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…

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…