Canned Wine: Myths Busted, Facts Uncovered on Winetraveler.com

Here we go again with another “controversial” topic in wine. Question: how can something that is supposed to bring so much pleasure be so controversial? I’ll tell you why–because stubborn people set in their ways make it that way! If you’ve been paying attention to changing trends right now in the wine industry, you may…

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…

Rkatsiteli Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce this grape at first glance! That’s part of the reason that we put together these grape profile pages on Winetraveler.com–as a way to educate about the many different grape varieties found around the world. Rkatsiteli is a unique grape with a long history in the country of Georgia. This…

Norton Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

When I discovered Virginia wine country about 10 years ago (I didn’t actually discover it, but discovered it for me), I was introduced to an abundance of grapes that I had never heard of at the time. Most were hybrids or other grapes not commonly grown in more popular American wine regions, such as California….

Assyrtiko Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

While traveling is on hold, I’ve been doing quite a bit of studying and research throughout all these virtual wine tastings & certification courses online. It has been nice to have this slower period in my life to actually get some of this stuff done! I can’t tell you how many times “before” I wanted…

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…

Vidal Blanc Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

The winning wine of this year’s Virginia Governor’s Cup competition was a Vidal Blanc Passito from 868 Vineyards in Loudoun County, VA. It was quite the accomplishment for the winning wine to be a dessert wine, but a hybrid grape dessert wine made in a niche style from one of the lesser well-known winegrowing areas…

Petit Manseng Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

If you’ve been following me on social media (@historyandwine), or pay any attention to my quarantine tasting notes posts, you’ll know that I took part in a Virginia Petit Manseng Trio tasting last week hosted by Early Mountain Vineyard, which was just fantastic. Living in Miami has made it fairly difficult for me to drink…