Sleeper Sample: Sosie Cabernet Franc

What makes a wine catch my attention? That’s a great question. As a wine judge for the American Fine Wine Competition and others, it’s something that I look for every time I’m tasting a wine. I’m asking myself, “does this wine stand out?” To be quite honest, the usual answer is “no.” It’s true that…

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…

October Vino Column “Around the World in Seven Pinot Noirs”

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.

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…