Five Decades of Wine: The Arc of My Career

Part Four: The Wine Enthusiast Years

My career really took off when I joined Wine Enthusiast. No longer just second (or third) fiddle, as I’d been at Wine Spectator, but the California guy. To tell you the truth, though, it was several years before I was allowed to review wine. …read more

67 Pall Mall and the price of wine

Most people probably shrug off a wine that costs $25 on a restaurant wine list but that they’ve seen for $10 in a store as just a cost of dining out. What you might not know is that the restaurant didn’t even pay $10 for that wine and it …read more

Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Fermented to Near Perfection

Wine Review: 2011 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Seldom are we fortunate enough to have the pleasure of tasting such a fine example of the Sangiovese grape fermented to near perfection. Monsanto has grabbed my attention and kept it focused with this 2011 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva. …read more

Conference “Wine tourism – A strategy for everyone”

In November, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network will hold its Annual General Meeting in Rioja and Bilbao.

Part of the Network is the Bilbao | Rioja Committee, made up of the Chambers of Commerce of Álava, Bilbao and La Rioja, the Bilbao City Hall and the Grupo Rioja.

From November …read more

Five Decades of Wine: The Arc of My Career

Part Three: The 1990s

You know that story about the Broadway understudy who gets his big break when the star falls ill and he has to stand in? That’s what happened to me one day, when Jim Gordon called and told me Harvey Steiman, who was supposed to write about …read more

4 Tips on Finding Awesome Sparkling Wine


Most sparkling wine isn’t Champagne and that’s not a bad thing.

Champagne is an awesome sparkling wine but the cost for a entry-level bottle usually starts at $36–40. And, while this is by no means a bad price for a good wine, it’s not exactly what most of us imagine spending …read more