I write about food, wine, spirits, music, and anything else that strikes my fancy.

I live in Los Angeles, the largest wine market in the country. I’m a Senior Contributor for Wine & Spirits Magazine, and am the critic for all domestic wines not from California. That means I write all the tasting notes for the wines of Washington, Oregon, New York State, and elsewhere. For Wine & Spirits I contribute articles on California, Oregon and Washington wine, winegrowing, and wine culture.

From 2005 to 2012 I was the chief wine columnist for the Food Section of the Los Angeles Times, as well as the San Francisco Chronicle, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Executive Travel, Decanter, the Robb Report, and zesterdaily.com. I’ve just completed the final draft of a book chronicling the American Rhône Wine Movement.

I get around. I’ve traveled extensively in all of the U.S. wine producing regions, as well as France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia. In a typical year I will taste more than 3,000 wines.

I’m a judge at several of the country’s wine competitions, including the San Francisco International, the Los Angeles International, Dallas Morning News, Concours Mondiale, and the Critic’s Challenge in San Diego. I teach wine classes at the UCLA Extension, and regularly moderate panels on viticulture and wine tasting, and the world’s wine regions.

More than anything, I’m interested in storytelling. I love wine, but I love it most because it is such a marvelous vector for stories.

4 Responses to About

  1. Aileen says:

    Hi Patrick,
    Wanted to invite you to attend the Society of Wine Educators’ Annual Conference in San Mateo this summer (July 25-27). Could you send me a more direct email address, so I don’t have to clutter up your very impressive website? Many thanks, Aileen (have been in touch before, inviting you on various wine trips)

  2. Mike Beno says:

    Hi, Patrick,

    Mike Beno here, a many-years co-worker with Blanche. First off, how is Gene doing these days? Secondly, I am working on a magazine piece related to wine and I need a quote from a real pro. Could you send me your phone number? Or call me at 715 686-7515. Thanks from Woodtickland. Mike

  3. Patrick, are you still in Napa? I have a copy of Nose for you. If so call me or write to conawayjim@gmail.com.

  4. Patrick, sybil ajay here…how are you? i wanted to get in contact with you. What is your email? Hope all is well.

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