An Ode to the Sommelier’s Instrument

Every wine lover has a favorite. It’s the one you grab each time you are opening a special bottle. Maybe it’s stored separately, in a box, even. There’s something about it you just love, but it’s hard to explain because to an outsider, it looks the same as all the others. It could be tied…

Earning a Wine Certificate Through the International Sommelier Guild

The best and the hardest part about the wine industry is that is a truly a field where you can never know absolutely everything. There is always room for more learning, experiencing, and tasting. Each glass of wine is a lesson in itself, but there is always more to know about viticulture, regions, laws, and…

New Crowd Cow Ambassador, Me!

Do you like to know where your meat comes from? If you answered yes, then you are in good company. I’m excited to announce my partnership with Crowd Cow as I’ve been tapped by the company to be one of their ambassadors. If you are unfamiliar with Crowd Cow, I will start by saying it’s…

Barry Alberts, Cheers to You

Just two weeks ago, Barry Alberts and I were driving home from another fantastic dinner at Paradise Farms in Homestead, FL. Barry had asked me to help him pour four Spanish wines for the evening—wines he knew that I was familiar with, and that he had paired perfectly with the dishes prepared by some of…

Coral Gables: This Ain’t Your Idea of Miami

As I’ve mentioned in some of my other posts, such as The Keys House, I grew up in South Florida. Specifically, I grew up in Miami. Even more specifically, I spent the first 14 years of my life in Coral Gables, Florida—home of the U (That is the University of Miami, for all of you…