I’m an essayist curious about nature, culture, food, wine, and place.

I write creative nonfiction, personal essay, and memoir, and also contribute gastronomy journalism to trade and lifestyle publications, including my own site, Terroir Review. I travel often in Europe and North and South America to conduct research, but I also find rich stories right in my own backyard.

I’ve written for Pix, Trink, The Art of Eating, Meininger’s Wine Business International, Beverage Media, Somm Journal, Tasting Panel, Serious Eats, Edible Communities, Alimentum: The Literature of Food, and many other outlets. You can check out my freelance clips here. I’ve also helped launch four wine publications and served as editor and designer for beverage-focused websites.

I have an ongoing interest in the language of wine and how the established lexicons affect, positively and negatively, wine education, criticism, and marketing. I’ve spoken about this topic at industry conferences and seminars, and am actively engaged in dialogue about ways to expand, personalize, and decolonize wine language.

My writing has earned praise in The New York Times and elsewhere and has been listed as Notable in Best American Travel Writing. I’ve won the Born Digital and Wine Blog awards, and was finalist for an IACP food writing award for Beverage Focused Column. My work on wine lexicons has been cited in The Washington Post, SevenFifty Daily, and Jancisrobinson.com. You can read more about this in Awards & Accolades.