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]

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]

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