Join Anna de Codorniu and SHARE in the battle against breast cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and many organizations are joining the fight. Even the toughest guys in the NFL will wear pink cleats, towels and socks and then donate them for auction to help this cause. Break out your pink ribbons and display them proudly. Spain’s number one sparkling wine, Anna de Codorníu is teaming up with SHARE, a support network for women and their families affected by breast and ovarian cancers. SHARE offers support through educational programs, webinars and other support staffed by survivors of these horrible diseases. For over 40 years SHARE has been helping women … Continue reading Join Anna de Codorniu and SHARE in the battle against breast cancer

Pumpkin Ale, which ones to drink, which ones to skip

When fall season begins it means one thing for beer lovers, pumpkin ales. While most of the states will start to feel a chill in the air and soon the leaves will be changing, South Florida will still be sweltering, so a nice cold brew is still in order. Since Miami’s seasons are hot and hotter, and still very much the latter, a cool pumpkin spiced beer is the only way to feel autumns chill. The Traveler Beer Company, Jack-O Pumpkin Shandy, 4.4%abv. is billed as a wheat beer brewed with lemon, natural flavors and pumpkin added. The appearance pretty … Continue reading Pumpkin Ale, which ones to drink, which ones to skip

Free Beer Tasting #3 At Biscayne Bay Brewing

Grovetoberfest’s Tony Albelo has announced his latest free tasting leading up to the big day. The Pope’s visit inspired this tasting. Tony seems to embrace the “Pope of the People” and is invoking his good qualities, soccer fan, taker of selfies and willingness to spread forgiveness. Tony is also impressed that the Pope oversees Europe’s smallest country with the best-dressed security detail in the world as well, the Swiss Guards and according to Tony he also loves to drink beer. So In honor of the Pope Francis this free tasting will feature beers rated 90 points and above and all … Continue reading Free Beer Tasting #3 At Biscayne Bay Brewing

Oktoberfest comes to Miami this weekend

In Munich, Germany the 182nd Oktoberfest is in full swing. Thousands of people hoisting liters of amber hued Oktoberfest lager in gigantic tents lay out by the brewers of Munich. If you don’t have any travel plans to Germany this weekend, there a solution much closer to home. There will be two Oktoberfest events in Miami this weekend. This Friday, September 25th from 6:30-10:30pm Miami Beach Botanical Gardens is hosting their first annual Oktoberfest. Five local breweries will be sampling unlimited tastes of their brews. In addition to great beer, there will be a pig roast, lawn games as well … Continue reading Oktoberfest comes to Miami this weekend

Free Tasting #2, Session Beers @ at MIA Brewing Sept. 21, 2015

The people behind Miami’s Grovetoberfest are very generous to say the least. Not only do they put on South Florida’s biggest beer festival, they also have great lead up events to the big day by giving away free beer and swag. Grovetoberfest is fast approaching, October 17th at Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park. The next free tasting, dubbed, “Third Half First,” is Monday September 21st at Doral’s MIA Brewing. Tony Albelo, the genius behind Grovetoberfest tells us in footballs earliest years there were actually three halfs per football game. The first two halfs were spent playing the game and the third … Continue reading Free Tasting #2, Session Beers @ at MIA Brewing Sept. 21, 2015

Milagro Tequila cocktails to celebrate Mexican Independence Day!

Here in the USA Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) has become a day for Gringos to drink Mexican beer and do shots of cheap tequila. Most mistake this day as Independence Day in Mexico. Sadly Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. September 16th is Mexico’s Independence Day. September 16, 1810 is when Mexico declared its independence from Spain. For such a special day no cheap tequila will do. In fact cheap tequila should be left on the store shelves no matter what day it is. Milagro Tequila founded in 1998 by Danny Schneeweiss and Moy Guindi, from Mexico … Continue reading Milagro Tequila cocktails to celebrate Mexican Independence Day!

Franciscan Estate, Equilibrium, Napa Valley, California, 2014

While most of the United States will be cooling off as fall approaches and the leaves start changing color, Miami is still steaming. Hot humid days, the Atlantic still feels like a bathtub, white wine too cool off is still a must. A refreshing white with hints of tropical fruits backed with crisp citrus acidity. is that wine needed to keep cool. A blend of 72% Sauvignon Blanc, 17% Chardonnay and 11% Muscat, the Franciscan Equilibrium is pale straw yellow. The nose is a blend of tropical fruits such as lychee, pineapple, passion fruit, wild flowers, Granny Smith apple and … Continue reading Franciscan Estate, Equilibrium, Napa Valley, California, 2014

The wines of Avignonesi

Tuscan winery Avignonesi was founded in Italy’s Montepulciano region in 1974. Always known for producing high quality wines, the winery was bought in 2009 by silent partner Virginie Saverys. She took on the project to convert Avignonesi to organic and biodynamic farming practices. By adopting these farming practices Avignonesi is ensuring their vineyards will be sustainable for many years to come. While biodynamic farming practices may employ some strange practices, biodynamic farming ensures that the land is taken care now and for generations to come. Avignonesi, Rosso di Montepulciano, DOC, 2013 is ruby red in the glass. The nose is … Continue reading The wines of Avignonesi

Emilio Moro, Finca Resalso, 2014

The Emilio Moro Winery is located in the most cherished land in the heart of Spain’s Ribero del Duero. Their wines consistently take top honors and scores in the wine worlds most prestigious and respected wine publications. Jose Moro, the grandson of Emilio More strikes a balance between traditional values blended with modern winemaking techniques. Jose uses a unique clone of Tempranillo that Emilio Moro for all of Emilio Moro’s wines. Jose also believes in giving back to the community. He established the Emilio Moro Foundation to fund charitable causes around the world. The Finca Resalso is aged four months … Continue reading Emilio Moro, Finca Resalso, 2014

Wild Horse, Viognier, Central Coast, CA, 2014

Wikipedia describes Viognier this way, “ the Viognier varietal has more natural aromatics that include notes of peach, pears, violets and minerality. Viognier is most famous as the white grape from the Northern Rhone regions of Condrieu and Château Grillet. It is also permitted to be added to certain reds in the Northern Rhone, usually to soften the harsh tannins of Syrah, in some Northern Rhone red wines. Now Viognier is grown around the globe due to its full bodied buy aromatic qualities. California’s Central coast is quickly becoming a hot bed of high quality Viogniers. Wild Horse has been … Continue reading Wild Horse, Viognier, Central Coast, CA, 2014