There are some grapes that you don't see very often on wine lists, but when you get a great bottle of these varieties, it can take your night from "good" to "great." One of these grapes is Viognier. I'm a big fan of this white Rhône variety that was nearly extinct about 50 years ago, … Continue reading On Coravin: The Voyage of Viognier in the U.S.
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 … Continue reading September Vino Column “A Sampling of Rhône Reds”
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 … Continue reading On Coravin: The Mystical Role of Music in Winemaking
Miami Spice season is upon us! At many fine dining establishments throughout the 3-0-5, customers can choose to be treated to a three-course lunch or dinner for $23 or $39, respectively, exclusive of tip and tax. It's a great time to explore cuisines and visit restaurants you've been meaning to try all year. Sure, some … Continue reading Pairing Wine While Dining Miami Spice-Style at Zucca
Miami is truly the Magic City; a city where people come to drink, have fun, and forget who they are. In between the Mojitos and the Beach parties, sometimes, you just need a relaxing glass of wine. I'm always asked where someone should grab a glass of wine around town, so here is a list … Continue reading 18 Incredible Places To Have a Glass of Wine in Miami on Winetraveler.com
The Summer 2019 issue of Let's Eat magazine is hot off the presses, just in time for National Rosé Day on Saturday, June 8, 2019! The Provence Rosé Group has many wonderful rosés in their portfolio, and in the article, I cover three lovely bottles. If you are celebrating rosé this weekend, let me suggest … Continue reading Living the Rosé Lifestyle
As I'm posting this on my site, I'm sitting in Beaune, France, in the middle of Burgundy wine country, where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme. While I may be far from the Southern Hemisphere currently, my Vino column in Biscayne Times newspaper covering wines from south of the Equator is hot off the presses. … Continue reading June Vino Column “Southern Hemisphere Chardonnays”
The best and the hardest part about the wine industry is that is a truly a field where you can never know absolutely everything. There is always room for more learning, experiencing, and tasting. Each glass of wine is a lesson in itself, but there is always more to know about viticulture, regions, laws, and … Continue reading Earning a Wine Certificate Through the International Sommelier Guild
With the warmer weather creeping in, you may be rosé-ing all day right now, but if you want to take a break and try something a little different, may I suggest a refreshing white Burgundy? White wine from Burgundy is almost always Chardonnay, but these wines are not your mother’s California Chardonnay. Typically, they are … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season for a White Burgundy
It has been a couple months since I included domestic wines in my monthly Vino column in Biscayne Times newspaper, so in April, I explore some economical red blends from California. Check it out & cheers!