Jonathan Cristaldi

Cristaldi is the Northern California editor-at-large for The SOMM Journal and The Tasting Panel magazines. He is a regular contributor to Food & Wine magazine and acting editor and contributor for Napa Valley Wine Academy’s “Pouring Points” blog. He is also the founder and content director for Cristaldi & Co, a creative-content agency servicing the beverage industry and cannabis community. His work has appeared in Los Angeles Magazine and LA Mag’s Liquid LA blog, Vivino.com, Liquor.com, First We Feast, Thrillist (National Edition), Tasting Table (National Edition), Time Out LA and Psychology Today. Cristaldi was named a “Wine Prophet” by Time Out New York for his avant-garde approach to wine education and events a decade ago as the host and co-founder of The Noble Rot. Follow him on Instagram @jcristaldi

100 Points

Why The 100-Point System of Rating Wine is Irrelevant [via FirstWeFeast]

This article originally appeared on FirstWeFeast.com. Back in September of 2013, I penned an opinion article for First We Feast, on the 100-point system of rating wine, and concluded that the future of wine ratings and recommendations will rely largely on friend recommendations and approval. Nearly two years since this article was published, that prediction …

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Frederic Barnier

Q&A with Frédéric Barnier, Winemaker, Maison Louis Jadot

When Frédéric Barnier, Technical Director of winemaking of the iconic Maison Louis Jadot winery in Burgundy, France visited Los Angeles earlier this year, I had the chance to meet with him over lunch at Gracias Madre. We enjoyed an array of haut vegan-Mexican fare along with a range of wines from Jadot’s entry-level offerings from Chablis, …

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5 Somms on Instagram You Should be Following

Instagram has become a favorite platform for many sommeliers and looking to promote their wine lists (and wine-related projects) from a certain point of view. As students coming up in the world of wine, or as working professionals going through WSET or any other certification courses, you know all too well how much value there …

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FurmintUSA

Furmint: Dry Whites of The Tokaj Wine Region in Hungary

The Tokaj Wine Region in Hungary is a two hour drive, east and a bit north, from the country’s capital city of Budapest. To the north of Tokaj is Slovakia, east is the Ukraine and south is Romania–an area besieged by wars and subject to Mongolian influence for centuries before Ottoman control, followed by a …

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5 Wines To Drink This Spring | #InstructorPicks

I’ll never forget the first article I read about wines to drink during springtime months. It was a number of years ago from an online magazine, and whatever the title (something about springtime sippers), it really should have been titled: “A Beginners Guide To Wine” because the author, whether it was intended or not, wrote …

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Patrick Capiello Sabering

The Art of Sabrage: How To Saber a Bottle of Champagne

No doubt, many of you reading this having attempted to saber a bottle of Champagne before and we believe you when you tell us that it went off without a hitch (insert winking smiley face here). The Noble Art of Sabrage is truly an art form, and executing a seamless and show-stopping display of sabering …

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