Quarantine Bottles Cont… Has Drinking Lost Its Fun? (6)

Still here self-isolating. It’s incredible to me that we have been at this for a full month. The last time we went to a restaurant, and the same day that we rescued the kitties was March 14th. Of course, I’ll never forget that day (adoption day), but now, it has much more significance. When we…

Easter Wines for Happy Times

Easter is just around the corner! Since we are all just staying home this year, what are we cooking? Usually, ham and lamb are on the menu for a traditional Easter dinner, so I thought I’d throw out some suggestions of wines that will pair nicely with either. Remember with any food and wine pairings,…

Quarantine Bottles Cont… (4)

I’ve found that it’s easier just to section these blog posts out because let’s be honest, this list is just going to keep growing the longer we are ordered to stay home. If you were wondering, there are three previous articles with several bottles I’ve enjoyed while staying at home. You can find those tasting…

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…

September Vino Column “A Sampling of Rhône Reds”

I’m a sucker for a Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, but if you’re on a tight budget and craving that special blend, you might have to stick with a Côtes du Rhône. Luckily for all of us, I tried seven of your average economical red Rhône wines in my September Vino column in Miami’s Biscayne Times newspaper, and…

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…

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…

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 &…

‘Tis the Season for a White Burgundy

With the warmer weather creeping in, you may be rosé-ing all day right now, but if you want to take a break and try something a little different, may I suggest a refreshing white Burgundy? White wine from Burgundy is almost always Chardonnay, but these wines are not your mother’s California Chardonnay. Typically, they are…