Berkeley and Alameda Island East Bay Urban Wine Tasting Route on Winetraveler

Several years ago, I spent some time roaming around Berkeley while I was waiting for a friend to finish work. I'm a naturally curious person, so I followed my curiosity into an evolving warehouse district on the west side of the city. What I found was very exciting for a wine lover like me. I … Continue reading Berkeley and Alameda Island East Bay Urban Wine Tasting Route on Winetraveler

On Coravin: The Voyage of Viognier in the U.S.

There are some grapes that you don't see very often on wine lists, but when you get a great bottle of these varieties, it can take your night from "good" to "great." One of these grapes is Viognier. I'm a big fan of this white Rhône variety that was nearly extinct about 50 years ago, … Continue reading On Coravin: The Voyage of Viognier in the U.S.

September Vino Column “A Sampling of Rhône Reds”

I'm a sucker for a Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, but if you're on a tight budget and craving that special blend, you might have to stick with a Côtes du Rhône. Luckily for all of us, I tried seven of your average economical red Rhône wines in my September Vino column in Miami's Biscayne Times newspaper, and … Continue reading September Vino Column “A Sampling of Rhône Reds”

You Won’t Need a Divorce to Enjoy this Alimony

Alimony doesn't always have to be a dirty word. But if it is to you, consider finding a way to add a more positive association to it. How about attaching it to a bottle of wine from a Napa Valley producer who may have had some experience on the wrong end of a marriage?  Luckily, … Continue reading You Won’t Need a Divorce to Enjoy this Alimony

Meet Me at MEAT Up Mondays

Monday nights just got a little more exciting if you love steak and lobster and live in a city with an STK Steakhouse. Now for MEAT Up Mondays, STK is offering a succulent 8oz lobster tail and 8oz Filet for only $59--and only on Mondays. All STK restaurants worldwide are participating, except for the Las Vegas … Continue reading Meet Me at MEAT Up Mondays

Wine Enthusiast Announces 40 Under 40 Tastemakers & a Friend Makes the List!

Yesterday, Wine Enthusiast announced online their 40 Under 40 Tastemakers for 2019, and I was proud to see a friend and Virginia winery CEO on the list. Kirk Wiles, CEO and Founder of Paradise Springs Winery located in Clifton, Virginia and now also in Santa Barbara, California is well-deserving of the recognition. The Wine Enthusiast 40 Under … Continue reading Wine Enthusiast Announces 40 Under 40 Tastemakers & a Friend Makes the List!

On Coravin: The Mystical Role of Music in Winemaking

Several years ago when I first met Aurelio Montes, Jr., winemaker at Montes Wines in Chile, to taste his wines during a visit to Miami Beach, he explained to me the process of using Gregorian chants in his cellars where some of the premium  Montes wines aged in barrels. It was a technique that I … Continue reading On Coravin: The Mystical Role of Music in Winemaking

Pairing Wine While Dining Miami Spice-Style at Zucca

Miami Spice season is upon us! At many fine dining establishments throughout the 3-0-5, customers can choose to be treated to a three-course lunch or dinner for $23 or $39, respectively, exclusive of tip and tax. It's a great time to explore cuisines and visit restaurants you've been meaning to try all year.  Sure, some … Continue reading Pairing Wine While Dining Miami Spice-Style at Zucca

Top Woodinville Wineries & Tasting Rooms To Visit in the Hollywood District on Winetraveler.com

I do love visiting the Pacific Northwest! In fact, I think I wrote in a previous article or column that Seattle in the sunshine is the world's best-kept secret because it is the most perfect place. When the sky is clear, the weather can be lovely, and the scenery is even more incredible. One of … Continue reading Top Woodinville Wineries & Tasting Rooms To Visit in the Hollywood District on Winetraveler.com

August Vino Column “West Coast Sauv Blancs for East Coast Tastes”

It's the old East Coast/West Coast rivalry, but this time, we just have to decide if we want to drink these West Coast Sauvignon Blancs at these economical prices. I love writing my monthly Vino column for Miami's best newspaper, Biscayne Times, because it's a quick snapshot of some of the wine options available within … Continue reading August Vino Column “West Coast Sauv Blancs for East Coast Tastes”