One of the best things about drinking wine is that each bottle can transport you to a place and time where those grapes were grown and where that bottle was made. Follow me around the world through these seven economical Pinot Noirs from different regions in my October Vino column in Miami newspaper, Biscayne Times.
There are few American winemaking families who have made a name for themselves as the Wagner family of Caymus Vineyards has. A multi-generational winemaking family, the Wagners have successfully passed the art of winemaking from father to son and daughter. Though Caymus was founded in 1972, the family has been in Napa Valley since the … Continue reading History & Technology Converge at Joe Wagner’s Copper Cane Wines on Winetraveler
As you’re cruising around Miami thinking about your next bottle of vino, consider stopping by and supporting one of these local wine shops in your neighborhood. For the fancy wine-o Abaco Wines & Wine Bar Miami Design District Abaco’s owner, Ben Disesa, is a winemaker himself and can talk to you in detail about the … Continue reading 5 Miami Wine Shops for Every Kind of Wine-o
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 Berkeley and Alameda Island East Bay Urban Wine Tasting Route on Winetraveler
There are some grapes that you don't see very often on wine lists, but when you get a great bottle of these varieties, it can take your night from "good" to "great." One of these grapes is Viognier. I'm a big fan of this white Rhône variety that was nearly extinct about 50 years ago, … Continue reading On Coravin: The Voyage of Viognier in the U.S.
I'm a sucker for a Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, but if you're on a tight budget and craving that special blend, you might have to stick with a Côtes du Rhône. Luckily for all of us, I tried seven of your average economical red Rhône wines in my September Vino column in Miami's Biscayne Times newspaper, and … Continue reading September Vino Column “A Sampling of Rhône Reds”
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 You Won’t Need a Divorce to Enjoy this Alimony
Monday nights just got a little more exciting if you love steak and lobster and live in a city with an STK Steakhouse. Now for MEAT Up Mondays, STK is offering a succulent 8oz lobster tail and 8oz Filet for only $59--and only on Mondays. All STK restaurants worldwide are participating, except for the Las Vegas … Continue reading Meet Me at MEAT Up Mondays
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!
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