Natural Wine · Terre Magazine · Wine

Some Sneak Peeks (Or Peaks?) Of Terre Magazine Issue 1

Here’s how tired I am: I nearly wrote “sneak peaks.” I’m exhausted! It’s the middle of harvest here in the Loire Valley, where I am working for the wonderful Mosse family in Anjou. (More on that soon.) While traveling all summer, I’ve managed to put together an entire magazine. There are some really complex, in-depth… Continue reading Some Sneak Peeks (Or Peaks?) Of Terre Magazine Issue 1

Italian wine · Italy · Sparkling Wine · Travel · Wine

For Students Of Bubbles And Lovers Of Italy: Franciacorta

I suppose you could call me a student of bubbles. When it comes to sparkling wine, there’s so much to think about, and try to understand: the conditions for ripeness; the balance created by acidity; lees influence; reduction vs. oxidation; pressure levels; soil types and grape varieties; disgorgement dates–the list goes on! But that’s why… Continue reading For Students Of Bubbles And Lovers Of Italy: Franciacorta

Natural Wine · Spain · Travel

Nobody Drank Much Water At H20…

I hope that my latest feature on Sprudge Wine will serve as something of a lighthearted mood-lifter (tu te calmes and carry on, is perhaps what Thierry Puzelat might say…?). It’s a write-up of the raucous and extremely well-curated two-day natural wine fair H20 Vegetal, held last month in Catalunya, Spain. You can read it… Continue reading Nobody Drank Much Water At H20…

Austrian Wine · Europe · Italian wine · Slovak Wine

When Home Is A Vineyard Somewhere And Everywhere

It’s a wonderful time to be in Europe. It’s a difficult time to be in Europe. I have been traveling for the past month. Each day, I’ve been enthralled by the vibrancy of the cities I pass through, the exceptional wines and foods I’m tasting, the generous hospitality of the people I’m encountering along the… Continue reading When Home Is A Vineyard Somewhere And Everywhere

Fiction · Literature · Writing

I Can Only Confirm That I Wrote This Story (But Not Which Parts Are True)

Most of you who follow this blog probably don’t know that wine and food journalism is only part of my overall writing repertoire. Fiction, as well, is a large part of my life, and it’s actually because of my desire to learn fiction writing that I fell into this whole wine thing: I was writing a novel,… Continue reading I Can Only Confirm That I Wrote This Story (But Not Which Parts Are True)

France · Loire Valley · Paris

I Have Strong Opinions About Sauvignon Blanc

People often ask me: “How do you think of a story?” Much of the time, I pitch stories based on wines or winemakers that have amazed me, or places I’ve visited where I see an interesting trend happening. But in the case of my most recent piece, a sort-of manifesto about Sauvignon Blanc (and why… Continue reading I Have Strong Opinions About Sauvignon Blanc

American wine · Hybrid Grapes · Natural Wine · Vineyards

In Ten Years, We May All Be Drinking “Ruby Cab” From Texas: Here’s Why

Whether you prefer the “doom and gloom” approach to writing about climate change, or perhaps yearn for more of a “think critically and talk solutions” framework, there is no denying (unless you’re our sorry excuse for a fake president) that it’s happening. With regard to agriculture especially, there will be drastic and far-reaching consequences of… Continue reading In Ten Years, We May All Be Drinking “Ruby Cab” From Texas: Here’s Why