Cool Wine Shop Alert: Forêt in Ridgewood, Queens

Posted on: March 5th, 2019 by
One of the cool bottles you'll find at Ridgewood's Forêt Wines.

I’ve been spending more time in Ridgewood now that a very good friend lives there. If you find yourself in this part of Queens and are thirsting for some natural (“natty”) bottles, check out Forêt Wines. Two visits in and its got all the things I like about a wine shop: small, charming, eclectic yet [More]

My Profile of Odd Fox Coffee for Fresh Cup Magazine

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019 by
A view into Odd Fox Coffee, which is located in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood.

Ever stop in a neighborhood spot and be totally charmed, then pitch an article about that place to a publication? And the editor says, “YES, WE WILL PUBLISH THAT.” (Ok, the reply was not all-caps.) I was delighted to write a profile of Odd Fox Coffee, located right in my Greenpoint neighborhood, for Fresh Cup [More]

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]