Episode 64: The End of the Road

by whitney & christina on June 26, 2014

On The Crush’s final show, we’ve got some BIG announcements, and are taking a walk down memory lane. We wax nostalgic by reminiscing about our most memorable wine adventures. From riding horses bareback to drinking Japanese wine in a Spanish cemetery, we reveal our favorite wine moments of all time.

“You never know if a visit with a winemaker or to a winery will end up being thrilling or a snoozefest or somewhere in between. It’s usually the latter. But, SOMETIMES and usually with every big trip I’ve taken, there’s always that one visit that defines the whole thing. The one that you’ll laugh about the next day while recounting all the crazy things that happened, daydream about a month later when you’re stuck in traffic…” From Whitney’s blog post, “A Day of Rioja with Pecina”


Where it all began in 2009. Lambrusco out of a plastic cup while on the Amalfi coast and the hilarious (we think so) video we made of that first trip.


Our new friend and future travel buddy Soren in Vienna, with Whitney and a giant schnitzel.


Christina crashing the Puglia press trip, summer 2010. For more pics and standout wines from our judging experience that week, go here and here.




Where did we go in autumn 2010? FRANCE! One of the most memorable experiences we will probably ever have was with Olivier Cousin. Whitney riding Olivier’s horse Romeo and Christina preparing to attempt ax sabering at 3am.


2011 was all about Spain (and California, see below). One of our favorite food and wine pairings ever in all of our travels: Pecina’s 1998 grand reserva with rare steak at Alameda, in the town of Fuenmayor. More on our adventure with Pedro and Mikel here.


We also got to experience the wild and puzzling, but exciting magic that is Laureano Serres and vegetal water in Terragona. “My brutal is the most brutal of all brutals.” Read more about that visit here.


So, finally Christina went to California in 2011. We gathered a group of lady friends and headed to Terroni for some orange wine (Tedeschi Pignoletto) and Milziade Antano Sagrantino di Montefalco paired with a lamb ragu pasta. Christina proclaimed it amazing, Whitney took a bow for her genius pairing work.


Christina and Whitney organized a small press trip to Germany in 2012. Highlights were a 2008 AJ Adam Dhron Hofberg Feinherb Riesling with venison, late night Braulio Amaro smuggled in from italy by Nico and Willi Shaefer’s 1976 Beerenauslese.

A great video by  Nico of the Germany trip.


Most recently, we decided to head to a destination that had nothing to do with wine – Thailand. There we drank cheap South African jug wine on the side of the road in Pai, among many other things.

Other winemakers/wineries we mention in the episode: Domaine Le Roc des Anges and Olivier Varichon of Domain Vinci both from Roussillon, France, Els Jelipins from Penedes, Spain, Lopez de Heredia from Rioja, Spain, and Gavin Chanin and Sashi Moorman both from Santa Ynez, California.



Thank you all so very much for listening along with us these past 3 years. It’s been a wild ride and we were happy to share our little piece of the wine world with you. You can continue to follow along with our adventures on Twitter/Instagram (@ubriaca and @winewchristina). Catch you on the flip side!


Episode 63: The Jolly Holiday Special

by whitney & christina on December 12, 2013

It’s that time of year! The ladies are talking holiday parties, cocktails, wine wishlists, and resolutions. Plus, their pal Carmen is splashing out for the holidays in one of the priciest and most well loved wine regions around. Finally, they chat with one of New York’s most bad ass saber-crazy somms.

Whitney interviews Patrick Cappiello, Wine Director and Managing Partner of Pearl & Ash, and creator of #sabertownUSA. He’s basically awesome in every way. Watch this video to see Patrick in action and learn how to saber some bubbly!

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Whitney and Christina think you should build a Champagne tower this holiday season. Because you can.


The ladies answer a listener question from Barbie Jean Messa about pairing wine with soup!

Wine resolutions. Do you have any? Whitney wants to perfect her Old Fashioned skills. Photo below taken by Daniel Krieger for PUNCH. Check out their amazing collection of cocktail recipes to get you inspired and stay on point.


Just some of Whitney and Christina’s favorite producers from the wine region in the spotlight on today’s episode: Clos des Vignes du Maynes, Daniel-Etienne Defaix, Alexandre Jouveaux, Alice and Olivier deMoor, Thomas Morey, Domaine Marc Colin, Pascal Lachaux, Frederic Esmonin, Domaine Roulot, Pierre-Yves Colin, Patrick Piuze, Bruno Clair, Nadine and Maurice Guerrin, Eve and Michel Rey, Robert Anoux, Domaine Dupont Tisserandot, George Descombes, Foillard, Christophe Pacalet, Julien Sunier, Lapierre, Maison PUR.


Episode 62: The Return!

October 2, 2013

The ladies are back and have a jam-packed show for you! Whitney and Christina are answering your questions, like what happens when a somm gets pregnant and how to break into the wine business. Also, their always-traveling old pal Carmen Grape-iago is back on the wine trail. Where is she this time? All that and […]

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Where in the World Whitney and Christina are

August 5, 2013

Dearest winos, We know we’ve been MIA for the past several months, so sorry about that. A lot has happened in that time! Whitney has launched a new wine accessories business, Bottle Stock. Christina has taken over the wine section at Western Australia’s main consumer magazine, Scoop. Whitney and her talented LA peeps at her […]

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Be Right Back

May 7, 2013

The Crush ladies are on a little hiatus. We haven’t forgotten you loyal listeners! We’ll be in touch again shortly. Thanks for all your support so far!

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Episode 61: The Middle Men

March 28, 2013

Find out about what Whitney drank in New Orleans and why fried green tomatoes always taste better in the South. The Crush’s old pal Carmen Grape-iago has hit the wine road once again. This time she’s in a place where comething called “renosterbos” covers the mountain slopes. Take a guess where she could be. Finally, […]

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Episode 60: Get Your Swirl On

March 14, 2013

The ladies tell you the best way to “get your swirl on” and reveal whether or not the water flushes the opposite way in Australia. Speaking of water, the underwater aging trend has re-emerged, and they ask “Why?!” Finally, Whitney blind tastes some cocktail inspired candy. See how many she gets right…and how many she […]

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Episode 59: Bladder Control

February 26, 2013

Plastic bladders and the unromantic side of wine transport. Christina gives the scoop on her favorite wines from Australia’s first natural wine fair. Plus, she has a few wine whines to get off her chest! Finally, does red Riesling exist and what wine pairs with Oreos?? Christina traveled to Sydney for Rootstock! Exporting wine in […]

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Episode 58: The Vegetarian Dilemma

February 13, 2013

Egg whites and fish bladders. Whitney and Christina are talking animals and wine and why vegetarians should drink at their own risk. In pursuit of balance, that elusive word and what it really means when it comes to wine. Finally, the ladies tell you about the cool new wine tool you need if you’re lucky […]

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Episode 57: Goon of Fortune

January 30, 2013

Carmen Grape-iago makes her valiant return and she’s in white wine country this time. Can you figure out where she is? Plus, it was Australia Day down under and those Aussies like a good drinking game. Find out their creative use for a clothesline. Finally, the Johnny Cash song about wine you never knew existed. […]

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