It’s like deja vu all over again. In October 2017 we all watched in helpless horror as wildfires tore through northern California’s wine country, threatening lives, property and vineyards. In total, the fires…


Happy Prosecco Week!

July 22, 2020

This week – July 20-26, 2020 – we are celebrating the 3rd annual National Prosecco Week! So pop a cork on your favorite bottle of Prosecco, pour yourself a glass of that cold,…


You might think that all bubbles are created equal, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are actually six different ways of producing sparkling wines that result in wines with different…


A few days ago, I posted about orange wines, which are produced using a natural, ancestral process, and have gained significantly in popularity. Yet, did you know that blue wine is now one…


Orange wine has generated a lot of buzz in the last few years and is very popular with the natural wine community, but what is it and is it any good? Well, that…


In a nutshell: Fruity and smooth, not heavily oaked, with flavors of plum, blackberry and a chocolatey finish. Where it is primarily grown: Argentina Cahors, France Also Known As: Cahors (in France) Fun…


Best Wines for Easter

April 9, 2020

Easter Sunday is fast approaching. Sadly, we won’t be able to share the holiday with extended family and friends this year. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t splurge a little on a nice …


In a nutshell: An incredibly versatile grape that can produce delicious white wines in a wide range of styles – dry and lean, rich and aromatic, sweet and luscious, and bubbly sparklers. Where…


We find ourselves in a surreal, almost science fiction-like dystopian world right now, where businesses are shuttered, schools are closed, grocery store shelves are empty and we’re being told to stay home or…


In a nutshell: Produces an intensely aromatic white wine with notes of exotic spices and rose petals that is often made off-dry. Where it is primarily grown: Germany Alsace, France Wine Styles: Dry…


In a nutshell: Produces fruity off-dry late harvest wines and sweet dessert wines called Icewine Drink young Where it is primarily grown: Canada New York State Sweden Wine Styles: Off-dry to sweet dessert…


Winter Whites

February 20, 2020

If you are a non-denominational wine drinker, you may choose to drink crisp and fruity Sauvignon Blancs and pretty-in-pink Provence Rosés during the dog days of summer. Then as soon as the first…


In a nutshell: Produces big, rich, dark colored, tannic red wines Where is it grown: Portugal Wine Styles: Dry red wine, often blended with other varieties, but sometimes a single varietal Port Wine…


Wines To Serve This Holiday

December 14, 2019

The holidays are a time for celebration, and celebrations are a time for drinking…and eating! If you are still trying to figure out what wines are best to serve with your holiday meals,…


Are you looking for some unique wine-related holiday gift ideas for that wine lover in your life? Well, look no further. Here are a few of my favorite things that I’m certain you…


It may seem somewhat obvious that the difference between red and white wine is the color. Although that is true to some extent, the differences go much deeper, both in the vineyard and…


The holiday season is a time of revelry, celebration and most of all, gluttony! There is nothing more heart-warming than gathering around the holiday table with family and friends to enjoy an enormous…


5 Ways to Use Old Wine

November 1, 2019

As much as we might try, it’s not always possible to finish an entire bottle of wine in one sitting, or even over the course of a few days. Maybe you opened a…


5 Boozy Hallow-wine Brews

October 24, 2019

We’re only a few short days away from my favorite Fall holiday! Halloween holds a special place in my heart because my birthday is only two days before, and I grew up throwing…


Halloween is right around the corner and I have the perfect spooky wine recommendations for that creep-tastic costume party, trick-or-treating with the neighborhood parents, or just relaxing like the dead at home.  …


5 Seasonal Wines for Fall

October 10, 2019

The air is crisp, the leaves are turning to blazing oranges and reds, and the scent of pumpkin spice latte is on the air. It can only mean one thing. It’s time to…


My first CELEBRITY WINE THROWDOWN was a rousing success!!! I hosted the event in my wine cellar, serving eight curated celebrity wines. I paired the wines (2 rosés, 2 sauvignon blancs, 2 cabernet…


Tasting wine was a mystery to me for a very long time. I was in awe of people who could take a quick sniff and pick out dozens of aromas, or take a…


10 Common Wine Terms De-coded

September 26, 2019

It’s easy to find yourself lost, confused or intimidated by all of the lingo in the wine world. Tasting notes can sometimes feel impossible to decipher, and use descriptions that make it difficult…


New Jersey Wine Is On The Rise

September 23, 2019

Believe it or not, every state in this country grows grapes and makes wine. In my home state of New Jersey there are over 50 wineries, with quite a few of those within…


Many people in the Unites States still equate a screw cap on wine with low quality, which is why the traditional cork is still the most prevalent wine closure device in the market….


My 5 Favorite Wine Apps

September 17, 2019

The world of smart phone apps can be incredibly valuable, but also stunningly overwhelming. With millions of apps to choose from, most of us probably rely on word-of-mouth recommendations or the latest hot…


This recipe is filled with umami flavors! Umami is the “fifth flavor” in addition to sweet, salty, sour and bitter. It is that earthy, savory flavor you find in monosodium glutamate (MSG) –…


Back to School Wines

September 7, 2019

Back to School time can either drive you to drink from the stress of trying to get kids up and out early, dealing with massive amounts of homework, frenemy drama, and constantly rushing…