Bodegas CARO: A Partnership in Wine

What happens when you combine two historically significant winemaking families from iconic regions in the Old and New World in a historic winery location set to the backdrop of the Andes Mountains? It may seem like a dream for many wine lovers, but this scenario does, in fact, exist in real life at Bodegas CARO…

Alicante Bouschet & Picpoul Blanc Grape Profiles on Winetraveler.com

It’s true that these grapes don’t have a lot to do with each other, other than origins in France. However, it could be said that they are both varieties that have fallen out of favor but are finding a resurgence of interest in recent years–albeit in regions that aren’t their original homes. Learn more about…

August Vino Column “Brave the Heat with Lighter Reds”

We’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to the weather. Here in Florida, the past couple of weeks of August have felt like the warmest yet this year. When it comes to wine drinking, I’ve never been of the mindset that there is only one season for imbibing in a certain style…

Rosé All Day With These Wines From Provence

Can you feel the heat? If you live in the northern hemisphere, chances are that you are feeling extremely hot these days. For those of us living in Florida, the temps are magnified by the suffocating humidity. Come August, it often feels like we just can’t cool down ever. For wine drinkers, this heat means…

Canned Wine: Myths Busted, Facts Uncovered on Winetraveler.com

Here we go again with another “controversial” topic in wine. Question: how can something that is supposed to bring so much pleasure be so controversial? I’ll tell you why–because stubborn people set in their ways make it that way! If you’ve been paying attention to changing trends right now in the wine industry, you may…

Arinto & Antão Vaz Grape Profiles on Winetraveler.com

This summer has definitely been the summer of Portuguese wines for me. I was lucky enough to participate in a lovely tasting with Wines of Alentejo earlier this month. It was wonderful to get to know this hot region in Portugal & its wines better (like this bottle of Esporão Colheita branco, which I just…

Muscadine Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

I’m not a complete convert by any means, but I was recently pleasantly surprised by some of the Muscadine wines I tasted in Florida when I visited San Sebastian Winery in St. Augustine. If you are from the Southeast United States, you may be well versed in the many uses for Muscadine grapes. These native…

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…