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

France · Natural Wine · New York City · Wine

Support French Vignerons At Racines NY + Chambers Street This Month

It’s not easy to be a small wine producer anywhere in the world, but it has been particularly hard in France these past few years, with each vintage suffering from devastating frosts, hailstorms, and drought. Some of the producers I visited in the Loire Valley over the summer were anticipating that about 70 percent, or… Continue reading Support French Vignerons At Racines NY + Chambers Street This Month

California · Sustainability · Vineyards · Wine

Who Is The Napa Valley Falcon Whisperer, And How Did She Help Make Your Cabernet?

Generally speaking, most wine coverage focuses on two kinds of people in the industry: winemakers themselves, and sommeliers. Logical, yes! But a whole slew of characters are involved in the production of wine, of course.  A few months ago, I was in Napa Valley on a sustainability-themed media trip, and I met the woman whose… Continue reading Who Is The Napa Valley Falcon Whisperer, And How Did She Help Make Your Cabernet?

New York City · Restaurants · Sommeliers · Wine

Latest Writings: How To Get Into The Somm / Wine Sales Professions

Happy early fall! The best season of year, at least here in New York. I’m back from travels in Champagne and South Africa, and while the jet-lag is strong, I’m diving into my notes and getting to work on stories. While I was away, my two-part series on wine industry jobs was published on VinePair:… Continue reading Latest Writings: How To Get Into The Somm / Wine Sales Professions

Natural Wine · Oregon Wine · Urban Wineries · Wine

The New Wave Of Oregon Natural Wine: Notes From Tastings

This summer, I tasted many exciting Oregon wines during a two-week trip that I pulled off with generous support from the Oregon Wine Board and Travel Oregon/Portland. I’m a little too amped up about some of these wines to wait for an editor to approve this story, so I’ll write briefly here about the naturally-working Oregon producers… Continue reading The New Wave Of Oregon Natural Wine: Notes From Tastings