Biodynamics · Europe · Natural Wine · Portugal · Wine

Vasco Croft Recreates Traditional Portuguese Winemaking—And Channels The Cosmos—At His Biodynamic Estate Aphros

A sense of the past, of the old Old World, is evidenced by the granite stone blocks, infiltrated with dark green moss, surrounding what was once known only as Quinta Casal do Paço, and which is now, thanks to a biodynamic conversion (and a mid-life crisis) also the estate where Aphros wine is produced. Vasco… Continue reading Vasco Croft Recreates Traditional Portuguese Winemaking—And Channels The Cosmos—At His Biodynamic Estate Aphros

Brooklyn · Europe · Mezcal · Spirits · Wine

The Intrigue of Mezcal

A few weeks ago, I had the incredible experience of traveling to Oaxaca with El Silencio, one of the newer mezcal brands on the scene. We visited their palenque in San Baltazar, drank a lot of Espadín, and held a fairly raucous cocktail competition with bartenders from all over. Wine press trips, by the way, pale in… Continue reading The Intrigue of Mezcal

Berlin · Europe

Looking back on a good year in food and writing

So, there’s a lot of year-in-review going on. Maybe you’re getting sick of it all, but I think it’s really nice to see how people reflect on the past twelve months, and it’s also a way to let it all slip into the past with appreciation, as we gear up for the year to come. Food… Continue reading Looking back on a good year in food and writing

Europe · Wine

A Little Article About A Big Subject: Terroir

When Food Republic asked me to do a “terroir explainer,” my first response was, that’s insane. But then I just started writing, and I realized that instead of “explaining” what terroir is, I could do a better job talking about some of the interesting questions, debates, and mystical aspects that accompany the idea of terroir.… Continue reading A Little Article About A Big Subject: Terroir