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

Champagne · Natural Wine · Sparkling Wine

Some Delicious Small-Producer Bubbles To Wash Away 2016

We are all going to need a lot of wine this holiday season, yes? It’s time for some really good bubbly. Try one of the bottles I’ve recommended for Vogue.com, and make sure to pop that cork nice and loud to give a big F-YOU to a terrible, emotional year; here’s hoping for a better… Continue reading Some Delicious Small-Producer Bubbles To Wash Away 2016

California · Champagne · Natural Wine

Orange Wine in L.A. (And Many Other Places); Fancy Holiday Wines

After following the orange wine trail around L.A. last month, I wrote about some of the highlights of that city’s wine scene, as well as about orange wine in general, for MUNCHIES. Read here. And over on Vogue.com, I share some recommendations for special, delicious, but not extremely expensive wines that will definitely impress whatever… Continue reading Orange Wine in L.A. (And Many Other Places); Fancy Holiday Wines

Chefs · Natural Wine · New York City · Not My President · Politics

Mange La Résistance: How NYC Chefs Are Fighting Back Against Trump

Here’s the best news you’ve had in the past few weeks: New York City chefs have made a bold gesture to demonstrate that they support immigrants who live in this country, and created a way for people who are devastated by the election results to get involved in resistance. It’s a really simple idea that can… Continue reading Mange La Résistance: How NYC Chefs Are Fighting Back Against Trump

Asian Food · California · Chefs · Restaurants

Of Grain Bowls, Chopsticks, Hidden Gems, and L.A.

For a New Yorker, visiting L.A. conjures up cultural references from Woody Allen films, visions of Hollywood galas, and clichés about grain bowls at sidewalk cafés. Well, the latter, at least, rings one hundred percent true in my recent experience–but the grain bowls these days are not so plain, as I found out during a… Continue reading Of Grain Bowls, Chopsticks, Hidden Gems, and L.A.