Eating mold in Rioja

Eating mold in Rioja

One of the finest wines I’ve ever tasted hails from Spain’s Rioja region. The winery hasn’t changed its methods since starting in 1877. Same presses. Same massive oak fermentation vats. Same cellars. It also differs significantly from its ‘traditional’ winery neighbors: holding its wines long after all others release their vintages, and employs drastically different climate control methods. No fruit or oak bombs here. Earthy, with a plethora of secondary and tertiary notes ranging from blood to game to orange peel. Different. Not for everyone. Continue reading Eating mold in Rioja

Hiking to the sky: Kuliouou Ridge Trail

Hiking to the sky: Kuliouou Ridge Trail

I’ve hiked only a few times on Oahu, Hawaii. The terrain is deceptively challenging due to constant assault from the elements: heat, humidity, aridity, slippery mud, sharp lava rock, vertigo-inducing heights, and serious elevation change. The conditions can change drastically in a heartbeat. Add that I’m not on-island for long–just a few days around my birthday. And, I’m wearing sandals instead of hiking boots. But I want a serious hike–I want something apropos for my birth day. Continue reading Hiking to the sky: Kuliouou Ridge Trail