I draw a bright line between my client work and my journalistic writing. Any personal enthusiasms I choose to share are wholly at my discretion. While I have been paid to research and write about a given client’s wines, I am under no obligation to promote them and if I choose to do so, it is out of my own conviction and discretion.
In March 2018, I wrote a profile of Württemberg winemaker Mortiz Haidle for The Vintner Project. As part of my research for the piece, I reached out to Kevin Pike, founder of Schatzi Wines, who brings the Haidle wines into the U.S., for his perspectives. After the profile was published, Kevin contacted me, asking if I would be interested in being a contributing writer and editor for his website, in charge of researching, writing, and editing the detailed producer profiles featured on his site and in his book. This launched a collaboration that has brought me into close contact with extraordinary regions, traditions, producers — and, of course, wines.
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