Love That Mountain Fruit

Posted on: April 29th, 2019 by
The estate vineyards at Antica Napa Valley.

Look, the region is called Napa VALLEY. You’d expect there’s plenty of good stuff at low elevations. But I’ve always been excited by the uppermost regions, which I first explored at Cain and Smith-Madrone on Spring Mountain. So I was excited to be invited to a tasting of wines from Antica Napa Valley, located on Atlas Peak. [More]

This Blog is 15 Years Old, But Where Do I Go From Here?

Posted on: April 23rd, 2019 by
I-15 highway sign

Happy Anniversary to my blog! Fifteen years ago yesterday I published my first dang post. And almost five years ago, my legendary, fiery defense of the Champagne flute debuted. This blog has led to opportunities, adventures, and even money-paying jobs (!). And people along the way as well. Yes, blogging helped me interact with…other humans! And speaking [More]

This Wine Has Invisible Oak, No Magic Involved

Posted on: April 18th, 2019 by
A magic book that's open and a spell's coming out of it

I got two sample bottles of the 2017 Wölffer Estate Grandioso Rosé. It’s a Long Island wine. Pretty damn local for me to drink! This is the current release. Perhaps you noticed something in that first sentence? THE YEAR OF 2017. That’s right, this is not a “fresh” 2018 rosé. What the hell is going on?!? [More]

A Trio of Philadelphia Places from Breakfast to Dinner (or Vice-Versa or in Whatever Order)

Posted on: March 25th, 2019 by
South Philly Street Art

Things that seemed outlandish, nay, impossible, when I lived in Seattle are actually within my grasp on the East Coast. Case in point: I can get from New York City to Philadelphia on a bus in two hours! What?!? Jesus, I am ignorant. Anyway, I’ve been spending a fair bit of time in (mostly South) Philly [More]

Cool Wine Shop Alert: Forêt in Ridgewood, Queens

Posted on: March 5th, 2019 by
One of the cool bottles you'll find at Ridgewood's Forêt Wines.

I’ve been spending more time in Ridgewood now that a very good friend lives there. If you find yourself in this part of Queens and are thirsting for some natural (“natty”) bottles, check out Forêt Wines. Two visits in and its got all the things I like about a wine shop: small, charming, eclectic yet [More]

My Profile of Odd Fox Coffee for Fresh Cup Magazine

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019 by
A view into Odd Fox Coffee, which is located in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood.

Ever stop in a neighborhood spot and be totally charmed, then pitch an article about that place to a publication? And the editor says, “YES, WE WILL PUBLISH THAT.” (Ok, the reply was not all-caps.) I was delighted to write a profile of Odd Fox Coffee, located right in my Greenpoint neighborhood, for Fresh Cup [More]

Go Gamay Go: Two Bottles Starring My Favorite Red Grape

Posted on: February 13th, 2019 by
After drinking this bargain Beaujolais you'll be singing, "Go Gamay Go!"

Gamay freaks unite! And they/we do, across the globe, thanks to #gogamaygo. Check it out on IG. I believe the origins of it come from my friend Treve Ring but I’m not sure. And though the grape is popping up all over the world, the best stuff is from France. Particularly Beaujolais. Here are two [More]

When Alsace Drinks Like Burgundy (Wait…Nah.)

Posted on: February 1st, 2019 by
Domaine Ostertag Pinot Noir Les Jardins

Actually, why compare the Domaine Ostertag Pinot Noir 2016 Les Jardins to Burgundy? Like in Oregon, it’s time to say Pinot Noir (especially from a storied locale like Alsace in France) don’t need that “Burgundian” comparison so abused it should really be retired because it’s completely irrelevant. (Also there’s plenty of Burgundy thats, well, not [More]