Natural Wine · Personal Essays · Wine · Writing

What Does It Mean To Be A “Critic” In Wine And Food Writing?

Most of the time, writing on this blog is like dancing alone in my living room; nobody sees me except, perhaps, a few dozen onlookers clustered in the apartment across the way, who casually glance over as I flail around clumsily, to some tune they can’t hear, or the proverbial beat of my own drum.… Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be A “Critic” In Wine And Food Writing?

Natural Wine · New York City · Vineyards · Writing

The Article About Wine We All Hated, And The One You Need To Read

Recently, an article came out in the New York Times that really upset me; in fact it upset just about everyone I know and respect in the wine world. It was an opinion piece by a writer I know, someone I’m friendly with. My first reaction upon reading it was to feel betrayed. This is someone… Continue reading The Article About Wine We All Hated, And The One You Need To Read

Amphora Wine · Natural Wine · Oregon Wine · Urban Wineries

“Everything But Barrel” Winemaking (aka Wherever You Go, There Amphora Is)

I wrote for Wine Enthusiast magazine about all the ways to ferment wine–besides using barrels or stainless steel tanks. Of course, clay amphorae are featured, but also glass carboys, and concrete. Quotes from some pretty awesome winemakers. Check out the story here! And if you’re interested to learn more about amphorae wine, stay tuned for my… Continue reading “Everything But Barrel” Winemaking (aka Wherever You Go, There Amphora Is)

Champagne · Cocktails · Grower Champagne · Natural Wine · New York City · Restaurants · Rosé · Sparkling Wine

Bubbles & Eggs at Egg Shop Nolita, March 15th

In our culture, bubbly wines are too often reserved for special occasions or celebrations. But I strongly believe that, first of all, every day should be celebrated just a little bit, and definitely with delicious wine and food–and secondly, sparkling wines can be handcrafted, terroir-expressive wines with incredible flavor and personality. Bubbly is also fun… Continue reading Bubbles & Eggs at Egg Shop Nolita, March 15th

Chefs · Natural Wine · New Nordic · Restaurants

Missed Out On Noma? That’s OK, We Got All The Hygge At Home

So, Noma’s original location has finally closed. If you’re like me, and have never had the extra cash to fly over to Copenhagen for one of these elusive reservations, Noma is meaningful mostly because of its wide span of influence around the globe. (If you aren’t well-versed in Redzepi and his influence, check out my… Continue reading Missed Out On Noma? That’s OK, We Got All The Hygge At Home

German Wine · Natural Wine · Sparkling Wine

The Batshit Crazy (Literally!) Wines Of 2NaturKinder In Franconia

When the wines of an exciting, new European producer hit our shores here in New York, we all tend to go a little crazy. Bat shit crazy, you might even say. When Michael Völker and Melanie Drese moved to Franconia, Germany, where Michael grew up, to try their hand at making completely natural wine, they… Continue reading The Batshit Crazy (Literally!) Wines Of 2NaturKinder In Franconia