Meet the Southwestern Wine Guy
Jim Hammond's first glass of wine, a burgundy that serendipitously paired particularly well with his Steak Diane, in Hong Kong in 1964 launched a life-long quest for more ideal food/wine pairings. Along the way he found the joy of discovery -- and sharing those discoveries with friends -- made the quest even more special. Jim includes wine and wine lore in his novels as well as his wine writing.
After a two-year stint with the Albuquerque Journal, as wine columnist, today he is a monthly Artful Pairings columnist for ABQArts Magazine and contributes regularly to Examinar.com. Jim also contributes monthly columns to Jane Butel's Cooking with Jane online cooking club and hosts a radio blog, On the Road with the Southwestern Wine Guy featuring virtual tours of wine regions, with reviews of wines and restaurants I discover along the way and including must-have wines and bargain wine recommendations. Jim maintains a well-read wine blog The Southwestern Wine Guy. He recently completed the first in a series of Southwestern wine guides, and he stays busy with speaking engagements at wine festivals, private parties, and other types of events. For a complete list of Jim's credentials click here.
"There is the beginning of a renaissance of wine making in the southwest, and no one else seems to be representing it properly," says Jim. "What does that mean? It's writing about the history and romance of these wines, including the challenges facing those with enough passion to carve out a niche in the wine market without the panache of west coast wineries."
"My job is to write -- and talk -- about it in detail, while providing wine consumers with new markets and wines to try. Life doesn't get any better than that!"
Click here for a list of links to wineries I have visited and recommend.
Christmas is coming! Read this new story—set in Ruidoso, NM—from Jim.