Evan Goldstein – Square Roots, Full Circle – Take Two!

Maldives- 2012 Evan

The spectrum of  wine personalities in the United States encompasses some of the most passionate and deeply knowledgeable individuals to be found in any profession. From compelling wine writers to high-profile sommeliers,  from visionary importers to devoted wine cellar advisors, from tireless brand ambassadors to wholesale agents and to those who provide the tools and messaging for […]

Christian Moueix – A Tale of Two Terroirs – Encore!

Napanook vineyard at Dominus Estate

It is quite possible that, more than any other profession, the wine industry, whose faithful emissaries passionately extoll the virtues of the irresistibly engaging, historical footprint of the vine that speaks to the essence of the human spirit and its relationship to the natural world, is disproportionately layered with eminent storytellers whose tales have often been […]

Christian Moueix – A Tale of Two Terroirs

Monsieur Moueix

It is quite possible that, more than any other profession, the wine industry, whose tireless emissaries passionately extoll the virtues of the vine – the irresistibly engaging history of which speaks to the creativity of the human spirit and its relationship to the natural world – is disproportionately populated with eminent storytellers whose tales have often been forged […]

It takes a Forest!

He of the 99%!

From childhood, our imaginations are repeatedly stirred by captivating tales of noble forest-dwellers the likes of Robin Hood interspersed with fantastical worlds inhabited by gnomes, fairies, trolls, wolves and the like. As we grow, the forest enchants us through the infinite expanse of places it challenges our minds to explore and discover. Whether scaling one […]

Free Flow Wines – changing the game one tap at a time!

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Just north of San Francisco, a dedicated band of  engaging entrepreneurs is quietly driving what many think is one of the hottest, most consumer-friendly trends currently lighting up the world of wine – wine on tap. Row upon row of sleek, silver kegs waiting to be filled with premium wines crowd the staging area at […]

Vine Buzz

Currently featured on SlaveToTheGrape  from the French wine press: In the News – take a peek at the new, world-class wine palace coming soon to the city of Bordeaux;  A La Une (news en français) – check out what the dames du vin have to say when L’Express magazine goes straight to the source for interviews with three, top sommeliers […]

The Northern Tier

Witching Stick 2011 Chard

California’s northwest, with its majestic redwoods, breathtaking coastline and distance from any real population centers nurtures a hearty, self-sufficient individual some of whose forebears, centered around the Mendocino county town of Boonville, even spoke their own, nationally-recognized, linguistic jargon known as Boontling. Vines have been cultivated here since the mid-19th century, yet the great expansion of quality […]

There’s No Place Like Beaune

The spirit of winemakers past!

Boris Champy is a soft-spoken winemaker whose focused demeanor speaks of a passion motivated by a singular objective – to seize each opportunity and create world-class wines . He currently directs a team of like-minded individuals at one of Burgundy’s most prestigious domains – the house of Louis Latour. I spoke with him in late March about his career in the industry. (This is […]

Phylloxera – The Louse that Crashed the Party!

The December 4th, 1863 issue of the British publication, Journal of the Society of Arts, reported that while the quality of the wines from the European continent were of a lesser stature than those of the impressive 1862 vintage, there were nonetheless, as with the reds of Burgundy, a handful of districts that produced wines […]

The verse of the vine

The bishop, the heathen, the soldier, the muse, All legions, collectives, great nations in turn, Through treachery, treaty, industry, ruse, Have nurtured the vine from the earth to the urn; Through wars of attrition, by sweeping decree, Through alliance, betrayal, entreaties, crusade, Republics’ and empires’ hegemony, Gave wings to the vine and a burgeoning trade; […]