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

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 · 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

Champagne · Natural Wine · New York City · San Francisco · Sommeliers · Sparkling Wine

What To Drink This Fall, My Latest In Vogue

Fall’s crisp weather makes me thirsty for really great wine–and I don’t mean expensive, fancy wine. Just drinkable, tasty juice that I know will pair well with excellent food and company.  I’m sure you feel the same way. That’s why I asked the good people of San Francisco and New York’s sommelier worlds to chime… Continue reading What To Drink This Fall, My Latest In Vogue

Champagne · France · Rosé · Sparkling Wine · Wine

Picpoul + Limoux, Two Languedoc Appellations To Know

Catching up on updating this site with some of my recent coverage! I wrote about the deliciousness that is Picpoul, a truly underrated grape / appellation, for Food Republic. There are, in my mind, three white wines that are truly knock-out with oysters (excluding the whole sparkling category): Chablis, Muscadet, and Picpoul. And guess what–Picpoul… Continue reading Picpoul + Limoux, Two Languedoc Appellations To Know