“brave new palate” is a portfolio of my published writing, as well as my personal wine and food blog. I also have a special section where I post write-ups of visits to natural winemakers, all with the goal of documenting this incredible drinking + eating culture that we are living in.
Who are you?
I’m a writer, with wine and food are my principal subjects, although I also do work on fiction when I have time. Background: I grew up in Arlington, VA, went to college in Virginia, and moved to New York to study anthropology at The New School. At some point, I pivoted, and decided to become a writer instead of pursuing academia–and many writing workshops and lots of schmoozing later, here I am, traveling, eating, drinking, and writing constantly. That’s the short version, you’ll have to open a bottle of something good to get the longer one.
Who do you write for?
My articles reach a wide range of audiences–both those who are curious about wine and food, and industry professionals. See here for an always-expanding list of my recent articles in consumer and trade magazines and websites. I also occasionally write original content on my own blog. I champion naturally-working winemakers, innovative and passionate chefs and sommeliers, and big questions.
Where did you get trained to write about wine and food?
By consuming and selling it, mostly. I worked as a daytime server at Reynard, then transitioned to retail and worked for 8 months at Uva Wines, both in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Meanwhile, I went to a lot of industry tastings and asked questions, and then started doing journalism.
Do you accept wine / spirit samples?
Yes, with discretion. Typically, though, I reach out to producers who interest me for samples.
How do I reach you?