Sippin’ Springtime Wine in Biscayne Times

It’s springtime in the Northern Hemisphere, but for those of us in South Florida, it certainly feels like the dead of summer already! Relax and enjoy the heat with a chilled bottle of one of these wines. All great options for year-round drinking, if you ask me. My latest Vino column for Biscayne Times: Sippin’…

Wine and Art Merge at Wine by the Bay in Biscayne Times

I’m giving away all the wine secrets in my regular Vino columns in Biscayne Times, but that’s OK. I want you all to enjoy the fruits of Miami’s wine scene like I do. In April’s column, I introduce you to the man behind the legendary wine shop, Wine by the Bay, located in Miami’s Little…

Celebrate Vino with Vinya in Biscayne Times

In my February Vino column for Biscayne Times newspaper, learn more about the Miami-based wine subscription service, Vinya, led by renowned sommelier, Allegra Angelo. Celebrate Vino with Vinya in Biscayne Times

Earning Wine Certifications in the Time of COVID

There’s no doubt that it has been a tough few months for the hospitality industry and all of those who rely on it for income and livelihood. This includes those of us in the wine industry who also work in events and consulting. Overall, the impacts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have been devastating for…

Building a Community through Quarantine

Never in my life did I imagine that we would be in this situation. We are going on three weeks here in Miami of social distancing, stay-at-home orders, business closures, and curfews. It is truly an unprecedented time for the whole globe but when you’re ordered to stay at home and only leave for essential…

“Through the Grapevine” Sommelier Stories

We have some exciting people in the wine industry down here in South Florida. I’m so proud to be part of this growing community of energizing, wine-loving souls! Though we are not near a wine region here in Miami, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have an incredibly knowledgeable base of people who are spreading…

When It Comes to Restaurants, Give Me More Than a Story

It happens all too often. A new restaurant comes to town (or maybe a new spot opens by local chefs). Hype ensues. Local bloggers attach themselves to the story. Buzz words like “homegrown,” “authentic,” “ethnic,” “local,” “natural,” and “gem” pop up in the stories. Usually, there is a very compelling story. Pick-me-up-by-the-bootstraps type of story….

Bananas About Art Basel

Each year during Miami Art Week and Art Basel, I always wonder if people who come in town only for this week of the year think that Miami is just this giant playground of insanity. The thought is valid, only because for this week of the year, the city is on neon steroids, even more…