Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to Colorado in 2005 in order to get closer to the mountains and rock climb. When it occurred to me that I would never make money with that hobby, I went to grad school. I received a masters in English and American Literature from New York University in May of 2009. I have since then opted not to pursue a PhD, for studying and writing about wine is far more fascinating (well, perhaps not moreso than Virginia Woolf, but still… for the long haul?). My favorite wines come from the old world, especially the Rhone, Burgundy, Rioja, Piedmont, and Tuscany. I am also smitten with roses, Italian hard-to-pronounce white varietals, and dessert wines from around the world. By day I run a wine shop. By nite, I sip and tell. It’s rough… but someone must do this.
mistralwine1982 has written 206 posts for the persistent palate.

a final day in bordeaux (plus great bites and sips in the area…)

  (Almost forgot to post this one! And be sure to check out restaurants and wine bar recommendations at the end!) Château  Beychevelle Grand Cru Classé  in St. Julien with Romain Ducolomb, Technical Director Our final day back in the Medoc, we began at Beychevelle. As we stared out towards the Garonne from its back … Continue reading

crossing the gironde: a memorable day in st. emilion

Day 4: St. Emilion I can see what Emilion, the famed monk of these parts, saw when he decided to hole up in this hilly town. It somehow feels different on this side of the river. I have always had a soft spot for the right bank and its Merlot driven reds. Many are still … Continue reading

small is beautiful: another side of bordeaux.

Day 3: Fronsac, Blaye & Bourg Château Dalem in Fronsac with Brigitte Rullier, Owner The moment we crossed the Garonne and wandered between the seas (Entre deux Mers), I felt my mind relax a bit from the questions that had been racing through my mind in previous days. To the left and right, there were … Continue reading

Mulling around the Haut Medoc…

Day 2: Medoc Château Meyre Cru Bourgeois with Pierre Alexandre Gazaille, Export Manager In the town of Avensan, bumping shoulders with the famed Margaux vineyards, Château Meyre has been humbly getting on as the first AB certified organic Cru Bourgeois. This has been a major focus for them since 2008– a goal that has really … Continue reading

pessac-leognan: where this all began.

Feb 20th: Day 1 in Pessac Léognan It seems Pessac was the most appropriate place to begin. It is often thought to be the birthplace of Bordeaux. It was also home to one of Jefferson’s favorite mid-week quaffers: Haut-Brion. Loaded with history, gravel and variety– from long-lived whites to beautifully perfumed reds, tiny family farms … Continue reading

euroscribbles: a free day in bordeaux.

I’ve just returned from an truly magnificent trip to Bordeaux. I was the fortunate and ever grateful recipient of a scholarship from the Commanderie de Bordeaux aux États-Unis d’Amérique. Six days, visits with over 30 wineries and touching nearly every appellation you can think of: Pessac Leognan, Margaux, St. Julien, Pauillac, St. Estephe, Sauternes, Bourg, … Continue reading

a reason to write: a visit with emidio pepe

Every now and again, you encounter a moment… a day in your life that you instantly realize will forever be apart of you. Beneath the books, flashcards and tastings that have come to swallow my life in the past couple years, today was a day that caused me to pause and really reflect on why … Continue reading

euro scribbles: a gay ol’ time in gordes, provence.

The last few days, I put the pen down and decided to just take everything in… Provence will do that to a person, insisting upon one to slow down, feel the sun, savor a glass of rose dripping with dew and just… be. We ascended into the town of Gordes late at night just a … Continue reading

euro scribbles: a quaint encounter with conques.

Well, I’ve been utterly enchanted by this medieval village… despite the fact that I never saw one monk. Last night saw a simple dinner of sausage, salad and aligot (basically the best mashed potatoes with cheese you will ever eat) at the Hotel Saint Foy in the center village. It was a warm, balmy evening, … Continue reading

euro scribbles: a taste of southwest france.

To be honest. I could breathe a bit better upon leaving Tarbes. I am not certain what, but that place had a creepy hand on my shoulder during my stay. I never was quite settled (aside from that one moment in the church of St. Jean Baptiste). A three hour journey to Conques was well-received … Continue reading