Go Gamay Go: Two Bottles Starring My Favorite Red Grape

Posted on: February 13th, 2019 by
After drinking this bargain Beaujolais you'll be singing, "Go Gamay Go!"

Gamay freaks unite! And they/we do, across the globe, thanks to #gogamaygo. Check it out on IG. I believe the origins of it come from my friend Treve Ring but I’m not sure. And though the grape is popping up all over the world, the best stuff is from France. Particularly Beaujolais. Here are two [More]

When Alsace Drinks Like Burgundy (Wait…Nah.)

Posted on: February 1st, 2019 by
Domaine Ostertag Pinot Noir Les Jardins

Actually, why compare the Domaine Ostertag Pinot Noir 2016 Les Jardins to Burgundy? Like in Oregon, it’s time to say Pinot Noir (especially from a storied locale like Alsace in France) don’t need that “Burgundian” comparison so abused it should really be retired because it’s completely irrelevant. (Also there’s plenty of Burgundy thats, well, not [More]

Unexpected Wine and Food Match in James Salter’s Novel “Light Years”

Posted on: January 24th, 2019 by
Light Years by James Salter has a lot of wine-drinking.

Sometimes when you least expect it, expect it. That’s how wine sneaks up on me. Not like a bottle quietly tiptoeing behind me and then, “SURPRISE!” More of a coming across mentions of it while reading and thinking about the author’s experience with wine. Such is the case of the novel Light Years by James [More]

Fossil & Fawn Alien Juice is From Outer Space

Posted on: January 14th, 2019 by
Take a flier on this unusual bottling from Oregon's Fossil & Fawn.

One thing I love about Fossil & Fawn is their labels. And since this wine doesn’t have a name (well ok “Oregon Red Wine” I guess but that’s a snoozefest) I dub it Alien Juice. View this post on Instagram Coming at you a week from Thursday. 50% Muller-Thurgau, 25% Pinot noir, 25% Marechal Foch, [More]

Persephone Wines Pét Nat is the Perfect Afternoon Wine

Posted on: January 9th, 2019 by
Looking for the perfect afternoon fizz? It's the Persephone Wines Pét-Nat.

I met fellow scribe Rachel Signer in 2015 on a trip to Sicily, right before I moved to New York. We’ve been friends since. She lives in Australia (!) now and is producing her own wines. I was tickled to walk into Thirst Wine Merchants and pick up a bottle from her Persephone Wines label, [More]

An Interview with Eleanor Léger of Eden Specialty Ciders

Posted on: January 8th, 2019 by
Eleanor Léger in the apple orchard.

You know I love cider. I spent a dang January living on an idyllic organic family farm and cidery. (Read all about it.) So when I get a chance to taste (drink) it and learn about it, I jump at the chance. I was invited to attend a convivial dinner at Jeepney, a very cool [More]

Hazelfern Cellars Winter Rosé is Good Any Time of the Year

Posted on: January 1st, 2019 by
Hazelfern Cellars Winter Rosé is good any time of the year.

I got an email from Little Green Pickle, a PR firm in Portland, asking me if I wanted a sample of Hazelfern Cellars Winter Rosé. It’s “a beautiful and unique rosé the transcends the hype associated with pink wine.” I was like, did you see my VinePair article about drinking rosé beyond the pale?!? Calling a [More]

New Year’s Eve Champagne at Marta in Manhattan

Posted on: December 29th, 2018 by
Your perfect match with New Year's Eve Champagne is pizza at Marta.

I can’t believe this is going to be my fourth (!) NYE in NYC. One thing has remained constant about the last day of the year: I start the night with some New Year’s Eve Champagne at Marta. Why, you ask? Well you can’t beat pizza and Champagne. Whatever toppings/sauce/crust you opt for, there is [More]