2017 is rolling in fresh and clean. Like every new year, this one brings with it that powerful urge to be off with the old trends and on with the new. What will this year bring for the wine industry? A look back over some recent trends may give us an idea. The 1990s brought us […]
You may have heard the term ”natural wine” floating around. It’s not a new trend, though it seems to be getting more and more entrenched in mainstream wine-drinking culture. So we thought we’d break it down for you. Since the green movement of the late ’90s, we have gone through a few phases in wine. […]
Capricorn (DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 19) O.K., Mr. or Miss dependable: Get ready for your year of transformation. You will discover things about yourself you may not have known to exist. Your ruler, Saturn, is in retrograde, and Pluto is tickling your karmic soul. Oh boy, does Pluto love transformation! It’s time to uncover hidden talents […]
A trend is ravaging American media. A series of hot takes purporting to take down the wine industry has been steadily carving out a niche on the internet, claiming that wine experts are a hoax and expensive wine is bogus. It started back in 2010 with a ”Freakonomics Radio” episode that had some surprising news […]
It’s that time of year. No, not the holidays, although for this Star Wars geek, I would say the holidays came early. Like, December 16th early. The new film, Rouge One: A Star Wars Story is here! This weekend I saw it in IMAX 3D, plus twice more in the lesser formats. Yep, I’m that weirdo.
There is a new buzzword floating around in the world of wine lovers: “grower Champagne.” In order to explain what this refers to, let’s take a trip through the usual Champagne-making process. The majority of the Champagne you see on a wine shelf near you is made by what are called houses.
Why the hell are wines from the Napa Valley so expensive? As the owner of an international wine shop for seven years, I definitely sold my share of Napa Valley wine. The catch was that my wine shop was in downtown NYC — not an area of the city where one buys $60 Napa Valley reds and whites […]
As Igor, our host form Cantina Santa Maria La Palma, drove me to my hotel from the airport, across the hilly scrub brush and under the palm trees of northwestern Sardinia to the seaside town of Alghero, he ran down the general schedule of my trip. A lot of eating and a lot of wine […]
Wine, Star Wars and cannabis — these are a few of my favorite things. So when I found out there is a movement in Mendocino County, California to create cannabis appellations, not unlike wine appellations, I was naturally drawn to the idea, like a bee to pollen. But, does cannabis express terroir in the same […]