“Your palate is like a muscle, you need to train it with practice to be at its best.”
Back when I was living in San Francisco in the early 2000s, I started to take notice of how unique and special wine was culturally at the time. With Napa and Sonoma only an hours drive north, wine was more common in the social fabric as it was so accessible. Wine was ingrained in the culture of San Francisco and I immersed myself as much as I could. After migrating back east to NYC, I missed my easy trips to wine country so I threw myself into reading about wine and attending tastings in Manhattan to keep learning. I started to host wine parties and experimented with my palate. I organized wine dinners and started to make friends in the wine business. I have visited countless wine regions around the world in Europe, Africa and the US. I run the Hoboken Wine Group (HWG), a consumer enthusiast and trade tasting group that regularly meets to taste wines from all over the world together. The HWG group is a major source of local networking in the wine and food business.
Mostly self-taught, I passed my WSET Level 3 certification “With Distinction” and recently passed the first few parts of the WSET Diploma. After Diploma (DWS), I plan to seek a “Master of Wine” (MW) distinction. You can find me on any of the social media links below, but for wine tasting notes only follow me on the wine app Delectable where I have logged 4,000+ wine reviews: Instagram Profile & Delectable Profile
About Wine Solutions
The world of wine is bigger than it has ever been and wine quality is at its highest level ever. More choices mean there is no one single solution. Just because a wine is deemed good or great it may not fit your particular tastes. We can teach you how to use your own palate to decide what kind of wine you like. We help you find your own “Wine Solution” as we help you find your own palate. We can tailor wines for your consumption that fit your desired styles or needs with sound tasting practices. With purchase consulting,we can help the novice get started or the hard-core collector hunt down their latest trophy. Critics and scores are just a gauge as everyone has a different palate. Tasting notes are more important than scores, but that is not what most wine publications will tell you. In the world of wine, there are many ways to solve your wine drinking dilemmas, help us find your Wine Solution.
Samples & Tasting
• I pay for ALL wines in my reviews from my collection. If not from my collection, it is noted in the post if from a tasting event or am provided a sample.
• Most wines are reviewed on my social media pages listed above (Instagram & Delectable).
• From time to time I review wines for publication on my website, usually in articles about specific producers.
• I do not typically taste blind as I do not necessarily think this method does well in the context of one wine or several wines of different categories/regions.
• I taste over several days, either with Coravin or if the wine can handle the oxygen, manually resealed.
If you would like to send samples please reach out to me directly for delivery information. Should your wine be one I can stand behind I am more than happy to feature it. I will not post negative reviews for wines I do not prefer or post if a wine is defective or flawed.