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…

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…