American wine · Hybrid Grapes · Natural Wine · Vineyards

In Ten Years, We May All Be Drinking “Ruby Cab” From Texas: Here’s Why

Whether you prefer the “doom and gloom” approach to writing about climate change, or perhaps yearn for more of a “think critically and talk solutions” framework, there is no denying (unless you’re our sorry excuse for a fake president) that it’s happening. With regard to agriculture especially, there will be drastic and far-reaching consequences of… Continue reading In Ten Years, We May All Be Drinking “Ruby Cab” From Texas: Here’s Why

Europe · Natural Wine · Restaurants · Sparkling Wine · Travel

It’s All Greek To Me, But Only Some Of It Is Worth Drinking

What’s old is new, and what’s new is old, right? Nowhere does that seem more true than within the culture of natural wine. After all the money spent on science and technology in the late 20th century, with the goal of creating a commercial wine industry, and thousands and thousands of wineries installing temperature-controlled, stainless… Continue reading It’s All Greek To Me, But Only Some Of It Is Worth Drinking

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?

Natural Wine · New York City · Restaurants · Rosé

Meet Sprudge Wine (And My Fave Rosés This Year)

There’s a new kid on the wine journalism block (and no, I’m not referring to my own magazine, which has just about 24 hours left in its Kickstarter campaign if you want to pre-order Issue 1). I’m talking about Sprudge Wine, an offspring of the madly popular coffee website Sprudge. The editor, Jordan Michelman, has… Continue reading Meet Sprudge Wine (And My Fave Rosés This Year)

Amphora Wine · Georgian Wine · Natural Wine

Lost In Qvevriland: My Story On Georgian Wine & Food Culture In MUNCHIES

My feature on traveling around the Republic of Georgia, learning about the world’s oldest wine culture and qvevri winemaking and gorging on incredible, homemade food and orange wines–and the famous local grape brandy, cha cha–is up now on MUNCHIES. You can read it here. I’ve also got a blog post up with more extensive tasting notes… Continue reading Lost In Qvevriland: My Story On Georgian Wine & Food Culture In MUNCHIES

Natural Wine · New York City · Paris · Terre Magazine

The First Thing I’m Going To Do When I Get To Paris

Joan Didion: “It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends. I can remember now, with a clarity that makes the nerves in the back of my neck constrict, when New York began for me, but I cannot lay my finger upon the moment it ended, can never cut… Continue reading The First Thing I’m Going To Do When I Get To Paris