is dry and full bodied with moderate acidity and tannins; flavours of chocolate covered cherries, mocha and vanilla.

Netflix and Wine | Spring 2016

Wine, Round UpLesley PocklingtonComment
Netflix & Wine - Pairing your favourite shows and movies with delicious wines. By Swell Made Co.

Netflix & Wine - Pairing your favourite shows and movies with delicious wines. By Swell Made Co.

Our family just finished March Break. By March Break, I don't mean the adults got a break, but the kids certainly did. We juggled work with play, and relished in not having to pack lunches everyday. It was busy, but so nice to just let the kids play. No structure, no interruptions. Just good, old-fashioned play. They needed it. But... that left me feeling sluggish at the end of the day and ready to "Netflix and Wine", so here are my suggestions for you for March Break. Curl up and relax, March Break or none, these are must-see/must-sip combinations. All of these wines can be found at the LCBO if you're in Ontario. If not, many of these are available across Canada and the USA.

  1. Love + Sandbanks Love, Prince Edward County, Ontario
    A new comedy by Judd Apatow that continually weaves the lives of Gus "somewhat geeky nice guy" and Mickey "whild child and addict" as they stumble through friendship, and the insecurities of love. 

    Pair it with the aptly named and slightly sweet Love by Sandbanks. Pale salmon in colour; aromas of grapefruit, black currant and red berry fruit; medium in sweetness and body with flavours of rich red berries, slight candy note with hints of citrus.
     
  2. Cooked + Cave Spring Dry Riesling, Niagara, Ontario
    Explore food through the elements of fire, water, earth and air. You'll look at food in a new way after watching this series that deliciously urges you to reconnect with food and appreciate it's history of connecting humanity. 

    Pair it with Cave Spring's Dry Riesling that goes with anything. Pale yellow colour; fresh grapefruit and pineapple on the nose with floral notes; dry, light to medium bodied, clean, citrus flavours with refreshing acidity and a crisp; a sense of sweetness on the finish.
     
  3. Cartel Land + Cline Zinfandel, USA
    Oscar-nominated documentary, Cartel Land, gives and unprecedented look at Mexico's drug artels through two vigilante groups. This sobering and shocking film will leave you feeling confused and shaken about good and evil in a place where institutions have been broken down. 

    Pair with Cline Zinfandel. Medium ruby colour; intense ripe, raspberry and black fruit aromas with hints of earthy, spice and chocolate; dry with generous blackberry fruit flavours and a rich mouthfeel; spicy long finish.
     
  4. House of Cards Season 4 + Underwood Pinot Noir, Union Wine Company, USA
    Back for it's fourth season, House of Cards does not disappoint. Political and personal drama entices you to binge watch the season as Claire's character and role deepens even further. New characters enter and old connections return as the dynamic between Frank and Claire heightens. 

    Pair it with another aptly named wine, but no less delicious - Underwood Pinot Noir. "Underwood is fast-becoming one of Oregon’s best values in Pinot Noir. Light and pretty raspberry fruit gains mass and flavour interest with well-integrated veins of stem and earth. It’s nicely balanced and true to variety." Wine Enthusiast.
     
  5. Amy + Alto Moncayo Veraton Garnacha 2012, Spain
    Another Oscar-nominated documentary, Amy shares the story of Amy Winehouse's life and death. A complicated and tender story that tackles delicate facets of her life including family, fame and addiction; you'll appreciate the true musical genius and light Amy was. 

    Pair with Alto Moncayo Veraton Garnacha a wine that is rich and intense like Amy. Pairing a wine with this film is not intended to make light of this tragic story or the complications of addiction. With anything in life, moderation (and safety) is key. "Sweet blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, lavender, liquorice and earth notes intermixed with a touch of new oak. Stylistically, this is a modern, massively intense, rich wine that over-delivers in many ways. However, it is not for consumers looking for shy, restrained and delicate wines." Robert Parker.

What are you watching on Netflix? What are you sipping? Do tell! Enjoy these combinations, until next time.