Alice Feiring joins us @SottoLA with Frank Cornelissen and Lou Amdur

From the department of “ubi maior minor cessat”… Above: When ever Alice (foreground), Tracie P, and me get together, we always manage to cause trouble (just ask Alice; she’ll tell you!). A few months ago, I was approached by one of the top wine distributors in California, Amy Atwood, who asked me if Sotto in […]

Frank Cornelissen @SottoLA November 11 with @LouAmdur

“Mt. Etna speaks through Frank Cornelissen.” —Alice Feiring, author of Naked Wine and The Battle for Wine and Love: How I Saved the World from Parkerization “Naturalness is the road, not its end.” —Frank Cornelissen It’s official: I’ll be hosting a dinner for Etna winemaker Frank Cornelissen at Sotto in Los Angeles on Sunday November […]

Oblong Table & Bible Study w/ @LouAmdur @SottoLA Tues. Aug. 14

The “Oblong Table” series that we’ve been doing with Lou at Sotto has been so popular and so much fun that we’ve decided to do one more before fall. Tuesday, August 14, Lou and I will be leading a guided tasting of some of our favorite Natural wines from Southern Italy (including the Fatalone, white […]

Asshole wine blogger? Yeah, that would be me and proud of it.

Above: an image from Oliviero Toscani’s 1989 United Colors of Benetton campaign (via the Benetton corporate website). Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a nationally observed holiday in the U.S. The commemoration has different meanings for different people. For me personally, it’s a day to reflect on love and hate, mercy and accountability, healing […]

Hallelujah! The new Lou in Los Angeles

Above: the new Lou, the amazing Lou Amdur’s newly opened wine shop in Los Feliz (Los Angeles). Yesterday, I braved two hours in grid-lock traffic to get from the westside of Los Angeles to Los Feliz to see Lou Amdur’s new wine shop. It’s getting tougher to get around in LA these days but I […]

Crab candy in Venice

Remember the “bacon candy” at Lou’s excellent wine bar Lou on Vine in Los Angeles? I couldn’t help but think of those sweet nuggets when my friends and I were served masanete col coral last night in Venice terra firma (mainland Venice): it’s the time of year when the lagoon’s she crabs have already mated […]