In the US, wine is often seen as a serious, sophisticated beverage reserved for those within the higher echelons of society who have their lives together — one to take note, swirl, and squint at as they drink. But in Europe, wine is a way of life, a daily beverage drunk like water meant to be passed around the table, and shared and complemented with good food and good friends.
Wine doesn’t have to be this serious libation that takes center stage at the dinner table. In fact, can be drunk with as much reverence as an ice-cold lemonade.
In a world where wine has been mystified by its complexities and elitism, Heidi Moore, an insurance expert by day, has embarked on a remarkable journey that defies conventions. From her roots as a farm girl to her unexpected love for wine, Moore has not only become a wine connoisseur, but has also found a unique way to share her passion with the world through the “Wine Crush Podcast.”
Wine for everyone: Breaking the elitist barrier
Beyond just being a beverage, wine has become a symbol of togetherness and joy on the “Wine Crush Podcast.” Moore believes that raising a glass of wine shouldn’t be limited to extravagant affairs, but should be a way to commemorate the small victories and moments shared with friends and family.
With her personable and down-to-earth approach, Moore aims to dispel the myths surrounding wine, showing that it’s meant to be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their wine knowledge or background. “Wine is pretty magical,” she shares.
One of the podcast’s defining features is its focus on boutique wine producers and their heartfelt stories. Moore finds joy in highlighting the underdogs of the wine industry, those smaller producers who may not have widespread recognition, but who have poured their hearts and souls into crafting exceptional wines. Through genuine conversations with winemakers, “Wine Crush” provides a unique and authentic perspective on the people and passion behind each bottle.
The podcast’s warmth and open-ended format create an inviting space for listeners to connect with the personalities of the winemakers and experience their dedication firsthand. Instead of analyzing the technical aspects of wine, Moore seeks to create a connection between the winemakers and the audience.
“I want the audience to fall in love with these winemakers, as if they’re falling in love with a beloved TV show character,” she says. “It’s important for people to realize that wine isn’t just a sophisticated beverage, but an art and passion for making something good for people to enjoy. Not many people know this, but sometimes these smaller wineries will take up to two years to see a profit. And yet, the winemakers are just as passionate and excited as ever.”
It’s not just about wine; it’s about people
When it comes to selecting guests for the “Wine Crush Podcast,” Moore’s approach is as personable as her mission. With a passion for storytelling and an eye for authentic personalities, she seeks out a diverse array of winemakers/owners who bring something unique to the table. Her criteria for the perfect guest go beyond wine expertise, as she looks for compelling backstories, vibrant personalities, and a genuine love for what they do.
Avoiding the rigidity of traditional wine discussions, the podcast steers clear of being overly serious about wine. Instead, it embraces a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, where guests can share their experiences openly. By focusing on the individuals behind the wines, listeners can form genuine connections with the winemakers, creating camaraderie beyond just appreciating their products.
For example, the enchanting couple who owns Suzor Wines found each other because of their passion for French wine (as they have a French background) and wanting to bring it to the US. Their goal is to make Greg’s French grandmother, Suzor, proud and “create wines that resonate with vivacity and authenticity.” Moore showcases their passion for each other, their family, and wine on her podcast. It is stories like these that fuel the “Wine Crush Podcast” and bring wine and winemaking to the table of casual wine enthusiasts.
In essence, Moore’s ultimate goal goes far beyond the boundaries of the “Wine Crush Podcast.” She envisions a wine world where snobbery and exclusivity are replaced by a sense of community, where the stories of winemakers are celebrated, and where wine becomes an accessible and enjoyable part of everyday life.
Through her own transformation from an insurance expert to a wine connoisseur, Moore seeks to inspire others to embrace wine with open arms and discover the magic that lies within each bottle and the people who bring it to life. Her journey, passion, and dedication continue to shape “Wine Crush” as a beacon of inclusivity and authenticity in the wine industry, offering a fresh perspective that resonates with wine enthusiasts around the world.