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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May 26, 2010

A recent article in the New York Times by Eric Asimov about Bordeaux sent the wine world into a bit of a tizzy.* Apparently younger wine drinkers are turning their backs on Bordeaux, home of some of...

May 24, 2010

After Turnip Debacle 2010 a few weeks ago, I went to the farmers market armed with more knowledge. (I seriously owe this mom.) Success! I don't know what it is about us gourmet types, but we just...

May 19, 2010

I was invited by Wines of Chile to take part in a blogger Sauvignon Blanc tasting. The hardest part was sitting on the bottles they sent me via FedEx for a couple weeks. They were very tempting....

May 13, 2010

Update: Thanks to Laura at Hey What's For Dinner Mom? for pointing out that these are some sad turnips. See what happens when I get adventurous at the market? The ones I brought home look a lot...

May 12, 2010

At my job I have salespeople, while they are pouring wines for me to taste, tell me that a wine "needs food." What I hear, however, is, "This wine is so acidic/tannic that unless you had,...

May 6, 2010

I've been a little fatigued with the recent parade of "best-ever" vintages in Europe, especially Bordeaux. First 2000, then 2003, no, wait, 2005, and now, 2009. So four of the best vintages ever...

May 3, 2010

Unsung Kitchen Pantry Ingredients: Corn Starch

I do a lot of vegan cooking at home because I have a cholesterol level that, if you put a decimal point in front of it, would make Ted Williams tip his cap. (Stupid heart. Why can't you just pump...

April 28, 2010

I was invited to chat with Jean-Pierre Vincent, the winemaker for Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte. What follows are some thoughts and comments by Jean-Pierre about food and Champagne. Then some...

April 21, 2010

I was invited to a tasting of multiple cuvées and vintages of the rosé Champagnes from Nicolas Feuillatte. For all Champagne lovers, there is a special place in their hearts for rosé. The range of...

April 14, 2010

I'm not sure there is a better sub-$10 white wine than the MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc. It's a very dry and crisp white that has surprising complexity. Wait. Did I just call a wine complex? Please...

April 11, 2010

It was a beautiful day to be in West Seattle. What do to my purchases? Let's take these potatoes and boil them in salted water until tender, then cool and slice. I'll quarter the radishes and...

April 7, 2010

Gloomy Seattle has me longing for summer, sitting on a porch or patio, and knocking back a cold beer. I have to admit I kinda laughed/cringed when I first saw this watermelon wheat beer from San...

April 4, 2010

flowering green kale

Most Sundays I travel to the West Seattle Farmers Market, looking for inspiration. I know I'm having ham tonight and I have been put in charge of a vegetable side. This flowering green kale...

March 31, 2010

My idea of heaven is opening the door of a charming restaurant, Seattle's Corson Building, for example, to find a table full of Chablis awaiting. Much like the photo above. For some, Chablis...

March 27, 2010

I attended an event at Town Hall Seattle last night where chart-topping musician and longtime vegan Moby and his co-editor, Miyun Park, discussed their book, Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food...

March 24, 2010

As part of my job as a wine buyer I get invited to a lot of tasting events. Normally the ones I gravitate towards involve esoteric French country wines, but I was intrigued as Beringer Private...

March 17, 2010

Whenever I visit my mother in Reno, I always take advantage of her palatial kitchen (which is about as big as my studio apartment) to make her favorite dish: pork tenderloin. I never buy any...

March 10, 2010

I'd like to say that what is happening in the world of beer is so much more on the cutting edge than what is taking place in regards to wine, but I feel that parading out a brief phrase like on the...

March 3, 2010

I have a strange relationship with beets. I absolutely love to cook them and they are so pretty. When it comes to eating them, however, there is something about their texture that I find a bit...

February 24, 2010

Sunday was an adventure. I went to a farmers market looking for inspiration and found them in the form of sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem artichokes). They look like ginger, very knobby and...

February 17, 2010

intimitading wines bordeaux

Ugh. Bordeaux. I have images of aristocratic Brits circa 1890 declaring that the claret (a old, British term for Bordeaux when it was a much, much lighter red) they are enjoying is fine but needs...

February 10, 2010

As a grocery store wine buyer, I am always on the lookout for wines with unique and interesting labels. They look great on the shelf and especially when stacked by the case. (If the wine comes in...

February 3, 2010

I have extolled the virtues of all wines esoteric, obscure, and bizarrely named and packaged. An Austrian Zweigelt in a one-liter bottle sealed with a bottle cap? Check. A German Riesling called...

January 27, 2010

As a wine buyer operating in a recession/depression/meltdown, my mantra is: Cheap and Cheerful. I want my salespeople to bring me fun, eclectic, tasty, interesting wines for under ten bucks. Very...

January 20, 2010

A drab, dreary January in Seattle (is there any other kind?) could not defeat my desire to indulge in my favorite summer duo: ribs and rosé. I am done with the notion that Zinfandel is the ultimate...

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