It’s not easy to be a small wine producer anywhere in the world, but it has been particularly hard in France these past few years, with each vintage suffering from devastating frosts, hailstorms, and drought. Some of the producers I visited in the Loire Valley over the summer were anticipating that about 70 percent, or… Continue reading Support French Vignerons At Racines NY + Chambers Street This Month
Generally speaking, most wine coverage focuses on two kinds of people in the industry: winemakers themselves, and sommeliers. Logical, yes! But a whole slew of characters are involved in the production of wine, of course. A few months ago, I was in Napa Valley on a sustainability-themed media trip, and I met the woman whose… Continue reading Who Is The Napa Valley Falcon Whisperer, And How Did She Help Make Your Cabernet?
I am desperately in love with the city of Paris. If I could do really anything in my life, I would move there to write a novel, and I don’t care at all if that sounds like a cliché. To substantiate it a bit, I do think that France right now is a really interesting… Continue reading Just Another Excuse To Write About Paris
During a brief trip to Sonoma over the summer, I swung by the Cruse Wine Co custom crush facility in Petaluma. It was full-on harvest, so I felt lucky to be able to steal some time from Hardy Wallace of Dirty and Rowdy, and Michael Cruse of Cruse Wine and Ultramarine. I’ve admired their respective… Continue reading Tasting With Michael Cruse + Hardy Wallace, The Laurel and Hardy of California Wine
Fall’s crisp weather makes me thirsty for really great wine–and I don’t mean expensive, fancy wine. Just drinkable, tasty juice that I know will pair well with excellent food and company. I’m sure you feel the same way. That’s why I asked the good people of San Francisco and New York’s sommelier worlds to chime… Continue reading What To Drink This Fall, My Latest In Vogue
Happy early fall! The best season of year, at least here in New York. I’m back from travels in Champagne and South Africa, and while the jet-lag is strong, I’m diving into my notes and getting to work on stories. While I was away, my two-part series on wine industry jobs was published on VinePair:… Continue reading Latest Writings: How To Get Into The Somm / Wine Sales Professions
This summer, I tasted many exciting Oregon wines during a two-week trip that I pulled off with generous support from the Oregon Wine Board and Travel Oregon/Portland. I’m a little too amped up about some of these wines to wait for an editor to approve this story, so I’ll write briefly here about the naturally-working Oregon producers… Continue reading The New Wave Of Oregon Natural Wine: Notes From Tastings