Anxiety, Blind Tasting, and Wine Education

Posted on: June 25th, 2017 by
Blind Tasting

I am an anxious, hand-wringing individual. It manifests itself in many aspects of my life, including wine. While putting together some (very poor man’s) Ira Glass-esque commentary for the latest episode of the Wine Enthusiast podcast, I was transported back to a few of my anxiety-ridden moments of doubt and second-guessing. Particularly when it comes [More]

My New Wine Segment on the Snacky Tunes Podcast

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 by
Snacky Tunes Podcast Chillable Reds

  I’m a huge fan of the podcast that talks about food and talks about music, Snacky Tunes. So I was absolutely delighted when asked to submit a monthy wine segment for the show. And my first one is now available! I focus on red wines you can chill and enjoy all summer long. So dig learning about [More]

Three North Fork Long Island Summer Wines

Posted on: June 17th, 2017 by
Paumanok Vineyards North Fork

I spent a delightfully relaxing weekend at a friend’s home in Mattituck on the North Fork of Long Island over Memorial Day weekend. Naturally, there was wine. Here are few highlights in the form of a white, a rosé, and a red wine. What unites these three? All low in alcohol, in the 11-13% range. [More]

What It’s Like to Be a Wine Buyer at a Grocery Store

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by
QFC Broadway Market Wine

I spent years working as a wine steward at the Broadway Market QFC in Seattle. It was a wonderful experience. I walked to work. Customers became my friends. As far as the wine selection, there were must-haves as part of the corporate set. But I got to buy weird, cool shit, too. I loved visiting my [More]

Wines to Match with Black Bean and Pepita Balls

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 by
Vegan Black Bean and Pepita Balls

I’ve always wanted to blurb a book. You know, where an author you admire asks you to contribute a sentence or two to adorn the back cover? Well, it finally happened thanks to Jenn de la Vega. Her cookbook, Showdown Comfort Food, Chili & BBQ, is a delight and totally reflects her can-do, adventurous, and [More]

A Liter of Italian Rosé Perfect for Tacos

Posted on: April 25th, 2017 by
1000 Mille Rosato

My idea of retail therapy involves a new pair of addidas and an Italian rosé (rosato)  that I’ve never drank before in in a big one-liter bottle. To know me is to know I have a thing for 1L bottles. They make the “normal” 750ml bottle seem so sad. Who wouldn’t want an extra third of [More]

Best Wine Travel Destinations on Snacky Tunes

Posted on: February 25th, 2017 by
Snacky Tunes Wine Travel

Had the pleasure of being a guest on Snacky Tunes again, the most excellent podcast where the talk is about food AND the talk is about music. I was there to discuss Wine Enthusiast’s 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2017. Of those top ten spots I have visited five. Though I confess when I went to London I [More]

Defend Oaky White Wines and Hug a Barrel

Posted on: February 9th, 2017 by
oak barrel

Permit me to rattle my saber a bit and come out and say I am tired of all the criticism of oaky white wines. I love ’em. Especially this time of year, when they are like a warm hug. And you want something that pairs exceptionally well with rich seafood dishes, creamy soups, and even [More]

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