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Immigrants Make American Wine Great

There was a moment after Trump’s election when food and drink writers stopped working for a few weeks, frozen–does our work even matter? Aren’t these topics so petty that we should now cease to scribble our hard-researched sentences on so-and-so chef, or this ancient grape, and just crawl under a rock and let the political writers… Continue reading Immigrants Make American Wine Great

California · Oregon · Restaurants · The USA · Urban Wineries · Wine

Latest Writings + Travels From Oregon + California

Finally, this hot, humid mess of a summer is nearing its end. Despite not having AC in my apartment, traveling excessively, breaking my laptop, and living out of suitcase across continents and coasts, I’ve had a very productive past few months, and I’m really excited about what the fall will bring. I know already that it… Continue reading Latest Writings + Travels From Oregon + California

California · France · Natural Wine · Oregon · Wine

Syrah, A Beguiling Grape + The Question of Sulfites / Sulfur In Wine

This week, my Eater column came out, this time on the noble and somewhat shape-shifting grape, Syrah. I focused on French and American iterations of Syrah, because that was a useful parameter for talking about the grape’s history. Check it out here. Some really great bottles in this line-up–find one of them and get drinking! And, in my… Continue reading Syrah, A Beguiling Grape + The Question of Sulfites / Sulfur In Wine

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Tempranillo Time on Eater!

I discovered some really amazing bottles of Tempranillo while working on this article. I think it’s really cool to study a grape this way, and see how variations in climate, viticulture, and oaking practices can produce radically different versions of the same varietal. It also sounds like some really interesting, political changes are at work right… Continue reading Tempranillo Time on Eater!

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Cassoulet Weather In Full Effect, Plus Where To Have A Great Lunch

It’s finally cold in NYC! In addition to writing about the City’s best hot chocolate (there are some seriously above-and-beyond cups of cocoa out there–article here), I recently spent a glorious day testing a recipe for Cassoulet, the iconic Southern French dish, which I wrote about for Vine Pair along with some reviews of wines from… Continue reading Cassoulet Weather In Full Effect, Plus Where To Have A Great Lunch

Oregon · Wine

Exciting things happening in the Willamette Valley!

One of the most rewarding aspects about wine journalism is tracking the amazing people and projects I encounter through my stories. A few months ago, I wrote on Eater about Brianne Day’s plan to create a winery that aimed to be a sort of incubator, a space where upstart winemakers could get their hands dirty helping… Continue reading Exciting things happening in the Willamette Valley!