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Alex Pitts and Abe Schoener at the "Essex St Alumni Association" loft where Schoener holds tastings, photo by author

Alex Pitts and Abe Schoener at the “Essex St Alumni Association” loft where Schoener holds tastings, photo by author

I profiled the philosopher-turned-winemaker Abe Schoener for Food Republic; it’s a long article that was researched over the course of three separate visits (and tastings) with him and others in his circle. It all started with the question above; I confused his “Blowout” for a naturally sparkling wine when I was researching an article about pét-nats, and then I was just so intrigued that I had to learn more. Turns out, I am one of many who finds Schoener, and his approach to wine, fascinating and engaging. Read the profile here

a delish Italian rosato

a delish Italian rosato

the answers to these questions, and more, in my latest articles…

Are Americans Doing The Wine Bar Thing Right, And Does It Matter?” for Eater

&

How To Judge A Rosé By Its Color” for Saveur

Let me know any questions, thoughts, story ideas in the comments or by reaching out over e-mail–my full name at gmail.

Cheers! 

vacation

dear world

I’m headed to the coastal woods of Virginia for a week’s vacation

bringing some company . . .

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Mmm, pizza . . . sorry, what was I saying? It wasn’t supposed to be about pizza. Filet mignon, wasn’t it?

IMG_2704 Right, I profiled British celebrity chef Jason Atherton to see what he plans to do to make his new fancy resto The Clocktower one that New Yorkers will be buzzing about for decades to come!

Answers to that curiosity, plus the scoop on Atherton’s favorite fashion designers, at Food Republic.

 

 

Although I realize that the 4th of July is supposed to be celebratory and leisurely, I think this year in particular calls for some reflection on what America is and how it became this way. I am not naive enough that America’s legacies of inequality and injustice are news to me, but it does seem that this state has become gravely exaggerated over the last year or so.

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On Friday, I visited the MoMa and walked through the incredible “Migration Series” paintings that Harlem-based artist Jacob Lawrence made in 1941. With his astonishing technique that is at once childish and basic yet unique and awe-inspiring, Lawrence tells the story of the migration of Southern blacks to America’s northern cities, starting around 1910. Normally, the series is split between the MoMa and the Phillips Collection in DC, and it’s incredible to see them altogether.

I also ready an article by Rachel Aviv, certainly one of the most important journalists working today, about a case where a black man was sentenced to death for killing his baby, in a black township of Louisiana. It’s currently not behind a paywall (“Revenge Killing,” in the current issue of the New Yorker) and I urge you to read this nuanced account of a story that seems to me representative of many broader, structural problems in America today. A legacy cannot be wiped away quickly, and so much work has been done to change our society already, but at the very least we can use this holiday to reflect just a little bit on who we are, and what there is to lament as well as celebrate.

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So, 4th of July is coming up–I got you covered! Advice about amazing domestic wines to drink here, plus the scoop on delicious glou-glou light reds to serve chilled, here.

But the most interesting work I’ve been able to do recently was hardly work at all, because it was also a true pleasure: getting to know Brianne Day, who I think is not only the future of artisanal, natural winemaking in Oregon, but also an example of an amazing businesswoman who really knows how to invite opportunity into her midst and make the best of it.

Thank you to everybody who took the time to give me quotes for these stories!

Also, I recently enjoyed an amazing trip to Vermont, where I visited a bucolic sheep farm and a goat cheese-making operation, then trekked on up to Montreal and ate my face off across town. Take a look at my recs here. Thanks to a special someone for guiding me around that belle ville.

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The best part about all of this was that I got to watch this video of Deleuze, and write about his work in a context outside of grad school.

Yay, art.

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