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…

South Florida Students Excel in Wine and Spirits Exams

Some wonderful news from our friends at Florida Wine Academy in Downtown Miami. South Florida Students Excel in Wine and Spirits Exams Students in South Florida have a flair for wine and spirits studies, according to exam results figures released by Florida Wine Academy.   Students outperformed the global average in every set of WSET…

“Through the Grapevine” Holiday Edition

It’s hard to believe that we are in the last month of this year AND the decade. Who even can remember as far back as 2010? What were we all doing? Pretty soon, we’ll be ringing in the new roaring 20s. Or will they be called something else? Before we get to the dawn of…

A Sparkling Wine for Every Celebration

With the holidays rapidly approaching, revelers everywhere are scouring wine store shelves for just the right bubbly to ring in the New Year or celebrate other joyous occasions. It’s true that not all sparkling wines are created equally. In fact, there are some major differences between Champagne and a Prosecco, for example. If you’re used…