• 15 Apr 2017

    Directions in Napa Winemaking

    In the time since I moved to Napa Valley nearly seven years ago, a great many things have changed. Shortly after my arrival, Robert Parker ended his decades-long tenure as the preeminent California wine critic and passed the reins to his then-heir apparent Antonio Galloni. A few years later, the pieces shuffled again when Parker sold a majority stake of The Wine Advocate , causing Galloni to start his own publication...
    • 23 Jun 2016

    An Interview with The HoseMaster of Wine ™

    It is difficult not to write satire. -Juvenal, 1st Century Rome When I see a social media link to a new post from the HoseMaster of Wine —the alter ego of former sommelier Ron Washam—I always click. That's more than I can say for most wine blogs. My feelings on his writing are complicated: sometimes I think it merely fuels the fire of the disgruntled, but I also know it fills a critical void. As a profession, we have...
    • 31 Mar 2016

    Debating Ten Food and Wine Pairings

    In our new installment of Back-and-Forth, Brian McClintic and Geoff Kruth take on 10 simple dishes and pick the first pairing that comes to mind. Feel free to argue the point, disregard, write off, cheer, question...or just add your own honest opinion...
    • 7 Jul 2015

    Two Snarky Guys Tell You How to Write Your Wine List...

    If one asks two Sommeliers, two wine writers, or hell... two of anybody in this business the same exact question, one is liable to get two completely different and often contradictory answers. So we learn to live with ambivalence and more than a bit of...