10 Great Virginia Wineries That Are a Day Trip From Washington, D.C. on Winetraveler

If you know me, you know that I really got my start writing about wine while living in Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C. I would spend some weekends out in Virginia Wine Country looking for the best glass of Virginia wine, and I would always bring some home or look for VA labels out … Continue reading 10 Great Virginia Wineries That Are a Day Trip From Washington, D.C. on Winetraveler

On Coravin: From Sea to Shining Sea: America’s First Bi-Coastal Winery

Sometimes, I get to write about things that really bring me joy— like Virginia wine! Or better yet, a friend and fellow ‘Cane who is making waves in the wine industry through his very successful bi-coastal winery. Thanks to Coravin for the opportunity to highlight Kirk Wiles and the FIRST bi-coastal winery in the U.S., Paradise … Continue reading On Coravin: From Sea to Shining Sea: America’s First Bi-Coastal Winery

I Have to Leave “Pantsuit Nation”

Let me put something out there right off the bat: I did not vote for Donald Trump. Nor did I vote for Hillary Clinton. I exercised my right for creativity with a write-in and voted for my former college professor who I honestly think would make a great leader. That was my protest—not assigning my … Continue reading I Have to Leave “Pantsuit Nation”

Author Spotlight: Mary L. Tabor

Readers of History & Wine, I have a special spotlight for you. If you have been following along over the past year, you may have noticed my deep love of reading and writing woven throughout the articles I post. I have referenced several authors and books, many of which I have reviewed for you here. … Continue reading Author Spotlight: Mary L. Tabor

Chima Steakhouse: Tysons Corner Delight

Despite living in the DC-metro area for three years now, it was not until Wednesday night of this week that I discovered one of Northern Virginia's most delicious dining experiences. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse in Tysons Corner has to be one of the most savory and unique dining experiences you can have for a completely reasonable … Continue reading Chima Steakhouse: Tysons Corner Delight

Lincoln Medal at Ford’s Theatre

Last night, I represented DC Hot Spots at the red carpet portion of the annual gala to honor the recipients of the prestigious Lincoln Medal at Ford's Theatre here in DC. This year's medal honorees were Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State under George W. Bush, and Bill Russell, arguably one of the best … Continue reading Lincoln Medal at Ford’s Theatre

The Textile Museum, Who Knew?

I admit that there are many places around the metro-DC area that I have not fully explored. I’m not proud of that fact, because you would think that after almost three years in the area, someone like me would have wrung this place dry of secret cubby holes and hidden gems. Alas, I still have … Continue reading The Textile Museum, Who Knew?

DC Small Business Spotlight: Sweet Tea Photography

In the spirit of supporting small businesses and friends, I thought I would use this platform to highlight some small businesses in the Washington, DC area that I think you all (my growing audience) should support. As some of you may know, I think it is very important to "shop local" when you are looking … Continue reading DC Small Business Spotlight: Sweet Tea Photography

Every Song a Memory

Music has always been an important part of my life, despite the fact that I was born with no innate musical skills. Longing for something that passed me by on the natural talent spectrum has always been a source of frustration for me. I would love to have a singing voice worthy of a beautiful … Continue reading Every Song a Memory