July Vino Column “For Chardonnay, Forgo the Oak”

Oaked or unoaked?  That is the question! At least when it comes to Chardonnay. Where do you stand? Are you a steel tank aging-only kinda gal? Or an oakey-dokey bloke? When it comes to styles of Chardonnay, there can be quite a bit of controversy. How you enjoy your glass of wine is completely up…

Earning Wine Certifications in the Time of COVID

There’s no doubt that it has been a tough few months for the hospitality industry and all of those who rely on it for income and livelihood. This includes those of us in the wine industry who also work in events and consulting. Overall, the impacts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have been devastating for…

Alentejo Regional Profile on Winetraveler.com

Remember travel? It used to be a regular part of my life. In fact, I missed out on a big trip to Spain this year that was supposed to happen at the end of March. It has been a sore spot in my mind during this COVID time. While we stay at home, and wear…

Seyval Blanc Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

More hybrid grapes! How exciting! I’ve been getting a bit more into the “east coast” grapes lately on Winetraveler.com. This comes mainly from my love of Virginia wine and my experiences in that state getting to know these grapes about 10 years ago. Wouldn’t it be nice to have so many beautiful wineries close by…

Feel Rebellious with Anarchist Wines

Anyone else feeling like 2020 has been one of the strangest times? This year has surely been one for the record books, and we’re only halfway through. With all the Shelter-in-Place (SIP) orders, I’ve been doing plenty of sipping at home with the many wine samples that come my way. I’m ever so grateful for…

Rkatsiteli Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce this grape at first glance! That’s part of the reason that we put together these grape profile pages on Winetraveler.com–as a way to educate about the many different grape varieties found around the world. Rkatsiteli is a unique grape with a long history in the country of Georgia. This…

Israel Wine Regional Profile on Winetraveler.com

There are some countries that we may not automatically think about when we think about wine-producing regions. Though wine has been made in this area for thousands of years, it was not until Baron Edmond de Rothschild founded the modern wine industry here that  Israel started producing wine for mass consumption in the 1880s-90s. But…

Breaking the Rules in Love & Wine: Pasqua Wines

Ah, amore. It’s such a beautiful thing. Two young lovers from rival families breaking all the rules to run away with each other. It’s romantic–and tragic! The story of Romeo and Juliet is one that we all know well. These amorous Italian teens were destined to be together, even if that meant only through death. Their…

Melon de Bourgogne Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

Wine can be extremely confusing. There are so many grapes and regions around the world, and sometimes, the region and the grape are basically synonymous, or one wine will be called by its grape name while another is called by its regional name in the same area! It can be hard to keep it all…