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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April 18, 2011

The Wine and Empanada Challenge: Part I

I had a couple sample bottles, two blends from Argentina, kicking around in my home wine cellar (aka "bedroom closet") that needed to be blogged about. And since this is Foodista, not Wineista, I...

March 8, 2011

Eating (and Drinking) Through New Zealand

Greetings, Foodista, from New Zealand. I've just left the Marlborough region, home of this country's most famous wineries and HQ for the grape that put New Zealand on the wine map: Sauvignon Blanc....

January 26, 2011

VINO 2011: The Grand Tasting

It's here: the big finish to the three-day Italian wine extravaganza that is VINO 2011. A tasting of wines so deep, so enormous, and so loaded with every type of wine imaginable (reds, whites, rosés...

January 24, 2011

I'm coming to you from New York City, where the Italian Trade Commission is presenting VINO 2011. It's a three day extravaganza of wine tastings, seminars, lunches, dinners, snacks, and...

September 29, 2010

clos de nouys sparkling vouvray

You would think a guy who wrote a blog called Sparkling Vouvray for the past six years would have numerous posts about what inspired him to explore the world of wine and write about it. And, to my...

September 22, 2010

Hard cider is getting crazy, taking a page out of the book of beer. Belgian Trappist yeasts? Yes, please. This is what thrilled me about getting a sample bottle of this delicious, fermented, gluten-...

September 15, 2010

corsican vermentino

 I've tasted (drank) loads of wines but what I what I love about this business is that I'm always stumbling into new and unexpected things. The latest? Corsican Vermentino. While I can...

September 12, 2010

chanterelles

I picked up these lovely chanterelles at my farmers market today; luckily they are pretty clean already. When there is more dirt involved I have no problem running them under water, but I know for...

September 8, 2010

alma negra wine argentina

 Monday was such a bummer. It was a full-on, stereotypical Seattle day: soul-crushing gray skies and constant drizzle. I couldn't even think about white wine, rosé, or even (gasp!) bubbles....

September 5, 2010

blackberries

 I was at my local farmers market and bumped into a friend who informed me that there is going to be a bbq at The Compound tonight. (The Compound is the affectionate nickname for a row of rental...

September 1, 2010

I know, Foodista. You've gotten used to my weekly enthusiastic postings about esoteric wines, full of an embarrassing amount of exclamation points, numerous parenthetical asides, and an unnerving...

August 25, 2010

tasmanian sparkling wine

 I get so bored with the wines I am normally presented with at work. Napa Cab? Yawn. Another mediocre, overpriced Washington wine with a dreadful label? I shudder. Frankly, I'm jaded. But...

August 18, 2010

poonawatta estate

 Though I love white wines from Australia, I've become more and more disenchanted with the reds. They all seem to be port-like in their alcohol levels and are heavy and sweet, bludgeoning...

August 11, 2010

hofer zweigelt rose

I love rosé. If you can make a pink wine out of any grape and it's dry, I'm interested. So when I found out that Austrian dynamo producer Hofer made a rosé, I was thrilled and ready to step...

August 4, 2010

weinbach alsatian wine

I attended a tasting earlier this week that included a selection of Alsatian Rieslings from Domaine Weinbach. This French wine region is nestled between the Vosges mountains and the Rhine River,...

July 28, 2010

macmurray ranch chardonnay

If you've read any of my missives on the Foodista blog, you know I like weird, esoteric wines. Bring me your Picpoul, your Gros Manseng; I'll take a blend of Colombard and Ugni Blanc, thank...

July 21, 2010

shaya verdejo spain

 I've always been a fan of white wines made from the Verdejo grape. It's the signature grape of Spain's Rueda region, located in the northwest part of the country. Most of my...

July 20, 2010

I am a sucker for tiny vegetables. I swoon when the adjective "baby" precedes the name of any vegetable at my farmers market. The pictured zucchini are no exception. I love how tender,...

July 14, 2010

boeing wine club

I had the privilege of being one of the judges for the Boeing Wine Club's annual Winefest. It's pretty amazing to think of the talent, past and present, being nurtured in a club consisting...

July 7, 2010

One of my wine reps knows my weakness for zesty whites with loads of enamel-stripping acidity. So when he said he was sending me a sample of a Muscadet, I was pleased as punch. Muscadet hails from...

June 30, 2010

Living in Seattle and working in the wine industry here for the past five years, I am inundated with bottles from Washington (duh), Oregon, and California. My domestic wine knowledge and judgment...

June 23, 2010

Although I swoon at wine labels designed with some sizzle, the longer I work in the world of wine the more I find that the info on the back label is what makes me pluck something new from the shelf...

June 16, 2010

There are few non-sparkling wines as pleasurable to drink as rosé. (Add bubbles to rosé and you've got heaven in a glass.) Most rosé is made by leaving the skins of red wine grapes in contact with...

June 9, 2010

Over two years ago I took a great trip to South Africa; the above photo is a shot of Cape Town, dominated by Table Mountain. As the World Cup kicks off on Friday, I thought it appropriate to suggest...

June 2, 2010

Spurred on by an article in the New York Times detailing the disdain for Bordeaux that young(er) wine drinkers and pros inexplicably have, I decided to gather a few inexpensive Bordeauxs to taste. I...

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