Jameson Fink

Years of experience in the wine business and two liberal arts degrees have led me to write about (and dream about) food, wine, and travel. I call Seattle home, but Chicago is close to my heart. I'd rather be drinking Champagne and eating popcorn right now.

I am the Wine Editor at Foodista and was nominated for a 2013 Saveur Best Food Blog Award in the Wine/Beer Category.


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Posts by Jameson Fink

December 21, 2011

blue cheese 20 years old tawny port

With the arrival of the holiday season and the chill of winter, nothing warms like a 20 Years Old Tawny Port with a full-flavored blue cheese. What makes the two work so well together? Well unlike...

December 16, 2011

the supernatural hawkes bay sauvignon blanc

There are many refreshing examples of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but The Supernatural Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a deliciously distinct bottle to seek out. Typical New Zealand Sauvignon...

December 9, 2011

the food lover's guide to wine

Any book that uses xylophones and crayon boxes to illustrate and explain the principles of wine is already a winner, and it's emblematic of the spirit of The Food Lover's Guide to Wine....

December 1, 2011

donkey and goat carignane

When traveling it's always a good idea to look for unique wines, so the 2010 Donkey and Goat Carignane certainly jumps out when scanning the shelves of a wine shop in Los Angeles. Who isn't...

November 18, 2011

pairing wine with thanksgiving dinner

With the oven full, all burners fired up, and friends and family running around, it's time to remove one possible source of holiday anxiety and just have fun pairing wine with Thanksgiving dinner...

November 9, 2011

pump wine gas

The authors of the blog Palermo for 91 Days discovered a unique way to fill up on wine: pumping it like gas! Check out this short video. How do you feel about getting wine in this manner?

November 3, 2011

octopus and nebbiolo

It's fun to throw caution to the wind when it comes to food and wine parings. Like when I recently tried octopus with Nebbiolo, the most prestigious grape of Italy's Piedmont region. You may...

October 18, 2011

beef curry carmenere

I have tried a lot of interesting food and wine pairings, but I never thought I would be enjoying beef curry and Carmenere together. Chile's signature red grape, Carmenere has an earthy, spicy,...

October 11, 2011

mount etna wines

While I wasn't staring into the abyss of the volcano and dodging flowing rivers of lava, I did get the chance to visit the vineyards surrounding Mount Etna in Sicily and taste the wines in a much...

September 23, 2011

sicilian white wine

On a recent visit to Sicily, two of the things I enjoyed most were the heavenly tomatoes and many refreshing sips of Sicilian white wine. Both were the ideal food and wine to accompany the blazing...

September 1, 2011

biodynamic wine

What do cow horns have to do with wine? If you make biodynamic wine, they are one of the tools of the trade. (And they get filled with manure and buried in the vineyard.) Although there are certainly...

August 26, 2011

local food restaurants

With local food restaurants becoming more and more popular, and menu descriptions getting longer and longer to detail the provenance of each ingredient, is it hypocritical for these dining...

July 28, 2011

virginia wine country

I got the chance to travel through Virginia wine country while attending the recent Wine Bloggers Conference held in Charlottesville. While I was excited to try the wines, I wasn't sure what to...

July 7, 2011

loire valley strawberries

Although purportedly in the Loire Valley on a wine trip, after our first evening there (and our first taste of strawberries) our small group made a pact: if there were strawberries to be had, we were...

June 27, 2011

wine bottle label vouvray

I see a lot of wine bottles on a daily basis, but this one caught my eye. (And, shortly thereafter, my nose.) Who could resist a wine with a scratch-and-sniff label? A winery in France's Loire...

June 2, 2011

savennieres chenin blanc france wine

I've always been captivated by Savennières, the most complex and beguiling dry version of Chenin Blanc I have encountered. It's a small appellation in France's Loire Valley that deserves...

May 31, 2011

loire valley wine

So many memorable bottles, dishes, and sights on my recent trip France's Loire Valley, but one of the most eye-opening takeaways was the ageability of a wide variety of the wines. If I was...

May 26, 2011

loire valley wine

My first full day in France as a sponsored guest of the Loire Valley Wine Bureau was dedicated to sampling Muscadet, the bracing, lively, seafood-loving (and surprisingly age-worthy) white wine made...

May 23, 2011


I arrived in Nantes as a sponsored guest of the Loire Valley Wine Bureau and the first four words that I could form in my head were: Oysters. Muscadet. Now. (Please.) And as you can tell by the photo...

May 19, 2011

imbue vermouth oregon

I hadn't given vermouth much of a thought, but with so many new artisanal creations being produced, especially in wine country, I'm realizing that it's not just something to have a...

May 11, 2011

Pairing Champagne With Food

The versatility of Champagne with a wide variety of dishes is something I never tire of discovering. Like this almond milk panna cotta I had at a recent lunch; fantastic with a Demi-Sec Champagne. To...

May 6, 2011

Take Note of Riesling From Washington

I love Riesling from all over the world. Austria, Australia, Germany? Yes please. But I am shame-faced that I have neglected a plethora of Rieslings right under my nose in my home state of...

April 29, 2011

Is Your Wine Vegetarian, Vegan Friendly?

How do you make wine vegan and vegetarian friendly? You leave out the eggs whites and fish bladders in the process of making it, to start. One winery in Australia getting the word out right on the...

April 26, 2011


With prices for the top bottles from astronomically hyped 2009 Bordeaux vintage approaching, well, astronomical levels (think four figures per bottle), there is a way to get your hands on some of...

April 25, 2011

The Wine and Empanada Challenge Part II: Going Veggie

Meat-filled empanadas and rich red, Malbec-based wines from Argentina are pretty much a duh food and wine pairing. (Not to disparage my previous efforts on that topic, but it wasn't too big a stretch...


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