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]

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]