Unexpected Wine and Food Match in James Salter’s Novel “Light Years”

Posted on: January 24th, 2019 by
Light Years by James Salter has a lot of wine-drinking.

Sometimes when you least expect it, expect it. That’s how wine sneaks up on me. Not like a bottle quietly tiptoeing behind me and then, “SURPRISE!” More of a coming across mentions of it while reading and thinking about the author’s experience with wine. Such is the case of the novel Light Years by James [More]

Fossil & Fawn Alien Juice is From Outer Space

Posted on: January 14th, 2019 by
Take a flier on this unusual bottling from Oregon's Fossil & Fawn.

One thing I love about Fossil & Fawn is their labels. And since this wine doesn’t have a name (well ok “Oregon Red Wine” I guess but that’s a snoozefest) I dub it Alien Juice. View this post on Instagram Coming at you a week from Thursday. 50% Muller-Thurgau, 25% Pinot noir, 25% Marechal Foch, [More]

Persephone Wines Pét Nat is the Perfect Afternoon Wine

Posted on: January 9th, 2019 by
Looking for the perfect afternoon fizz? It's the Persephone Wines Pét-Nat.

I met fellow scribe Rachel Signer in 2015 on a trip to Sicily, right before I moved to New York. We’ve been friends since. She lives in Australia (!) now and is producing her own wines. I was tickled to walk into Thirst Wine Merchants and pick up a bottle from her Persephone Wines label, [More]

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]