Sleeper Sample: Sosie Cabernet Franc

What makes a wine catch my attention? That’s a great question. As a wine judge for the American Fine Wine Competition and others, it’s something that I look for every time I’m tasting a wine. I’m asking myself, “does this wine stand out?” To be quite honest, the usual answer is “no.” It’s true that…

Discover Chile’s Wine Country on Winetraveler.com

Wine isn’t all fun and games and which bar are we going to next. Sometimes, we have to get down into the nitty-gritty about wine regions, grapes, soils, farming, etc… One of the great things about the website Winetraveler is that the site offers insights into all of these facets of wine. Discover Chile’s Wine…

January Vino Column “Alternative Old World Wines at a Bargain”

Wow, can you believe it’s 2020? Just think about it. 100 years ago, our fellow Americans were entering into 13 long years of alcohol prohibition. It’s hard to believe that someone could survive 13 years without being able to just go over to their neighborhood wine shop and buy whatever bottles they wanted. It’s unfathomable…

December Vino Column “Celebrate with Bubbly on a Budget”

I’ll admit that I LOVE Champagne. I really do. In fact, I attended two Champagne parties in one day earlier this week during Miami’s Art Basel. Two fantastic Champagne parties with flowing, unlimited bubbly. For a Champagne lover, it was a pretty perfect day. However, Champagne is often very expensive, and hardly ever what you…

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…

My Seven Favorite Wines of 2019

At the end of the year, we reflect. Unique to 2019 is the option to reflect on a whole decade now coming to an end. The 2010s are over, and we are on the precipice of ushering in the 2020s. It’s hard to believe. It really does seem like just yesterday we were worried about…

“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…

On Coravin: Choosing a Wine for Every Type of Thanksgiving Meal

Is it just the media, or is everyone freaking out about what wines to serve at Thanksgiving dinner? It’s a common headline around this time of year, and I’m part of the writing frenzy, too. Chardonnay or Cabernet? Gamay or Sangiovese? There are so many choices that sometimes you can get decision fatigue just thinking…