Occhipinti Frappato 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…

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….

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…

Grillo in the Garden

Monday is upon us and I have a case of the Monday Blues. Luckily, I have memories of the weekend to help me get by. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, so I soaked up as much of it as I could – especially in the garden with some 2015 Cusumano Shamaris Grillo. Cusumano Winery is…

Girl Power with Arianna Occhipinti and SP68 Bianco in Sicily

One of the things I like about the Instagram wine community is discovering new bottles to try. Tonight, in celebration of a short work week, I’m sipping to a recommendation from friends Meg & Merlot (my IG wine bestie) and Drew DiMatteo (a wine yoda). The bottle of choice is a 2017 Occhipinti SP68 Bianco….

Sicily in a Glass

It’s #WineWednesday and I’m traveling to Sicily—through my glass. I grabbed a bottle of Viticultori Associati Canicattì Nero d’Avola Sicilia Centuno 2013 for my “trip.” CVA Canicattì is a wine cooperative that has been around for over 40 years, with 480 wine growers around 1,000 hectares of sunny vineyards situated in 60 different winegrowing areas….

Grillo in the Garden

Spring is in the air – flowers are blooming, days become longer, and the garden is ready for tending. I love growing fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs, so spring is the perfect time to get my garden in check. Sometimes I bring a “little helper” with me – this time is was a bottle of…

It’s all Coming up Rosés

Even though it’s always “yes way, Rosé” in Miami, my neighbors to the north are finally getting some decent weather for some spring time sipping. In celebration of spring and all things Rosé, I pulled out my most festive accouterments for the occasion and a bottle of Planeta Rosé. Sambuca di Sicilia is the estate…

Grillo & Oysters

When my lovely New Yorker girlfriends are in Miami, we love wining and dining around town. Last time, we stopped at Mignonette, a former 1930s gas station turned oyster bar/seafood restaurant, and had one delicious evening. Courtesy Mignonette We chose a variety of plates to share including oysters—Rockefeller and raw, charred octopus, lobster deviled eggs,…