To my surprise, I recently learned that Affluent Magazine, a publication I have neither contributed to nor had any contact with in approximately two years, has re-published in their March/April 2014 issue a Champagne column of mine I wrote in 2012. Please know that my consent was not requested and I had no prior knowledge of this re-publication.

Since the article is two years old, I can no longer vouch for the accuracy of the tasting notes in there, as wines do evolve. Also, Affluent included the line "Maybe that'll be my resolution for 2014 and beyond..." seemingly in order to make it appear as if I had written this recently. I did not. To add injury to insult, the editors included my original dedication of the column to my grandfather, who passed away in February 2012. I am hurt, shocked, embarrassed and dumfounded by their action. Please recognize the article is now dated and should not be used as a basis for purchasing or evaluating the wines referenced therein. I regret I must advise any reader to now disregard an article I originally wrote but hope you all understand this is not a situation of my making. Please also know that any further appearance of my by-line in the pages of Affluent, or of my name on the masthead, is being done without my permission.


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.