In the Major Crush Winecast, co-hosts Meredith Griffin & Lou Zant seek out the best artisan wines in the California Wine Country and then sit down with the winemakers over a glass or two (or three) of their prized vintages! This podcast is meant to create an open place for exploring the world of artisan wines with an emphasis on learning and increasing an appreciation for what it takes to make a beautiful expression of aromas, colors, and flavors inside of a bottle.
Meredith Griffin is the founder of decantU - an interactive event and seminar concept that teaches people how to celebrate wine and the three dimensions of wellness: mind, body, and spirit. Meredith started her career as a college wellness instructor and sports performance coach, but her passion for wine inspired her to look for ways to help other people truly appreciate how wine and wellness mix together to create a unique sense of being. Meredith's curiosity of how wellness perfectly pairs with the wines she and Lou discover in the Major Crush podcast series creates a consistent theme in every episode. Meredith is currently working on her Diploma Level certification with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust to add to her expertise, but she is a self-proclaimed "wine geek" who believes she can always learn more about wine and how it adds color and joy to life!
The only way to accurately describe Lou Zant is to call him a serial entrepreneur with a deep love and appreciation for all things wine! Lou has a storied business background that started out in fashion, but ended up in technology, and then eventually led him to reinvent the second half of his life and career in the California Wine Country. Lou has been living and working out of Sonoma, California for the past seven years, and he has created some unique marketing and direct-to-consumer distribution concepts to help connect artisan winemakers and their vintages to the masses. Just like Meredith, Lou has earned certifications with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, and together, these two friends love to talk about and experience wines from all over the world!
Every season starts with a crush. Meredith & Lou pick wines they have been enjoying and then seek out the winemakers behind those wines to interview for the show. But they never limit their crushes. Anyone who is contributing to the wine experience is welcome on our show. Chefs, tastemakers, trendsetters, and other people who love the way wine connects us to one another are always welcome!
At Major Crush, we love wine, and our only ambition with our show is to invite others people to crush on all things wine right along with us!
If you have something to share with Mere & Lou — and more importantly, our listeners — just reach out to our producer at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a location podcast, so we record wherever we need to be. That's just how we roll! During Season Four, we upgraded to some new podcasting equipment to help improve our sound quality, but our goal from the start was to give our listeners a peek inside of the world of wine. Each season presents new opportunities to be creative, and that's the best thing about being a content-driven show!