When It Comes to Restaurants, Give Me More Than a Story

It happens all too often. A new restaurant comes to town (or maybe a new spot opens by local chefs). Hype ensues. Local bloggers attach themselves to the story. Buzz words like “homegrown,” “authentic,” “ethnic,” “local,” “natural,” and “gem” pop up in the stories. Usually, there is a very compelling story. Pick-me-up-by-the-bootstraps type of story….

Discover Mendoza’s Wine Country on Winetraveler.com

Amazing Argentina:  A beautiful country full of natural wonders and lots of wine. It’s the land of Malbec, which has a rich history and story to tell. Just last week, I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by Bodega Catena Zapata, where we had the opportunity to taste through several lines of premium…

Sleeper Sample: Sosie Cabernet Franc

What makes a wine catch my attention? That’s a great question. As a wine judge for the American Fine Wine Competition and others, it’s something that I look for every time I’m tasting a wine. I’m asking myself, “does this wine stand out?” To be quite honest, the usual answer is “no.” It’s true that…

Discover Chile’s Wine Country on Winetraveler.com

Wine isn’t all fun and games and which bar are we going to next. Sometimes, we have to get down into the nitty-gritty about wine regions, grapes, soils, farming, etc… One of the great things about the website Winetraveler is that the site offers insights into all of these facets of wine. Discover Chile’s Wine…

January Vino Column “Alternative Old World Wines at a Bargain”

Wow, can you believe it’s 2020? Just think about it. 100 years ago, our fellow Americans were entering into 13 long years of alcohol prohibition. It’s hard to believe that someone could survive 13 years without being able to just go over to their neighborhood wine shop and buy whatever bottles they wanted. It’s unfathomable…

On Coravin: The Perfect Pairing: Wine & Art with Leanne Laine

One of the original pillars of my blog, when I started writing it back in 2012, was to incorporate articles about art and artists. I believe that art is totally part of the “wine lifestyle,” as wine itself is a work of art (and science), and those who appreciate the finer wines of the world…