The American Fine Wine Competition in Miami in Biscayne Times

Very rarely do I get to write first-person essays about my life in wine beyond the pages of this blog, but I did recently have the chance to tell a story for my latest monthly Vino column in Biscayne Times. The American Fine Wine Competition in Biscayne Times For the past few years–three, maybe four–…

Toast to National Rosé Day with These 5 Bottles

Another wine holiday, you say? And it’s true. It seems there is one…well, every day. While I don’t subscribe to them all (definitely not Chardonnay day!), there are a few that I choose to single out and enjoy as an excuse to drink a very specific bottle(s). One of those days is National Rosé Day,…

Bring These Wines to the BBQ in Biscayne Times

You may see suggestions of wines that pair well with BBQ here or there on the Internet, but I’ve contributed my picks at under $30 a bottle for the summertime grilling season in this piece. Find them here in June’s Vino Column in Biscayne Times newspaper.

Sippin’ Springtime Wine in Biscayne Times

It’s springtime in the Northern Hemisphere, but for those of us in South Florida, it certainly feels like the dead of summer already! Relax and enjoy the heat with a chilled bottle of one of these wines. All great options for year-round drinking, if you ask me. My latest Vino column for Biscayne Times: Sippin’…

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…