Wine Enthusiast Announces 40 Under 40 Tastemakers & a Friend Makes the List!

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!

On Coravin: The Mystical Role of Music in Winemaking

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

Top Woodinville Wineries & Tasting Rooms To Visit in the Hollywood District on Winetraveler.com

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

5 Great Wineries that Should be on Your Argentina Wine Tasting Itinerary on Winetraveler.com

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

10 Great Virginia Wineries That Are a Day Trip From Washington, D.C. on Winetraveler

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

On Coravin: What’s So Special About Châteauneuf-du-Pape?

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?

On Coravin: Albariño & Seafood: A Wine & Food Pair Made in Paradise

"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

Two Day Champagne Itinerary: Explore Champagne-Ardenne France on Winetraveler.com

After spending a few wonderful days in Champagne, I was able to share more about the region in my two-day guide on Winetraveler.com. When you plan your trip to Champagne, don't forget to check out the article! Let me know if you have any questions about the region. Cheers to Champagne!  

An Afternoon with Champagne Laurent-Perrier

An afternoon tasting through four elegant Champagnes with Champagne Laurent-Perrier is an afternoon well spent. Located in the grand cru village of Tours-sur-Marne, Laurent-Perrier was founded in 1812 by André Michel Pierlot, a former cooper. It has stayed a family business since its founding, and is now run by two sisters, Alexandra Perèyre de Nonacourt & … Continue reading An Afternoon with Champagne Laurent-Perrier

On Coravin: Road Tripping and Tasting through Salta Wine Country

Have you ever been to Salta, Argentina? Salta may not be as well-known as Mendoza, but it has a beautiful wine country that can boast the oldest winery in Argentina and some of  the highest vineyards in the world. Check out my article on the Coravin company blog for some suggestions on where to taste … Continue reading On Coravin: Road Tripping and Tasting through Salta Wine Country