Sinopsis

Major Crush is the wine podcast about the perfect kind of love affair with all things wine… A crush isn’t hot and heavy, and, we’re not talking about being on the hunt for a “type” or a “fantasy” found inside a bottle. We’re simply talking about the joy of flirting with and experiencing the most delicious wines this world has to offer. There’s no big commitment when it comes to a crush, and that’s what makes a wine podcast called Major Crush so much fun!

Episodios

  • Major Crush Summer Series

    Major Crush Summer Series

    11/06/2020 Duración: 01min

    The Major Crush Summer Series starts this month! So get yourself ready to have a summer crush — on all things wine!!

  • Major Crush Season 2 / Ep: 14 Season Recap

    Major Crush Season 2 / Ep: 14 Season Recap

    30/04/2020 Duración: 21min

    It's shocking to us that we've just finished our second season of the Major Crush Podcast! But it's true, and this season was so much fun! In this final episode of the season, Meredith and Lou reminisce about all of the great people they met and recall all of the great topics they unpacked together. If you haven't listened to this season of Major Crush, this episode might be a fun way to get started -- because it gives you a glimpse into the season while wetting your whistle for more! CONTACT US: If you have questions or comments for Meredith and Lou, and you're listening on the Anchor App, you can send them to us directly. If you're listening to this podcast on any other platform, and you want to reach out, you can email us at majorcrushpodcast@gmail.com  // Follow us on Instagram: @majorcrushwinecast. // Be sure to check out the entire first season of Major Crush on Spotify, or wherever you access your favorite podcasts! We will be back for Season 3 of Major Crush before you know it, so keep in touch on so

  • Major Crush S2/Ep 13: The Jesse Katz Interview

    Major Crush S2/Ep 13: The Jesse Katz Interview

    23/04/2020 Duración: 50min

    It was such a huge pleasure to be able to spend time with one of the most notable young winemakers Meredith & Lou have ever interviewed: Jesse Katz. His resume reads like someone who should be much older than 36, and his wines are so spectacular that it's only reasonable to assume this man is truly gifted. In this interview, Meredith and Lou are two of the first people to do a tasting with Jesse in his brand new tasting facility which is perfectly situated in a spot where three famed Sonoma County AVAs come together: Russian River, Dry Creek & Chalk Hill. Jesse's honest passion for Sonoma County comes through in this interview, and his wines were more than just a little "crush-worthy!"  LISTENER NOTE: The new Aperture Tasting Room will be open as soon as it's safe for people to come back to the Wine Country, so please check out the website (www.aperature-cellars.com) for updates and to purchase wines from their collection. CONTACT US: If you have questions or comments for Meredith and Lou, and you're

  • Major Crush Season 2/Ep 12: The Wine Snob* Interview

    Major Crush Season 2/Ep 12: The Wine Snob* Interview

    09/04/2020 Duración: 56min

    If the name of this episode makes you wonder if Meredith & Lou have suddenly gone pretentious on you, well...think again! There's absolutely nothing snobby or unapproachable about Lindsey Blanchard & Ryan Kuhlmann — the husband and wife duo behind  Wine Snob*! In this charming installment of Major Crush, you're going to get to meet two of the most sincere people who truly love wine and the journey it is taking them on. For two lawyers who have just started their own label, Lindsey & Ryan have an authentic talent for knowing how to make wines that are delicious, easy to drink, and so much fun to talk about! In this episode, Meredith, and our producer, Sonja Zant, give Lindsey & Ryan the chance to tell their story and present their wines in the most delightful way. The inspired pairings and the freshness of their wines make this one of the sweetest episodes of the season! Featured Wines & Pairings: Wine Snob* 2016 Chardonnay — paired with cheddar cheese popcorn // Wine Snob* 2015 Tempranillo

  • Season 2/ Ep 11: Meet the Foppoli Brothers

    Season 2/ Ep 11: Meet the Foppoli Brothers

    02/04/2020 Duración: 01h03min

    VIRTUAL TASTING ALERT: You are invited to a Major Crush Zoom webinar! When: Apr 3, 2020, 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: A Virtual Wine Tasting at Christopher Creek Winery / Hosted by Lou Zant & Meredith Griffin and Joe & Dominic Foppoli Register in advance for this webinar: https://us04web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GnmRxqHHQUyjt1JhkJ2HBA **After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.** EPISODE SHOW NOTES: It's our second trip out to Christopher Creek Winery, and while this episode of Major Crush is still all about wine, it's also about so much more than that. It's about family...and heritage and discovering the stories and the legacy of one family inside of a bottle. We had so much fun spending a sunny afternoon with Joe Foppoli and his brother, Dominic. Dominic takes the lead in this interview and spills a few family secrets (which could also be classified as "Family Blackmail") and takes us on a virtual journey to visit t

  • Major Crush Season 2/Ep 11: BONUS

    Major Crush Season 2/Ep 11: BONUS

    02/04/2020 Duración: 06min

    In this Bonus episode of Major Crush, Dominic & Joe Foppoli, owners of Christopher Creek Winery, talk about the 2019 fires. As the mayor of the Wine Country city of Windsor, Dominic's experience during that harrowing time is truly something, but his love for his family, his community, and the wines Christopher Creek Winery can share with others makes this sidebar episode so worth the listen! CONTACT US: If you have questions or comments for Meredith and Lou, and you're listening on the Anchor App, you can send them to us directly. If you're listening to this podcast on any other platform, and you want to reach out, you can email us at majorcrushpodcast@gmail.com  // Follow us on Instagram: @majorcrushwinecast. // Be sure to check out the entire first season of Major Crush on Spotify, or wherever you access your favorite podcasts! Episodes of Season Two drop every Thursday.

  • Major Crush Season 2/Ep 10: Mixing It Up

    Major Crush Season 2/Ep 10: Mixing It Up

    26/03/2020 Duración: 41min

    Welcome to a one-on-one chat between Meredith and Lou about wine varietals that are making a comeback in the US. Throughout the season so far, many of the winemakers we've interviewed are showcasing wines that are not so typical. Wines like Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec -- three wines that Meredith and Lou are absolutely loving, but perhaps people don't know all that much about. So sit back and have a listen as we explore these "come-back" wines that give you something new and exciting to taste, and ultimately, help you mix things up a little! CONTACT US: If you have questions or comments for Meredith and Lou, and you're listening on the Anchor App, you can send them to us directly. If you're listening to this podcast on any other platform, and you want to reach out, you can email us at majorcrushpodcast@gmail.com  // Follow us on Instagram: @majorcrushwinecast. // Be sure to check out the entire first season of Major Crush on Spotify, or wherever you access your favorite podcasts! Episodes of Seas

  • Major Crush Season 2/Ep 9: 750 Wines

    Major Crush Season 2/Ep 9: 750 Wines

    19/03/2020 Duración: 32min

    Meredith and Lou have this amazing friend named Monica Stevens. She and her husband, David, own 750 Wines -- a totally unique tasting studio located in St. Helena, CA. As you'll discover in this episode, when Monica curates a tasting for her guests, her attention to detail and her authentic desire to pick the perfect wines for her guests creates this extraordinary Wine Country experience very few people know how to orchestrate! As Meredith and Lou interview Monica in this podcast, it becomes apparent right away that the way people come together over a glass of wine brings out the best in all of us, and when we are our best, we often "do our best," too!  As promised in the episode, we've added some specific details to our show notes for you below: Monica's Crush-Worthy Wines (for today, at least!): In the interview, Monica Stevens mentions two grape varietals making a comeback these days: Grenache and Cabernet Franc. But she even goes a step further to mention some specific labels that she's really crushing on

  • Major Crush Season 2/Ep 8: Feature Interview with Author Frances Dinkelspiel

    Major Crush Season 2/Ep 8: Feature Interview with Author Frances Dinkelspiel

    12/03/2020 Duración: 42min

    When host, Lou Zant, first moved to the California Wine Country, he came across a book called, Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California. Lou absolutely devoured the book because Frances Dinkelspiel is a marvelous storyteller, but also, this book mixes the history of winemaking in California — and, one of the most outrageous wine crimes ever — with a very personal quest to find out if the loss of a priceless family heirloom can ever be truly reconciled. Then, after Meredith Griffin read the book, it was obvious that these two were going to need to talk about it with their listeners! And when Frances accepted our invitation to be on the Major Crush Podcast, it felt like one of the most incredible "gets" we've had so far!  If you're looking for a book to immerse yourself in, or, if you are in a book club and searching for a story that will pair well with friends and the perfect glass of wine, Tangled Vines (https://francesdinkelspiel.com/) IS the book for you! W

  • Major Crush Season 2/Full Length Ep 7: Wine Club Culture

    Major Crush Season 2/Full Length Ep 7: Wine Club Culture

    05/03/2020 Duración: 20min

    To join or not to join...?? That is the question of the day when people come out to the Wine Country! The whole "wine club culture" is actually pretty awesome, and the benefits to the winemaker and the wine drinker are mutually important. But since nearly every winemaker interview Meredith and Lou have done in Season 1 and Season 2 features a brand of wine you can't find on a shelf in a local wine shop or supermarket outside of Napa or Sonoma, we've been getting a lot of questions about the concept of joining a club to access these wines. So Meredith and Lou decided it would be good to take a time out to discuss this topic for their listeners. So we hope this episode is useful to you as you start to dive deeper into the world of artisan and boutique wines.  By the way: Keep your questions coming because we're listening! We love hearing from our listeners and learning more about the topics, thoughts, and questions you have about wine. So ping us any time! You're such a huge part of the reason we do this podcas

  • Major Crush Season 2/Feature Interview Ep 6: Pech Merle Winery

    Major Crush Season 2/Feature Interview Ep 6: Pech Merle Winery

    27/02/2020 Duración: 44min

    You gotta love a winery that leads with love and devotion, right? Well... Let's just say that's how things worked out for Meredith and Lou when they sat down to interview Bruce Lawton, owner of Pech Merle Winery. The attention to detail when it comes to how winemaker, John Pepe, approaches every wine he makes for Pech Merle starts in the vineyard and ends up in your glass.  Like most of the winemakers and wineries featured in the Major Crush podcast, you can't get these wines in your local stores, and for the most part, you have to be a part of the club to access the very best vintages. But after you listen to this interview, be sure to check out the Pech Merle website (https://www.pechmerlewinery.com/) for more information, and, if you find yourself in Sonoma County California, it's absolutely worth the trip to Geyserville to spend a little time with "Jenna" and Bruce at the totally hip and unique Pech Merle Tasting Lounge! CONTACT US: If you have questions or comments for Meredith and Lou, and you're listen

  • Major Crush Season 2/Feature Interview Ep 5: Waugh Family Wines

    Major Crush Season 2/Feature Interview Ep 5: Waugh Family Wines

    20/02/2020 Duración: 55min

    The real world of wine is full of some truly incredible people, but two of the very best are Ryan and Crystal Waugh of Waugh Family Wines. Meredith has a very personal connection to this couple and their famous wine club, and so it was really important to her and to Lou to introduce all of our Major Crush podcast listeners to this very unique winery. Waugh wines are only distributed Direct to Consumer, so you will definitely want to check out their website to learn more about their VERY unique wine club, and to find out how you can partake in one of their super inclusive wine events scheduled for some time this coming November. But there is so much to love about Crystal and Ryan -- and we can't wait for you to become friends of the Waughs! (For more information, visit www.waughfamilywines.com) CONTACT US: If you have questions or comments for Meredith and Lou, and you're listening on the Anchor App, you can send them to us directly. If you're listening to this podcast on any other platform, and you want to re

  • Major Crush Season 2/Ep 5: Waugh Family Relief Wines Bonus

    Major Crush Season 2/Ep 5: Waugh Family Relief Wines Bonus

    20/02/2020 Duración: 14min

    As you may have already noticed in the feature interview with Ryan and Crystal Waugh, this winemaking family is all about connecting to others -- and that even means helping others in need. In this special bonus episode, Ryan and Crystal tell Meredith and Lou about their incredibly beautiful charity wine program called Relief Wines. The way the Waugh's set up this charity ensures that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the Relief Wine labels go directly to the charities they have designated. You won't want to miss this extra time with Crystal and Ryan. To find out how to order from this collection of award-winning wines, be sure to visit their website (www.reliefwines.com). CONTACT US: If you have questions or comments for Meredith and Lou, and you're listening on the Anchor App, you can send them to us directly. If you're listening to this podcast on any other platform, and you want to reach out, you can email us at majorcrushpodcast@gmail.com  // Follow us on Instagram: @majorcrushwinecast. // Be sure to

  • Major Crush Season 2/Full Length Ep 4: Valentines Day

    Major Crush Season 2/Full Length Ep 4: Valentine's Day

    13/02/2020 Duración: 20min

    Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! In this episode of Major Crush, Lou and Meredith talk about wine and love. There's just something about the way a bottle of wine connects people -- no matter how you'll be spending time together on this special day! As promised in the episode, we've added a couple of varietal picks to help you zero in on some "sure things" to share with someone special this year!  Lou's Picks: If you're spending a cozy evening in, and you really want a red wine that pairs well with just about every yummy food you can think of, Lou's top pick is a Zinfandel. They call Zinfandel "the winemaker's wine" because it is so food-friendly, and it expresses so many things to so many people in every sip. If you're up for trying a Zin, you don't have to spend a lot to get a good one. Right now, 2013 and 2014 California Zinfandels are drinking pretty darn well, so if you're dining out this year, keep an eye out for Zinfandels of those vintages. And one more tip: One of Lou's all-time favorite Zin

  • Major Crush Season 2/Feature Interview Ep 3: Christopher Creek Winery

    Major Crush Season 2/Feature Interview Ep 3: Christopher Creek Winery

    06/02/2020 Duración: 44min

    It's the first winemaker interview of the new season, and boy this one is good! In this episode, Meredith and Lou interview Joe Foppoli, one of the owners of this family-run winery in the Russian River AVA of Sonoma County. Joe's Italian heritage and passion for family and wine make this one of the most personal interviews Meredith and Lou have ever done.  Most of the wines that Meredith and Lou tasted in this episode are pretty exclusive, and all of the wines offered by Christopher Creek are sold directly to their wine club members. But if you happen to be in the California Wine Country, you really need to stop in to meet Joe and his family - you'll have an unforgettable experience! Be sure to check out their website: www.christophercreek.com CONTACT US: If you have questions or comments for Meredith and Lou, and you're listening on the Anchor App, you can send them to us directly. If you're listening to this podcast on any other platform, and you want to reach out, you can email us at majorcrushpodcast@gmai

  • Major Crush Season 2/Ep 3: Christopher Creek Winery Bonus One

    Major Crush Season 2/Ep 3: Christopher Creek Winery Bonus One

    06/02/2020 Duración: 11min

    We had to create a couple of bonus podcasts to go along with the Christopher Creek Winey episode of Major Crush because Meredith and Lou couldn't stop talking about the wines they tasted!  There's just something about a well-made wine that pulls you in deeper, and when it comes to wines Joe Foppoli shared with us, Meredith and Lou still had more to say!  Be sure to check out the winery website to discover their collection of wines. // www.christophercreek.com //  CONTACT US: If you have questions or comments for Meredith and Lou, and you're listening on the Anchor App, you can send them to us directly. If you're listening to this podcast on any other platform, and you want to reach out, you can email us at majorcrushpodcast@gmail.com  // Follow us on Instagram: @majorcrushwinecast. // Be sure to check out the entire first season of Major Crush on Spotify, or wherever you access your favorite podcasts! Episodes of Season Two drop every Thursday.

  • Major Crush Season 2/Ep 3: Christopher Creek Winery Bonus 2

    Major Crush Season 2/Ep 3: Christopher Creek Winery Bonus 2

    06/02/2020 Duración: 05min

    One of the many things that make Christopher Creek Winery such a standout in the world of wine is their commitment to charity and giving back. In this bonus episode, Meredith, Lou, and Christopher Creek's owner, Joe Foppoli, talk about how wine and philanthropy go hand-in-hand while sipping on a beautiful Malbec under the winery's Benevolo label. Be sure to visit www.christophercreek.com to learn all about their wines and their truly amazing family! CONTACT US: If you have questions or comments for Meredith and Lou, and you're listening on the Anchor App, you can send them to us directly. If you're listening to this podcast on any other platform, and you want to reach out, you can email us at majorcrushpodcast@gmail.com  // Follow us on Instagram: @majorcrushwinecast. // Be sure to check out the entire first season of Major Crush on Spotify, or wherever you access your favorite podcasts! Episodes of Season Two drop every Thursday.

  • Major Crush Season 2/Full Length Episode 2: Debunking Wine Myths

    Major Crush Season 2/Full Length Episode 2: Debunking Wine Myths

    30/01/2020 Duración: 41min

    Sometimes people overcomplicate the world of wine, and along with these overcomplications come some very useless myths. For Meredith and Lou, wine should always be fun, but getting hung up on the details often keeps people from freely enjoying and experiencing everything a great wine has to offer. So in this episode, these two wine geeks debunk some of the most common misconceptions. CONTACT US: If you have questions or comments for Meredith and Lou, and you're listening on the Anchor App, you can send them to us directly. If you're listening to this podcast on any other platform, and you want to reach out, you can email us at majorcrushpodcast@gmail.com  // Follow us on Instagram: @majorcrushwinecast. // Be sure to check out the entire first season of Major Crush on Spotify, or wherever you access your favorite podcasts! Episodes of Season Two drop every Thursday.

  • Major Crush Season 2/Full Length Episode 1: ABC - Anything but Chard

    Major Crush Season 2/Full Length Episode 1: ABC - Anything but Chard

    23/01/2020 Duración: 33min

    There's a pretty common saying in the California Wine Country called "ABC" -- Anything But Chard. People got a little burned out on the buttery Chardonnays that started to come out of Napa in particular, and wine drinkers seem to have long memories! But things have changed a lot over the years, and so in this episode, Meredith and Lou want to explore Chardonnays with listeners in a different way, and, they also want to help wine drinkers who think Cab is the only "C" word in the wine alphabet that's worth tasting!  NOTES: If you want to explore Chard's but you're sure the buttery ones aren't working for you, Meredith and Lou suggested that you explore the newer trends in the CA Wine Country where winemakers are fermenting in steel, concrete, and 50/50 or Zero malolactic fermentation! It's amazing how this winemaking techniques are reintroducing wine drinkers to the best qualities in such a classic varietal like Chardonnay. Also, it might be fun for you to enjoy exploring Chards from other countries - like New

  • Season Two Trailer

    Season Two Trailer

    15/01/2020 Duración: 02min

    It's time for another season of Major Crush, and we're excited to be back! This season we're letting the experiences take us where we need to go, so we hope you'll join us! CONTACT US: If you have questions or comments for Meredith and Lou, and you're listening on the Anchor App, you can send them to us directly. If you're listening to this podcast on any other platform, and you want to reach out, you can email us at majorcrushpodcast@gmail.com  // Follow us on Instagram: @majorcrushwinecast. // Be sure to check out the entire first season of Major Crush on Spotify, or wherever you access your favorite podcasts! Episodes of Season Two drop every Thursday.

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