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Crush It Wine Education

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Welcome to CrushCast from Crush It Wine Education! This is the podcast for the wine curious. Whether you're a total novice that wants to learn how to understand the often intimidating world of wine or a seasoned pro that wants to brush up on your knowledge, we’ve got you covered. Our goal with our business and this podcast is to make wine and wine education accessible, interesting, and fun! So grab a glass and join us!
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Greetings friends of CrushCast! We are bringing you a special bonus episode in lieu of our latest episode. Due to some technical hiccups, we have to delay our release by one week, so we decided to give you a sneak peek into our Patreon. In this episode, We bring you some of the wines from the past that are still singing now. Julie did some digging …
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Hello All! We have embarked on an entirely new Sipisode series all about historical wineries. Often names are thrown around in the wine world to indicate quality and refinement. But we asked ourselves why their names carry such heavy meaning. Our goal in this series is to demystify the lore and explain how their legends were made. Our first stop is…
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We are very excited to bring you an interview with a good friend and champion of Natural Wines Drew Cuddy. He shares with us his background steeped in the organic food industry that brought him into the wine world in his own unique way. With kindness and a commitment to wine and food, Drew takes us on a tour from Canada, to Italy, then California. …
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We have started off the summer with a little island hopping of our own. In this episode, we are checking out the Italian island of Sardinia and the variety of wines that are made there. We sip one of their most planted varieties Vermentino and discuss its long and short history with winemaking. We talk about Blue Zones aka places where people live …
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In our not so mini Sipisode we answer some listener and personal questions. We celebrate our 2nd anniversary by explaining some common wine questions and giving you some inside information about us. We each have a unique history and perspective on your burning wine questions and on how we formed Crush It. Along with wine all the way from the island…
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We have an extra special interview episode for you with one of our favorite humans Sunny Doench Stricker of Future Perfect. She is as bright, sparkly, and bursting with color as her wine labels. She is a lesson in positivity and how hard work and determination can bring you success. To quote Sunny, "Tiny bubbles, tiny troubles." Her philosophy is “…
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We at CrushCast are excited to bring you a bonus episode all about the Ojai Wine Festival. We take this opportunity to learn more about the Ventura County wine country, its untapped potential, and a sneak peek into the wines being made. In this episode, we are speaking with two local Ojai wineries; Side Street Winery and Majestic Oak, both of which…
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Greetings! We are celebrating our 50th episode of CrushCast with one of our favorite wine and food pairings, Champagne and Clips! We took a deep dive into our archives to pull out some of our early gems and some of our more recent laughable moments. Even though we have always had a delightful blend of education and humor, we have come very far when…
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You talked and we listened. This episode is all about how to better shop for wine. We give you a short list of tips that can help you get more value for your money and make it easier to find the wines that fit your palate. Grab a bottle of your go-to wine and join us to learn just how many possibilities there are to find wines you may not know you …
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In this episode, we talk Taylor Swift and 'Mommy Wine', sustainability, and ancient Italian wine sites. We are excited to highlight a large but possibly not as widely known wine region in California, Monterey County. We have a unique example of one of the most planted varieties there, Pinot Noir. Join us and learn how all of these things are connec…
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We at CrushCast are happy to bring you a friend and longtime winemaker from our hometown in Santa Barbara County. He brings us his authentic story of discovering what wine means to him and how it turned into a lifelong career. We have a unique twist by offering a look at high-quality Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, California. Get a glimpse into a…
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In this episode, we cover opening, storing, and pouring wine. These things may seem simple, but we go over the how and why of keeping your wine fresh and free from damage. Having a good understanding of how you keep your wine at home can save you money, time, and flavor. Grab a bottle of your favorite wine (for practice) and join us. Cheers! Suppor…
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Pinot Blanc (or Bianco) is not to be confused with Pinot Gris (Grigio), it is all its own. It is a lovely bright white wine that is produced in many countries across the world. With so many choices to highlight the grape, Julie brings you a beautiful complex example from northern Italy. Allie breaks down all of the details about Pinot Blanc and its…
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We are so excited to bring you an interview with one of our favorite Santa Barbara winemakers. She shares how she got into the wine industry and he philosophy about the wines she makes and how she organically built her own winery. We taste her amazing Gruner Veltliner and her Gamay Noir. This is all about how humbling it can be to have a winery and…
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In this Sipisode we cover our tried and true tasting tips. Whether you are an experienced learner or new to wine there is always time to learn something new or brush up on the basics. We each sip on a tasty light-bodied red to help demonstrate the 4 steps of wine tasting. With just a few tricks up your sleeve, you will be on your way to better unde…
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This week we are talking about a very important Spanish white grape, Viura aka Macabeo. Though lesser known, Viura is a principal grape in Rioja white wines, as well as an addition to traditional Rioja reds. Or maybe you know it as Macabeo in your favorite Cava. Allie brings us a fresh liter of Viura that would be welcome at any picnic. Julie gives…
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We are happy to announce the first in our series of interviews with people all over the wine world. Our goal is to give you the inside scoop on all facets of the wine industry from a diverse group of people. Liz Formica is a wine representative who has worked with wine in many parts of the industry. In addition to good taste in wine, she also has 4…
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In our newest Sipispde, we cover all the home essentials for wine storage and service. Allie kicks us off with some local bubbles, while Julie sips on a familiar Chianti. We review wine temps, storage, and the little. things you can do at home to elevate your wine experiences. We cover glassware, openers, and serving temperatures to help you have t…
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In this episode, we explore yet another one of our favorite white wines Picpoul or Piquepoul. No matter how you spell it, it is known for its mouth-watering streak of acidity. Allie fills you in on all you need to know about this unique grape and how it made its way from the south of France to the Central Coast of California. Picpoul finds its home…
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In this episode, we take a little trip to Austria. Sometimes confused with its neighboring Germany; Austria has its own unique wine culture and despite having to revamp its reputation after the 1980's it has become a leader in wine innovation and quality. Allie has brought us a lovely little red created in Austria. We both sip along as Julie fills …
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Introducing our very first CrushCast Minisode! We are going back to basics today reviewing wine grapes and wine styles. Allie has all of the info to get you started on a foundation for anyone looking to learn a little more about what they are drinking. Get ready go sip along with us! Cheers! Support the Show. CONNECT WITH US: You can follow and mes…
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We are starting 2024 by breaking down some common wine terms and techniques you may come across in any wine-tasting or wine descriptions. Knowing a little more about how the wine is made will help you discover the style of wine you prefer. Join us as we sip a wine made by Julie, especially for Crush It! Grab a glass of your current favorite wine an…
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Happy Holidays! We at CrushCast are always trying to bring you new and interesting information about how wine is celebrated around the world. Both Allie and Julie break down some wonderful Holiday and New Year Traditions. Steeped in the history of the ultimate celebration drink Champagne. We take a deep dive into the ever-confusing 'Aul Lang Singe.…
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From the largest island in the Mediterranean, and divided by the ever-erupting Mount Etna we bring you wines and crimes that are deep in the history of Sicily. Allie brings us a tasty wine made from a grape that is the backbone of Sicily viticulture. Julie explains how much Sicily has in common with Massachusetts, creepy flags, and cooking wine. We…
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If you have ever wondered what Bret is? Or what causes those 'wine diamonds' in your glass? We have got you covered. Allie gives you information on all the most common faults and flaws found in wine and what causes them. All while we sip a lovely French and unflawed wine. We finish off the pod with a little scandal and try to figure out if the Fren…
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In this episode, you get a real-time Rioja experience from Allie. Not only does she bring a classic example to the table. But, she describes her own experience walking the grounds of one of the most famous wineries in the area. Surprises abound. Julie gives you all the basics you need to navigate buying these wines and why you should include them i…
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You may or may not have heard of Lambrusco, but we think you need to get to know it a little better. We kick off the pod with Julie bringing you a beautiful example of modern-day Lambrusco. Allie takes us through the deep history of Lambrusco, and the wild admiration of it in the recent past. If you want to know about Lambrusco, we have you covered…
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Sangiovese is a wildly diverse grape that is the prominent grape in some of the most expensive wines in the world. Allie brings us a classic example of the wine, while Julie sneaks in a little Sangio surprise. We give you the nuts and bolts of what makes this grape so great. Then Allie gives a bit of Italian history that sounds straight out of the …
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We all have heard of aging wine in Stainless Steel and Oak, but what about those other ancient methods that have been brought into the modern age? In this episode, we break down how these methods resurfaced and how they are being used to make exceptional wines all while tasting a beautiful example from our own backyard. Allie gives you all the impo…
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This is an episode of love, the love of Cabernet Franc; Parent, food friend, and one hell of a tasty wine. Allie chose an awesome example from a local winery that gave the grape a redemptive chance. Julie gives you all the information on the grape and why it should always be on the table. The best part, our story outlines a man who brought us the p…
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Today we are going to take you all to the little-known wine regions throughout Mexico. Julie has a bottle of wine from one of the southernmost wine regions in the Northern Hemisphere. Allie gives us insight into the history of winemaking in Mexico that started back in the 1500s. We finish up our Pod by answering the question, "Why is it so hard to …
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Have you ever wanted to take a trip to the Basque Country? Or have you maybe never heard of it? We are breaking down all things Txakoli. This unique region is known for its beautiful seaside towns, unparalleled cuisine, and its superstar wine; Txakoli. Allie is pouring a prime example, and telling us just how it became popular in the US. Julie has …
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Biodynamic farming has been around for 100 years but was mostly theory until put into practice by the High Priestess of Biodynamic Farming Maria Thun. We have a refreshing wine from a local Santa Barbara County producer known for their biodynamic farming and winemaking. We will fill you in on what exactly this all means while going over the astrolo…
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It is summer and what better way to escape than to do a little island hopping in the Mediterranean? We are exploring the isle of Corsica also known as l'Île de Beauté, or Beautiful Island. Allie grabbed a tasty red wine from a land dominated by rosé. Julie gives you a list of (very hard to pronounce) varieties and their diverse origins. Then we tac…
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We bring to you one of our favorite summer sippers Vinho Verde, and one of the better-known wines in the US to come out of Portugal. Julie pours one of our favorites from our shop. Allie gives you all the details about how this 'green' wine region has many delicious options. We end with the legendary Kingdom of Tartessos, and the Celtic connection …
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In this episode, we are heading back to Europe and the origins of Pinot Grigio, or is it Pinot Gris? We sip a light crisp wine from a winery specializing in all things Pinot. Allie takes us through France and Italy, with a little side trip into Switzerland to find out the history and origin of the unique variety. Julie wraps up the pod with a littl…
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Hey Lovely Listeners! We thought we would give you all a sneak peek into what makes our Patreon a boozy good time. We pop bottles, talk pop culture, and dive into pretty much any story that involves wine and wine culture and this episode is no exception. As always, grab a glass of something fun and sip along with us. Cheers! Support the Show. CONNE…
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We are going to tell you all about a lesser-known winemaking method called Carbonic Maceration. It is responsible for those chillable, crushable red wines you may enjoy in the summer or all year long. Allie brought a rarely made style of wine. While Julie nerds out Carbonic wines and how they are made. We wrap it up with a history of who discovered…
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We kick off this episode with animal elected officials and some strong opinions about sparkly dessert wine. We sip a 'friendly' local favorite wine, while Allie breaks down all you need to know about Grenache and the famous regions it is from. We feature a fascinating story about Mother Vines and their interactions that sound more science-fiction t…
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In this episode, we explore our home turf in Santa Barbara County. Home to some of the most uniquely situated vineyard sites in the world. Not only that, it boasts a concentrated amount of micro-climates and an abundance of wine varieties. Allie fills you in on the history of home winemakers and their legacy. Join us as we sip a favorite wine from …
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Gewürztraminer (ga-VERTZ-trah-mee-ner) may be a mouthful in more ways than one. This brassy aromatic white wine tastes as good as it smells. We are sipping on some pretty famous Gewürz, while Allie breaks down all the details on just who has the monopoly on this lesser known variety. Julie takes us to war, talking liberation, battles, and disputed …
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Rosé one of the most diverse and historically underrated wines in America. In this episode, we give you the skinny on how rosé is made and how it has become so popular in the US over the past 15 years. Julie takes you way way back to ancient times when water was basically poison, so best to mix it with wine! So sit back relax and don't forget your …
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Oak barrels, in particular, French Oak are synonymous with winemaking, we break down the history and purpose behind this coveted wine-making vessel. Answer that "age-old" question what does it mean to age like a fine wine? All while we sip a fancy pants bottle from a local favorite Brave and Maiden. Sip back and relax, Cheers! Support the Show. CON…
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In this episode we tackle the adaptable, varied flavor profiles of the "manly" grape Syrah. We ask ourselves if Australia really exists, and Julie figures out what defines a UFO. Tune in to find out what puts the Hermit in Hermitage and toasty wine wines are from Côte-Rôtie. Want to join our upcoming Australian Wine Class? Get 3 bottles of wine and…
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Burgundy is not just a color y'all. In this episode, we explore the Burgundy or Bourgogne Region in France. Allie gives you all the details of the area and demystifies their many levels of designation. Learn what exactly Burgundy Bliss is and about various ex-pats who follow their dreams in the French countryside. Support the Show. CONNECT WITH US:…
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What do grapes, winemakers, marketing, and MLMs have in common? We do a deep dive into what it means for your wine to be defined as "Natural." We talk about one of our natural wine favs and give you all of the facts. Plus, find out what Allie discovered in her investigation of some very popularized "Clean" and "Natural" wines. Buckle your seatbelts…
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For our first bonus episode of 2023, we take on Valentine's Day. We pop open a bottle of a very affectionate red wine. Julie breaks down all you need to know about Saint Valentine, while Allie unveils the secret of why we have Saint Valentine to thank for wine as we know it today. Support the Show. CONNECT WITH US: You can follow and message us on …
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In this episode, we explore where wine aromas come from and how you can use a little bit of wine knowledge to enjoy wine more than you already do! Allie will break down the different types of aromas, while Julie throws in a little science lesson. Support the Show. CONNECT WITH US: You can follow and message us on Instagram @crushitwinesb You can al…
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In our very first episode of 2023, we are starting off with a dessert wine. Port wines are a warming and delicious way to end a meal. We give you all the tips for pairing these wines and some other home remedies. Then Julie tells you the tale of the badass woman who made Port wine for the people of Portugal. Happy New Year and Cheers! Support the S…
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We close out our first season of CrushCast with a trip to Italy! Well, we explore the very ancient Veneto Region at least. Find out what varieties are synonymous with the area, and just how long they have been making wine. Allie Pops some bubbles and explains why and how vineyards can float. Support the Show. CONNECT WITH US: You can follow and mes…
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