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]

I Can Go For That: Recommended Canned Wines

Posted on: February 4th, 2017 by
Hoxie Spritzer Canned Wine

When it comes to wine, packaging is something I think about a lot. There has been a (relative) flurry of new wines in a can, with products ranging from fizzy to spritzy, plus whites, rosés, reds. I’ve even tried a saké-based (not wine) cooler. So, are they any good? The answer is yes. Are there many [More]

Barboursville Vineyards: A Visit to Virginia Wine Country

Posted on: January 7th, 2017 by
Jameson Fink Barboursville Vineyards

Though a blustery day, as fall faded and winter arrived, my visit to Barboursville Vineyards in Virginia was nonetheless memorable. Significantly for an impromptu photoshoot with my friend Tracey Salazar. I was in DC visiting Tracey and her husband, Patrick, and we went for a day-long jaunt out to Barboursville to deliver one of her prints [More]

On Champagne and Steak: The Hey Human Podcast

Posted on: January 2nd, 2017 by
steak and champagne

Hi there and welcome to 2017. One of the highlights of my 2016 was a (brief) trip to Nashville. My guide was Susan Ruth, a performing songwriter. While I was in town I sat down with her as a guest on the Hey Human Podcast. And Champagne and steak was set in front of me [More]

Magnums for New Year’s Eve, Please

Posted on: December 31st, 2016 by
Lini 910 Labrusca Rosso Lambrusco

I put together a little roundup of New Year’s Eve sparkling wine suggestions for Wine Enthusiast. My pick? Naturally, rosé Champagne. But the selections run the gamut from fizzy to fancy. One thing I forgot to mention when it comes to New Year’s Eve bottles is GO BIG. I was reminded of this when I [More]

Eclectic Guide to Holiday Value Wines

Posted on: December 18th, 2016 by
Photo by James Cridland via Flickr

What happens when you poll the staff at Wine Enthusiast for holiday wine picks, all $20 or less? You get quite an assortment of bottles. Check out what eight of us, if lucky enough to be invited to your place, would bring to your festive occasion. Here’s the breakdown: Countries Represented Australia United States South Africa [More]

Quick Thoughts on Drinking Wine in New York

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by
Zadie's Oyster Room

I can say one thing about James “The Wine Guy” Melendez I feel confident I cannot say about anyone else: I’ve spent time with him in Lodi, California and Champagne, France. The former experience was at the Wine Bloggers Conference, the latter when we were both on a press trip to the homeland of my all-time favorite wines. [More]

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