The universe really did not want me to write this review. I have been trying for a minute now to crank it out, and man, it just wasn’t having it. But here it is! Language warning, and sorry for the wait.
I don’t really like wine, but I really love strong, independent women who can drink it while coherently talking about some really terrible topics. This is a pretty common trend for my podcast queue, but nobody stands out quite like the ladies from Wine & Crime. Yep, the three friends who chug wine, chat true crime, and unleash their worst Minnesotan accents (awful, but also incredibly endearing. Amanda’s accent gives me life).
See, the thing about Wine & Crime that sets them apart from other true crime podcasts – and even other TC pods in my queue – is the fact that these ladies honest to god do not give a single solitary fuck. And what I mean is that they’re going to sit down, hit you with the facts, and call it like they see it. They are blunt with how they each deliver information.
I’m definitely getting ahead of myself, excuse me.
I began listening to Wine & Crime when they released episode six, a small little topic known as Munchausen’s Syndrome. At this time, I had been reading article after article and listening to several podcasts surrounding the case of Dee Dee & Gypsy Rose Blancharde. I was fascinated by this case, and then the psychology behind Munchausen’s Syndrome (and the “by proxy” aspect) so when I stumbled across this episode, of course I had to listen.
And I’ll be honest – at first, I didn’t know how to feel about this podcast. I had just started listening to podcasts (and up to this point, only podcasts hosted by men), so it was very different (read: empowering) to stumble across a podcast where three very strong, very smart women were openly discussing the fucked up things that also fascinated me.
Let me walk you through the typical format for their pod real quick.
You’re going to start with a disclaimer that perfectly highlights Amanda’s accent. A quick warning that these are some fucked up things you’re about to hear, and listener discretion is advised. Heed that warning before turning on the cannibalism episode, definitely.
Cue the little theme music, which perfectly sets up the quirky but creepy atmosphere of the show, and then roll in to the famous intro.
“Welcome to Wine & Crime, where three friends chug wine, chat true crime, and unleash their worst Minnesotan accents.”
I find myself quoting this several times a day, which can be problematic for several reasons.
- This is not my podcast.
- I don’t even have three friends.
- I’m not a fan of wine and
- My accent is Alabamian, not Minnesotan
But it’s just so damn catchy, and that’s how you know you’re doing something right – you’ve got a tagline that is easily memorable and repeatable. Then again, a lot of the things these women say are pretty damn quotable. More on that in a moment.
After a few moments of quick little quips and anecdotes, and the introduction of our topic, Amanda pops in with our choice of wine for the week. Now, there is something incredibly impressive about Amanda’s knowledge of wine and her ability to pair it with these (sometimes incredibly disturbing) topics. She goes in to detail the history of the wine, where it originates, and goes in to detail about flavor – the high and low notes, earthy vs. fruity tones, and why she picked this wine to go with that topic.
And then she hits us with one of two “pretty damn quotable” phrases, depending on whether the wine is a twist-off or standard cork: “Nice pop!” or “Nice crack!” (Throw in a “mommy fuckin’ likey” & “fucking patriarchy” every now and then and you’ve got the grand trifecta of a quotable episode).
After the history and reasoning for the choice of wine, it’s time to dive in to the nitty gritty. Lucy delivers a lot of detailed and accurate information on the topic – the psychology, statistics, popular examples, and what exactly does that mean? explanations. Through this delivery of information, Amanda and Kenyon will ask questions that I also have and am just too lazy to Google. And let me tell you, some of this information is downright terrifying. The psychos & socios episode personally freaked me the fuck out. No thank you.
After Lucy provides the background information, our girls jump in to their stories – real examples of these crimes and scenarios that, yes, actually happened. Each one of these women tells their story in their own goofy way, but still show respect to the victim(s) and their families when applicable. One of my favorite things about this podcast is how interactive they are with each other. They truly are three friends who like to sit down and discuss this stuff, which is part of what makes it so entertaining for the listeners. Between the three of them, all of the bases are covered. You’re going to leave knowing far more about this topic than you ever wanted to, and in this case that is a good thing.
These topics can be incredibly heavy, disturbing, and in some cases downright terrifying – these ladies manage to keep it light and airy. Not so much in a blase, nonchalant way; like I said, they still show respect to victims and their families. They are moreso accepting the situations for what they are, with the knowledge that the past can’t be changed. They use humor to cope with how terrible the world can be – which is one of the healthier ways to deal – but still manage to be informative and appropriate in the delivery of these stories. This podcast usually runs about an hour and a half long, so you are getting a great deal of information and entertainment per episode.
You’ve got three very similar but very unique hosts, all which offer their own special flair to this show. The three of them together are an unstoppable force of humor and a goldmine of information. The ladies are very interactive with their listeners on the podcast’s social media pages, as well as their own individual twitters, all of which I will link below.
These ladies have 603 – yes, six hundred and three, you read that right – on iTunes. They have a perfect 5-star rating overall. I imagine the only people who wouldn’t like these ladies are people like Alan, which you will learn about when you listen to episode 25, by far the hardest I’ve laughed in a long time.
Wine & Crime is one of the first podcasts that I’ve classified into my “OG Pods” group – a list of about ten or so podcasts that truly are the reason why I am passionate about listening, promoting, and reviewing podcasts. I’m so thankful that I’ve gotten to be here for as long as I have been, and that I’ve been able to love and interact with these ladies as much as I have. The three of these women are strong, amazing, brilliant women who are the embodiment of strength in my head, and they inspire me far more than I can explain.
Go ahead and give this podcast a chance, even if you’re weird like me and don’t like wine. You’ll laugh, cringe, and probably become a hardcore feminist when you listen. It’s totally worth it.
Also, fun story, I went to the doctor Wednesday morning with a brutal case of bronchitis. While I was there, I heard the receptionist at the front desk listening to Wine & Crime, which was awesome! We struck up an awesome conversation about the pod. All was fine. However all was not fine when the receptionist ended up also being the nurse that gave me several shots in my butt. I’m not dead, thankfully, but I still was having some pretty serious Angels of Death thoughts that had me spooked. I’m all cool with being into morbid topics until you’re stabbing strange substances into my body. That’s just me.
So Amanda, Kenyon, and Lucy – keep up the great work and the great humor! Thank you guys for being consistent and all around amazing. You guys are great and deserve all the great things!
As a quick side note, I want to extend a huge thank you to all of you who are reading, sharing, and offering feedback and suggestions. I am by no means a professional, I just genuinely enjoy sharing my opinions, but to find that there are so many who actually enjoy reading these reviews really just makes my day. You guys are all really awesome! (Special thank you to Phil & Nick from My Thing Can Beat Your Thing. You’ve been great!)