Music & Wine Pairing with House of Krug Champagne on Winetraveler.com

We all could use a little distraction during this time. Recently (before coronavirus), I had the opportunity to sit down with Oliver Krug, who is the Krug House Director and sixth-generation Krug family member involved with the operation of the iconic Champagne House. Oliver and I tasted through two of his beautiful Champagnes. One was…

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…

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,…