Champagne · Cocktails · Grower Champagne · Natural Wine · New York City · Restaurants · Rosé · Sparkling Wine

Bubbles & Eggs at Egg Shop Nolita, March 15th

In our culture, bubbly wines are too often reserved for special occasions or celebrations. But I strongly believe that, first of all, every day should be celebrated just a little bit, and definitely with delicious wine and food–and secondly, sparkling wines can be handcrafted, terroir-expressive wines with incredible flavor and personality. Bubbly is also fun… Continue reading Bubbles & Eggs at Egg Shop Nolita, March 15th

Chefs · Natural Wine · New Nordic · Restaurants

Missed Out On Noma? That’s OK, We Got All The Hygge At Home

So, Noma’s original location has finally closed. If you’re like me, and have never had the extra cash to fly over to Copenhagen for one of these elusive reservations, Noma is meaningful mostly because of its wide span of influence around the globe. (If you aren’t well-versed in Redzepi and his influence, check out my… Continue reading Missed Out On Noma? That’s OK, We Got All The Hygge At Home

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

France · Loire Valley · Natural Wine · Vineyards

Alexandre Bain And The Fight For Pouilly-Fumé: A vigneron literally stands his ground

Alexandre Bain makes controversial wines. Often, people think his wines are “orange,” meaning that their amber-brown hue is derived from the Sauvignon Blanc grape juice staying in contact with their skins—but in fact, the hue is from botrytized grapes, and an oxidative winemaking process, both of which are extremely uncommon for the region of Pouilly-Fumé,… Continue reading Alexandre Bain And The Fight For Pouilly-Fumé: A vigneron literally stands his ground

Champagne · Loire Valley · Natural Wine

A Very Special, Soul-Lifting Week In France

Something that’s kept me going through this extremely disheartening and terrifying political situation we’ve found ourselves in, over the past few months, has been the knowledge that I had an upcoming trip to France. France, of course, has its own challenges and is now also in the midst of a corruption-inflected election cycle—but exploring the wine regions… Continue reading A Very Special, Soul-Lifting Week In France

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