About Marshall Davidson

Marshall has been working in the wine and spirits industry since his twenty-first year. He has taught classes and curated tastings during his career and introduced many an adventurous spirit to his favorite libations. In his spare time, Marshall enjoys writing, playing music, and studying languages.

What Are We Drinking Now? Odfjell Armador Carménère

Marshall has a gorgeous, versatile Chilean Carménère that pairs with ALL the foods. Odfjell Armador Carménère - Chile I love Carménère, a little-known varietal found primarily in Chile these days. These wines are not overly heavy and have a characteristic spice that I adore. Odfjell Armador has all this and more. Odfjell is a soft and gentle red with velvety tannins and a nose that's alive with green pepper, some bright fruit tones, and a spice that only blossoms as the wine breathes. Lately, I've been recommending it for hearty dishes; I enjoyed it with a flank steak and [...]

By | 2022-01-16T23:59:50+00:00 January 7th, 2022|

De Vinis Naturalibus: On Natural Wine

De Vinis Naturalibus On Natural Wine By Marshall Davidson   Having worked in wine shops since college, it has been a pleasure to see the popularity of natural wine grow over the years. I remember being at Total Wine when I was twenty-two and asking my manager what it meant when a label proclaimed that a wine was natural. “After all,” I asked, “isn’t all wine natural? It’s just fermented grape juice, right?” My manager thought for a moment, shrugged, and said, “It’s just a marketing gimmick I think.” Oh, how wrong he was. Still, while I’ve learned the term [...]

By | 2021-11-30T21:06:21+00:00 November 30th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? DoReMi Mitsvane & DoReMi Saperavi

Marshall was already in love with Georgian wines before he encountered these. Now he's 100% beguiled. DoReMi Mitsvane & DoReMi Saperavi Since first trying Georgian wine several years ago, I've been in love. I'm not talking about wine from the southern state, but from the eastern European nation that borders the Black Sea and Russia. At the time, I had no idea that Georgia produced wine, let alone that they had been doing it for longer than the pyramids have been standing. All I knew when I picked up that first bottle was that it looked cool and was [...]

By | 2021-11-27T21:05:49+00:00 November 22nd, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Ameztoi Stimatum Red Txakoli

Ever pair a wine with Halloween candy? Marshall has, and this Basque country red also goes with a whole lot more. Ameztoi Stimatum Red Txakoli - Basque Country, Spain Ghastliest of greetings, Ghosts and Ghouls, ‘tis the most spookiest time of the year and my heart is all aflutter. Halloween is a time of joy, a time of celebration, a time of hearty meals and candy. Naturally, one needs a wine to accompany such spentefulous things, and I’ve got just the one: Ameztoi Stimatum is a devilishly delicious red that pairs equally well with your favorite Halloween treat and the [...]

By | 2021-11-02T20:24:23+00:00 October 28th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Ethereo Albariño

Marshall is pairing the final week of September with this gorgeous Spanish Albariño. Ethereo Albariño - Rias Baixas, Spain Autumn is far and away my favorite time of year. I love the way the air feels, the smell of the trees transitioning for winter, the slight chill, the hearty foods making their way to tables. To complement these ethereal sensations, I paired the final week of September with a bottle of Ethereo Albariño. Ethereo is a gorgeous white wine from Rias Baixas, Spain, rich with notes of honey crisp apple, Meyer lemon, and a minerality as crisp as an [...]

By | 2021-09-30T20:42:03+00:00 September 30th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Elena Walch Schiava

Marshall will guide you into the new season with this Italian red. Elena Walch Schiava - Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy Friends, as we enter now what Bertolt Brecht referred to as "the blue month of September," we find ourselves at a crossroads of summer warmth and autumn chill. Because of this, I want to introduce you to a wine that meets the needs of both seasons: Elena Walch Schiava. “Now Marshall,” perhaps you might ask me, “what is a schiava?” The term actually refers to a variety of varietals grown in Alto Adige and Trentino, and the wines they produce [...]

By | 2021-09-07T22:17:43+00:00 September 3rd, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Les Vignobles Foncalieu

Piquepoul has been one of Marshall's favorite wines, but this Piquepoul is something special. Les Vignobles Foncalieu - Languedoc, France For years Piquepoul has been one of my go-to summer wines, so when I saw Foncalieu's Piquepoul Noir Rosé hit our shelves, I knew I had to try it. Gleefully I took a bottle home and let it chill while I prepped dinner, and opened it when it was about twenty degrees below room temperature. I unscrewed the cap and poured a glass. The results did not remotely disappoint. The wine immediately drew me in with scents of rain [...]

By | 2021-07-26T22:59:31+00:00 July 14th, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Krasno Orange Wine

Marshall is all about this orange wine from Slovenia. You will be, too. Krasno Orange Wine To me, each wine is an adventure. A new bottle can bring me to the hills or shores of new lands as much as a book or painting. I'm always searching for new wines, so when I saw an orange wine from Slovenia, I had to try it. Orange wine gets its name from the hue it takes on either through prolonged skin contact — similar to a rosé — or through aging in clay amphorae; this one gets its color from the [...]

By | 2021-06-09T19:33:40+00:00 June 9th, 2021|