Australian Wine Writer, Max Allen, sent out a tweet this last week about Between Five Bells H-Cote Red, and the label I drew for it. & @Between5Bells Heathcote red – with gorgeous label by @Hawk_Wakawaka – is sensational: all warm earth & sandalwood pic.twitter.com/J0ct6Lu00E — Max Allen (@maxallenwine) August 29, 2013 Australia’s Wine Industry Magazine, Australia’s Wine Business Magazine releases… Read more →
The every-other-week wine and food pairing illustration is up today over at Serious Eats. Check it out here: http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2013/08/pairings-pictured-what-to-eat-with-pinot-blanc-oregon-willamette-valley.html?ref=title Cheers!
Visiting Thomas Fogarty In July, I was able to spend time at Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The first trip focused on a Chardonnay Vineyard walk and 2011 Pinot Noir tasting with the Sommelier Journal “Terroir Experience” trip. Two weeks later, Nathan and Tommie invited me to return for a longer stay. Here are some… Read more →
Tasting Tartaric and Malic Acids cilck on drawing to enlarge Acidity in wine composes an important part of the wines’ overall structure, encouraging aging potential, and drinkability alongside food. Acids are present first in the grape, and the levels resulting in the final wine reflect picking decisions on the part of the winemaker, as well as vinification techniques. In considering… Read more →
Tasting Pikes Rieslings with Neil Pike Chuck Hayward organized a small party vertical tasting of Pikes Clare Valley Rieslings with Neil Pike a few weeks ago. Around 10 of us got together to learn more about Pikes history, Riesling vintages from the region, and Neil Pikes own family history. Understanding Clare Valley Clare Valley produces some of the top Rieslings… Read more →
Serious Eats: Drinks! My latest illustration for Serious Eats is up and on their site today. We’ve moved to an every-other-week posting schedule there. This installment looks at matching food with dry blanc de blancs champagne. Check it out here: http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2013/08/pairings-pictured-food-to-eat-with-champagne-blanc-de-blancs-advice.html?ref=title Cheers!
Living Alaska Growing up in Alaska I could only run or ski so long. A group of us would leave the house and run several miles across town to the cross country ski trails where a truck with our equipment would have driven to meet us. Then we’d nordic relay around the course in preparation for upcoming races. Still, even… Read more →
Wine and Spirits Magazine developed a special issue looking at the idea of wine country roots, and the taste of a place. There is a great selection of wine writers from all over the world included as contributors in the issue. Check it out! There are well thought articles on wine from multiple regions around the world. I also have… Read more →
As some of you know, my parents’ celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this summer. I flew to Alaska to be with my whole family for the event. This weekend we held a get together with many long term friends. It was a wonderful time. Following are photos of the celebration. my mom still fits her wedding dress 50 years later… Read more →
The Fort Ross-Seaview AVA Characteristics click on comic to enlarge After a decade of wrangling to establish the appropriate boundaries of this mountain top-and-side, coastal AVA, Fort Ross-Seaview was officially established as a sub-appellation of the Sonoma Coast in January 2012. The appellation stands entirely above 800 feet in elevation on mountains that reach to 1600 feet over a small… Read more →