Valerie Kathawala

Valerie Kathawala

Valerie Kathawala

Valerie Kathawala is an NYC-based student of wine and a wine writer. She is WSET Level 3 and most recently completed Vinitaly's "Native Wine Grapes of Italy" seminar, taught by Ian D'Agata. Her wine journey began 20 years ago, with a shared bottle of Saint-Émilion. It has since taken her - and her husband and three children - to wine growing regions throughout Germany, Austria, Italy, Oregon, California and New York. Wines that matter most to her are those made by small-scale producers with a deep understanding of both tradition and potential. You can follow her exploration of wines of place on Instagram @valkatnyc

  1. Michelin Takes Over Robert Parker Wine Advocate

    Michelin Takes Over Robert Parker Wine Advocate

    Two icons of food and wine have joined forces to bring the best coverage of both to a global audience.
  2. Ten Reasons Domäne Wachau Is Austria’s “Nummer Eins”

    Ten Reasons Domäne Wachau Is Austria’s “Nummer Eins”

    Virtuosic terroir expression, impressive longevity, opulence without excess — all from a co-op.
  3. Through a Glass Darkly: Confronting the Nazi Legacy of Dr. Zweigelt and the Impact on Growers of Austria’s Most Popular Red Wine Grape

    Through a Glass Darkly: Confronting the Nazi Legacy of Dr. Zweigelt and the Impact on Growers of Austria’s Most Popular Red Wine Grape

    Recent research has proven that Dr. Friedrich Zweigelt, a crucial contributor to Austrian viticulture and after whom the Zweigelt grape was named, was an early, active, and enthusiastic Nazi.
  4. Living Soils, Living Vessels, Living Wines: The Bottled Philosophy of Weingut Heinrich

    Living Soils, Living Vessels, Living Wines: The Bottled Philosophy of Weingut Heinrich

    Gernot and Heike Heinrich have fully embraced biodynamics, amphora, and skin ferments as ways of expressing "sense of place" in their corner of Burgenland, Austria.
  5. "True to Emilia": The Terroir Wines of La Tosa

    "True to Emilia": The Terroir Wines of La Tosa

    The rare terra rossa antica soils of the Colli Piacentini find singular expression in the wines of this small, organic producer.
  6. Zierfandler and Rotgipfler: Austria’s Treasures Hidden in Plain Sight

    Zierfandler and Rotgipfler: Austria’s Treasures Hidden in Plain Sight

    Bernhard Stadlmann is the eighth generation of his family to specialize in this pair of rare indigenous Austrian varieties. Organic farming, top crus, and ultra-traditional vinifcation reveal fascinating facets of the Thermenregion.
  7. The Mountain Wines of Helmut Dolde

    The Mountain Wines of Helmut Dolde

    These are deeply personal wines from an unfamiliar terroir, revealing fresh facets of grapes we thought we knew.
  8. Weingut Roterfaden: A Bright Red Line Through Württemberg's Wine

    Weingut Roterfaden: A Bright Red Line Through Württemberg's Wine

    Talk to people with on-the-ground knowledge of the southern German wine scene and one name comes up again and again. A red thread, you could say, through the conversation about what's happening in German wine today.
  9. Jochen Beurer: Power and Vision in Germany’s Most Dynamic Wine Region

    Jochen Beurer: Power and Vision in Germany’s Most Dynamic Wine Region

    Württemberg, long the sleeping giant of German wine, is suddenly wide awake. Jochen Beurer’s ideas are inspiring a generation of young producers to reimagine what’s possible in the “Trollinger Republik.”
  10. Donkey and Goat at 15: California Natural Wine Pioneers Take Stock

    Donkey and Goat at 15: California Natural Wine Pioneers Take Stock

    "For us, natural wine is continuity from soil to bottle. It's about transparency, it's about making delicious wines." Tracey Brandt
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