Rank #1: The Wine Biz
Episode 56: 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 industry players around the globe and break down all the cork dork terminology you need to know to sound like an expert.
Jan 15 2013
Rank #2: Bladder Control
Episode 59: Coming up on today's show...Plastic bladders and the unromantic side of wine transport. Christina gives the scoop on her favorite wines from Roostock, 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??
Feb 26 2013
Rank #3: The Vegetarian Dilemma
Episode 58: 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 enough to have a cellar full of old bottles.
Feb 13 2013
Rank #4: Goon of Fortune
Episode 57: 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. All that and more, coming up!
Jan 30 2013
Rank #5: Wine Resolutions
Episode 55: It's a new year and the ladies have some wine resolutions to try and stick to. Plus, their favorite holiday wines and how Christina got drunk with her mom. Finally, the winner of the first ever Crush Giveaway is announced!
Jan 01 2013
Rank #6: The Holidaze
Episode 54: 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!
Dec 19 2012
Rank #7: Farewell London
Episode 53: It's Christina's farewell love letter to London. She'll be debunking the misconceptions of London's most outdated food stereotypes by sharing the restaurants and wine bars she's come to love. Finally, the ladies will break down the mystery of AOC's, DOC'S, and IGT's. Do those three letters on a label equal better wine?
Dec 05 2012
Rank #8: Pilgrims Drink Too
Episode 52: Thanksgiving is upon us, and with it, an onslaught of wine recommendations. Whitney and Christina cut through all the noise and get down to the basics by telling you what will be gracing their tables this Thursday. What interesting feminine item has a UK chef been experimenting with? You'll never guess. Finally, does bad wine taste better at 20,000 feet? The ladies expore what happens to your taste buds up in the air.
Nov 20 2012
Rank #9: The Golden Girls
Episode 51: The ladies are talking old stuff. What happens when a wine ages? And what wine should you be putting in your cellar to forget about? They'll tell you.
Nov 06 2012
Rank #10: Presidential Tipples
Episode 50: It's the 50th episode of The Crush and it is getting presidential up in here! Is the way you lean politically also the way you lean when it comes to your drink choices? Finally, the ladies explore the awesome question, "Are presidents that drink better presidents?"
Oct 22 2012
Rank #11: Sucking on Stones
Episode 49: The ladies are talking taste- what does it mean to you, how do we describe it and what's up with minerality in wine? Christina chats with wine writer Talia Baiocchi about why flowery tasting notes fall flat. Finally, what happens when two drunk men run loose in an Australian Sea World? All that and more, coming up!
Oct 02 2012
Rank #12: Eins Zwei Dry
Episode 48: Christina and Whitney have just returned from their amazing German wine adventure and have a lot of über interesting info to share! They are talking things like red slate spiciness, the "Margarita Effect", crazy steep vineyards and doppelstücks. Finally, find out why they dubbed their travel group the Ausfahrt Gang.
Sep 21 2012
Rank #13: Bubbles & Brollies
Episode 47: Carmen Grape-iago is back out in the wine world! Find out what unusual and unlikely region she's exploring. And rosé lovers beware! Whitney and Christina will tell you why you may not be drinking your favorite pink next summer. Finally, Spain's most famous restaurant has sadly closed it's doors but are opening the doors of their wine cellar for one big, amazing sale.
Sep 04 2012
Rank #14: Fat & Skinny
Episode 46: The Olympics have come to an end! Find out what extravagant drinks the medalists were indulging in post-games. And the ladies give you the skinny on low-calorie wines by putting them to the test. They reveal how they're made and if they're worth the taste sacrifice. Finally, in the name of research, Christina and Whitney indulge in a chocolate and wine pairing experiment. Find out which ones are a hit and which are a big fat miss.
Aug 21 2012
Rank #15: Beers & Burps
Episode 45:The ladies are taking a detour from the wine trail and talking all things BEER. Find out what words like cicerone and wort really mean. Finally, they've got a special guest on the show that's been drinking beer so long, he was once able to spend only 25 cents for a pint! All that and a whole lot more.
Aug 07 2012
Rank #16: The Price is Right?
Episode 44: It's a super special episode today, dedicated to the dollars and cents of wine. The ladies are discussing why wine costs what it does and how much you should spend to get the best bang for your buck. Plus- Whitney chats with a California producer who gives us the scoop on winemaking costs from an insider's perspective. Finally, how much would you spend on a round of drinks for your friends? Find out how much cash one 23-year-old dropped on a night in Liverpool.
Jul 25 2012
Rank #17: Wine-derwear
Episode 43: Someone decided that a wine bottle looked a little too naked. Find out his rather interesting solution for this problem! And Christina talks with a Spanish wine expert who reveals which hidden gems of Spain you should be drinking and what he'd pair with...churros. Finally, wine snobs unite! Why the ladies are card carrying members of the snob club and hope you will be too.
Jul 11 2012
Rank #18: Red, White & PINK!
Episode 42: The ladies are thinking and drinking PINK. Rose 101! They break it down for you and tell you what you should fill your glass with this summer. Also, the quirky habit of watering down wine- is it a do or a big fat don't? Finally, wine fashion: is there ever a time you should wear it instead of drink it? An investigation is underway.
Jun 27 2012
Rank #19: Bedroom Tipples
Episode 41: Everyone's favorite wine-loving duo- Miles and Jack- are back at it again, this time performing live. The ladies give you the lowdown. Also, will wine writers ever make enough moolah to buy the wines they love? Probably not. Finally, America's most famous sex therapist unveils what she believes to be your best friend in the bedroom. And it's only 6% alcohol.
Jun 13 2012
Rank #20: Voodoo Vines & Summer Wines
Episode 40: Summer has officially begun! Find out what Whitney and Christina will be cracking open poolside. Italian wine expert Jeremy Parzen reveals his summertime house wine this year...and it's not Italian! Finally, Whitney chats moon cycles and cow horns with Oregon author Katherine Cole.
May 31 2012