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

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?

Amphora Wine · Biodynamics · France · Paris

Parisian Love Affairs & A New Wave Of Right Bank Bordeaux In April’s Wine Enthusiast

I have two (very different) pieces in this month’s Wine Enthusiast Magazine. First, there’s a short feature about producers in the Right Bank of Bordeaux, where the Côtes de Bordeaux appellation (created in 2009) is trying to establish itself as a new benchmark of quality–meaning, they are working toward healthier vineyards, and in some cases turning… Continue reading Parisian Love Affairs & A New Wave Of Right Bank Bordeaux In April’s Wine Enthusiast

France · Loire Valley · Natural Wine · Vineyards

Alexandre Bain And The Fight For Pouilly-Fumé: A vigneron literally stands his ground

Alexandre Bain makes controversial wines. Often, people think his wines are “orange,” meaning that their amber-brown hue is derived from the Sauvignon Blanc grape juice staying in contact with their skins—but in fact, the hue is from botrytized grapes, and an oxidative winemaking process, both of which are extremely uncommon for the region of Pouilly-Fumé,… Continue reading Alexandre Bain And The Fight For Pouilly-Fumé: A vigneron literally stands his ground

Brooklyn · France · Natural Wine · New York City

Meet The “Crazy French Woman” Behind RAW Wine Fair

If you haven’t heard yet, here’s the good news: RAW Wine Fair, the natural wine expo originally founded in London, is popping-up in Bushwick next weekend, Sun + Mon Nov 6-7 (99 Scott Av in Brooklyn, a 5-minute walk from the Jefferson L Train). There’s still time to get tickets–and you can also plan to attend… Continue reading Meet The “Crazy French Woman” Behind RAW Wine Fair