Bananas About Art Basel

Each year during Miami Art Week and Art Basel, I always wonder if people who come in town only for this week of the year think that Miami is just this giant playground of insanity. The thought is valid, only because for this week of the year, the city is on neon steroids, even more…

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…

A Sparkling Wine for Every Celebration

With the holidays rapidly approaching, revelers everywhere are scouring wine store shelves for just the right bubbly to ring in the New Year or celebrate other joyous occasions. It’s true that not all sparkling wines are created equally. In fact, there are some major differences between Champagne and a Prosecco, for example. If you’re used…

Five Wines You Should Bring on the Houseboat During the Fall

Red wine lovers, rejoice! I have an article for you. Picture this: it’s about 50 degrees outside, the sun is shining, and you’re sitting comfortably in a living room floating down a wide river. Yes, you’re watching college football on a big-screen TV, and you look to the left out the window and see nothing…

November Vino Column “Perfect Wines for the Thanksgiving Table”

It’s hard to believe that it’s November of 2019 already. Pretty soon, we are going to ringing in  2020 and a brand new decade! But first, we must get through the holidays. Every dinner host has a moment of panic during this time of year. Whether it’s worrying about having the right amount of food…