Biodynamics · Natural Wine · Sommeliers

A Brief Response To A Heinously Unprofessional Piece Of Wine Writing

  Recently, the wine writer Stuart Pigott (his bio says “wine journalist,” but I see no evidence of such, in that a journalist provides actual balanced evidence from named sources to support a story) penned a series called “The Rise Of The Hipster Somm” (ugh, yes, I know—people do still use the word “hipster”) for… Continue reading A Brief Response To A Heinously Unprofessional Piece Of Wine Writing

Natural Wine · New York City · Restaurants · Rosé · Wine

Natural Wine on the Lower East Side / Aged Rosé

Double-header today! On Food Republic, I have a story about the natural wine scene on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. A loooot of drinking research went into this! And I collaborated with Erika DaSilva, a talented illustrator who also works as the general manager at Wildair. Read here.  In the August issue of Wine & Spirits, you can find… Continue reading Natural Wine on the Lower East Side / Aged Rosé

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