Articles Archive

I've published three books, dozens of magazine articles, hundreds of restaurant reviews and food articles in newspapers and magazines, and thousands of tasting notes for individual wines. Here are a few of those articles and notes.

From The Wine News

Tom and Elizabeth Smith's revered publication lamentably ceased print publication in 2010, a casualty of the many changes in the magazine industry in the digital age. For more than 20 years, it was a great outlet for exceptional photography, graphics and insightful writing that emphasized the human character of the wine industry. My belief that behind every great bottle there is a great story, and in every great story there is an interesting person was formed during my time at The Wine News, first as a member of the tasting panel and later as Senior Editor. Beginning in 1996, I wrote the annual Champagne cover story published in the December-January issue of the magazine, and three of these articles in The Wine News were recognized by the James Beard Foundation (they are denoted below by an asterisk):



The Allure of Aged Champagne - yes, it does improve

Champagne's Gold Standard - a look at how the Champagne industry ranks quality

*House Style - Style more than quality differentiates most Champagne brands

*Family Matters - despite French inheritance laws, it's still a family business

Revealing Champagne's Mystique - what makes this wine so special?

Grabbing Le Baton - a new generation emerges in Champagne

*Something Old - Champagne Ages Gracefully

Rosé Champagne for the Ages - a mid-summer article about my favorite Champagne style

How big a deal is "dosage," the sweetness level of Champagne? Bigger than you think....


California's Influential Winemakers - they were (mostly) the Class of '76 and they changed winemaking in America 

Brut Force - my final Wine News Champagne article before the bubbles burst

2000 Vintage Port - It was a great year

In Search of Whisky's Spirit - Sailing the Western Isles, a dram a day