Alentejo Regional Profile on Winetraveler.com

Remember travel? It used to be a regular part of my life. In fact, I missed out on a big trip to Spain this year that was supposed to happen at the end of March. It has been a sore spot in my mind during this COVID time. While we stay at home, and wear…

Seyval Blanc Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

More hybrid grapes! How exciting! I’ve been getting a bit more into the “east coast” grapes lately on Winetraveler.com. This comes mainly from my love of Virginia wine and my experiences in that state getting to know these grapes about 10 years ago. Wouldn’t it be nice to have so many beautiful wineries close by…

Israel Wine Regional Profile on Winetraveler.com

There are some countries that we may not automatically think about when we think about wine-producing regions. Though wine has been made in this area for thousands of years, it was not until Baron Edmond de Rothschild founded the modern wine industry here that  Israel started producing wine for mass consumption in the 1880s-90s. But…

Melon de Bourgogne Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

Wine can be extremely confusing. There are so many grapes and regions around the world, and sometimes, the region and the grape are basically synonymous, or one wine will be called by its grape name while another is called by its regional name in the same area! It can be hard to keep it all…

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…

Vidal Blanc Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

The winning wine of this year’s Virginia Governor’s Cup competition was a Vidal Blanc Passito from 868 Vineyards in Loudoun County, VA. It was quite the accomplishment for the winning wine to be a dessert wine, but a hybrid grape dessert wine made in a niche style from one of the lesser well-known winegrowing areas…

Petit Manseng Grape Profile on Winetraveler.com

If you’ve been following me on social media (@historyandwine), or pay any attention to my quarantine tasting notes posts, you’ll know that I took part in a Virginia Petit Manseng Trio tasting last week hosted by Early Mountain Vineyard, which was just fantastic. Living in Miami has made it fairly difficult for me to drink…

Discover Mendoza’s Wine Country on Winetraveler.com

Amazing Argentina:  A beautiful country full of natural wonders and lots of wine. It’s the land of Malbec, which has a rich history and story to tell. Just last week, I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by Bodega Catena Zapata, where we had the opportunity to taste through several lines of premium…