Risotto and Bianco

I don’t cook often (that’s my hubby’s job) but when I do, I make it count. One of my latest specialties is seafood and mushroom risotto (I’d give you a recipe, but I kinda wing it), so I decided to whip that up while sipping on a glass of Cusumano Alta Mora 2018 Etna Bianco….

Fighting Mondays with Merlot

I’ve been trying ward off the Monday scaries, instead of filling up with dread, so I treated myself to Italian delivery and some Cusumano Merlot on Sunday night. Cusumano Winery is spearheaded by two brothers who run the operations closely with their father, Francesco Cusumano, and craft the wines with winemaker Mario Ronco. The wines…

National Pinot Grigio Day

I’m all about celebrating special occasions—from the smallest moments to major milestones—so I couldn’t wait to celebrate National Pinot Grigio Day on May 17. In anticipation of the holiday, I put together a glam picnic “how-to” with Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio as the centerpiece.   Mezzacorona has been crafting Estate Grown wines since 1904. Located at…

Harvest Dinner: Virginia Wine Month

Last week, I ventured to the great state of Virginia to celebrate its 30th harvest as part of Virginia Wine Month. I started my adventure with great food and wine in Norfolk’s NEON District, so I was excited for my journey to Cape Charles for a special harvest dinner. Located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Cape…

Love at First Taste: Virginia Wine Month

What do you know about Virginia wine? I didn’t know much myself until I took a trip up to “the Commonwealth” during Virginia Wine Month (October) to see what it was all about. Virginia may not be the first place that pops in your head when you think of wine, but their viticultural history predates…

A Taste of Austria

I’m always curious about diving in to new regions, so when my friend @jcerda82, a certified sommelier with a lot of knowledge, was tasting through Austria, I knew I had to do the same. For my first taste of Austria, I grabbed a bottle of 2016 Kremser Wachtberg Grüner Veltliner Kremstal DAC Reserve. Wine growing…

An Unexpected Rosé

If you’ve been following my wino journey, then you know that I am a big fan of Rosé. With Miami’s hot and humid climate, it’s the perfect everyday sipper. I recently decided to branch out from my usual Côtes de Provence Rosés and grabbed a bottle of 2017 Bougrier Pure Loire Rosé d’Anjou. Courtesy Famille…

Burgundy and Sushi

I haven’t talked about Costco in a while, but I had a chance to pop over there to grab some wine (among MANY other jumbo-sized things). Glancing through the wine aisle, I looked for something I never had before, so I grabbed a bottle of 2017 Domaine de Chêne-Colombe Mâcon Villages. Mâcon-Villages wines are made…

A Piece of Malibu in Miami

New restaurants are always popping up in Miami—from the traditional to the bizarre—and I’m always happy to try them. My husband isn’t into trying anything new and trendy, but luckily my best friend is and is always my trusty date for these occasions. The latest restaurant to sweep Instagram is Malibu Farm, a bright and…

Sippin’ at SABBIA

This weekend, I’m taking on the “Big Apple” one glass at a time. The last time I visited New York City was probably six years ago, so a lot has changed. One relatively new development is a pop-up restaurant at Eataly’s La Birreria. Courtesy Eataly The amazing rooftop space was transformed to SABBIA—meaning “sand” in…