Jackson Mattek

Jackson Mattek

Jackson Mattek

Jackson is a freelancer: Wine junkie, mixologist, writer, actor, singer, dancer, musician-- to name a few occupations and passions. He yearns to continue exploring how wine affects culture and vice versa. He finds it no coincidence that the Greek god of wine was also a patron god of art and theatre. Jackson’s particular fascination with Old World reds started incongruously in Cincinnati, Ohio where he earned his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. He put himself through college working at Via Vite Contemporary Italian Bistro, learning everything he could about wine; and he never stopped.

  1. Thymiopoulos Vineyards: X(inomavro) Marks the Spot

    Thymiopoulos Vineyards: X(inomavro) Marks the Spot

    Oft compared to Nebbiolo, Xinomavro brings out the bold in Naoussa. Biodynamic winemaker Apostolos Thymiopoulos breaks down the region, the grapes, and the power of letting the land do its thing.

  2. Heterogeneous

    Heterogeneous Kremstal with Martin Nigl Jr.

    The cru of Burgundy and the communes of Carolo with their varying soil types and microclimates have been studied endlessly. This conversation with Martin NIgl Jr. shows us that Kremstal is not so different, and deserves the exploration of a keen eye and a discerning palate.
  3. At the Foot of The Mountains: Interview with "Barologirl" Giulia Negri

    At the Foot of The Mountains: Interview with "Barologirl" Giulia Negri

    Young but wise-beyond-her-years, Giulia Negri talks about finding her footing in Barolo.
  4. Ashbrook Estate: Showcasing the potential of Western Australia's Margaret River

    Ashbrook Estate: Showcasing the potential of Western Australia's Margaret River

    Cath and Kingsley Edwards are a beaming, delightful Aussie couple you want to sit down for a glass of wine with. Their vines at Ashbrook Estate have been in the family for generations.
  5. Cool Intentions: The Yarra Valley with Tim Shand of Punt Road

    Cool Intentions: The Yarra Valley with Tim Shand of Punt Road

    Kicked out from his arts degree program, Tim Shand found inspiration in the glass and pivoted to heralding winemaking duties at Punt Road in historic Yarra Valley, Victoria.
  6. Menetou-Salon and the Saga of Jacques Coeur

    Menetou-Salon and the Saga of Jacques Coeur

    Near Bourges, France lies the AOC of Menetou-Salon. The appellation's original fanboy, Jacques Coeur led a turbulent life of intrigue and scandal.
  7. The Brave Old World of Quincy

    The Brave Old World of Quincy

    What do Aldous Huxley and Sauvignon Blanc have in common?
  8. Kuentz-Bas and the Elegance of Alsatian Wine

    Kuentz-Bas and the Elegance of Alsatian Wine

    "Alsatian wine is very interesting because we have a lot of different grapes and different styles. Sometimes it's a problem, because it's really complex for a client to understand the different grapes, different styles, different residual sugar levels." -Samuel Tottoli
  9. Beyond Oysters: Muscadet Comes Out of Its Shell

    Beyond Oysters: Muscadet Comes Out of Its Shell

    The word "neutral" has been thrown around regarding this wine for ages. The blank slate of the Melon De Bourgogne grape that gives us Muscadet can be more expressive than some think.
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