Biodynamics · France · Natural Wine

The Eclectic, Vibrational Wines of Christian Binner, In Alsace

A swooping, curving tangle of wood, elegant and calming yet also just a bit architecturally chaotic–this was my impression of the new winery at Domaine Binner, a biodynamic estate in Alsace. The first harvest in the finished winery took place in 2012; Christian Binner had it built in an effort to create a harmonious, integrated… Continue reading The Eclectic, Vibrational Wines of Christian Binner, In Alsace

Amphora Wine · Biodynamics · France

Wherever You Go, There Amphora Is–Even In Bordeaux

A lot of people ask me: “Rachel, how the hell do you manage to travel so much for wine journalism?” I sort of cringe at this, because I’m aware that it may look as if I’m constantly on vacation, enjoying fancy meals and sipping wine in a beautiful vineyards. The trips are occasionally luxurious, but… Continue reading Wherever You Go, There Amphora Is–Even In Bordeaux

France · Rosé · Wine

More In “Rosé Is Real Wine”

If you have never experienced a “serious” rosé–made with just as much care and consideration as any red wine, and with aging potential–then please check out my guide to some very interesting pink wines on Vine Pair, and seek out of these delicious bottles. Read here! In a similar vein, I wrote about age-worthy rosé for the… Continue reading More In “Rosé Is Real Wine”

Brooklyn · Chefs · New York City · Restaurants · Spirits · Women

Meet Sauvage’s Chef, The Ambitious, Fiery, Producer-Obsessed Lisa Giffen

Greetings, and I hope your 4th of July weekend was filled with delicious food and wine! Just one update here: I’m sure some of you who live in New York have already checked out Sauvage, which opened recently in Greenpoint (if you haven’t, I recommend it!). I profiled the ambitious, young, producer-obsessed chef there, Lisa… Continue reading Meet Sauvage’s Chef, The Ambitious, Fiery, Producer-Obsessed Lisa Giffen

Biodynamics · Natural Wine · Sommeliers

A Brief Response To A Heinously Unprofessional Piece Of Wine Writing

  Recently, the wine writer Stuart Pigott (his bio says “wine journalist,” but I see no evidence of such, in that a journalist provides actual balanced evidence from named sources to support a story) penned a series called “The Rise Of The Hipster Somm” (ugh, yes, I know—people do still use the word “hipster”) for… Continue reading A Brief Response To A Heinously Unprofessional Piece Of Wine Writing

Natural Wine · New York City · Restaurants · Rosé · Wine

Natural Wine on the Lower East Side / Aged Rosé

Double-header today! On Food Republic, I have a story about the natural wine scene on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. A loooot of drinking research went into this! And I collaborated with Erika DaSilva, a talented illustrator who also works as the general manager at Wildair. Read here.  In the August issue of Wine & Spirits, you can find… Continue reading Natural Wine on the Lower East Side / Aged Rosé