Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 1, 2014

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and …read more

The perpetual problem

by Jeff Miller of Artisan Family of Wines (Seven Artisans, Sly Dog Cellars, Red Côte)
While going through my posts for the week, I came across this one from SVB On Wine:
Oversupply and a Bubble Forming. Now What?
While the gist of the post is how to deal with a situation of …read more

The Native (Italian) American

As we get more science on exactly who we are and where we came from via DNA mapping, we often find out we aren’t who we think we are. In my case, I found out I am 51.6% Italian. I also found out I have a small percentage of East …read more

Gaijin, Part 2


I mentioned the new ramen pop-up, Ramen Gaijin, recently but hadn’t actually experienced it first-hand yet. However..last Monday, I got access to the kitchen, where Chefs Moishe Hahn-Schuman and Matthew Williams were prepping for that evening’s sold-out dinner.

It’s a whirlwind, with trays of buckwheat noodles, pork belly and miso in …read more


The Adelaide artist Hossein Valamanesh yesterday opened Syria Lost, an exhibition of huge black and white photographs by Bryan Dawe, Sandra Elms and Tony Kearney at the Rosemount Cellars on Chaffey’s Road, McLaren Vale. The big square works are haunting images made during their tour of Syria immediately before the …read more

Wines under $20: Ott (Gruner edition)

ott gruner am berg

There’s a hilarious story that runs every August: they’re running out of rosé in The Hamptons! Predictably, it ran again this week. There are tons of great rosés out there (both still AND sparkling, ahem, Hamptons-goers) but the good ones do tend to sell out early in the …read more