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 “Southern Hemisphere Chardonnays”

As I’m posting this on my site, I’m sitting in Beaune, France, in the middle of Burgundy wine country, where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme. While I may be far from the Southern Hemisphere currently, my Vino column in Biscayne Times newspaper covering wines from south of the Equator is hot off the presses….

An Afternoon with Champagne Laurent-Perrier

An afternoon tasting through four elegant Champagnes with Champagne Laurent-Perrier is an afternoon well spent. Located in the grand cru village of Tours-sur-Marne, Laurent-Perrier was founded in 1812 by André Michel Pierlot, a former cooper. It has stayed a family business since its founding, and is now run by two sisters, Alexandra Perèyre de Nonacourt &…