A Farewell Blog

And an appreciation for Wine Spectator’s welcome
Jan 7, 2013

I don't know a lot of things, but I do know that decisions are hard and adulthood isn't exactly as advertised. I also realize how right my grandfather was when he said to me, when I was seven years old, "Don't worry, 'cause nothing's gonna be OK." He was a cynic, no doubt, and it was a half-humored resignation to doom and disappointment, but I interpret it differently. I see it as a wise acknowledgement that things never really go according to plan. Timing isn't everything; rolling with it is.

This is my eleventh column for Wine Spectator and, sadly, as less-than-ideal timing would have it, it's also my last. Just before Christmas I received an offer to take an editor-in-chief position with a new project (that must, at the moment, remain mysterious) guided by people I respect a great deal. I've accepted the new position, and that means ending my current commitments.

I've had to say goodbye to Eater.com, which took a gamble on a column called "Decanted" more than three years ago, and gave me a platform to build a career writing about wine and drinks for a website about food and restaurants. I thank the team there for their support.

Here at Wine Spectator, I have Marvin Shanken, Tom Matthews and Dana Nigro to thank for giving me freedom and a (very important) platform to share my thoughts about wine and wine culture. Six years ago, when I was a wide-eyed portfolio manager at Italian Wine Merchants, I would have never imagined that I'd be writing a column for Wine Spectator. So, I appreciate your faith and for trusting me enough to let me choose my topics and angles. A special thanks to Dana, who is a smart editor with an eagle eye, and to Tom, whose propensity to play devil's advocate has made me a better journalist.

If my relationship with Wine Spectator is an indication of anything, it's that the magazine and its online arm are far more open-minded than many people, myself formerly included, give them credit for. My views were sometimes at odds with some of the values of the magazine, but no one ever asked me to temper my beliefs. Hopefully this relationship, however brief, is proof that as political and divisive as the wine world may seem, diversity and tolerance have a shot at becoming the new normal. So, thank you to everyone at Wine Spectator, and thanks to you all for reading.

Clear eyes, full cups, can't lose.

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