Pinot grigio as ‘Orange Wine’

Wine drinkers in the US like to bash Pinot grigio, saying it tastes like water, has no personality, is innocuous, or is just simply a waste of time. I'll give them "innocuous," on most accounts—but I'd prefer that to some noxiously herbal cats-piss elixir or a thick golden yellow "juice" that tastes like buttered popcorn. … Continue reading Pinot grigio as ‘Orange Wine’

Vinitaly 2010: Day 2. Getti alcune monete Euro nella macchina e speri a Dio la porta si apre. (Throw some Euro coins in the machine and hope to God the gate opens.)

On my second day at Vinitaly, I was going to be travelling solo.  When I had originally booked my plane ticket, the thought of being caught in this situation had been nothing less than horrifying.  (I’d been once before (another story entirely) and knew how intense this event was.)  But when this day arrived, I … Continue reading Vinitaly 2010: Day 2. Getti alcune monete Euro nella macchina e speri a Dio la porta si apre. (Throw some Euro coins in the machine and hope to God the gate opens.)

Enoteca San Marco, Las Vegas

I was reluctant to get too excited about dining out in Las Vegas.  I mean, I knew I could definitely pick out a restaurant that had interesting food and a great wine list (I had volunteered for the task), but would the pretentiousness kill the experience?  I am totally over the whole pretentious dining thing. … Continue reading Enoteca San Marco, Las Vegas