Yearly Archives: 2018

Chilean Wine Podcast

My recent conversation with Rodrigo Soto got me thinking about Chile. So it was quite serendipitous that not long after I wrote about it, I got to speak with Michael (“Schach”) Schachner. He reviews the wines of Chile for The Thuse and we had a lively discussion about the state of the country’s wine industry and what’s [More]

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Dublin Wine Bars: Two to Visit

While on a trip to Ireland with my mom (and about two dozen other folks) we toured around via bus. The itinerary was flexible enough that I got to explore on my own. So I used a few pockets of time to check out two Dublin wine bars. (Thanks to Lauren Mowery for the intel.) A [More]

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Headed to Ireland

Hey, I’m taking off for a week-ish trip to Ireland! I’ve never been and I’m going on a sojurn with my mom. It’s one of those package tours (“Taste of Northern Ireland & Dublin”). So I’ll be with dozens of people I’ve never met before, which is exciting. Where I’m Going Dublin (duh) Belfast Derry [More]

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Pickled Broccoli Stems Are Great On Everything

Sometimes my favorite part of a vegetable is not the traditional star of the show. Take celery, for example. While the ribs get all the love, what about the leaves? The latter are a fantastic addition to anything where you might use flat-leaf parsley. And then there’s broccoli. The “crowns” are so valued they are [More]

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FLX-cellent: Time to Visit the Finger Lakes

In the fall of 2015 I spent an idyllic few October days in upstate New York exploring the Finger Lakes wine region. It’s a beautiful area full of interesting, lively Riesling, cool Cabernet Franc, and lovely Lemberger. (Plus MUCH more.) I revisited the region virtually via the latest episode of the What We’re Tasting podcast. [More]

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Chateau Montelena Dream Tasting

Few wineries have played as large a part in American wine history as Chateau Montelena. When I was invited to attend a tasting including five decades of the Napa Valley winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon, I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough. So earlier this summer I buckled up for a wine event of a lifetime. Our Master [More]

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(Re)Discover Greek Wines Podcast

My introduction to Greek wines came via a trip to Santorini. (Six years ago, dang!) It was an epic journey, and I got to sport my summer torso wardrobe of white t-shirts. One of the most remarkable things about the island is its vineyards. These are not manicured rows that grace the cover of magazines [More]

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Spätburgunder Spotlight (Spätlight?)

Can’t say I’ve had a lot of German Pinot Noir. So when I had the chance to attend a dinner celebrating Spätburgunder (that’s the country’s name for Pinot Noir), there was no way I was missing it. Hearty thanks to Icy Liu for the invitation. (Her IG is full of incredible wines.) Our Master of Ceremonies [More]

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