Beaujolais Nouveau Day

Corks Popped ‘Round the World as Beaujolais Nouveau Season is Officially Launched! In keeping with a fun French wine tradition, Beaujolais Nouveau wines have been released into the market places, with particular fanfare in certain big city markets like New York, LA, Boston, Tokyo and Paris. What exactly is this wine and why the special […]

Going Rogue with Thanksgiving Food & Wine

Several years ago, I very reluctantly had my first “alternative” Thanksgiving dinner.  When I asked my “home chef” boyfriend if we could host Thanksgiving for a few relatives in town, little did I know he was adamantly opposed to traditional holiday food fare.  When I saw the grocery list, sans turkey, I knew I had […]

Fall Into Rosé

If you are one of those people who adheres to seasonal cliches and rules, such as no white clothes can be worn after Labor Day, then you’re going to think I’m highly unfashionable with my latest wine declaration: It’s ok to drink rose wines after summer! I’ve always been an ardent advocate of roses as […]

Napa Wineries Bounce Back, Post Quake

After forging through the strongest earthquake since 1989 in Napa, most of the areas 400 plus wineries only suffered minor damages, and it’s back to business as usual. Going along the major highways and roads through Napa Valley, post the recent quake, it’s as if no disaster just took place at all. There are seemingly […]

Wine Country Gears Up for Harvest

As all the winemakers and cellar workers wrap up summer vacations and hit the ground running for what will be another early harvest, wineries throughout Napa and Sonoma are abuzz with pre-harvest activity. Interns from around the world have besieged the area, in a welcome way, taking to their exotic assignments with gusto. Many wineries […]

Is It a Bakery or Wine Bar? In Praise of the Pop Up

I’m intrigued by Pop Up restaurants and wine bars.  I love the idea, the efforts behind them, and I even love the title- “Pop Up.” Where some view it as representing some sort of insignificant spontaneous event or an after thought, I see it as a project of dedication, determination and passion. There are restaurateurs […]

Tequila Mockingbird

An English major walks into a bar …  Congrats, you fought through War and Peace, burned through Fahrenheit 451, and sailed through Moby-Dick. All right, you nearly drowned in Moby-Dick, but you made it to shore- and you deserve a drink! *** A friend of mine went birthday gift shopping for me and all I […]

A Revolution in Taste & California Tastemakers

I have been devouring my latest book purchase, The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste. in it, San Francisco Chronicle wine writer, Jon Bonne explores emerging California wine producers that are rejecting the status quo style of California winemaking that crept in since late 90s. You […]

Local Wines in Brooklyn

This is a tasting room and “winery” outpost in NYC’s hipster borough of Brooklyn.  Not Manhattan, not Long Island or Finger Lakes, but Brooklyn.  That takes care of the first half of the name.  For the second half- Oenology, the art and science of winemaking, a word usually reserved for wine industry insiders and even […]