Dale Robertson has been the wine columnist for the Houston Chronicle, the largest newspaper in the southern United States, for 10 years and he remains a full-time employee of the newspaper (as the most tenured sports journalist, after 44 years, in Texas).
Robertson has traveled extensively in France and Italy since the mid-1980s, acquiring a special enough affinity or the wines of the southern Rhone and Italy’s Piemonte that, in 1998, he built a vacation home in Haute Provence, conveniently located between the two regions. He spends six to eight weeks a year in France and also visits the vineyards in northern California once or twice a year.
Robertson’s wine-writing segued from his covering the Tour de France for almost 10 years, writing a daily food/wine/travel capsule about the region where each stage ended. He has also consulted for several Houston-area restaurants going back to the 1990s and is currently in the early stages of planning for a new wine bar near the city center.
His bi-weekly wine recommendations come from monthly blind tastings of 40-45 wines with a select panel of Houston wine professionals – one of them a certified Master Sommelier – and passionate consumers. His weekly articles can be found by going to @HoustonChronicle.com and, to follow him on Twitter, go to @sportywineguy.