In Remembrance of Fall

I moved to the Washington D.C. area almost exactly 11 years ago. It was September, I remember, because my first day at my new job in Tysons Corner, VA was right around Labor Day. It wouldn’t be long before the leaves would start to change, and I would get a taste of my first mid-Atlantic…

Toast to National Rosé Day with These 5 Bottles

Another wine holiday, you say? And it’s true. It seems there is one…well, every day. While I don’t subscribe to them all (definitely not Chardonnay day!), there are a few that I choose to single out and enjoy as an excuse to drink a very specific bottle(s). One of those days is National Rosé Day,…

Sippin’ Springtime Wine in Biscayne Times

It’s springtime in the Northern Hemisphere, but for those of us in South Florida, it certainly feels like the dead of summer already! Relax and enjoy the heat with a chilled bottle of one of these wines. All great options for year-round drinking, if you ask me. My latest Vino column for Biscayne Times: Sippin’…

Rosé All Day With These Wines From Provence

Can you feel the heat? If you live in the northern hemisphere, chances are that you are feeling extremely hot these days. For those of us living in Florida, the temps are magnified by the suffocating humidity. Come August, it often feels like we just can’t cool down ever. For wine drinkers, this heat means…

July Vino Column “For Chardonnay, Forgo the Oak”

Oaked or unoaked?  That is the question! At least when it comes to Chardonnay. Where do you stand? Are you a steel tank aging-only kinda gal? Or an oakey-dokey bloke? When it comes to styles of Chardonnay, there can be quite a bit of controversy. How you enjoy your glass of wine is completely up…

May Vino Column “Stay Home with Some Old World Rosés”

It’s hard to believe that it’s May already! What happened to the last couple of months? Oh, that’s right… we lost them somewhere between the living room and the bedroom. There is no doubt that I’ve been enjoying some wonderful wine during quarantine time, and I’ve provided some tasting notes for many of those bottles…

Quarantine Bottles Cont… It’s May! Where are we at? (10)

Well, folks. I think I’m going to wrap up this series right here. It has been fun chronicling my wine tasting notes throughout this period of isolation and lockdown, but eight weeks’ worth of bottles is a lot of tasting notes (65+ bottles over 10 posts, and that’s not including the repeat wines or ones…

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,…

Sleeper Sample: Sosie Cabernet Franc

What makes a wine catch my attention? That’s a great question. As a wine judge for the American Fine Wine Competition and others, it’s something that I look for every time I’m tasting a wine. I’m asking myself, “does this wine stand out?” To be quite honest, the usual answer is “no.” It’s true that…