Archive for the ‘wine’ Category

It being Valentine’s Day Weekend, I thought I’d pen a love letter to one of my favorite wineries of all time, Ridge Vineyards.   I’ve had a long relationship with Ridge. The first time I went to visit my ex-boyfriend’s parents in France, I went to Astor Place to pick up a bottle of wine. I […]

Here are some pics and quick notes from the tasting I referred to in my last post. The theme was lesser-known French wines in the $20 vicinity.  Tasting notes for the sake of tasting notes aren’t that helpful, but I’m also including some advice that I gave the participants in a follow-up email.  The second […]

Someone asked me a great question at a tasting I held last week. I was trying to make the point that nearly everyone has the requisite tools to understand and appreciate wine: a sense of smell, a sense of taste, and a basic level of critical thinking. Plenty of people feel comfortable offering their opinions […]

In honor of our tenth pseudo-anniversary (Paul & I met on New Year’s Eve ’98), we decided to host an intimate, fahncy dinner party. Paul’s one rule was that guests had to commit to our party for the entire evening, none of this “I’ll stop by for 45 minutes before going to my former office […]

Some Good News


The economy’s had me in a bit of a tizzy lately.  Basically, I wake up each morning thankful that I have a job. I’m trying to cultivate what Oprah might call an “attitude of gratitude” so on that note, a few bright spots. I had dinner the other night with Philip James, the very clever founder […]

My election day post touched sort of tangentially on something I think about a lot — how much does the power of suggestion affect how we taste and think about wines? Sometimes I worry that I’m just too suggestible. It could be the comment of a tasting partner (“you’re getting kiwi? well, now that you […]

  Swing states, senate seats, concession speeches…let’s get down to the real issue: what wine tastes best with a big serving of CNN election coverage and take out hamburgers? (Sadly, I am drinking at home rather than at Bene’s blowout election fest because I have work to do tonight.)   I’m going for an Eliseo […]