Very rarely do I get to write first-person essays about my life in wine beyond the pages of this blog, but I did recently have the chance to tell a story for my latest monthly Vino column in Biscayne Times. The American Fine Wine Competition in Biscayne Times For the past few years--three, maybe four--... Continue Reading →
American Wines for an American Holiday in Biscayne Times
The holiday season is back! Whether you plan on celebrating like normal or keeping it more low-key this year, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all the others will be here before you even know it! Will you be hosting any (small) holiday meals this year? For those of us who still plan on putting a turkey on... Continue Reading →
On Judging a Wine Competition & the Results of the 2020 American Fine Wine Competition
For those of you who only see my Vino column or other articles I write about wine that end up online, you may not know that I'm also a wine judge for a couple of competitions--both take place locally in South Florida, but one has national reach. The American Fine Wine Competition just wrapped up... Continue Reading →
April Vino Column “California, Here We Come”
It has been a couple months since I included domestic wines in my monthly Vino column in Biscayne Times newspaper, so in April, I explore some economical red blends from California. Check it out & cheers!
On Coravin: From Sea to Shining Sea: America’s First Bi-Coastal Winery
Sometimes, I get to write about things that really bring me joy— like Virginia wine! Or better yet, a friend and fellow ‘Cane who is making waves in the wine industry through his very successful bi-coastal winery. Thanks to Coravin for the opportunity to highlight Kirk Wiles and the FIRST bi-coastal winery in the U.S., Paradise... Continue Reading →
Who Took Home the Gold at the American Fine Wine Competition?
On January 20th and 21st of this year, I was selected to join 31 other wine industry professionals to judge the 12th annual American Fine Wine Competition that took place at the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality. Close to 700 wines were invited to participate in the American wine-only competition, with the hopes... Continue Reading →
The American Fine Wine Competition Announces Results from the 11th Annual Judging
January 22, 2018, South Florida: Announced today were the winners of the prestigious American Fine Wine Competition, where more than 630 wines from 200 wineries vied for top honors in the invitation-only event. The Judging -- conducted by a 28-member blue ribbon panel of wine industry journalists,educators, restaurateurs, retailers, and top sommeliers from across the country... Continue Reading →
The Best Wine in America is in South Florida
Check out my latest article in Let's Eat Magazine about the best wine in America coming to South Florida!
Announcing the (Stunning) Results of the Tenth Annual American Fine Wine Invitational Judging
January 24, 2017- Honoring America’s wine-making prowess, The American Fine Wine Invitational (AFWI), one of the nation’s most prominent and prestigious wine events, announces these stunning results! This year, 850 wines from 230 wineries were included. THE JUDGING took place over MLK weekend on January 15 & 16 at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality &... Continue Reading →
The Finest Wine in America at the American Fine Wine Competition
Over 750 of the country’s best wines have made their way to South Florida this month for the 7th annual American Fine Wine Competition and Gala held in Boca Raton. This event serves to showcase top American winemakers and labels that often fly under the radar of the average wine consumer, and even many experts.... Continue Reading →