The mercury is sky-high now, and it’s not gonna drop anytime soon. We’re in it for the long haul, people!
Now normally, I’m the first to advocate reaching for a glacier-cold bottle of white or rosé, but you know what? Not this week! No, fellow oenophiles and vino-noobs, this week, I’m telling you to grab a bottle of red. Yep. You read that correctly.
Summer in New York City is god-awful. The womb-y humidity and general stinkiness (of people, the subway, myself) inspires a season-long lethargy that I can never just shake. It’s no wonder the city empties out on the weekend, with its denizens heading to the Hamptons or other parts of Long Island (the North Fork, anyone?), or even to Connecticut, Vermont, Boston… Anywhere but here, where a “breeze” is more than the moving air afforded by an incoming L train.
Myself? I’ve been itching to get out of the City for a few weeks now, so I’ve been earworming music that hasn’t helped quell that feeling. I guess it doesn’t help that I’m at my peak of ennui during the summer months.
I’m the worst kind of blogger: I start gung-ho about a project (ahem, this blog) but then! Something shiny over there! WANT.
That’s the case now. I haven’t posted since February because, well, I got a job! I’m Assistant Editor over at Wine Enthusiast Magazine. I’ve been working for both the print and online components since starting, and the best part? I get to cover my favorite subjects: wine, food and travel. While I’m deep in the weeds as far as back-end editorial goes, you’ll still see some of my work in the magazine from here on out. Huzzah!
Now that that news is out there, I’ll try to keep this blog up, if only so I can keep producing content I enjoy. Below, one of my new favorite go-to summer recipes. Continue reading →
Back when I was a young journalism student earnestly turning in assignments for my early classes, I fell in love with two newly released magazines that not only bucked the trend of dying mastheads by having the audacity to print, but also epitomized the kind of journalism I aspired to. The first was Monocle, with its international-facing reportage and aspirational bent. The second was Afar, which featured the kind of mindful, intelligent travel I yearned for. My favorite article from the first issue was a story where the writer went to Paris to learn how to make baguette. From a Frenchman. I mean: Come. On. Who wouldn’t want to travel and write for that? Continue reading →
Baby, it’s cold outside! When the mercury starts to dip, we are naturally more inclined to heartier, warming reds. You know: chewy Malbecs, bone-warming Cabs, spicy Tempranillos. But what if you prefer white wine?
Vino blanco gets a bad rap during winter months. “It’s for spring,” you say? Bah! Sipping chilled white (especially from a traditionally cooler-climate country like Germany, or Alsace in France) on a cold day might seem counter-intuitive, but many whites are perfectly in sync with the richer, stick-to-your-ribs fare prepared this time of year. Whether you’re pairing it with a hearty stew or just want to snuggle up to a movie on a Tuesday, here are some winter whites that may just stave off SAD.
Look at the baby me sell wine! Or at least try to cover some ground when someone more qualified than myself didn’t show up for the video. ANYWAY, I’m clearly nowhere near the wine education I’m at now, but hell, I think I did a good job… Tell me things! Throw stones! Point fingers and laugh! I’m okay with it all.
Taking a page from one of my favorite wine bloggers out there, I’ve decided to compile a few things that have inspired me of late. Sure I’ve Instagram’d these, or have them sitting on my phone, but just because I’ve snapped the shot doesn’t mean it needs to be forgotten.
The only real resolution I have (cuz let’s face it: I’m not gonna drink and eat less) is to be more mindful. Continue reading →
It happened. Somewhere between helping a customer decide between a mind-blowing Sancerre and a staggering Roero Arneis, they looked at me and uttered the words. “You’re a big ol’ wine snob, aren’t you?”
How many of you can say you’ve enjoyed wines from Serbia or Macedonia? Compared to major international wine players like France, Italy and California, the Balkans get short shrift as far as the wine discussion goes. Continue reading →