Yesterday, Wine Enthusiast announced online their 40 Under 40 Tastemakers for 2019, and I was proud to see a friend and Virginia winery CEO on the list. Kirk Wiles, CEO and Founder of Paradise Springs Winery located in Clifton, Virginia and now also in Santa Barbara, California is well-deserving of the recognition. The Wine Enthusiast 40 Under … Continue reading Wine Enthusiast Announces 40 Under 40 Tastemakers & a Friend Makes the List!
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 … Continue reading On Coravin: The Mystical Role of Music in Winemaking
Miami Spice season is upon us! At many fine dining establishments throughout the 3-0-5, customers can choose to be treated to a three-course lunch or dinner for $23 or $39, respectively, exclusive of tip and tax. It's a great time to explore cuisines and visit restaurants you've been meaning to try all year. Sure, some … Continue reading Pairing Wine While Dining Miami Spice-Style at Zucca
I do love visiting the Pacific Northwest! In fact, I think I wrote in a previous article or column that Seattle in the sunshine is the world's best-kept secret because it is the most perfect place. When the sky is clear, the weather can be lovely, and the scenery is even more incredible. One of … Continue reading Top Woodinville Wineries & Tasting Rooms To Visit in the Hollywood District on Winetraveler.com
It's the old East Coast/West Coast rivalry, but this time, we just have to decide if we want to drink these West Coast Sauvignon Blancs at these economical prices. I love writing my monthly Vino column for Miami's best newspaper, Biscayne Times, because it's a quick snapshot of some of the wine options available within … Continue reading August Vino Column “West Coast Sauv Blancs for East Coast Tastes”
It has been a couple of years since I've traveled across Argentina, but it is definitely a country you don't forget easily. Some of the most beautiful views and vistas exist between the bottom of the continent at Ushuaia and the unbelievably stunning landscapes and backdrops in the northern province of Salta. If you are … Continue reading 5 Great Wineries that Should be on Your Argentina Wine Tasting Itinerary on Winetraveler.com
If you know me, you know that I really got my start writing about wine while living in Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C. I would spend some weekends out in Virginia Wine Country looking for the best glass of Virginia wine, and I would always bring some home or look for VA labels out … Continue reading 10 Great Virginia Wineries That Are a Day Trip From Washington, D.C. on Winetraveler
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 … Continue reading On Coravin: What’s So Special About Châteauneuf-du-Pape?
Miami is truly the Magic City; a city where people come to drink, have fun, and forget who they are. In between the Mojitos and the Beach parties, sometimes, you just need a relaxing glass of wine. I'm always asked where someone should grab a glass of wine around town, so here is a list … Continue reading 18 Incredible Places To Have a Glass of Wine in Miami on Winetraveler.com
"What grows together goes together." This is one of the rules of wine and food pairing, and the rule I go by when pairing seafood and the Spanish specialty, Albariño. Follow me as I walk through five seafood and Albariño pairings in my latest article for the Coravin wine blog. (You may be surprised by … Continue reading On Coravin: Albariño & Seafood: A Wine & Food Pair Made in Paradise