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…

An Afternoon with Champagne Laurent-Perrier

An afternoon tasting through four elegant Champagnes with Champagne Laurent-Perrier is an afternoon well spent. Located in the grand cru village of Tours-sur-Marne, Laurent-Perrier was founded in 1812 by André Michel Pierlot, a former cooper. It has stayed a family business since its founding, and is now run by two sisters, Alexandra Perèyre de Nonacourt &…

9 Wines I Tried in 2016 (and you should try them too!)

The end of every year brings about a time of reflection for most people. Time to reflect on the goals and achievements of the past year, and time to consider new milestones to accomplish in the coming year. In a wine lover’s life, this period of reflection will also include some of the wine highlights…

Beyond Bubbles: The Essence of Champagne

Pop and fizz, tiny pearlescent bubbles of celebration. Another year has begun, and the drink of choice to commemorate a joyous moment of camaraderie and excitement? Champagne: The iconic bubbly and companion to all momentous occasions universally. How did this wine beverage become so synonymous with celebrations? At what moment did Champagne become the standard of…

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin & Light Photography

I’ve been a little more creative than usual lately. There must be something in the October air… I recently linked up with Miami-based (soon to be New Orleans-based) photographer and videographer, Joe F. Cardenas. Joe and I have done a few shoots together on land and under water, but perhaps the most interesting and most…