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]

Two Books About Rosé Wine

Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by
La Bastide Blanch Bandol Rosé

Back in the stone age when I began drinking dry rosé, if you told me there was a book about pink wine I would have questioned your sanity. So I’m a bit gobsmacked that this year I can recommend not one but two books about rosé. You can hear me opine about them during my segment [More]

Grenache Blanc From Priorat: Seek Out This Surprising White Wine

Posted on: August 4th, 2017 by
Priorat Vines

Four years ago I went to Spain on a trip with a Cava producer and the most surprising wine I drank (during a day away from sparkling) was a Grenache Blanc (Garnacha Blanca) from Priorat. The later is a region in Spain a couple hours west of Barcelona but it feels like a world away. Steep [More]

There Are Shower Beers But Are There Shower Wines?

Posted on: July 18th, 2017 by
Shower Beers Shower Wines

Tis the season for the shower beer. The perfectly refreshing brew to have while cooling off in the shower. It’s especially relevant for me, as I live in a sweltering Brooklyn apartment with no AC. The best way to reduce my body’s core temperature is a cold shower and an icy beer. This got me thinking. [More]

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]

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