Orange Coast magazine and orangecoast.com have long been the leading authority on dining in Orange County, California. With the launch of our good-humored but no-nonsense new blog, “The Wine Dudes,” by William “Rusty” Gaffney and Eric Anderson, we’ve found the perfect pairing to complement our dining and food coverage.
The bloggers—we think of them as our own “Click and Clack,” the hosts of NPR’s “Car Talk”—are two of the key names behind the county’s award-winning GrapeRadio.com podcast.
Gaffney, known as the “Prince of Pinot,” is a retired Orange County ophthalmologist who has had a love affair with wine, and in particular, pinot noir, for nearly 50 years. When he retired in 2001, he devoted his energy to writing the PinotFile, an online newsletter and the first wine publication exclusively devoted to the subject. He tastes pinot noir almost daily, along with other varietals, and often visits the wine regions of California and Oregon. In addition to contributing to GrapeRadio.com, winner of two James Beard Awards for audio and video podcast shows, he also leads wine tours and organizes tastings.
Anderson, a consumer, hobbyist, and collector, has followed wine since the early 1980s. He owns and publishes Grape-Nutz.com, a popular website devoted to wine travels and reviews, and edits and hosts GrapeRadio.com. He also is a frequent contributor to many online wine forums, and has written several primers on wine touring, wine storage, wine tasting, and wine label removal. Several of his vineyard photos have appeared in local and regional publications, including Wine Spectator.
We’re proud to have them as part of the Orange Coast team. Starting today, visit regularly for their expert advice, insights, and observations about the Orange County wine scene, and check back each Friday when they recommend their “Must-Try of the Week.”
Pictured: above, Eric Anderson and right, Rusty Gaffney, Wine Dudes