I love writing about places I love. Especially places I love in France. In 2021, I was lucky enough to travel to France twice between July and October. After the first trip to Gérard Bertrand's jazz festival in July, I told myself that I definitely wanted to dive more into the Languedoc region of southern... Continue Reading →
You don't have to twist my arm! My September Vino column for Miami's Biscayne Times newspaper is about the wines of Gérard Bertrand. He's known around the world for his iconic "South of France" lifestyle and biodynamic winemaking, as well as his annual Jazz à l’Hospitalet music festival that takes place at his Château L’Hospitalet... Continue Reading →
When we all look back at 2020, what will we remember? We've spent the year "sheltering in place" with those who live in our household, and many folks may not plan on leaving their homes until the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Day 2021. For most of the world, this has been a year... Continue Reading →
I'll admit that I was reluctant to visit the battlefields in Northeastern France that mark the place where the longest battle of World War I took place. The drive is slightly out of the way from the vineyards of Champagne, which was our intended destination from the start. After visiting the historic sites of Verdun,... Continue Reading →
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 →
If you find yourself traveling north to south through France, there's a good chance that you may end up somewhere along the beautiful Rhône River at some point during your journey. In fact, during a recent trip through French wine country, we ended up inadvertently crossing that river a total of about 20 times--although, this is... Continue Reading →
After spending a few wonderful days in Champagne, I was able to share more about the region in my two-day guide on Winetraveler.com. When you plan your trip to Champagne, don't forget to check out the article! Let me know if you have any questions about the region. Cheers to Champagne!
Check out my first article for the Coravin company blog and journey with me through the land of Grenache!
Deciding where to plan your next wine vacation can be a bit daunting. With so many options from Napa to New Zealand, it’s easy to see how any wine-o can develop decision fatigue. Do you want to drink Pinot Grigio or Pinotage? Would you rather sip Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon? Visit the ocean or the... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →