Smell is closely associated with memory, something that wine reminds us of at the most unexpected times. Sometimes, when sticking your nose in a glass as a mere formality, a wave of recognition washes over. I once blind-tasted a wine so striking that, although I couldn’t pinpoint the producer, grape, or region, I immediately recollected […]
Sometimes I like knowing exactly how my glass of wine will taste. It’s comforting to decide what kind of wine fits my current mood, select a beloved bottle, and relish in its familiar scents and flavors. Perhaps that’s why I never have my favorite wines stocked at home; the second I buy them, I drink […]
It’s easy to get ambitious in the first hours of a new year. The clock strikes midnight, and suddenly the past is washed away, a blank canvas set at your feet. “I will learn something new, get organized, hit the gym, save money, drink less, meet my deadlines!” you proclaim, gleefully sipping the bottle of […]
In the blink of an eye, we’re preparing to ring in a new year once again. While 2017 had its fair share of trials and tribulations, there’s plenty to celebrate as well, which is why everyone is out hunting down some bubbly to pop when the clock strikes 12 on Sunday night. I for one […]
Under the category “good problems to have” goes the moment of indecision that comes about when there are just too many delicious, well-priced wines available on a wine list. It most recently occurred for me when dining with friends at a brand new Italian joint in Brooklyn. After much discussion and debate (cru Beaujolais and […]
December is my favorite month of the year (I have the feeling I’m not alone in this). Twinkling lights abound, friends and family come together from far-flung destinations, and there’s an added dose of holiday joy in the air. But there’s the flip side to the season as well: endless shopping lists, last-minute travel, holiday […]
With such a wide variety of wines available in wine shops across the U.S., it’s hard to justify ever buying the same wine twice. Thousands of grape varieties are bottled in wines from every corner of the globe, creating neverending exploration possibilities. There are a few bottles, though, that I have a hard time resisting […]
As Beaujolais Nouveau Day rolled around, I hunted for a bottle of cru Beaujolais, something to compare side-by-side with the fresh 2017 vintage Nouveau announced on every wine shop sandwich board. It wasn’t a difficult pursuit; there were at least 15 cru options available, most from tried-and-true producers that have grown more popular each year.
I love the holidays, which is why I’ll take any opportunity to celebrate them as many times as possible. Perhaps that’s why I love the concept of Friendsgiving so much; why have one delicious, convivial Thanksgiving meal when you can have two?