France · Loire Valley · Natural Wine · Travel

Loire Valley Trip Report

I’m writing from Paris, after a week in the Loire Valley and before that, a week in Alsace (which informed last week’s Vine Pair column on Riesling, Gewurtraminer, and Pinot Gris from Alsace; read here). I’m still coming down from the sleep-deprived, adrenaline-fueled high of visiting producers across the Loire Valley whose wines I first… Continue reading Loire Valley Trip Report

Latin America · Mezcal · Spirits · The Americas

On PUNCH: My Feature On The Scarcity Of Wild Agave Mezcal

A month and a half ago, I traveled to Oaxaca with Mezcal El Silencio, and stayed to do some independent journalism. Following that trip, I delved into research on the subject of wild agave mezcal, and its endangerment–as well as the measures industry insiders are taking toward sustainability. Check out my feature on PUNCH here. (And that’s… Continue reading On PUNCH: My Feature On The Scarcity Of Wild Agave Mezcal

Brooklyn · France · Natural Wine · Wine

It’s Muscadet + Oyster Season, Here’s A Guide To This Loire Valley White Wine

For Brooklyn Magazine, I wrote about one of my favorite white wines, Muscadet, with the help of awesome head bartender Will Elliott, of Maison Premiere and the newly-opened Sauvage. Check out my story on Muscadet here. And then go out and drink some delicious Muscadet! I’m headed to France now, and will be there until the… Continue reading It’s Muscadet + Oyster Season, Here’s A Guide To This Loire Valley White Wine

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

Brooklyn · New York City · Restaurants · Wine

New Website Feature: My Most Useful Articles For Learning Abt Wine + Restaurants

People ask me two things, quite often: What kind of wine should I drink? Where should I eat? My answer, much of the time, to the first question is, “Whatever you want! But probably Chenin, or Gamay. . . ” (not very helpful) and for the second question I usually just start waxing poetic about the… Continue reading New Website Feature: My Most Useful Articles For Learning Abt Wine + Restaurants

Brooklyn · Chefs · Cooking · Food · Women

Meet The #LadyChef Who Cooks For Marc Jacobs (And Throws Secret Dance Parties)

Why is Marc Jacobs’ personal chef throwing secret dance parties in Chinatown? How did she come up with that insanely beautiful activated charcoal-dusted squid dish, served at a pop-up dinner in a hot sauce boutique? Who is Lauren Gerrie, anyway, and why is she so damn talented? Answers in my profile of this dynamic, self-made… Continue reading Meet The #LadyChef Who Cooks For Marc Jacobs (And Throws Secret Dance Parties)

Biodynamics · Europe · Natural Wine · Portugal · Wine

Vasco Croft Recreates Traditional Portuguese Winemaking—And Channels The Cosmos—At His Biodynamic Estate Aphros

A sense of the past, of the old Old World, is evidenced by the granite stone blocks, infiltrated with dark green moss, surrounding what was once known only as Quinta Casal do Paço, and which is now, thanks to a biodynamic conversion (and a mid-life crisis) also the estate where Aphros wine is produced. Vasco… Continue reading Vasco Croft Recreates Traditional Portuguese Winemaking—And Channels The Cosmos—At His Biodynamic Estate Aphros