Archive for 'Quick Sips'

Editors’ picks: Cool, cool summer wines

Editors’ picks: Cool, cool summer wines

By Bob Hosmon and Mark Gauert City & Shore Magazine The heat and humidity may be on, but don’t despair. All you need is some good food and special wines – particularly in shades of pale [...]

Meet the owners of some prized estate wines

Meet the owners of some prized estate wines

By Bob Hosmon  City & Shore Magazine Much has been written about what it takes to make good wine. Critics talk about terroir, soil, weather and the winemakers who put everything together. But at the top [...]

Sip and Tell: What it’s like to be a wine judge

Sip and Tell: What it’s like to be a wine judge

Editor’s note: Peg San Felippo was one of 24 judges at South Florida’s home-grown American Fine Wine Competition, judged in January at FIU’s North Miami campus. She is a certified sommelier and a past chapter chair [...]

California wines crush at wine competition

California wines crush at wine competition

By Mark Gauert Wines from California swept Best of Show and Best of Class categories in South Florida’s home-grown American Fine Wine Competition, with judges awarding a record number of double gold and gold medals among [...]

Wines to sample, way off the beaten paths

Wines to sample, way off the beaten paths

By Bob Hosmon City & Shore Magazine We’re well into a new year, but still resolved to celebrate by sampling some wines you may have never had or had so long ago you’ve forgotten how good [...]

Why some vintage years always will be better

Why some vintage years always will be better

By Bob Hosmon In 1968 Barbra Streisand won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her role in Funny Girl. The Beatles were awarded the Album of the Year Grammy for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club [...]

The days of wine & rosé champagnes

The days of wine & rosé champagnes

By Bob Hosmon For those who profess they don’t like wine with bubbles (and you know who you are), may I suggest a rosé champagne this season? They’re my favorites and more food-friendly than their white [...]

Giving thanks for Zins beyond Thanksgiving

Giving thanks for Zins beyond Thanksgiving

By Bob Hosmon The grape we know as zinfandel may have originated in Croatia (where it’s known as primitivo), but the wine itself is about as American as it can be. If you’ve not had zinfandel [...]

Good family names behind some of best wines

Good family names behind some of best wines

By Bob Hosmon Some of the best-known and most-admired wines in today’s market have family names on their labels.  Names like Antinori, Drouhin, Mondavi and Rothschild. Other wineries eschew the family name in favor of labels [...]

Screw-top bottle wines get some new respect

Screw-top bottle wines get some new respect

By Bob Hosmon Some of you may recall a time when the only wines sealed with screw-caps were fortified libations with names like “Thunderbird” and “MD 20/20.”  No respectable wine would use screw-caps; cork was the [...]