Proceed With Caution When Pairing a Well-Aged Wine With Food?

Posted on: November 15th, 2019 by
This is what you should have on your plate when pairing old wines.

Initially I had a more provocative title for pushing the notion that pairing old wines with food is…perhaps counterproductive. But in my latest article for VinePair, the idea thankfully matured like a…well, you know what. I ended up getting my impertinence tempered by three wine experts: Heinz Frishengruber, managing winemaker/technical director at Domäne Wachau (Austria) [More]

Which wine is better suited for cold weather: red wine or white wine?

Posted on: October 5th, 2019 by
If you are in this cabin, what are good cold weather wines?

I’ve been answering wine queries on the question and answer site Quora. I’ll share some of the most interesting questions I’ve been asked and, of course, my answers. I limit myself to spending a couple minutes on each response, not doing any research or “cheating.” I rely on my experience and opinion, which is probably not [More]

Valpolicella in Venice: The Talented Mr. Ripley

Posted on: October 1st, 2019 by
The Talented Mr. Ripley, and perhaps a nice Valpolicella.

When I read Social Creature, then perused the reviews on Goodreads, I was surprised by the vitriol from folks calling it a cut-rate/derivative spin/lift of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. I really enjoyed Social Creature, but had no point of Ripley reference since I’ve never read said classic. But then fate intervened. Well, not [More]

What are some great cheap wines?

Posted on: September 16th, 2019 by
Here are recommendations for great cheap wines.

I’ve been answering wine queries on the question and answer site Quora. I’ll share some of the most interesting questions I’ve been asked and, of course, my answers. I limit myself to spending a couple minutes on each response, not doing any research or “cheating.” I rely on my experience and opinion, which is probably not [More]

A Spanish White Wine Labyrinth

Posted on: September 12th, 2019 by
Pair The Labyrinth of the Spirits with a nice Spanish white wine.

I got very ambitious as a reader, picking up a copy of a (nearly) 800-page book. No regrets! I gladly sacrificed some/much sleep to stay up and finish Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Let’s take a look at my review on Goodreads, shall we? The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz [More]

Natural Wine For The People: Thoughts on the Book

Posted on: September 5th, 2019 by
Natural Wine For The People is a fine, slender guide.

A wine list that’s a thoughtfully chosen, slender guide can bring as much pleasure as an overstuffed tome, and it’s certainly easier to navigate. This was one of the thoughts running through my head while perusing a review copy of Natural Wine For The People by Alice Feiring. The book serendipitously arrived after a coworker [More]

Which wines contain isinglass?

Posted on: September 2nd, 2019 by
Which wines contain isinglass, made from fish bladder?

I’ve been answering wine queries on the question and answer site Quora. I’ll share some of the most interesting questions I’ve been asked and, of course, my answers. I limit myself to spending a couple minutes on each response, not doing any research or “cheating.” I rely on my experience and opinion, which is probably not [More]

Sex, Lees, and Social Media

Posted on: August 29th, 2019 by
The novel Social Creature is very polarizing when it comes to reviews.

I assiduously avoid reading (fiction) reviews on Goodreads prior to cracking open a book so as not to be prejudiced/predisposed to like or loathe it. I’d rather peruse the back cover teaser and a handwritten note from a bookstore employee. Also I find reviews to be spoiler-y. Not in a “The butler did it!” kind [More]