Here’s What Wine Casual Is All About
“Focus and further your wine learning the systematic and casual way. Seriously.”
Wine Casual is a resource for focusing your wine learning in a systematic and casual way. I take a decidedly casual yet systematic approach to learning about and reviewing wines.
I go deep and focus on one wine region or one grape varietal for weeks or months at a time. Fittingly, I organize my wine tastings, vacations, recreational reading, my Netflix queue, and cooking at home all around a handful of wine themes.
By coupling a desire to build wine knowledge with a supportive and immersive wine experience, I live and experience wine in 3-D. Now with Wine Casual, you can too.
If you’re seriously committed to systematically focusing and furthering your wine knowledge through a casual approach, start now, and sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of this page.
What Regions Wine Casual Is Focusing on Right Now
Wine Casual is currently focusing primarily on three wine regions:
- Loire Valley, France (July 2016 – July 2022)
- Jumilla, Yecla, Alicante & Jerez, Spain (July 2017 – July 2022)
- Western Cape, South Africa (July 2017 – July 2022)
Secondary region(s) of focus (and still tasting wines from these areas):
- Mendoza, Argentina (January 2015 – July 2022)
- Lodi, California (July 2016 – July 2022)
- New York Finger Lakes (July 2015 – July 2022)
In addition, I am also keenly passionate about worldwide expressions of the Cabernet Franc grape varietal.
I’m spending up to 91 months focusing on wines from these three regions from January 2015 – July 2022.
During this period I’ll be doing intensive, in-depth exploration including reviews of Monastrell (Mourvedre) and Sherry -based wines in Spain, Cabernet Franc (especially Chinon and New World versions) and dry, Chenin Blanc-based wines in the Loire Valley and South Africa, and Rhone Varietals, Red Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc-based wines in Lodi.
- Mendoza, Argentina: February 2015, January 2016 (2 visits)
- New York Finger Lakes: August 2015, September 2015, October 2015, August 2018 (4 visits)
- Rheinhessen, Germany: December 2015, October 2016, December 2016, December 2017, December 2018, December 2019, September 2020 (7 visits)
- Casablanca Valley, Chile: February 2015, January 2016 (2 visits)
- Lodi, California: April 2016, August 2016 (2 visits)
- Amador County California: April 2016, August 2016 (2 visits)
- Alsace, Colmar & Strasbourg, France: September 2016 (1 visit)
- Portland, Oregon: October 2014, August 2016 (2 visits)
- Sonoma, California: November 2017 (1 visit)
- Livermore, California: November 2017 (1 visit)
- Stellenbosch, South Africa: January 2018 (1 visit)
- Walla Walla, Washington: October 2018 (1 visit)
- Douro Valley, Portugal: January 2019 (1 visit)
- Lisbon, Portugal: January 2019 (1 visit)
- London, United Kingdom: January 2019 (1 visit)
- Various Areas, Virginia, August 2019 (1 visit)
- Lancaster, Pennsylvania: September 2019 (1 visit)
- Catalonia, Spain: (September 2019) (1 visit)
- Hunter Valley, Australia: October 2019 (1 visit)
- Mudgee Region, Australia: October 2019 (1 visit)
- Queensland, Australia (Granite Belt): October 2019 (1 visit)
- Outer Coastal Plain & Cape May Peninsula, New Jersey: October 2019 (1 visit)
- Willamette Valley: August 2021 (1 visit)
- Eugene, Oregon: August 2021 (1 visit)
- Southern Oregon: August 2021 (1 visit)
Future Wine Regions of Focus (July 2021 – July 2022)
- TBD. Suggestions?
About Reggie Solomon
Hi. I’m Reggie, and Wine Casual is my shingle on the internets to focus my learning about wine in a systematic and casual way.
I’ve been hacking wine since 1998. I travel to different wine regions, consume multiple-forms of wine content, and regularly explore new wines at home and with family and friends.
My goal for Wine Casual is to reflect on my own learning, help you further your wine learning, and benefit from your experiences and the experiences of others.
Reggie Solomon is a passionate wine enthusiast who wishes he didn’t have such a regrettably and categorically-expensive wine hobby.
In his free time he writes at Wine Casual where he takes a decidedly casual, yet systematic approach to learning about and reviewing wines.
Reggie holds a Diploma in Wine & Spirits (DipWSET) from the UK-based Wine & Spirits Educational Trust (WSET) headquartered in London which he completed at the International Wine Center in New York City.
Reggie is also a Certified Sherry Wine Specialist (CSWS) as certified by the House of Lustau and approved by the Regulatory Council of Jerez-Xeres-Sherry Denomination of Origin.
He holds a BA from Yale University and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Reggie lives in Norwalk, Connecticut. He is co-author of the book I Garden: Urban Style.
He also likes tomatoes, mosaics, Nutella and primary colors.