About Me

David White is the founder and editor of Terroirist.com, an award winning wine blog. He is also the author of But First, Champagne: A Modern Guide to the World’s Favorite Wine. A contributor to Grape Collective, David’s writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Punch.


David is also the editor of the 3rd edition of The Everything Wine Book. He has his advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust speaks regularly at wine events across the world. He has appeared on a number of TV and radio programs, including Good Morning America and All Things Considered.

Knowledgeable wine enthusiasts have always revered Champagne. But historically, most consumers kept champagne way back on the high shelf, reserving it for send-offs and wedding toasts. Today, though, Champagne is in the midst of a renaissance. And consumers everywhere are finally paying attention. 

In But First, Champagne, David White details Champagne’s history along with that of its wines, explains how and why the market is changing, and profiles the region’s leading producers. This book is essential reading for wine enthusiasts, adventurous drinkers, and foodies.

“Smart, entertaining, and valuable… one of those rare wine books that should appeal to people just getting into Champagne and longtime Champagne obsessives.”
—From the foreword by Ray Isle of Food & Wine


“A gratifying read. The book is not pretentious in any sort of way.”
—Grape Collective


“[White] has done a very, very good job of laying out the current state of Champagne in the context of the world wine marketplace. There’s a lot to like in But First, Champagne, not the least of which is the fact that both newbies and jaded connoisseurs alike can find ample merit within its pages.”
—1 Wine Dude


“[A} sleek effort… It covers Champagne 101 deftly and in detail, mostly because White made the effort to capture Champagne as it exists in 2016—a region in revolution against its old ways. He does the service of acknowledging how grower Champagnes transformed the market, then goes beyond that, summarizing in simple, clear terms why Champagnes today are so different from the wines of the past and demonstrating it through a savvy, contemporary selection of featured producers.”





The keynote speaker at the 2011 Nederburg Rare South African Wine Auction, David speaks regularly at wine events across the world. Contact David via email to inquire about bookings. His literary interests are represented by Javelin.

Selected Articles

Fake Wines Take a Toll on Everyday Consumers
Grape Collective, December 8, 2015

Stony Hill Proves That in California, What Is Old Is New Again
Grape Collective, September 15, 2015

The Terroirist Manifesto of Anselme Selosse
Grape Collective, August 19, 2015

Didier Gimonnet: Maintaining Tradition in Champagne
Grape Collective, August 5, 2015


Rest Easy Wine Lovers, Perception is Easily Fooled
Grape Collective, March 17, 2015


(Click here to read all David’s Grape Collective columns.)

Kermit Lynch’s Journey of Wine Discovery
Palate Press, November 13, 2013


A Consumer Revolution in Wine
Palate Press, October 30, 2013


Toss Those Tasting Notes
Palate Press, October 15, 2013


(Click here to read all David’s Palate Press columns.)

Wholesale Robbery in Liquor Sales
New York Times, April 3, 2011


 In Maryland, Blocking Wine Sales Competition
Washington Post, February 6, 2011


Prohibition, Online
Los Angeles Times, December 17, 2010