Having survived a Long Island upbringing, I ended up a wine writer. Like many others before me, I started out on Carmel Extra Sweet, segued to Lancers and then hit the harder, better, truer stuff. My wine writing career was accidental. My wine education is wholly alternative. I was studying for a Masters in Dance Therapy in Cambridge. My roommate was seriously into wine and we had weekly tastings. My method was to super-taste my way through the line-up so I could spend the evening with the wine I liked best before anyone else got there. A few years down the pike, I knew something about wine and there was no going back and my soapbox has become the people and the wines of vin nature.
There's been a few books but the first one I could call my very own was in 2008: The Battle for Wine and Love, or how I saved the world from Parkerization (Harcourt). Naked Wine (Perseus Books) came out in September 2011. For the Love of Wine--my journey through the world's most ancient wine culture (Potomac Books--U of Nebraska) out March 1, 2016, will be followed by a most unusual wine guide in 2017.
I've been published in most of the glossies in this country as well as the New York Times. A James Beard award was mine for a wine piece I wrote for the New York Times business section on the many ways wine can be manipulated. I was shortlisted for both the 2011 Louis Roederer International wine feature writing award and blog/on-line wine writing award, and won the latter.
When I'm not on the road, or doing something involved with wine (which by the way, has invaded my dream life), I am working on my personal writing, and probably sitting in the corner rereading Letting Go or Hudson River Bracketed, trying to learn how to play the melodeon and dreaming about a cellar full of Pierre Overnoy, Clos Roche Blanche with a few DRC thrown in for good measure.