Building a Community through Quarantine

Never in my life did I imagine that we would be in this situation. We are going on three weeks here in Miami of social distancing, stay-at-home orders, business closures, and curfews. It is truly an unprecedented time for the whole globe but when you’re ordered to stay at home and only leave for essential…

Quarantine Bottles Cont… (3)

My third blog post in this series makes sense to post now because we are coming into our third week in quarantine. Today is basically day 16–I’m counting from the last time we ate out at a restaurant and adopted our two new kitties because we’ve basically been inside ever since (aside from essential errands)….

Quarantine Bottles Cont… (2)

Instead of overwhelming the previous post with the first batch of quarantine wines, I’ll continue detailing my self-isolated wine drinking in a separate post. Here are my tasting notes on the bottles of wine I enjoy while practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis of 2020 (cont…). New bottles added!   Domaine Jean Dauvissat Pere…

Quarantine Life One Bottle at a Time

Practicing self-isolation during our global coronavirus pandemic does not mean that we will stay away from wine! On the contrary, this is a great opportunity to get INTO some new wines and try out some of the bottles we’ve been holding onto in our wine fridge. Here we go! Quarantine life one bottle at a…

Music & Wine Pairing with House of Krug Champagne on Winetraveler.com

We all could use a little distraction during this time. Recently (before coronavirus), I had the opportunity to sit down with Oliver Krug, who is the Krug House Director and sixth-generation Krug family member involved with the operation of the iconic Champagne House. Oliver and I tasted through two of his beautiful Champagnes. One was…

March Vino Column “Wine in a Can”

Canned wine is all the rage now! Or is it? Have you tried one yet? It may sound like a foreign concept to the strictest wine-lovers, but canned wines can actually be quite convenient. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that Amanda Fraga, Head Sommelier for The Genuine Hospitality Group, and I recently…

“Through the Grapevine” Sommelier Stories

We have some exciting people in the wine industry down here in South Florida. I’m so proud to be part of this growing community of energizing, wine-loving souls! Though we are not near a wine region here in Miami, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have an incredibly knowledgeable base of people who are spreading…

When It Comes to Restaurants, Give Me More Than a Story

It happens all too often. A new restaurant comes to town (or maybe a new spot opens by local chefs). Hype ensues. Local bloggers attach themselves to the story. Buzz words like “homegrown,” “authentic,” “ethnic,” “local,” “natural,” and “gem” pop up in the stories. Usually, there is a very compelling story. Pick-me-up-by-the-bootstraps type of story….