Several years ago, I spent some time roaming around Berkeley while I was waiting for a friend to finish work. I'm a naturally curious person, so I followed my curiosity into an evolving warehouse district on the west side of the city. What I found was very exciting for a wine lover like me. I... Continue Reading →
You Won’t Need a Divorce to Enjoy this Alimony
Alimony doesn't always have to be a dirty word. But if it is to you, consider finding a way to add a more positive association to it. How about attaching it to a bottle of wine from a Napa Valley producer who may have had some experience on the wrong end of a marriage? Luckily,... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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: 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 →
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!