Bring These Wines to the BBQ in Biscayne Times

You may see suggestions of wines that pair well with BBQ here or there on the Internet, but I’ve contributed my picks at under $30 a bottle for the summertime grilling season in this piece. Find them here in June’s Vino Column in Biscayne Times newspaper.

Charming Chilean Carménère

Few grapes have been so widely misunderstood as Chilean Carménère. Once thought to be nothing more than Merlot, this grape has had a pretty short lifespan as its own namesake in the country where it is now considered a flagship. It was in 1994, just about 25 years ago that Carménère was discovered to be…

September Vino Column “A Sampling of Rhône Reds”

I’m a sucker for a Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, but if you’re on a tight budget and craving that special blend, you might have to stick with a Côtes du Rhône. Luckily for all of us, I tried seven of your average economical red Rhône wines in my September Vino column in Miami’s Biscayne Times newspaper, and…

Who Took Home the Gold at the American Fine Wine Competition?

On January 20th and 21st of this year, I was selected to join 31 other wine industry professionals to judge the 12th annual American Fine Wine Competition that took place at the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality. Close to 700 wines were invited to participate in the American wine-only competition, with the hopes…

October Vino Column–Biscayne Times

Happy October! Check out the October Vino column in Miami-based Biscayne Times newspaper for my lighter suggestions to help you “fall” back into red wine for the season. Cheers!