I’m a sommelier and writer with an MBA in entrepreneurship and a knack for the unconventional. I first fell in love with wine, and the surrounding culture, on a post-graduation trip biking through the vineyards of Burgundy (see left, age 21 and clueless as to what I’m drinking…), but I really started to understand the business and the world of wine when I spent a winter in New Zealand – they keep the best stuff for themselves and there is so much great wine yet to be discovered in the world.
Since those two trips, my main curiosities about wine have been, in a broad stroke: how did we get here? Where are we going? I stumbled upon an essay by winemaker Ted Lemon of Littorai called “The Concept of Noble Place” in Jacky Rigaux’s book Terroir & the Winegrower, and it is one of the most influential – and most concise – things I’ve ever read about wine. His bottom line is that great terroirs are built through a process of discovery over time, and are a reflection of “human cultural, economic, political and agronomic history…if great terroir is built, why not become a carpenter?”
It is his job as a farmer & winemaker to discover and yield the secrets of a noble plot of land; it is my job as a writer, curator, and observer of trends to help convey his and others’ findings to a larger audience, and try to make sense of the bigger picture.
New World Terroir is my contribution to this ongoing revolution and process of discovery, a way of highlighting & recognizing those winegrowers, vintners, and others in the wine trade who are helping to make the wine world a better understood and more authentic place. In every region there are pioneers, stewards of the land that show the promise of the raw materials they work with – they are ahead of their time, not afraid to experiment, exceptionally perceptive and thoughtful. With a reverence for tradition and the old masters, and an excitement about the new pioneers, this site attempts to connect the dots between Gevrey Chambertin, Grosses Gewachs, and Gimblett Gravels.