Seyval Blanc Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

More hybrid grapes! How exciting! I’ve been getting a bit more into the “east coast” grapes lately on Winetraveler.com. This comes mainly from my love of Virginia wine and my experiences in that state getting to know these grapes about 10 years ago. Wouldn’t it be nice to have so many beautiful wineries close by…

Feel Rebellious with Anarchist Wines

Anyone else feeling like 2020 has been one of the strangest times? This year has surely been one for the record books, and we’re only halfway through. With all the Shelter-in-Place (SIP) orders, I’ve been doing plenty of sipping at home with the many wine samples that come my way. I’m ever so grateful for…

Israel Wine Regional Profile on Winetraveler.com

There are some countries that we may not automatically think about when we think about wine-producing regions. Though wine has been made in this area for thousands of years, it was not until Baron Edmond de Rothschild founded the modern wine industry here that  Israel started producing wine for mass consumption in the 1880s-90s. But…

Breaking the Rules in Love & Wine: Pasqua Wines

Ah, amore. It’s such a beautiful thing. Two young lovers from rival families breaking all the rules to run away with each other. It’s romantic–and tragic! The story of Romeo and Juliet is one that we all know well. These amorous Italian teens were destined to be together, even if that meant only through death. Their…

Petit Manseng Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

If you’ve been following me on social media (@historyandwine), or pay any attention to my quarantine tasting notes posts, you’ll know that I took part in a Virginia Petit Manseng Trio tasting last week hosted by Early Mountain Vineyard, which was just fantastic. Living in Miami has made it fairly difficult for me to drink…

Quarantine Bottles Cont…A Month in Lockdown (7)

Remember when life felt more free? It’s almost hard to fathom at this point. We are stuck. It’s an earthly lifetime purgatory. Sure, it’s not all bad–more time to get things done, etc… but when you think about it, we are stalled. No one is going anywhere.  This has been going on for over a…

Like a Lover’s Scent

Have you ever been turned on by a bottle of wine? If you haven’t fully felt the sensuality of it, maybe you haven’t been drinking the right bottles.  The aromas, like a lover’s scent, are enough to be purely intoxicating in the right context. The taste, like the sweetest sin, can transport you to places…

Quarantine Bottles Cont… Has Drinking Lost Its Fun? (6)

Still here self-isolating. It’s incredible to me that we have been at this for a full month. The last time we went to a restaurant, and the same day that we rescued the kitties was March 14th. Of course, I’ll never forget that day (adoption day), but now, it has much more significance. When we…

Easter Wines for Happy Times

Easter is just around the corner! Since we are all just staying home this year, what are we cooking? Usually, ham and lamb are on the menu for a traditional Easter dinner, so I thought I’d throw out some suggestions of wines that will pair nicely with either. Remember with any food and wine pairings,…