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John H. Isacs

John Isacs is the founder and CEO of EnjoyGourmet, a leading gourmet digital (www.enjoygourmet.com.cn) and print media company in China. He has authored over a dozen wine and food books including the awarded ISACS Guides and other gourmet books and is a wine consultant to governments, wine regions and organizations. He also hosts wine events for leading organizations and companies throughout China. Contact John via jcolumn@enjoygourmet.com. 

Pinot Noir a perfect guest for any Christmas feast

THE first day of December means that Christmas is practically just around the corner. Today’s iDeal section delves into some of the exotic spices that are added to holiday drinks and dishes including nutmeg and cinnamon. Many families are already planning their holiday feast around a roasted turkey. An increasing number of my friends in Shanghai have also adapted the practice of eating turkey as well as other traditional Christmas foods from all around the world.

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California wines perfect for all-American holiday

THANKSGIVING is the quintessential American holiday. Families congregate from all over the nation — and the globe, for that matter — and a few may even have vague remembrances of the stalwart pilgrims and accommodating Native Americans. But honestly, the modern Thanksgiving holiday is all about eating. The first Thanksgiving was also remarkably food-centric.