Quarantine Bottles Cont… It’s May! Where are we at? (10)

Well, folks. I think I’m going to wrap up this series right here. It has been fun chronicling my wine tasting notes throughout this period of isolation and lockdown, but eight weeks’ worth of bottles is a lot of tasting notes (65+ bottles over 10 posts, and that’s not including the repeat wines or ones…

Quarantine Bottles Cont… Are We There Yet? (5)

I’ll tell you this. It’s not just all wine-drinking while we self-isolate, though it may seem that way from my social media and these quarantine tasting notes posts. We cook, we take occasional walks, too. We even adopted two adult cats at the beginning of all this, and they’ve been keeping us busy (Roy &…

Quarantine Bottles Cont… (3)

My third blog post in this series makes sense to post now because we are coming into our third week in quarantine. Today is basically day 16–I’m counting from the last time we ate out at a restaurant and adopted our two new kitties because we’ve basically been inside ever since (aside from essential errands)….

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…

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…

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…