Hello and welcome to my blog,

I'm a life-long resident of Massachusetts, a licensed attorney, and have been involved in food and wine writing for about nine years.  Beside my food, wine, saké & spirits blog, The Passionate Foodie, I've also written a food & wine column for the Stoneham Sun newspaper. In addition, I've been published in other periodicals, including the Beverage Media, Drink MeBoston Scene, North End Scene, and the Valley Patriot, .Plus, I've been a freelance contributor to the Medford Patch and Melrose Patch.

Wine Education:
--I am a Certified Spanish Wine Educator, having also visited Spain three times, including the Canary Islands, Sherry region, Madrid, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Rioja region, Priorat region and more.
--I am a Certified Sake Professional and currently teach sake education classes, hold sake tastings and dinners, and am available for hire for all types of sake events.
--I am a Certified Wine Location Specialist, which concentrates on the Champagne and Port regions, especially on terroir issues, and I have visited the Champagne region. I am capable of leading classes, tastings, dinners and more on Champagne and Port.

I've been inducted as a Cavaleiro in the Confraria do Vinho do Porto, a Knight in the Brotherhood of Port Wine.

I have judged several different food competitions, from the East Cambridge Rib Fest to most recently a Japanese Sushi contest that was filmed for Japanese TV.

I'm on the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Seafood Bloggers' Association, writing weekly articles on seafood-related issues. For the last four consecutive years, I've won awards for my coverage of the Seafood Expo North America and most recently won the 2014 Best Overall Coverage of the Seafood Expo. In addition, I was chosen as one of the Gulf Coast Seafood's Top 100 Seafood Bloggers..

I'm also on the Board of Directors of Drink Local Wine, Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting lesser known and less appreciated wine regions in North America. It holds an annual conference in a different wine region as well as a Regional Wine Week in October.

Besides my nonfiction work, I have also written a series of supernatural thrillers, the Tipsy Sensei series. Currently consisting of two novels and several short stories, the series centers on a Boston area Sake expert who learns that the supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore are real. Using ancient Japanese legends, I place them into contemporary Boston, and am currently working on the next novel in the series.

You can contact me through email at ubarluther@aol.com or through snailmail at:

Richard Auffrey
The Passionate Foodie
200F Main Street, Suite 332
Stoneham, MA 02180