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Crush The Intern Earns His Keep

Crush The Intern Earns His Keep

Crush the Intern hasn’t learned one thing about wine in his first year on our team.

Not one single thing... In fact, instead of taking an interest in his job as our unpaid helper, he’s broken multiple wine glasses, interrupted several tasting notes video recordings, and chewed up one of our microphone cords — which ended up causing us some embarrassing technical difficulties during one of our location podcast interviews.

But I think it’s safe to say that all was forgiven when Crush the Intern paved the way for us to interview the one person in the world of wine that has left both Meredith & Lou starstruck:

Karen MacNeil

Our interview with the legendary author of The Wine Bible would’ve never happened without Crush and his ability to make friends wherever he goes!

It all started late in the summer of 2021 when Crush was out for his regular morning hike. He was only six months old and still struggling to behave on the end of his leash. But after running off-leash around several of his favorite vineyards, he met a woman named JoAnn. Her instant fondness for Crush was met with mutual admiration, and even though JoAnn doesn’t have a dog, she was somehow inspired to start bringing special cookies for Crush on her morning walk— just to see his tail wag!

At first, I can only assume she thought the name Crush was derived from that happy little feeling you get when you see a puppy that charms you without even trying. But after many weekly cookie breaks, JoAnn learned that Crush was named after a podcast and wine company. One thing led to another, and JoAnn offered to introduce us to her dear friend, Karen.

Looking back on how everything unfolded, it feels pretty perfect that it was a puppy named Crush that gave us our most honoring interview so far. We always say that “wine connects people,” and it does! But it’s also the way that wine softens the heart and matches the joy a puppy can bring to your life that forges unique bonds, too, and so we must give Crush the Intern a shout out for doing his job adorably well!


To listen to our interview with Karen MacNeil, click here, or look for Major Crush Winecast, Season Five, Episode 11, The Karen MacNeil Interview wherever you listen to your favorite shows.


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