Sweet Treats for Wine Lovers

Happy Halloween, wine lovers! I know there are a lot of articles out there proclaiming you can pair wines with your Halloween candy, and while I appreciate the efforts of these writers, I would not pair wine with candy. Especially dry wines! Sticky sweet candy will only make your Cabernet taste bitter. Instead, why don't … Continue reading Sweet Treats for Wine Lovers

Luigi Bosca, Argentina’s Oldest Family-Run Winery

It may seem as though I write quite frequently about Argentina and Argentine wine, and that is true. I did spend six weeks in the country back in 2017, which is the longest I've spent consecutively living and traveling around a country outside of the U.S., so needless to say, Argentina has a place in … Continue reading Luigi Bosca, Argentina’s Oldest Family-Run Winery

Find Your New Favorite Bottle of Wine at Wine Insiders

What if I told you that there was a great way to discover new wines by having an assortment of bottles delivered right to your door? Sounds easy enough, right?  When you order on Wine Insiders, you have the opportunity to choose exactly which wines you want to drink, or you can pick one of … Continue reading Find Your New Favorite Bottle of Wine at Wine Insiders

“The Tasting Room” in Seattle: Visit and Discover Washington’s Wines on Winetraveler.com

This past week as we explored Seattle, we got to know a little tasting room serving up some boutique Washington Wines right in the heart of downtown Seattle at Pike Place Market. After the first visit and tasting through the "The Hunt for the Reds of October" flight, we knew we'd be back. And we … Continue reading “The Tasting Room” in Seattle: Visit and Discover Washington’s Wines on Winetraveler.com

October Vino Column “Around the World in Seven Pinot Noirs”

One of the best things about drinking wine is that each bottle can transport you to a place and time where those grapes were grown and where that bottle was made. Follow me around the world through these seven economical Pinot Noirs from different regions in my October Vino column in Miami newspaper, Biscayne Times.

History & Technology Converge at Joe Wagner’s Copper Cane Wines on Winetraveler

There are few American winemaking families who have made a name for themselves as the Wagner family of Caymus Vineyards has. A multi-generational winemaking family, the Wagners have successfully passed the art of winemaking from father to son and daughter. Though Caymus was founded in 1972, the family has been in Napa Valley since the … Continue reading History & Technology Converge at Joe Wagner’s Copper Cane Wines on Winetraveler

5 Miami Wine Shops for Every Kind of Wine-o

As you’re cruising around Miami thinking about your next bottle of vino, consider stopping by and supporting one of these local wine shops in your neighborhood. For the fancy wine-o Abaco Wines & Wine Bar Miami Design District Abaco’s owner, Ben Disesa, is a winemaker himself and can talk to you in detail about the … Continue reading 5 Miami Wine Shops for Every Kind of Wine-o

On Coravin: The Voyage of Viognier in the U.S.

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.

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 … Continue reading September Vino Column “A Sampling of Rhône Reds”

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 … Continue reading On Coravin: The Mystical Role of Music in Winemaking