June Vino Column “Stock Up & Hunker Down (Again)”

We’ve had a crazy year so far, and it’s only halfway through. Part of me is surprised by this, and part of me feels like it’s still March 15th when we went into lockdown.  Where did the past few months go? June Vino Column “Stock Up & Hunker Down (Again)” In South Florida, the summer…

Norton Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

When I discovered Virginia wine country about 10 years ago (I didn’t actually discover it, but discovered it for me), I was introduced to an abundance of grapes that I had never heard of at the time. Most were hybrids or other grapes not commonly grown in more popular American wine regions, such as California….

Assyrtiko Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

While traveling is on hold, I’ve been doing quite a bit of studying and research throughout all these virtual wine tastings & certification courses online. It has been nice to have this slower period in my life to actually get some of this stuff done! I can’t tell you how many times “before” I wanted…

May Vino Column “Stay Home with Some Old World Rosés”

It’s hard to believe that it’s May already! What happened to the last couple of months? Oh, that’s right… we lost them somewhere between the living room and the bedroom. There is no doubt that I’ve been enjoying some wonderful wine during quarantine time, and I’ve provided some tasting notes for many of those bottles…

Quarantine Bottles Cont… It’s May! Where are we at? (10)

Well, folks. I think I’m going to wrap up this series right here. It has been fun chronicling my wine tasting notes throughout this period of isolation and lockdown, but eight weeks’ worth of bottles is a lot of tasting notes (65+ bottles over 10 posts, and that’s not including the repeat wines or ones…

Vidal Blanc Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

The winning wine of this year’s Virginia Governor’s Cup competition was a Vidal Blanc Passito from 868 Vineyards in Loudoun County, VA. It was quite the accomplishment for the winning wine to be a dessert wine, but a hybrid grape dessert wine made in a niche style from one of the lesser well-known winegrowing areas…

Foul Play in Vouvray, A Book Review

Anyone else love a good ole wine country detective mystery set in the Loire Valley? Because if you do, you’re in luck! Foul Play in Vouvray may just be the beach read you need this summer (if we are allowed to even go to the beach). My old boss back in D.C. sent me a…

Petit Manseng Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

If you’ve been following me on social media (@historyandwine), or pay any attention to my quarantine tasting notes posts, you’ll know that I took part in a Virginia Petit Manseng Trio tasting last week hosted by Early Mountain Vineyard, which was just fantastic. Living in Miami has made it fairly difficult for me to drink…

Quarantine Bottles Cont… What Was Life Like Before? (8)

As the weeks drag on, it’s getting harder and harder to remember what it was like to go out and not feel like you need to avoid every person around you. It’s odd to think about giving strangers a kiss on the cheek as we usually do upon greeting them in Miami. I haven’t hugged…