Hello there! Welcome to The Crush with your wine-talking hosts Whitney Adams and Christina Pickard.

Whitney and Christina first met back in college in Upstate New York.  Their theater studies took them on adventures together everywhere from Russia to New York City to London, where they shared enough warm, stale beer and questionable punch to last a lifetime.  Christina moved to London and Whitney to New York and later Los Angeles. But their paths would end up leading them to the same destination: a life in the wonderful world of wine.

Follow along every week as they talk about all things vinous (and some things cocktails and beer). They chat about everything from their travels, tastings, gripes and loves, to more informative stuff like demystifying wine terminology, essential wine and food pairings, and ‘quickfire’ interviews with winemakers, sommeliers, and other major players in the wine trade. On some episodes they’ll virtually visit a famous (or obscure) wine region, via their imaginary friend Carmen Grape-iago, dropping clues throughout the episode as to where she may be, and eventually recommending their favorite wine from the region. Prepare to learn a lot, laugh a lot, and end up loving wine as much as they do.


Whitney Adams– Whitney is the lady behind the wine glass at Brunellos Have More Fun. She was raised in Lexington, Kentucky, where bourbon is king. After three months, and countless glasses of wine in Italy, her heart was filled with vino. Whitney solidified her obsession by becoming a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and working at several wine shops and Italian restaurants around Los Angeles. Whitney recently launched her wine accessories shop, Bottle Stock. Check it out! And say hello to her on Twitter, and be her pal on Facebook.

Christina Pickard– Christina hails from the Finger Lakes region of central New York, but lived in London for over 11 years. There she worked as a wine presenter for TV/media, PR, corporate, and private events, getting whisked around the country and Europe to educate people about the wonderfulness of wine. Now Christina is based in Perth, Australia where she has launched a wine school appropriately titled the School of Wine. She also writes the wine section for Scoop, Western Australia’s main lifestyle magazine, and continues to contribute to publications including Gourmet Traveller Wine, Decanter, Harpers Wine & Spirit, and Imbibe. She holds certificates (Merit and Distinction) from both the Intermediate and Advanced Wine and Spirits Educational Trust (WSET). Follow Christina’s wine adventures on her website, Wine With Christina, or say hi on Twitter or Facebook.


Contact: whitneyandchristina@gmail.com

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Travis December 28, 2011 at 3:30 am

Have you met Bryan Maletis of http://fatcork.com ? He has some really great Champagnes that he distributes exclusively. There’s a group of Champagnes he carries which are produced by women growers (3 or 4 I think), which could make for an interesting story in itself.

Cheers, Travis


whitney & christina December 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Hi Travis, I haven’t heard of him (not sure if Whitney has) but I’ll check him out. And we’re always a fan of female growers! Thanks for the heads up! -Christina


Christine June 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I love this podcast!


whitney & christina June 23, 2012 at 5:55 pm

thanks for listening Christine!! cheers!


Kate August 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I visited Domaine LA finally, which was amazing. I had a great experience.

I was thinking about wine.. which I do often, but sometimes when I am in a pinch there are a few of the more mass produced wines that I will pick up from a grocery store… some of the Mirassou wines are pretty nice, Apothic and Unruly Red which I know you can get at Bevmo are an okay buy and sometimes Whole Foods can have some good buys.. if one does find themselves at Ralphs at 11pm, do you have any wine suggestions for larger wineries that are still of good quality and have some more interesting flavors, or should I grab beer instead? :)


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