Canary Wines: Volcanoes, Terroir and History
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Canary Wines: Volcanoes, Terroir and History

Last year I made a trip to the Canary Islands that led me to unexpected discoveries in the world of wine. Now I want to share with you guys the background of my travel story, which was published in my blog Food Travel Culture and that is now finalist for the Millesima Blog Awards…

Who are the “good guys” when it comes to wine writing? Who are the bad guys?
An American in Pollenzo

Who are the “good guys” when it comes to wine writing? Who are the bad guys?

Above: Clint Eastwood in the starring role of Sergio Leone’s masterpiece “The Wine Blogger with No Name.” Last week, I shared a note about a recent blog post by acclaimed British wine writer Jaime Goode, “Jamie Goode’s crucible: It’s tough to make wine writing pay.” In his post, Goode wrote about the “ill-health of wine … …read more

The best advice that anyone ever gave me about wine blogging
An American in Pollenzo

The best advice that anyone ever gave me about wine blogging

It was in 2006, when I was still living in New York, that I began blogging about wine. I started out with a crude html-driven site. WordPress had just come online but I was lightyears from learning about the new platform that would rapidly become the standard for websites across the internets. The mission of … …read more

Jamie Goode’s crucible: It’s tough to make wine writing pay
An American in Pollenzo

Jamie Goode’s crucible: It’s tough to make wine writing pay

A week before Christmas, evidently to brighten the mood and lift the Christmas spirit, the famous British wine writer Jamie Goode published a post that got a lot of attention in the enoblogosphere: “The ill-health of wine writing.” Here’s an excerpt: It’s not been a great year for wine writing. Several fellow writers have lost … …read more

Carbonara, the ultimate hypertext? A post @NPR (and more @UniSG)
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Carbonara, the ultimate hypertext? A post @NPR (and more @UniSG)

From the department of “food for thought”… Text, extratext, metatext, paratext… None intrigues me more than hypertext. “hypertext, text which does not form a single sequence and which may be read in various orders” (Oxford English Dictionary). In 1997, critical theorist Gérard Genette, a giant among literary scholars, wrote: “Our ‘media’ age has seen the … …read more

Happy holidays (and a prosperous O-N-D)!
An American in Pollenzo

Happy holidays (and a prosperous O-N-D)!

It doesn’t offend me whatsoever, by any means. But I always have to laugh a little when I receive Christmas wishes from winemakers and wine trade marketing professionals and publicists. Does it every occur to them that maybe I don’t celebrate Christmas? Even though I’m a Jew, I do observe Christmas with my family. I’m … …read more