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]

Hazelfern Cellars Winter Rosé is Good Any Time of the Year

Posted on: January 1st, 2019 by
Hazelfern Cellars Winter Rosé is good any time of the year.

I got an email from Little Green Pickle, a PR firm in Portland, asking me if I wanted a sample of Hazelfern Cellars Winter Rosé. It’s “a beautiful and unique rosé the transcends the hype associated with pink wine.” I was like, did you see my VinePair article about drinking rosé beyond the pale?!? Calling a [More]

New Year’s Eve Champagne at Marta in Manhattan

Posted on: December 29th, 2018 by
Your perfect match with New Year's Eve Champagne is pizza at Marta.

I can’t believe this is going to be my fourth (!) NYE in NYC. One thing has remained constant about the last day of the year: I start the night with some New Year’s Eve Champagne at Marta. Why, you ask? Well you can’t beat pizza and Champagne. Whatever toppings/sauce/crust you opt for, there is [More]

2018: A Look Back on a Lot of Stuff

Posted on: December 26th, 2018 by
Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira

I’m perusing all my posts from the year. Won’t you join me on a little journey back in time? I started off the year with some wine resolutions. Did I keep them? What were they again? I put my cards on the table while recording a segment for the awesome Snacky Tunes podcast. (They talk [More]

Happy Holidays

Posted on: December 20th, 2018 by
Greenpoint Ave Brooklyn with holiday lights.

  Would you look at this young pup? Tacoma, 2013. So young. So full of Pacific Northwest frivolity rather than subway-hardened NYC grit. Those were the days. Let me comment about the beverages in my loving embrace. Best advice for holiday drinking w/ a crowd: GET MAGNUMS. Big bottles rule. Roederer Estate, the California outpost of [More]

Wow, These Are Some Killer Washington Wines

Posted on: December 16th, 2018 by
Notable red selection of Washington State wines.

I went to a “Meet the Makers” Visit Seattle event at Filson’s flagship NYC store in Union Square  and soaked in the idyllic and nostalgic Pacific Northwest vibe. One of the highlights, of course, was the selection of Washington State wines available to sample. And I have to say, I was fairly gobsmacked by many [More]

Argentina Beyond Malbec: A Duo from Susana Balbo Wines

Posted on: December 15th, 2018 by
The vineyards of Susana Balbo Wines.

I was offered sample bottles from Susana Balbo Wines in Argentina and while perusing the list a couple caught my eye. One thing I don’t want to see happen to the country as far as its wines is for it to be pegged as full of Malbec, more Malbec, and nothing but Malbec. Don’t get [More]

Illumination Sauvignon Blanc is Awesome

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by
The Illumination Sauvignon Blanc is a splurge-worthy white wine.

I sat down for breakfast with Augustin Fransisco Huneeus, proprietor of his family’s eponymous Huneeus Vineyards a while ago. He was an energetic fountain of early-morning conversation the likes for which I was mentally unprepared. If the name Huneeus isn’t familiar, I’d point you to the family’s historic organic and biodynamic estate in the Rutherford [More]