Here Are Some Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers this Holiday Season

For those of you still processing the events of the past 18 months or so (me), it may be hard to believe that the holiday season of 2021 is upon us, but alas, it will be here soon. With less than two months before Christmas smacks us in the face, it’s time to seriously start…

In Remembrance of Fall

I moved to the Washington D.C. area almost exactly 11 years ago. It was September, I remember, because my first day at my new job in Tysons Corner, VA was right around Labor Day. It wouldn’t be long before the leaves would start to change, and I would get a taste of my first mid-Atlantic…

Toast to National Rosé Day with These 5 Bottles

Another wine holiday, you say? And it’s true. It seems there is one…well, every day. While I don’t subscribe to them all (definitely not Chardonnay day!), there are a few that I choose to single out and enjoy as an excuse to drink a very specific bottle(s). One of those days is National Rosé Day,…

Bring These Wines to the BBQ in Biscayne Times

You may see suggestions of wines that pair well with BBQ here or there on the Internet, but I’ve contributed my picks at under $30 a bottle for the summertime grilling season in this piece. Find them here in June’s Vino Column in Biscayne Times newspaper.

The Exquisite Wines of Vigneron Pierre Seillan in Biscayne Times

I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to expand my wine topics in Biscayne Times over the past few months. There is so much to cover here in South Florida, and I am grateful that the new editorial staff is open to exploring a diverse range of stories in the wine industry. In January’s Biscayne Times Vino…

My Top Wines of 2020 List That You Don’t Care About Reading

Be warned, this is actually just another “tops” list that you are probably only reading while you sit on the toilet, but I’ll write it anyway. I recently asked my Facebook “friends” if they cared about “tops” lists, and the replies were mixed. Actually, I take that back. The replies were mostly down the middle…

New Podcast “Wine Uncorked”

I’m proud to announce the launch of my new Podcast with Podmany, “Wine Uncorked.” Over 10 episodes, I interview a diverse range of wine professionals and hear their sometimes unconventional stories about how they ended up in the industry. You can listen on all major podcast sites such as Spotify, as well as on the…

The Mythology of Wine, A Book Review

From forbidden fruit to the blood of Christ, grapevines and our beloved wine have been the subjects of myths and religion since the beginning of time. Ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun’s tomb contained 26 wine jars made with wines by 15 winemakers (pg. 59). Dionysus had many names and ruled several vegetative subjects, but reined supreme…

The Secret Garden of Bolivian Wine

This week’s intimate wine tasting with a producer was one that was completely new to me. I’ve been labeled as someone who revels in all the weird little niche regions–like I started ringing the bell on Virginia wine years ago when everyone still thought nothing of it, and I recently had an eye-opening experience with…

Charming Chilean Carménère

Few grapes have been so widely misunderstood as Chilean Carménère. Once thought to be nothing more than Merlot, this grape has had a pretty short lifespan as its own namesake in the country where it is now considered a flagship. It was in 1994, just about 25 years ago that Carménère was discovered to be…