The Novel “New York 2140” and Wine

Posted on: March 21st, 2018 by
New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

I’m in the middle of reading New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, which I bought at the excellent bookstore, WORD, in my neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The plot? As the sea levels rose, every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York [More]

Restaurant Wine List Tips When Your Choices Are Endless

Posted on: March 18th, 2018 by
A page from a restaurant wine list.

Navigating a big restaurant wine list is daunting. Possibly scary. For a geek like me, it can also be hella fun. I was reminded of this when I was at Nice Matin, a French restaurant in New York City’s Upper West Side. The wine list there is excellent. (Not the one pictured, BTW.) And it is big. [More]

What Five Wine Questions Would You Ask Me?

Posted on: February 21st, 2018 by
Got wine questions?

One of the many things I love about what I do on the internet, in print, and face-to-face? Answer wine questions! Bring. Them. On. Sure, I enjoy hobnobbing with my industry pals/geeks and getting really esoteric. But I also delight in fielding queries from people outside of the industry. I dig enthusiastic wine drinkers who [More]

A Bloody Mary For People Who Don’t Like Them

Posted on: January 24th, 2018 by
A Bloody Mary made with beet-infused gin and topped with sparkling wine.

I’ve never been a big fan of the Bloody Mary. The classic brunch cocktail, in the sad guises I’ve had it, was often full of gloppy tomato juice and mix, seasoned and garnished with an everybody in the pool, XTREME!!! flavor overload. This all changed when I took a class at Astor Center in New York [More]

Wine Resolutions and Goals for 2018

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by
wine resolutions and goals for 2018

Kicking off 2018 by sharing my wine resolutions. Since I don’t have a whole lotta fitness goals (insert “fittin’ this” donut/pizza/burrito in my mouth joke), I’ll focus on my vocation and passion. You’ll find promises (to myself and, well, to you) on the latest episode of Snacky Tunes. I’m back! I’d love for you to listen [More]

Crémant is Your Sparkling Wine for the Holidays

Posted on: December 12th, 2017 by
Crémant is bargain bubbly made in the same way as Champagne.

Ok, sparkling wine is a year-round delight, but let’s not kid ourselves. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, it’s high season for bubbles. So I want to highlight a range of French sparkling wines that, once you know the name, you’re going to get something good and not too expensive. So remember this: Crémant. It’s [More]

The Champagne Flute Needs a Hero (Me)

Posted on: December 7th, 2017 by
A Champagne flute illustration by CakeSpy

Tis the season for celebration, sparkling wine, and for more haters to bubble to the surface when it comes to the Champagne flute. But fear not, I (still) stand tall and proud when it comes to defending the ultimate vessel for sparkling wine. This time, I marshaled resources to defend my case: Avery Gilbert, author [More]

How to Survive Crowded Wine Tastings

Posted on: November 14th, 2017 by
Wine tastings don't get this crowded, but sometimes can feel like it.

As an anxious person, I worry about a lot of things. Even wine tastings. But I want you to relax, to chill. Just keep in mind that when go to some big event like “The Freakiest Wine Grapes” or “Around the World in 8,00o Bottles” or “Mega-Zinful Blowout” (BTW, I made up all those names), be prepared for crowds, lots [More]