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…

Local South Florida Musician Spotlight: Ominé Eager

It is rare in this modern world of auto-tune and manufactured pop divas to find raw musical talent in the mainstream. Most of what we hear on the radio is audibly “photo shopped”, so-to-speak, and seemingly nothing comes from the heart. Despite the lack of quality in what we consider “popular” tunes, there is still…

End of the Rainbow, South Florida Theatre “Must-See”

The rise and fall of Judy Garland’s stardom and personal life are something of a Hollywood legend these days. From the young woman who skipped down the yellow brick road, to the feisty middle-aged lady who sang her heart out for weeks on end in a London theatre, we’ve all heard the stories and whispers…

My Podcast Appearance on Sports*Politik

Hello Dear Readers. Some of you may regularly read my blog, and yet you have never heard my voice. Well, today is your lucky day!  I was recently a guest on the House Podcast for the Sports*Politik blog. We discussed the creative process, “luck,”  and other interesting topics that writers and artists like to chat…

Every Song a Memory

Music has always been an important part of my life, despite the fact that I was born with no innate musical skills. Longing for something that passed me by on the natural talent spectrum has always been a source of frustration for me. I would love to have a singing voice worthy of a beautiful…

Accidental Sexist?

Some people are very offended by the new song, “Accidental Racist” by Brad Paisley with guest singing/rapping by LL Cool J. Why are they offended? Well, they say the song is actually racist (Gawker), or they say that it misses the point of race identity and racism (Slate). People are horrified! Why would LL Cool…

March Madness

March is a crazy month. Seriously. College basketball is intense and unpredictable, allergies begin their attack with ferociousness, and the weather is…insane. If March were a person, she would be diagnosed with schizophrenia. I woke up this morning in Arlington County, Virginia to snow on the ground. Legitimate snow! We haven’t had snow all winter…

Happy Birthday, Aunt Susi

Today, January 22nd, would have been my Aunt Susi’s 66th birthday. I remember her being very excited about turning 65 last year, as she was finally eligible for Medicare. She had struggled without health insurance for some time, and finally, she had the security of knowing that she could not be denied health coverage. Unfortunately,…

History is What You Are/History is What You Make

I went to see my favorite folk band play at Wolf Trap last Friday night. I grew up listening to this band because there was a time back in the late 80s/early 90s that my Aunt Susi managed them. They are a group based out of Maine called Schooner Fare. If you haven’t heard of them,…

Kill Your Heroes

My inspiration for this post comes from one of my new favorite songs by AWOLNATION. The song happens to be called, “Kill Your Heroes,” which is an odd name for a post on a blog dedicated to history and wine, you say. Yes, I guess it is. We spend a lot of time looking back through…