The Exquisite Wines of Vigneron Pierre Seillan in Biscayne Times

I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to expand my wine topics in Biscayne Times over the past few months. There is so much to cover here in South Florida, and I am grateful that the new editorial staff is open to exploring a diverse range of stories in the wine industry. In January’s Biscayne Times Vino…

My Top Wines of 2020 List That You Don’t Care About Reading

Be warned, this is actually just another “tops” list that you are probably only reading while you sit on the toilet, but I’ll write it anyway. I recently asked my Facebook “friends” if they cared about “tops” lists, and the replies were mixed. Actually, I take that back. The replies were mostly down the middle…

The Mythology of Wine, A Book Review

From forbidden fruit to the blood of Christ, grapevines and our beloved wine have been the subjects of myths and religion since the beginning of time. Ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun’s tomb contained 26 wine jars made with wines by 15 winemakers (pg. 59). Dionysus had many names and ruled several vegetative subjects, but reined supreme…

The Secret Garden of Bolivian Wine

This week’s intimate wine tasting with a producer was one that was completely new to me. I’ve been labeled as someone who revels in all the weird little niche regions–like I started ringing the bell on Virginia wine years ago when everyone still thought nothing of it, and I recently had an eye-opening experience with…

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…

Fall in Love with Beaujolais, New Biscayne Times Wine Column

Well, 2020 has been quite the year, right? Between hoarding toilet paper, global pandemics, national lockdowns, and a crazy election, we’ve been through a lot together. For many of us, the year has brought some good with the bad, and that’s something to be thankful for as we close out these last few months. For…

Alicante Bouschet & Picpoul Blanc Grape Profiles on Winetraveler.com

It’s true that these grapes don’t have a lot to do with each other, other than origins in France. However, it could be said that they are both varieties that have fallen out of favor but are finding a resurgence of interest in recent years–albeit in regions that aren’t their original homes. Learn more about…

August Vino Column “Brave the Heat with Lighter Reds”

We’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to the weather. Here in Florida, the past couple of weeks of August have felt like the warmest yet this year. When it comes to wine drinking, I’ve never been of the mindset that there is only one season for imbibing in a certain style…

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…