Here is an assortment of stories I’ve written mostly for Madison, a magazine published in East Central Indiana focusing on higher-income households. This is not a complete list but a few of my favorites.


OliverIndiana’s Best
This piece was written for Madison in early 2013. Largely its a subjective look at some of Indiana’s best individual bottles of wine.

This is a piece I wrote after a press trip to Chablis in October 2012. It’s a basic primer on understanding the differences in Chablis wines. The world’s greatest white wine? Perhaps!

This feature ran in after a summer trip to the world’s most famous wine region Bordeaux. It is largely a wine travel piece!

montpellierTouring South of France
This piece is also about wine travel. The south of France presents a warm and charming alternative to the tourist-packed and expensive Parisian vacation.

BillDonnaWinderleaWinderlea Winery
One of the fun things about visiting Oregon or California is meeting the owners/winemakers and visiting with them a second or third time. Bill Sweat and Donna Morris have one of the great boutique wineries of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The Pinot and Chardonnay are really world class wines.

Michigan Michigan Wine Country
In 2010 I made a three-day visit to Michigan wine country and came away impressed – particularly with the Reisling, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Noir wines of northern Michigan near Traverse City. This Madison piece reviewed that visit.

PasoPaso Robles

Paso Robles is situated almost exactly between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The ideal hot climate with cool ocean breeze creates big rich wines at a price point well below the best of Napa Valley. It’s an incredible place for a wine vacation if you’ve done all the others or want something different

Wabash Magazine

One of my favorite pieces for a magazine was this personal essay about the people of Oregon’s Willamette Valley I wrote for Wabash Magazine. I work at Wabash College and had a college senior, Drew Casey, along with me for my visits. He took most all of the photos in this piece.