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

Europe · Natural Wine · Restaurants · Sparkling Wine · Travel

It’s All Greek To Me, But Only Some Of It Is Worth Drinking

What’s old is new, and what’s new is old, right? Nowhere does that seem more true than within the culture of natural wine. After all the money spent on science and technology in the late 20th century, with the goal of creating a commercial wine industry, and thousands and thousands of wineries installing temperature-controlled, stainless… Continue reading It’s All Greek To Me, But Only Some Of It Is Worth Drinking

France · Natural Wine · Oregon Wine

Committing To A Long-Term Relationship With Burgundy

I hail from a place where just about everything is, in the grand scheme of things, fairly new. The houses are, maybe, 75 years-old. The schools were built in the ’60s. Supermarkets did not replace small artisanal bakeries and butchers, because there hardly ever were any. Growing up in the typical American suburbs, one’s sense… Continue reading Committing To A Long-Term Relationship With Burgundy

France · Grower Champagne · Natural Wine · Paris

What Does One Drink During A Heat Wave In Paris?

The answer: anything and everything. Lots of water, cold cold beer, and soooo much vin de soif. Paris, and most of Europe, is just emerging from a terrible heatwave. This past week, an energy-zapping, torturous, four-day cloud of brutally strong sunshine and 37 degree Celsius temperatures made the entire city into a greenhouse. My brain felt… Continue reading What Does One Drink During A Heat Wave In Paris?