California · Champagne · Natural Wine

Orange Wine in L.A. (And Many Other Places); Fancy Holiday Wines

After following the orange wine trail around L.A. last month, I wrote about some of the highlights of that city’s wine scene, as well as about orange wine in general, for MUNCHIES. Read here. And over on Vogue.com, I share some recommendations for special, delicious, but not extremely expensive wines that will definitely impress whatever… Continue reading Orange Wine in L.A. (And Many Other Places); Fancy Holiday Wines

Asian Food · California · Chefs · Restaurants

Of Grain Bowls, Chopsticks, Hidden Gems, and L.A.

For a New Yorker, visiting L.A. conjures up cultural references from Woody Allen films, visions of Hollywood galas, and clichés about grain bowls at sidewalk cafés. Well, the latter, at least, rings one hundred percent true in my recent experience–but the grain bowls these days are not so plain, as I found out during a… Continue reading Of Grain Bowls, Chopsticks, Hidden Gems, and L.A.

California · Sustainability · Vineyards · Wine

Who Is The Napa Valley Falcon Whisperer, And How Did She Help Make Your Cabernet?

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?

California · Grower Champagne · Natural Wine · Sparkling Wine

Tasting With Michael Cruse + Hardy Wallace, The Laurel and Hardy of California Wine

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

California · Oregon · Restaurants · The USA · Urban Wineries · Wine

Latest Writings + Travels From Oregon + California

Finally, this hot, humid mess of a summer is nearing its end. Despite not having AC in my apartment, traveling excessively, breaking my laptop, and living out of suitcase across continents and coasts, I’ve had a very productive past few months, and I’m really excited about what the fall will bring. I know already that it… Continue reading Latest Writings + Travels From Oregon + California

California · France · Natural Wine · Oregon · Wine

Syrah, A Beguiling Grape + The Question of Sulfites / Sulfur In Wine

This week, my Eater column came out, this time on the noble and somewhat shape-shifting grape, Syrah. I focused on French and American iterations of Syrah, because that was a useful parameter for talking about the grape’s history. Check it out here. Some really great bottles in this line-up–find one of them and get drinking! And, in my… Continue reading Syrah, A Beguiling Grape + The Question of Sulfites / Sulfur In Wine

Biodynamics · California · Oregon · Spain · Wine

Tempranillo Time on Eater!

I discovered some really amazing bottles of Tempranillo while working on this article. I think it’s really cool to study a grape this way, and see how variations in climate, viticulture, and oaking practices can produce radically different versions of the same varietal. It also sounds like some really interesting, political changes are at work right… Continue reading Tempranillo Time on Eater!