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.