The question I’m most often asked about my wine journaling is “What’s the best wine you’ve ever had?” Honestly, I answer this question today the same way I did the very first time it was asked, ‘It’s not... Read More
I had the distinct pleasure of hosting and celebrating the birthday of my Wine Mentor, Steven van der Kruit, at my home in May of 2005. For this occasion, a special one at that, I let Steven choose two bottles from my cellar. In true mentor... Read More
Simpson, Miner, Viognier, 2009 (Oakville, CA) From a .375 ml bottle for $26 at the Woodfire Grill, in Atlanta: Dimly lit room, but a pale yellowish green tone and served at a nicely chilled temperature. Nose is a touch mousey, but not thinking... Read More
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Rare Vintage, 1988 (Champagne) From my cellar, but for our wedding anniversary* dinner at Blue Bottle Cafe in Hopewell, NJ : First of all, it was a perfect pairing all the way ’round. Went well with every course... Read More
Le Clos du Caillou, Chateauneuf du Pape, Reserve, 2001 – (Bottle No. 007048, 14.5% alcohol) : Cherry-cola red with a brownish orangey rim. Touch of cloud gives it a soft edge. Great lighting makes it look jewel-like. The nose is... Read More
In the Spring of 2011, the morning after a Firmenich, Flavors’ Business Innovation, team-building exercise at Domaine Les Hutins in the Dardagny region of Geneva, Switzerland, the workshop leader posed the following question to each of us:... Read More
My greater interest in the understanding of wine began in the Spring of 2001. As a Creative Director in the Perfumery Division of my employer, Firmenich, smelling was not just a sense but an art form. I had already begun olfactive training to... Read More
Chai is the French term, particularly in Bordeaux, for a wine cellar or the location where wine is stored. Often an above ground structure used for wine storage and aging.
In Hebrew, Chai means "Life" and is one of the most recognizable symbols of Judaism. A common Jewish toast is “L’chaim!,” which means, “To Life!.” It is said at celebrations in anticipation of all the good things to come.
I spent my career in creative thinking. As a designer, photographer, illustrator and writer, I have a unique perspective on the rapidly changing world of content creation and execution. I am currently the Global Director of Conceptual Design at Firmenich Flavors, a venturing social media practitioner, and most importantly, a devoted family man.