Rob Frisch lives in Chicago, within easy walking distance of both a microbrewery and a whiskey distillery.

He began drinking on his twelfth birthday, when his parents opened a beautiful bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne. Since then, he has sampled Grand Cru Burgundies, Vietnamese snake wines and everything in between.

Rob has a long history of disguising overindulgence as research. Before he became your guide to obscure libations, he lived la dolce vita in Europe while studying German and reviewed restaurants for a weekly Chicago newspaper. He has appeared on the PBS television show Check, Please!, and he was recently featured in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. In 2017, he won the Millésima Wine Blog Awards in the category of Wine Travel.

E-mail Rob at contact@oddbacchus.com.


10 Comments to “About”

  1. Rob, nice write-up on the 2011 Kyklos Moschofilero from Greece–I actually bought it at our local Whole Foods earlier this week before seeing your review, and liked it very much. I love New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, and this seemed in a similar vein. Also like SB’s from Chile & South Africa, plus a few (lessor so) from California.

    Discovered 2 SB’s from Italy this year that I like a lot–and never thought of Italy for much beyond Pinot Grigio. At recommendation of local wine store rep, tried La Cappuccina Sauvignon 2010, Veneto–it’s wonderful. I am braving the heat today to go and get more.

    Nice website, I’ll have to explore more when I get time. I receive daily emails from Snooth.com, also good. So much info out there for wine lovers, so little time!

    • Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Joanne. I can definitely see how a Sauvignon Blanc fan would like the Kyklos Moschofilero. I’ll have to look for that La Cappuccina Sauvignon Blanc – thanks for the tip!

  2. Hi Rob,

    It was great meeting you on Saturday at the Temecula Ponte winery. I hope you found other interesting wines during your stay in SoCal. Chris and I will enjoy the oddly delightful sparkling red on a special occasion.

    I look forward to reading more of your blog.


    • Thank you for the recommendation of Doffo and Palumbo. I will have to check those out the next time in Temecula. Let me know if any specific wines from those two wineries are the ‘must tries’.

  3. I want to subscribe to your newsletter.

    • Hi Bjorn,

      I would be honored to have you as a subscriber, but I’m afraid I don’t have a newsletter at present. You can follow me on Twitter as @oddbacchus, and I announce new blog posts there, or on my Facebook page.



  4. Please notifyu me of your new posts

    • Hi Stephen,

      Thanks for your interest! If you would care to follow me on Twitter (@oddbacchus) or Facebook, I announce new posts in both places. Otherwise, I tend to post on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so those are the best days to check for new posts.



  5. Hi Rob,
    Read about your blog from Ms Teague’s WSJ article. I’ve been enjoying the archives all morning. In NY this week for World Whisky Conf, but would love to connect some time in Chicago. I find odd spirits in our import/wholesale warehouse all the time! Always fun to have another palate to taste with. Currently, we’ve discovered some pelinkovic liqueurs that we’re in love with. I’m based in Chicago, shoot me an email sometime…

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