Author: Adam Morganstern

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  • Hatzidakis – Organic Wine from Santorini

    In the varied world of winemaking there are gorgeous French châteaux and sprawling Napa estates – and then there is Hatzidakis, a small Santorini winery consisting of a simple trailer and sparse vegetation. Other than a picturesque view of Pyrgos Kallistis in the background, a visitor might start to wonder where they made the wrong…

  • Dan Rinke of Johan Vineyards

    “Why would you go to school to learn how to make wine? You should learn how to grow grapes.” After working for restaurants, wine stores and distributors, Dan Rinke developed an interest in organic/biodynamic wines and enrolled in winemaking courses at Fresno State in California. He attended a dinner with Michel Chapoutier and spoke about…

  • Dr. Adolfo Murillo of Tequila Alquimia

    We found a number of great organic tequilas for our recent Huffington Post article, and we were especially impressed with Tequila Alquimia produced by Dr. Adolfo Murillo, an optometrist from Oxnard, California. We spoke with him find out more about his fantastic tequila. How does a doctor from California wind up in the tequila business?…

  • MUNDUSvini BioFach Organic Wine Awards

    I just returned from Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany where I participated in the judging of the MUNDUSvini BioFach International Organic Wine Awards. There were 555 wines from 18 countries entered in the event, with the majority hailing from Italy, followed by Spain and Germany. The 42 judges came from 17 countries. Divided into groups,…

  • Terry Theise on Organic and Biodynamic Wine

    Terry Theise is a leading U.S. importer of German and Austrian wines, and a James Beard Award winner. In his new book, Reading Between the Wines, he delves into his passion for wine and the aspects of winegrowing he considers most important. In the first part of my interview with him, we discuss his thoughts…

  • New Zealand – Biodynamic and Organic Food and Wine Degustation

    As part of the Wellington On A Plate festival, Urlar Vineyards is sponsoring a Biodynamic and Organic Food and Wine Degustation. Feast on the flavours of organically grown Highland cow and pig matched with biodynamic wines of Urlar. Travis Clive-Griffin of Bar Salute and Angus Thomson of Urlar Vineyard join forces to present a wonderfully…

  • Cold Peach and Mango Soup Shooters

    The other week we reviewed 100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Enjoy with Wines You Love and the author, Jill Silverman Hough, wanted to share some recipes with our readers that would be great for summer. First up is her Cold Peach and Mango Soup Shooters which she pairs with a Gewürztraminer. Cold Peach and…

  • OWJ Book Roundup – Daring Pairings

    You\’ve finally learned which dishes go well with a Chardonnay, Riesling or Zinfandel, so where do you go from there? Evan Goldstein is out to raise your food & wine IQ even further with Daring Pairings – A Master Sommelier Matches Distinctive Wines with Recipes from His Favorite Chefs. The book presents in-depth profiles of…

  • OWJ Book Roundup – King of the Lobby

    For centuries, most people saw wine as a way to enjoy a good meal or relax. Sam Ward saw it as a way to influence government. He arrived in Washington D.C. in 1859, with several cases of fine wine, and managed to secretly draw salaries simultaneously from the U.S. State Department and the country of…