As a journalist all my life, I live to spread the word about something I know that you might not. I spent the first 20 years of my career in daily journalism, where the word gets out fast. That's why I am excited about blogging. I can tell you about bits of news and observations that once stayed in my notebook because it didn't fit into our usual venues—a column, a news story, a tasting report.
I bump into plenty of news and experiences involving my beats—Australia, New Zealand, Washington, Oregon, restaurants, travel, cooking. Recently, for example, I was in Seattle and Walla Walla researching my next Wine Spectator annual report on Washington. I visited some of the state's leading vintners, picked up some news and formulated some opinions that I will be sharing here.
When I had a call-in radio show, I loved the immediacy of listener give-and-take. Your feedback will take this blog in different directions, so please throw in your two cents.
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