SA Winemaker Profile: Tom Shobbrook

“The best secret to keeping wine cool on the go? Airplane sick bags.” Tom Shobbrook is full of these little kernels of WTF knowledge; one has the impression the if he wasn’t a busy winemaker, he could be Australia’s Mike Rowe. His property invokes the idea of reclusive professor in a wild college town. Having…

Finger Lakes – The Promised Land Part 2

With Dead 7 behind me, I can finally resurrect (get it?) this blog and finish discussing the joys of The Finger Lakes before you all go out and stock up on rosé for the season. In our last installment, I discussed the fantastic wineries surrounding Keuka Lake. One winery I did not mention – for…

Finger Lakes – The Promised Land Part 1

Don’t worry – I haven’t gone sober on you all. It’s been a crazy few weeks at Ratapu HQ (aka, suburban Brooklyn) and I haven’t had a spare moment to rave about the beautiful bottles that have very briefly graced my wine shelves. Any minute I’ve not been hustling for zombie boy band westerns (yep, that’s…

50 States Project: Idaho

Growing up, I knew Idaho for three things: The parts of My Own Private Idaho that actually take place in Idaho. The state where Napoleon Dynamite lives (more specifically, Preston, Idaho, more specifically YO TINA) Potatoes I spent a short period of my childhood in Washington State and for reasons legitimate or not, Idaho got…