A Bloody Mary For People Who Don’t Like Them

Posted on: January 24th, 2018 by
A Bloody Mary made with beet-infused gin and topped with sparkling wine.

I’ve never been a big fan of the Bloody Mary. The classic brunch cocktail, in the sad guises I’ve had it, was often full of gloppy tomato juice and mix, seasoned and garnished with an everybody in the pool, XTREME!!! flavor overload. This all changed when I took a class at Astor Center in New York [More]

Wine Resolutions and Goals for 2018

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by
wine resolutions and goals for 2018

Kicking off 2018 by sharing my wine resolutions. Since I don’t have a whole lotta fitness goals (insert “fittin’ this” donut/pizza/burrito in my mouth joke), I’ll focus on my vocation and passion. You’ll find promises (to myself and, well, to you) on the latest episode of Snacky Tunes. I’m back! I’d love for you to listen [More]

Crémant is Your Sparkling Wine for the Holidays

Posted on: December 12th, 2017 by
Crémant is bargain bubbly made in the same way as Champagne.

Ok, sparkling wine is a year-round delight, but let’s not kid ourselves. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, it’s high season for bubbles. So I want to highlight a range of French sparkling wines that, once you know the name, you’re going to get something good and not too expensive. So remember this: Crémant. It’s [More]

The Champagne Flute Needs a Hero (Me)

Posted on: December 7th, 2017 by
A Champagne flute illustration by CakeSpy

Tis the season for celebration, sparkling wine, and for more haters to bubble to the surface when it comes to the Champagne flute. But fear not, I (still) stand tall and proud when it comes to defending the ultimate vessel for sparkling wine. This time, I marshaled resources to defend my case: Avery Gilbert, author [More]

How to Survive Crowded Wine Tastings

Posted on: November 14th, 2017 by
Wine tastings don't get this crowded, but sometimes can feel like it.

As an anxious person, I worry about a lot of things. Even wine tastings. But I want you to relax, to chill. Just keep in mind that when go to some big event like “The Freakiest Wine Grapes” or “Around the World in 8,00o Bottles” or “Mega-Zinful Blowout” (BTW, I made up all those names), be prepared for crowds, lots [More]

(Re)connecting With My Mother Through Wine Travel

Posted on: October 26th, 2017 by
Me and My Mom at Nant Distilling in Tasmania.

After the death of my father I started taking a lot of international trips with my mother. Wine travel made sense because, well, duh it was my passion and what I did for a living. And, hey, wineries are generally in some pretty spectacular spots, full of interesting characters, and a source for many memorable [More]

Considering Music and the Winery Tasting Room Experience

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by
Vinyl in Sleight of Hand Tasting Room

Do you find the tasting room experience a bit staid? Full of laminated PDFs and the drone-like reciting of a wine’s purported qualities by robotic employees. Yeah, I’ve been there. (Though, thankfully it’s the exception not the norm.) One way to bring a little sizzle to the setting? Music. It sets a mood and a tone. [More]

A Creative Agency Critiques Wine Labels

Posted on: September 6th, 2017 by
Design Sketches

I’ve written quite a bit about wine labels, particularly in a (sporadic) “Label Lust” series. My experience as a retail wine buyer definitely comes into play here. When I looked at wines good enough to buy in bulk for display, not only did the label have to be good, but also THE BOX IT CAME IN. [More]

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