2014 Drink Me Magazine Elite 150

Last week was the formal announcement by Drink Me Magazine that I’ve been hired as the new Editor in Chief. Today, we announced the 2014 Drink Me Magazine Elite 150, the top beers, wines, and spirits that our team has tasted in the past year. Click here for more details, as well as the entire roster of our favorites.


Recommended Tasting: In Pursuit of Balance 2014

Tomorrow—Tuesday, February 5th—one of the most anticipated tastings of the year will be happening in New York: In Pursuit of Balance 2014. It will feature 31 producers, all of which, according to the web site, are “seeking a different direction with their wines, both in the vineyard and the winery. This direction focuses on balance, non-manipulation in the cellar, and the promotion of the fundamental varietal characteristics which make pinot noir and chardonnay great – subtlety, poise and the ability of these grapes to serve as profound vehicles for the expression of terroir.” Top-tier producers like Kutch, Calera, Sandhi, and more will be there, single-handedly challenging what you thought you knew about California Pinot and Chardonnay.

I’ll be attending and will be reporting back over the next several weeks and months, but if you haven’t purchased tickets yet, I’d strongly recommend doing so. (There's also a San Francisco event coming up in March.) It promises to be a fantastic opportunity to taste some of the best that Pinot and Chardonnay have to offer...in California or anywhere else. Click here for tickets.


Charter Oak Winery Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2010

Aromas of kirsch, cherry compote, balsamic, German chocolate, a hint of spice, and black raspberry and fig syrup lifted with licorice: Stunningly complex. On the effusive, beautifully concentrated palate, chocolate-tinged flavors of espresso, soft semi-dried figs, plum pudding, balsamic, kirsch, vanilla-kissed cobbler shell, blueberry, tea, cherry pipe tobacco, and spice are all lifted with perfectly balanced acidity and well-integrated, velvety tannins. Drink now - 2027. Click here for more details.


Last Day in Switzerland: From St. Moritz to Zurich

After a fantastic morning yesterday at Palace Wellness in Badrutt’s Palace--a great massage, some relaxation in the outdoor hot tub as it snowed, a lovely lunch at La Diala--we enjoyed dinner at Le Restaurant and a visit to one of the most extensive wine cellars I’ve ever seen, followed by a drink at the King’s Club. I’m now in Zurich at the Baur au Lac hotel, a beautiful property with a perfect location and stunning rooms. This is my final day in Switzerland, so keep an eye out for more photos and articles in the coming days, weeks, and months, but for now, I’ll leave you with this: A photo from my train ride in the mountains and clouds between St. Moritz and Zurich, one of the most breath-taking train rides I’ve ever experienced.