May 242013
American Pinot Noir

My latest wine column published in WashingtonExec yesterday. I look at American Pinot Noir and how over the past decade a bigger style of the varietal has become popular. A thank you to Jeff Stewart, winemaker at Hartford Court Winery for generously sharing his time and knowledge. I met up with Jeff at a recent […]

Apr 302013
Deciphering the Wines of Tuscany

My latest Wine and Dine column published today in WashingtonExec. I take a shot at deciphering Italian wine by explaining Italian classifications. The piece also shares my review of some good Tuscan wine sampled at a Grape and Bean tasting event in Alexandria this past weekend. In the piece I share my notes on two […]

Nov 162012
Vino Volo Expansion Takes Flight

My lastest WashingtonExec column published yesterday. I was invited to attend the opening night of Vino Volo, a high-end wine bar/restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland. Since 2005 the company has operated wine bars in airports and is currently in 18 nationwide, but the Bethesda restaurant is their first freestanding location. The Vino Volo approach stresses fun, […]

Jun 212012
Half Price Wine Nights Work for Everyone

WINE & DINE COLUMN My latest wine column published today on WashingtonExec. The Washington DC area has a number of choices if you’re eating out early in the week. Half price wine nights are a win-win. Restaurants pull in more business on slower weekday nights, and customers can go for a bottle of wine at […]

Apr 242012
Palena Delivers Top Drawer Experience

WINE & DINE COLUMN My latest Wine and Dine column was published yesterday on WashingtonExec. I review Palena, which remains one of the best places in greater DC for a meal. We also had a very good new Pinot Noir, the 2009 Cameron Reserve Dundee Hills.

Feb 222012
A Shout Out for GSMs

WINE & DINE COLUMN My latest wine and dine article published today on WashingtonExec. I talk about how GSMs — blends made with the prominent varietals of the southern Rhone in France — can be great crowd pleasers. I list four GSMs I’ve found and enjoyed in the greater DC region. If you can add […]

Jan 192012
Latest Wine and Dine Column -- Ripple

WINE & DINE COLUMN Recently I was asked by online magazine WashingtonExec to write their new Wine and Dine column. My most recent column appeared this week, reviewing the buzzworthy Ripple in Cleveland Park. Here’s the review. Wines discussed are the 2010 Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir and the 2010 Sharecropper Cabernet Sauvignon.