American Wines for an American Holiday in Biscayne Times

The holiday season is back! Whether you plan on celebrating like normal or keeping it more low-key this year, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all the others will be here before you even know it! Will you be hosting any (small) holiday meals this year? For those of us who still plan on putting a turkey on…

Fall in Love with Beaujolais, New Biscayne Times Wine Column

Well, 2020 has been quite the year, right? Between hoarding toilet paper, global pandemics, national lockdowns, and a crazy election, we’ve been through a lot together. For many of us, the year has brought some good with the bad, and that’s something to be thankful for as we close out these last few months. For…

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…

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…

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…

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…

April Vino Column “Catch Up with Wines Down Under”

It often feels weird to read things that were written before we rapidly descended into this world of lockdowns and quarantines, but we know that the world existed in some form of “normalcy” before; we are in a new normal; we will come out of it in some form of a mix between the two,…

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…

January Vino Column “Alternative Old World Wines at a Bargain”

Wow, can you believe it’s 2020? Just think about it. 100 years ago, our fellow Americans were entering into 13 long years of alcohol prohibition. It’s hard to believe that someone could survive 13 years without being able to just go over to their neighborhood wine shop and buy whatever bottles they wanted. It’s unfathomable…