It can be a first-date necessity, when nerves and questions and vulnerabilities are at their peak. Or it can be our greatest downfall, when “just one more” turns into “one-plus-four too many.”
On today’s show, we discuss how alcohol can help or hinder early love, sharing our worst first-date sloppiness, and how it’s affected our lives (and struggles) overall. Then we’re joined by sommelier and author Diane McMartin of This Calls for a Drink: The Best Wines and Beers to Pair with Every Situation (Workman, 2016). How does she go about pairing wine with heartbreak? Beer with Netflix? What are the big don’ts she sees first date couples making when they place their beverage order? And what has drinking for a living taught her about love?
About Diane McMartin
Diane McMartin is a Certified Sommelier and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America’s Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program. She also works in wine retail as a buyer, consultant, and teacher, helping customers wade through the endless sea of bad Chardonnay in the world. She lives in Washington D.C. Find her on
About the Book
Ever wonder what’s the best wine to pair with a blind date? A bad break up? A job promotion? Facebook stalking? Family gatherings? Times have changed and rather than worrying about finding the perfect Cabernet to pair with an exquisitely dry-aged steak, today’s modern woman is much more concerned about what bottle to uncork while she binges on popcorn and Netflix. THIS CALLS FOR A DRINK: The Best Wines and Beers to Pair with Every Situation (Workman, June 2016) by Diane McMartin, a 30-something graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, offers a truly unique approach to pairing, matching wines and beers to the significant (and not-so-significant) events life throws your way – including dating, work, holidays, weddings, music festivals, and baby showers. A full-bodied guide, the book also offers tips and primers on all wine and beer related topics, such as tasting, buying, and serving; profiles of grape varieties; and insight into topics like hops and wood-aging.
All photos courtesy of Workman Publishing