Natural Wine · Personal Essays · Wine · Writing

What Does It Mean To Be A “Critic” In Wine And Food Writing?

Most of the time, writing on this blog is like dancing alone in my living room; nobody sees me except, perhaps, a few dozen onlookers clustered in the apartment across the way, who casually glance over as I flail around clumsily, to some tune they can’t hear, or the proverbial beat of my own drum.… Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be A “Critic” In Wine And Food Writing?

Natural Wine · New York City · Vineyards · Writing

The Article About Wine We All Hated, And The One You Need To Read

Recently, an article came out in the New York Times that really upset me; in fact it upset just about everyone I know and respect in the wine world. It was an opinion piece by a writer I know, someone I’m friendly with. My first reaction upon reading it was to feel betrayed. This is someone… Continue reading The Article About Wine We All Hated, And The One You Need To Read

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

Fiction · France · Paris · Restaurants · Writing

Just Another Excuse To Write About Paris

I am desperately in love with the city of Paris. If I could do really anything in my life, I would move there to write a novel, and I don’t care at all if that sounds like a cliché. To substantiate it a bit, I do think that France right now is a really interesting… Continue reading Just Another Excuse To Write About Paris

Personal Essays · Wine · Women · Writing

Writing About Women In Wine

Recently, PUNCH (one of my fave websites about booze) published a really thoughtful essay on how female winemakers are portrayed differently than their male counterparts. Specifically, the author is talking about so-called “rebel” winemakers, who are working independently (no corporate funding), and often making low-intervention, natural wines. The author is pointing out that, when it… Continue reading Writing About Women In Wine

Food · Restaurants · Wine · Women · Writing

A Baker/Blogger/Butcher-Turned-Author, Plus Cocktail Craziness At NYC’s Betony

Last week, I wrote on Eater Drinks about the cocktail program at Betony, in NYC. It really goes above and beyond most restaurant bar programs, partly because general manager Eamon Rockey devotes so much time and energy to crafting each ingredient in every cocktail — but also because he personalizes every drink, to an incredible extent.… Continue reading A Baker/Blogger/Butcher-Turned-Author, Plus Cocktail Craziness At NYC’s Betony