I love writing about places I love. Especially places I love in France. In 2021, I was lucky enough to travel to France twice between July and October. After the first trip to Gérard Bertrand's jazz festival in July, I told myself that I definitely wanted to dive more into the Languedoc region of southern... Continue Reading →
Transport Yourself to the South of France with Wine in Biscayne Times
You don't have to twist my arm! My September Vino column for Miami's Biscayne Times newspaper is about the wines of Gérard Bertrand. He's known around the world for his iconic "South of France" lifestyle and biodynamic winemaking, as well as his annual Jazz à l’Hospitalet music festival that takes place at his Château L’Hospitalet... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
The Battle of Verdun: How To Visit the Battlefield Near Champagne, France on Winetraveler.com
I'll admit that I was reluctant to visit the battlefields in Northeastern France that mark the place where the longest battle of World War I took place. The drive is slightly out of the way from the vineyards of Champagne, which was our intended destination from the start. After visiting the historic sites of Verdun,... Continue Reading →
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: What’s So Special About Châteauneuf-du-Pape?
If you find yourself traveling north to south through France, there's a good chance that you may end up somewhere along the beautiful Rhône River at some point during your journey. In fact, during a recent trip through French wine country, we ended up inadvertently crossing that river a total of about 20 times--although, this is... Continue Reading →
Two Day Champagne Itinerary: Explore Champagne-Ardenne France on Winetraveler.com
After spending a few wonderful days in Champagne, I was able to share more about the region in my two-day guide on Winetraveler.com. When you plan your trip to Champagne, don't forget to check out the article! Let me know if you have any questions about the region. Cheers to Champagne!