Where did you grow up? Buffalo Grove, IL. Strangely devoid of both buffaloes and groves.
If you were stuck on a desert Island and could have five bottles airdropped but they had to all be under $50, what would you pick?
3L box of Commanderie de la Bargemone Rosé
1.5L Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone
Best wine to give as a gift to a relative who has medium to poor wine knowledge?
Favorite wine books? I'm really charmed by "The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming A Wine Expert" by Richard Betts. It's short and sweet, and the perfect non-intimidating gift for the relative in the previous question. "The Initiates: A Comic Artist and Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs" is a really thoughtful take, in words and pictures, on the lyrical and mystical side of wine and winemaking. Finally, a shout-out to Katherine Cole, whose work you will find here and many other places. Her book, "Complete Wine Selector: How to Choose the Right Wine Every Time", has a lot of personality and friendly vibes.
Most inspired food & wine pairing? I'm a Chardonnay and tots kind of dude, but a pairing of vintage Champagne and steak a few years back really wowed me about the versatility of Champagne. It crushed that old saw about red wine with meat.
What do think of the 100 point scale - silly or great? 78 points on that.
Opinions on natural wine? I'm pro-sulfur, but, regardless of category, consider each wine on a bottle-by-bottle basis.