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!

by whitney & christina on 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 a TON more!

Whitney’s brand new wine accessory shop, Bottle Stock, just launched this summer! She’s offering 20% off everything (except leather goods) through Friday the 4th with discount code THECRUSH (enter at checkout.) Get on it!

Listener Julie asked about what happens when a sommelier gets pregnant. Whitney recently wrote a blog post about it and interviewed her colleague Christine.

Other listener questions: Jenny asked about her move to Portland and a career in wine and Aeshna wants to know about wine pairings for spicy Indian food and gooey chocolate cake.

Quickfire interview with Max Shapiro and Max Coane of BRK Dining.


Christina sounds off about wine competitions and how the Aussies are obsessed with them. A well written post on the subject from our buddy Doug Wregg of Les Caves de Pyrene.

 6,000 YEAR OLD WINE!!!

Whitney talks about eating and drinking out alone as a solo diner. Weird? Awesome? Do you feel the need to eat or drink differently? She recently had a table for one at the fantastic Passionfish in Pacific Grove. Shout out to the homie Janae, Wine Director and podcast listener!

Producers we love in this episode’s Where in the World is Carmen Grape-iago segment: Gaja, Vietti, Mascarello, Bruno Giacosa, Brovia, Roagna, Rocche Viberti, Cascina Disa, Paolo Manzone, Alberto Voerzio.



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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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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Episode 56: The Wine Biz

January 15, 2013

It’s a wine industry special! Listen along as the ladies take a peek at the inner workings of the wine biz. Whitney and Christina have a series of interviews with top wine industry players from around the globe and break down all the cork dork terminology you need to know to sound like an expert. Christina […]

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