German Wine · Natural Wine · Sparkling Wine

The Batshit Crazy (Literally!) Wines Of 2NaturKinder In Franconia

When the wines of an exciting, new European producer hit our shores here in New York, we all tend to go a little crazy. Bat shit crazy, you might even say. When Michael Völker and Melanie Drese moved to Franconia, Germany, where Michael grew up, to try their hand at making completely natural wine, they… Continue reading The Batshit Crazy (Literally!) Wines Of 2NaturKinder In Franconia

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

Champagne · Loire Valley · Natural Wine

A Very Special, Soul-Lifting Week In France

Something that’s kept me going through this extremely disheartening and terrifying political situation we’ve found ourselves in, over the past few months, has been the knowledge that I had an upcoming trip to France. France, of course, has its own challenges and is now also in the midst of a corruption-inflected election cycle—but exploring the wine regions… Continue reading A Very Special, Soul-Lifting Week In France

Austria · Natural Wine · Vineyards · Wine

Roter Veltliner, In The Right Hands And From The Right Vineyard

  The wines of young couple Martin and Anna Arndorfer have a particularly vibrant energy, which I insist on believing has something to do with their life partnership. Yin and Yang, maybe? (And you thought that biodynamics was esoteric—now I’m judging wines based on the romance between people who made them!) But it makes sense—two… Continue reading Roter Veltliner, In The Right Hands And From The Right Vineyard

Natural Wine · South Africa · Wine · Writing

The Zoo Biscuits: A Group Of Winemakers (Not Children’s Cookies) Defining The New South Africa

In the February issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine, I have a piece about a group of micro-négociants (meaning, they purchase fruit instead of owning vineyards, but not at a massive scale) calling themselves the “Zoo Biscuits,” which is what South Africans call animal crackers. South Africa’s wine industry goes back to the 16th century, but it’s… Continue reading The Zoo Biscuits: A Group Of Winemakers (Not Children’s Cookies) Defining The New South Africa

Champagne · Natural Wine · Sparkling Wine

Some Delicious Small-Producer Bubbles To Wash Away 2016

We are all going to need a lot of wine this holiday season, yes? It’s time for some really good bubbly. Try one of the bottles I’ve recommended for Vogue.com, and make sure to pop that cork nice and loud to give a big F-YOU to a terrible, emotional year; here’s hoping for a better… Continue reading Some Delicious Small-Producer Bubbles To Wash Away 2016

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