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?

Champagne · Cocktails · Grower Champagne · Natural Wine · New York City · Restaurants · Rosé · Sparkling Wine

Bubbles & Eggs at Egg Shop Nolita, March 15th

In our culture, bubbly wines are too often reserved for special occasions or celebrations. But I strongly believe that, first of all, every day should be celebrated just a little bit, and definitely with delicious wine and food–and secondly, sparkling wines can be handcrafted, terroir-expressive wines with incredible flavor and personality. Bubbly is also fun… Continue reading Bubbles & Eggs at Egg Shop Nolita, March 15th

Champagne · Grower Champagne · New York City

The Ultimate Event And Book For Champagne Lovers

If you’ve ever had the chance to taste really good Champagne, you are undoubtedly aware of how special, terroir-driven, historical, and complex this famous bubbly wine from Northern France can be. There are some bad Champagnes out there, true, but with a bit of research it’s remarkably easy to find extraordinary Champagnes from growers and houses alike,… Continue reading The Ultimate Event And Book For Champagne Lovers

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