About

Chris Kassel is a respected anti-journalist specializing in life, liberty and the pursuit of Happy Hour.  Over twenty years, he has developed an international reputation for his horrifically childish iconoclastic view of the wine industry.  First introduced to wine at the workhouses of Northwest Detroit where he was raised, he went on to become a sommelier and to manage award-winning wine programs at orphanages, state mental hospitals and day-care centers throughout the Midwest.

"Please, sir. I want some more."

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12 Responses to About

  1. Andrew Hunter says:

    Chris:

    I dig your work. Very entertaining. I’d like to do a collaboration with you.

    I run the discovery mag, Fav&Co. It’s a social review site for the those obsessed with well made goods. I’d like to have you on the site as a guest expert.

    Please, check out the site, fav.co (not dot com). If you are interested, send me an email to discuss the details.

    Best,

    Andrew

  2. Anonymous says:

    Chris,
    if you want to contribute to Uncorked, a weekly iPad wine magazine ( and be paid!) , please shoot me an email.
    Steve Yafa syafa@nomadeditons.com

    https://nomadeditions.com/uncorked/

  3. Galen Struwe says:

    If you just need another sycophant please let me know. You’re the Master Wine Blogger. Thanks!

  4. Joel says:

    Chris,

    One of the Wine Blog Award judges reached out to me to ask your email. He has a writing gig he’d like to discuss with you (he was very impressed with your blog). Please email me.

    Thanks!

  5. Bridget Conway says:

    Hello!

    I am a student at Columbia College Chicago. I noticed your blog was a 2012 Wine Blog Awards finalist. Congratulations! I was hoping you could please do me a favor.

    For one of my classes, I was given the tricky task of re-branding the Carlo Rossi wine brand. As a part of my research I put together a survey, and have to get 400 people to respond by best Wednesday, October 9. If you could please post this survey to your site, or at least take it yourself, I would REALLY appreciate it:

    Click here to take survey

    Thank you for your consideration!

    Bridget Conway
    bridget.conway@loop.colum.edu

  6. Lisa Recker says:

    I’m a co-ed at a small, Midwestern university…no wait. Full stop.
    I’m a former wine lover, now reformed alcoholic, but still curious. I enjoy your writings. If I didn’t have a gun to my own head, I’d applaud you right now.
    Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful. Hate me because I’m an asshole.
    Thank you for your service.

  7. Lisa Recker says:

    I like to eat tomatoes until my tongue stings. Parallel lives… bonus!

  8. I worked for Joel Peterson at The Halloween Wine Co for about 10 years ( & like the man very much), and your coverage of RW just made me smile all over myself. I left The Nest in 2001 when The Man (Constellation) bought RW and now I watch from a great distance as it continues to masquerade as its former self. Perfect for Halloween. The RW wine perfect for a good time. Thanks for slaying me, hilarious psycho killer. Look forward to what goes with Turkey soon.

  9. Tom Jones says:

    Unbelievable! Of the five wineries you just wrote about, four of them have their wine made be the same guy at the same place. They don’t even own a winery. The honest vintners in Leelanau County are really tired of this kind of reporting. Honestly, we don’t care who makes their wine but they should be called tasting rooms not wineries and you should be more prudent on your reporting and even more so your research because it doesn’t appear that any has been done.

  10. intoxreport says:

    Tom, I am aware of who makes the wines at the wineries ; in fact, not only are the wineries quite proud of him, I interviewed Shawn after the tour. My goal in this piece was to showcase new Leelanau wineries, not to appease douchebags who pretend to speak for ‘honest’ vintners. I will say that the wines (same varietals and styles) that I sampled were each unique to their terroir, showing an individual vineyard footprint regardless of whose fingerprints were on the fermenter.

    Pretty please with sugar on top, list some of your ‘honest’ vintners along with your qualifications for calling them so and I will write a column on that peculiar notion.

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