I’ve spent the past year writing, talking, and engaging on the intersection of wine and race. An interview I had this past summer recently was published on Forbes.com by my colleague and friend Cathy Huyghe who I met through my work. Only a great friend could get me up to meet her early in Georgetown for coffee. It’s not that I’m not an early riser, it is just I try to avoid D.C. traffic at all costs.Read More
There are no words to express what you, my dear readers, mean to me. You have stood beside me and supported me on this writing journey since 2006. This year has been busy and this space has lacked my own words because I've been burning the candle at both ends writing for other outlets. I have dreamt of this moment for years and I am appreciative although everything is happening at the same time. I'm not complaining. I'm ENJOYING as my friend Renee likes to tell me.Read More
Open That Bottle Night was created Wall Street Journal Columnists Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher at the behest of many readers wanting to know when they should open a particular bottle of wine. Tomorrow is that night for many people around the world and there is still time to decide what YOU plan on opening for tomorrow night. Let me know what you plan to open. I'm interested in what you have been holding on to as well. It's hard to part with great bottles and their memories.Read More
THANK YOU! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all my family, friends, and colleagues who texted, emailed, Tweeted, and shared my open letter on yesterday. So many people in and out of the wine industry reached out to me. Now the real work begins.
I received a personal response from Karen last night. I am glad Karen took the time to respond. She could have dismissed it, but she didn't. I believe the post will give her and many others a new perspective on their wine writing and work. Thank you, Karen. I am posting a photo of the email and the copy here.Read More
Last Saturday afternoon my phone, emails, and notifications blew up with mentions of your blog post Women and the Wine Industry and your SOMM Journal article Beyond the Wine Glass—A New Glass Ceiling? Before I commented I wanted to read the post and the article. I wanted to sit with them because I am a woman in the wine industry. I’m a new convert to the profession and I hoped the article would give me insights. It did, but it also lacked what is obvious in the wine industry too – diversity.Read More
"Julia, where do you buy your wine?" This is a question I'm often asked. I rely heavily on my wine friends and writers who never steer me wrong. I am bookmarking wine from people I follow on Instagram too. I find like most people I can get in a rut with my wine buying. I know some wine snobs don't believe in buying wine at the grocery store, but I think if you do your due diligence you can find some winners outside of the big name brands.Read More