Earning Wine Certifications in the Time of COVID

There’s no doubt that it has been a tough few months for the hospitality industry and all of those who rely on it for income and livelihood. This includes those of us in the wine industry who also work in events and consulting. Overall, the impacts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have been devastating for…

June Vino Column “Stock Up & Hunker Down (Again)”

We’ve had a crazy year so far, and it’s only halfway through. Part of me is surprised by this, and part of me feels like it’s still March 15th when we went into lockdown.  Where did the past few months go? June Vino Column “Stock Up & Hunker Down (Again)” In South Florida, the summer…

April Vino Column “Catch Up with Wines Down Under”

It often feels weird to read things that were written before we rapidly descended into this world of lockdowns and quarantines, but we know that the world existed in some form of “normalcy” before; we are in a new normal; we will come out of it in some form of a mix between the two,…

“Through the Grapevine” Sommelier Stories

We have some exciting people in the wine industry down here in South Florida. I’m so proud to be part of this growing community of energizing, wine-loving souls! Though we are not near a wine region here in Miami, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have an incredibly knowledgeable base of people who are spreading…

5 Miami Wine Shops for Every Kind of Wine-o

As you’re cruising around Miami thinking about your next bottle of vino, consider stopping by and supporting one of these local wine shops in your neighborhood. For the fancy wine-o Abaco Wines & Wine Bar Miami Design District Abaco’s owner, Ben Disesa, is a winemaker himself and can talk to you in detail about the…

Meet Me at MEAT Up Mondays

Monday nights just got a little more exciting if you love steak and lobster and live in a city with an STK Steakhouse. Now for MEAT Up Mondays, STK is offering a succulent 8oz lobster tail and 8oz Filet for only $59–and only on Mondays. All STK restaurants worldwide are participating, except for the Las Vegas…