Dry Whites for Spring

Despite the daily dose of uncertainty and anxiety around life as we used to know it, spring is springing. The grass is getting greener by the hour, it seems. Forsythia and daffodils are blooming. The days are blessedly longer and the temperatures are slowly but steadily rising.

Thank goodness for Mother Nature.

When this happens, people’s tastes […]

2020-04-02T10:43:56-04:00April 2nd, 2020|

Time to be Transported

In Chile, on the other side of the equator, it’s now fall. Harvest season. Far, far away from Upstate New York, where on top of everything else going on there were a couple of inches of snow this week.

Sure, the grass is getting greener, and buds are peeking out everywhere, but it’s still very early […]

2020-04-02T10:45:34-04:00March 26th, 2020|

Keep it Local

When the ever-upbeat editor and content provider Griffin Cooper asked this week if I had suggestions of wine to pair with impending doom, I wanted to laugh and cry. That’s how it feels. I know that liquor stores, like grocery stores, are doing booming business, and thank goodness, as they are small, local businesses, […]
2020-03-24T09:33:50-04:00March 19th, 2020|

If You Can’t Go There, Enjoy It Here

It’s unimaginable that the whole country of Italy is on a COVID19 lock-down. It breaks my heart.

We’re so lucky to have lots of Italian wines available to us in our good old United States of America. One that I enjoyed recently is a fabulous organic Moscato d’Asti from Bera. When I think of Asti I […]

2020-03-12T10:13:24-04:00March 12th, 2020|

The Phoenician

I love choosing wines. But I also love going to events where the wines are pre-selected, and the choices aren’t huge. It forces you to pay attention to what’s really in the bottle. I found myself at such an event last night, and I couldn’t […]
2020-03-11T15:48:53-04:00March 11th, 2020|

Bring on Spring with a Great Rose

A friend and I were planning a dinner. I was bringing a spinach lasagna. He was choosing the wine. I thought for sure he’d suggest a red. After all, it was mid February, dark by 6:15 pm, cold outside – and he typically drinks red. It was the obvious (and maybe ideal) pairing with the lasagna. But […]
2020-02-27T17:08:36-05:00February 27th, 2020|


The playwright Euripides, who died in 406 BC, is quoted as saying, “Where there is no wine, there is no love.” With Valentine’s Day kicking off a long weekend this year – at a time when it seems we need love more than ever – it’s good to know there are wines that pair perfectly […]

2020-02-14T09:09:08-05:00February 13th, 2020|

Brut Rose Cava

New Year’s Eve is behind us, and 2020 is here. Don’t let the celebrations draw to a close too quickly. Remember that bubbles do make everything better – the more the merrier! Here’s a fun and affordable bottle that’s not only delicious, but has an equally delightful history. This Brut Rose Cava, a blend of […]

2020-01-28T14:16:31-05:00January 4th, 2020|

Making Your List and Checking It Twice

‘Tis the season for lists, alright! Not only your own, but ones that start coming out with end-of-year recommendations or specials. Here’s one that is well worth sharing, as it features a Hudson Valley wine among a global line-up:

The Passionate Foodie Blog listed his Top 10 Wines Over $20 from around the world and – […]

2020-01-28T14:23:32-05:00December 20th, 2019|

Here’s some wine fun

I was at a Wine Swap last night with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. All attendees brought a wrapped bottle of wine that was put on a large table. Everyone pulled a cork with a number on it. When it was time, the numbers were called off and people chose one bottle from among […]

2020-01-28T14:19:36-05:00December 7th, 2019|