Episode 54: The Holidaze

by whitney & christina on December 19, 2012

It’s that time of year. The time to give the gift of wine. Whitney and Christina will give you their top tips for choosing the best bottles for the ones you love. Plus, they’ll answer a listener question by comparing wine to handbags. They have more in common than you think. Finally, the ladies are feeling generous. Stay tuned for all the info on the first Crush Holiday Giveaway.

The Giveaway!

The loot: a signed copy of Eric Asimov’s book How to Love Wine, our favorite Pulltap’s corkscrew and an Ah-So cork puller.

Rules: Leave a comment right here in these show notes telling everyone what your favorite winter beverage is and leave a comment on our iTunes page proclaiming your love for The Crush ;). And if you want to get a gold star, like our Facebook page if you don’t already. Giveaway entries close December 25th. Winner announced on the next podcast episode!

Listener question! Article referenced- Matt Kramer in Wine Spectator.

Robert Parker steps down from Wine Advocate. Links to read: Talia Baiocchi’s Eater news story and her great opinion piece. Also, the lowdown from Thor Iverson and Felix Salmon.

Favorite Holiday boozy beverages with recipes: Mulled wine, Eggnog (love it or hate it?), and the Hot Toddy.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Jakub Jurkiewicz December 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm

My favourite wintr baverage is wine as it gives both wormth and sensual pleasure. I love Ports and Amarone for this time of the year.


whitney & christina December 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm



Meg December 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I’ve always been on the fence about eggnog, that is, until I tried it spiked for the first time last week! (Ya know, since I just turned 21….10 years ago.) :-X I agree with you both that while it’s much better with alcohol, (uh, isn’t everything. I mean, in moderation.) I still can’t drink much of it. It’s so filling!

Loved Christina’s mulled wine at our annual Christmas Eve bash last year! Must admit, I’m probably in the minority of upstate NYers that DON’T like mulled cider, so I was a little unsure of the whole mulled wine idea. Luckily, I was brave and gave it a chance. Now that I’ve tried it…I’m a believer!

Back when I wasn’t much of a wine drinker and blindly attempted to pick out wine as gifts, I’d pick out wine by how neat the label was! I’m sure a few people got some crap wine…but hey, at least the label was pretty. :) I’m more “educated” now. I can still pick out pretty labels, but now I’ve upgraded to yummy wine!


Julie {BananasForBourbon} December 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Don’t ask me to choose! Champagne is so darn festive. A big, structured red wine is cozy, and a roasty stout is comforting. I’ve also been getting into the High West whiskey on the cold nights. And we won’t even go into hot chocolate. Liquid chocolate? And spiced apple cider! This is not a fair question. My indecision plus a love of all quality alcoholic beverages plus a love of warm liquids (I could eat soup for every meal)…headspolode.

I think the thing that makes the difference with egg nog is the brand. The fake stuff is disgusting. Egg nog is made with eggs, cream, milk, sugar, and nutmeg. Strauss Creamery makes it with just that. A little goes a VERY long way, sure. But it’s basically just melted ice cream base, and who doesn’t like ice cream? And with Ballast Point 3 sheets rum it’s amaaaaazing!

You know what’s hard? A Christmas where giving wine isn’t an option. My sister’s husband is in recovery, so I wanted to be supportive and skip all things booze related for the holidays. Very outside my comfort zone. Thank goodness for Amazon!


Aeshna December 20, 2012 at 7:19 am

Spiced, boozy hot chocolate :)


Chris Dorado- Alvarado December 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

fav holiday drink? if I was totally forced to pick one it would glühwein from any weinachtsmarkts gives you that warm fuzzy Xmas feeling!!!


Sarah Butler December 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Hey ladies!

My favorite winter beverage is definitley something that the two of you introduced me to (via this podcast) last year– Ice Wine! (Or, Eiswein, as I cannot help but pronounce it :) I tried the Inniskillin last Christmas and felt so fancy– can’t wait to crack open a bottle again this holiday season.

Thanks so much for another wonderful year of podcasting, and a very Merry Christmas!


Tony Bennett December 20, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I certainly imbibe more malt whisky in the winter, but my consumption of Bordeaux goes up too. I expect to be reducing my stocks of Chateau Lagrange 1999 by a few bottles over the coming months, and I think I’ve got some Leoville Barton 1997 somewhere!


Ellen December 21, 2012 at 5:35 am

My favorite drink is always evolving-but something about cold weather actually makes me want to sip an ice-cold vodka martini with a decent amount of vermouth. Makes me less cold, I think, much like drinking hot tea in summer can make you less hot.


Sam Hill December 21, 2012 at 8:17 am

This Christmas I’ll be cracking into some of the special beers I’ve been saving. I have a load of US, Belgian and UK beers that I’ve been waiting for the right time to open. Now’s the time! Also have some ports/ice wines/Madeira that Are perfect for this time of year. Have a lovely Christmas everyone!


Leah Zimmerman December 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

My favorite is definitely spiced mulled wine. So festive and such a pick me up when handling the mobs of Christmas market goers. I also just got back from Torino, Italy where the hot chocolate is like soup! With a little whipped cream it’s delicious.


Iris December 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm

If I had to pick one I’d say maybe plain chai, I’m boring like that. But sometimes a splash of bourbon in my chai doesn’t hurt 😉


Leslie December 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Ahhh, too hard to choose. Red wine, or champagne or fire in the belly producing whiskey… or my dad’s bourbon sours (Christmas Day tradition).


Barbie Jean Messa December 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Dear Christina & Whitney,

You are seriously the best! Thank you so much for the super sweet shout out!! What a lovely early Christmas present. So touched! And Chritina, you are just as lovely in person as you seem in the podcast! Thank you again for taking time out of your vacation to chat and for all the advice! I really cannot say thank you enough!!

Now, on to the booze!

Mulled wine is my absolute FAVORITE holiday drink! Probably because the first time I ever had it was at NYCs Christmas Mecca (aka Rolf’s http://rolfsnyc.com/www.rolfsnyc.com/Seasons_at_Rolfs_Gallery_of_pics/Seasons_at_Rolfs_Gallery_of_pics.html)

I’ve made it at home a few times now, and in addition to all the mulling spices, I really enjoy a little pomegranate juice (and a hint of vanilla sometimes)! Yummm

My other holiday drink: a ridiculous family tradition- a punch my mom makes… Aptly named “christmas punch” as it is the only day of the year we are allowed to have it.
prosecco, sprite, rainbow sherbet, & frozen strawberries (Ill have to Instagram it… So ridiculous)

For wine: Amarone!! (Not that unique, but I love it! It is just so jolly! If Santa was Italian, I think maybe that is what he’d have… )

Anyway, thanks so much again!!
Can’t wait to hear the next podcast Jon 2013!
Happy Holidays!! Cheers!


Aubrey February 10, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Thanks for answering my question! I dig the purse analogy. I am passionate about wine; it’s just overwhelming figuring out where to start. I’m very much a novice. I want to taste as much as possible, but there are financial limitations to such an endeavor. Guess I’ll just start where I am. Thanks for the posts, love ’em.


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