Wine for Women’s History Month

Cheers to Women’s History Month! Throughout the month, I’ll be featuring different female-centric wines and I’m kicking off the necessary celebration with a wine by a kick ass female winemaker—Occhipinti Frappato Terre Siciliane IGT 2017. My friend Drew introduced me to Arianna Occhipinti’s wines a little while back (you can see my notes on her…

Winter Whites

The latest wine in my glass was Alois Lageder’s Haberle Pinot Bianco 2018.    

Natural Wines—So Trending Right Now

Natural wines have been all the buzz recently, but what are they? I stopped by a wine lab at Florida Wine Academy to get the skinny on the latest wine fab. The fabulous Nicole Ramos was leading the lab and gave us a lot to sip on—both metaphorically and physically. Natural wines are… Farmed sustainably,…

Wine Country with Pelaverga

While the rest of the country is dealing with snow, we have been having such pleasant weather—lower temperatures and less humidity. I certainly can’t complain! I’ve been enjoying the seasonal change on my recently constructed DIY deck (by yours truly) with my new patio furniture. I like to call it my “wine country.” My latest…

A Secret Garden with Rosé

You know that I’m about that Rosé all day attitude, so I couldn’t help but pass up the opportunity to visit La Centrale’s seasonal Rosé garden. Inspired by the Isle of Capri’s oceanfront cliff side gardens, their pop-up Rosé garden is tucked on the second floor and draped with blossoming bougainvillea flowers. I stopped by…

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…

A Volcano of Flavor

It’s #TravelTuesday, and my next planned vacation isn’t until June, so I’m traveling via my glass to Sicily with this 2014 Alta Mora Feudo di Mezzo Etna Rosso. Alta Mora is a winery from the Cusumano family where grapes are grown and harvested on the slopes of the active volcano, Mt. Etna, in Sicily. The…

Hooray for Sicilian Syrah

It’s #TipsyThursday, and even though I’m still recovering from a cold, I’m thinking back on last week when I was looking fine and sipping on some wine – some 2017 Cusumano Syrah, to be exact. Cusumano Winery is spearheaded by two brothers who run the operations closely with their father, Francesco Cusumano, and craft the…

Italian Vibes

With so many of my friends traveling to Italy in the next year, I had craving for the comfort of some spaghetti and meatballs (it’s not authentic, but whatevs). I had to pair the meal with a wine, so I grabbed a bottle of 2015 Cecchi Chianti Classico. Established in 1893, Cecchi (pronounced check-ee, which…