Prohibition sucked! There was a reason for it but damn did we take it a bit far and damn did it wreck the wine industry, especially in California. In this next Cali series installment I get in to all this craziness.
In Part two of my chat with Buyer/Partner of Ruffian in NYC, Alexis Percival we dive into industry equality, her women's tasting group and how that came into fruition (it's amazing), how natural wine as a term hovers over the industry and the people who are giving the term it's pros and cons. I feel like this convo is hella important as we move into a new wine era.
This is part one of a two part interview with Alexis Percival, Partner/Beverage Director, of Ruffian, one of the best wine bars in New York City (imho) that didn't start out as a "natural" wine bar but are dabbling in it accidentally. We talk about everything natural wine and how it is being perceived in the industry as well as with consumers. We covered so much ground that I am splitting it up into two digestible episodes. Part II we talk more natural wine, industry equality and Alexis's...
Part two of my California Wine series where two characters moving west to find their fortunes in the new California territory. It's a weaving tale of trappers and immigrants and wine...and Los Angeles...sort of.
GET READY! This is part one of a series I am dedicating to all things California wine. How it all began and where it is today. How did the grapevine initially make it to California? How did this all begin? Check it.
Wine made from hybrid grapes have been the laughing stock of the wine world for years but now it seems there is a new idea to get these wines onto the market. Will they taste good? I break down what a hybrid is and freak out a little bit.
Earlier Episodes to add context:
Ep 18: The History of Wine in the United States: 'Murica
Ep 72: Halloween Edition: Phylloxera The Destroyer
Ep 85: Thomas Jefferson's Wine Geekery
Ep 86: The Red Flesh Mafia
Ep 87: Attack of the Wine Clones
It's the last episode of 2018! I talk about Wine Skool'D in 2019 and react to some wine trends for the new year I've been reading. I talk about Wine Skool'D in 2019 and react to some wine trends for the new year I've been reading. I talk about Wine Skool'D in 2019 and react to some wine trends for the new year I've been reading.
Tara Empson is taking the reins at Empson & Co. one of the pioneers in Italian wine importing. We had some wine, told some stories, talked about her new roll, carrying out her family's legacy and how she's leading her parents' vision in to the future.
Chianti. You've heard of it. You've sipped it. You love it. But want to know what it's all about? It's Damn complicated! I'm gonna break this region down into its more digestible parts so you can win at Chianti.
Ever had a Kalimotxo? It's also spelled Calimocho or Kalimocho but its a fun wine mixed drink that is all is gaining in popularity here in the US and has been a staple of Spain's drinking culture since before Coca-Cola was invented. The story of its name is the best!