Dale Robertson

Dale Robertson
Dale Robertson

DALE ROBERTSON

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.