After four decades spent exploring, judging and writing about wine, I'd like to share a few random —and not so random—thoughts and experiences with you here.

Life has offered an interesting journey from the first Sauvignon Blanc I tried back in post-prohibition Iowa and the first Pinot Noirs of Oregon's pioneering wine culture after I'd moved there in the early 1970s.  Re-basing myself to Holland and the United Kingdom in the 1980s my attention turned toward a more serious study of the European 'Classics'. Quite unexpectedly while in Britain I ran headlong into the newest wave of 'New World' wines from Down Under. The opportunity to discover virgin territory encouraged my resettlement to New Zealand in the 1990s. Since then I've visited well over a hundred of the world's wine regions in two dozen countries on six continents. At the moment I'm still happily bouncing around the globe, discovering new stuff about wine wherever I can find it.  

Looking back over the last couple of decades the two most exciting things I've encountered are Terracotta made wines (Talha, Qvevri, Karas and other regional forms of clay pot fermentation...mistakenly called Amphora) and the great unspoiled wines Portugal. Both of which offer bags of character and unique wine styles that stretch back to the beginnings of time.