Journalist. Paris-based since 2009.

I cover wine, spirits, and restaurants. Also art, music, and fashion. In Paris and elsewhere. Natural wine blog: Not Drinking Poison In Paris.

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EATER: Paris Is the World's Best City for Drinking Natural Wine

There’s a worldwide revolution going on in wine, and Paris is its frontline.

Inrocks quote article

LES INROCKS: Une Dernière Pour La Route

Quelle bouteille boiriez-vous avant de mourir ? Sommeliers, blogueurs, cavistes ou critiques gastronomiques ont déjà choisi.

Time spent article

FANTASTIC MAN: Time Spent: Five Hours Degassing A Tank of Wine in Beaujolais

Guy Breton is unusual among his generation of Beaujolais vignerons for being very fluent with emoji.

Champeaux article

EVEN Magazine: The Belly of the Beast

A canopy of gold floats above the site of Paris’s erstwhile central food market. Les Halles reemerges, but where can you eat?

Winery article

THE FINANCIAL TIMES: Five of the best: Provençal wineries

These winemakers are no more than an hour’s drive from the photography festival in Arles...

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The New York Times

THE NEW YORK TIMES: A New Spot in Paris for Healthy Japanese — and Natural Wines

Opened just in time for the start of men’s fashion shows (and soon, couture) in Paris, the two-month-old restaurant Le Petit Keller offers a fresh perspective on healthy cuisine. The Japanese menu was designed by Kaori Endo, who was a chef at Rose Carrarini’s Rose Bakery in the late aughts before launching Nanashi in 2010, a Parisian bento empire that drew in an equally fashionable crowd for its wholesome bentos and delicate desserts.

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The Financial Times

THE FINANCIAL TIMES: Five of the best: new hotel bars in Paris -

Just steps from the Champs-Elysées, the Mathis’s candlelit space has nine plush banquettes, a narrow bar and a smooth-talking host sporting a crystal collar-chain. The cocktail list by wunderkind bartender Maxime Potfer features Old Cubans and aged...

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GREY Magazine: An Interview with Serge Lutens

Nov 30, 2013 ... An Interview with Serge Lutens. by Aaron Ayscough. photography Aryanà Francesca Urbani. coordination Mariaelena Morelli. 30 November ......

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THE HAPPY READER: Bathtime in Bordeaux

I'm examining the wine list at Rouge, the least formal of four restaurants installed in Les Sources de Caudalie, a hotel and spa in the Graves region of Bordeaux. It is twilight in July. The surrounding deck tables...

Fantastic man rec article

FANTASTIC MAN: Recommendation: The Chic & The Humble Deliciously Combined

With regard to food pairings, Champagne exists in a gilded cage all it's own. The sparkling wine's long-term status as the definitive luxury item means that...

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Paris By Mouth

PARIS BY MOUTH: The Redemption of Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais Nouveau is rather like gin – people who won’t touch the stuff usually have a legendarily bad story to tell involving a harrowing experience with the worst product imaginable.

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PUNCH | The Veltlin Revolution: Czech Natural Wine Is Born

On the wall of Veltlin, a wine bar south of the river in Prague’s Karlìn neighborhood, there is a map of the Austro-Hungarian Empire drawn by local arti...

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PUNCH: The Best Natural Wine Bars in Paris

“This is not a wine bar,” reads a sign on the outside of Canal Saint Martin wine institution Le Verre Volé. It’s not a Duchamp homage, either.

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Paris By Mouth

PARIS BY MOUTH: Eating & Drinking in Montreuil

Don’t get excited: Paris has no Brooklyn. Due to short-sighted urban planning in mid-century, Paris is cinched into its ring-road, le péripherique, like a dress it wore sixty years ago and never removed.

Novueau article
Paris By Mouth

PARIS BY MOUTH: Celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau In Paris 2014

Loving the night of Beaujolais Nouveau in Paris is like loving country music. One is constantly obliged to explain oneself. No other genre of wine has been so rightly derided by the international wine press for its superficiality.