Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson wrote that “wine is bottled poetry.” That may be so—but it is bottled history, too. I became interested in wine in 1997 when I returned to my alma mater, the University of California at Davis, to take up a position in the History Department. While in Davis, I was close to great wine regions such as Napa and Sonoma and had a chance to learn from some of the university’s world-famous wine faculty.
By 2006 I was living in Los Angeles, and missing the many conversations about wine that I used to have with friends and colleagues in northern California. When a colleague needed help setting up a blog, I volunteered to test out what this new world was all about. I gave the blog a name—Good Wine Under $20 —that reflected my wine priorities, and wrote up a post detailing a shopping trip to my local wine store. Four years later, I’m still looking for great values in wine and writing about my adventures. During this time I’ve received accolades for my wine writing including American Wine Blogging Awards (for best single-subject blog and best wine review blog), “the best of 2010” wine blog from saveur.com, and positive mentions in Food & Wine magazine and Wine & Spirits magazine. From June 2008 to October 2009 I wrote for Serious Eats, the New York based online food magazine, contributing to their column “Serious Grape.” I have also contributed to Wine & Spirits magazine.