A smattering of under-the-radar, late-1990s Cabernet Sauvignons from the Sierra Foothills have started appearing on top wine lists in the past several months. The 1997 vintage of Taken from Granite, the California label in question, is available by the bottle at New York City fine dining restaurants Union Square Cafe and Momofuku Ko.
When your friends are professional drinkers, Sunday Funday can be oddly stressful. A few months back, I was thrilled to be able to join a group of other sommeliers for a casual afternoon hang. I had a rare weekend day off from work and was looking forward to an afternoon of lounging in sweatpants and […]
It’s a Sunday night in January and we’re expecting a lot of snow. I’ve trekked over to my Grandma’s home to bum around, watch movies, and, of course, drink wine with my family. My Grandma is generous with her liquor cabinet, which is stocked with magnums of Cavit and Yellow Tail. And trust me, before […]
It starts out innocently enough. I’m at dinner with friends. The waitress comes to ask what we’d like to drink. I place my drink order: whiskey neat. That’s when the waitress leans in and asks if I wouldn’t prefer something sweeter, like maybe a Moscato, or a Sauvignon Blanc. I politely decline and continue on […]
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 […]
Catholic churches need wine. It’s written in the Code of Canon Law that uncorrupted grape wine be served during communion. But sacramental wine is more than just fermented juice; it’s a stand-in for the blood of Christ and his sacrifice. And in America, the history of this sacred wine, and the destiny of those who make it, was ironically shaped […]
This month, Sonoma State University released the results of its annual survey on American wine preferences. Americans listed price, brand, and varietal as the top deciding factors in their wine choices. And from 2015 to 2016, their interest in whether their wines had won any medals fell from 13 percent to just six percent.
You would be forgiven for thinking that we are living in a marvelous time for women in the wine industry. With headlines like “The Rise of the Female Sommeliers” and “Sex and the Sommelier: Make Way for Women,” women are showing up everywhere. From “13 Badass Female Winemakers” to “New York City’s Pioneering Female Sommeliers,” […]
From afar, the lifestyle of the successful sommelier looks quite glamorous, featuring perks such as access to a cellar full of Champagne, and with opportunities to show off one’s skills, such as adeptly pouring a magnum with one hand or detailing the weather conditions of a particular vintage from memory. But how does one actually […]