I Hope I Remember This Night

I wrote the following poem on the evening of September 21, 2022 after attending a “Conversation” at Ashes & Diamonds winery in the Napa Valley. The presentation—by five winemakers—centered around the topic of sustainability. But,… Continue reading


My Commencement Speech at the CIA

Yesterday, I had the honor of giving the commencement speech at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone for the students in the Accelerated Culinary Arts Program and Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate Program. The… Continue reading

Come with Me to Where Wine was Born

About ten years ago, I went on a cruise—something I never thought I’d do. It was the most relaxing and restorative vacation I’ve ever taken. All I did was luxuriate in great wine and food,… Continue reading