Cool-Climate Pinot Noirs in California

I’ve been writing a lot about Oregon Pinot Noir lately, but the confirmation a few weeks ago of the newest California AVA—West Sonoma Coast—reminded me of just how cool cool-climate Pinot Noir vineyards in California… Continue reading

CAVES SÃO JOÃO

Spain and Portugal continue to make wines that take you back in time. Recently in our office, we tasted two wines from CAVES SÃO JOÃO—a Cabernet and a white wine, both of which were from… Continue reading

Traveling Back In Time

Spain and Portugal continue to make wines that take you back in time. Recently in our office, we tasted two wines from CAVES SĀO JOĀO—a Cabernet and a white wine, both of which were from… Continue reading

Last Great Wines

Although none of us should be surprised about this, the following first sentence from a recent piece in the Drinks Business (Jan 4, 2022) stopped me in my tracks. “Wine collectors are stepping up their efforts to… Continue reading

The Blistering New York Times Exposé

Since it was published last week, I have thought a lot about the blistering New York Times exposé, The Wine World’s Most Elite Circle Has a Sexual Harassment Problem. Julia Moskin’s blow-by-blow reporting was gut… Continue reading

No Spitting Hitting Close to Home

A couple of months ago, in response to the COVID pandemic, Major League Baseball made spitting illegal. Ok, I thought. Who wants to watch men spit saliva, sunflower seeds, and tobacco anyway? But then a… Continue reading

Just an Apéritif? Mais, Non!

One of the biggest misconceptions about Champagne is that it should be drunk solely as an apéritif. Just the opposite! Champagne belongs solidly on the dinner table, for it’s one of the best partners food… Continue reading

Why I Drink Champagne Every Night

It’s true. I drink a glass of Champagne every single night. A bottle lasts me several days (after pouring a glass, I use a Champagne stopper to keep the bubbles in). I don’t find drinking… Continue reading

What I Miss About Restaurants

Until the pandemic, I never realized how much for granted I’d taken restaurants—or how much I would miss them when they were gone. Not counting Gott’s Roadside (which if you live in Napa Valley is… Continue reading

The Wine Industry NEEDS Diversity

We think of the wine industry as generous, open-to-all, and focused on the spirit of community. But a look around any industry tasting event reveals that the wine industry has a long way to go.… Continue reading