Rosé: The Essence of Southeastern France


Provence, in the South of France, is known for many things. Great masters such as Picasso, Cezanne, and Matisse were inspired by the beauty of their surroundings. Art comes in many forms, and oenophiles the world over look to this region, south of the Alps, as the predominant producer of rosé wine.  Rosé is a…

2014 Westerly Sauvignon Blanc


As we lounge through the languid days of summer along our beautiful Cape Fear coastline, it’s always a pleasure to complement the season with a crisp, chilled white wine. One of my summer favorites has been a fruit-forward Sauvignon Blanc, particularly from New Zealand’s Marlborough region.  I’ve always been enticed by the rich tropical fruitiness…

New Year’s Resolutions: A Tradition of Delusion?


It’s that time of year again. The Earth is making another revolution around the sun and we, as a species, are the only organisms on the planet to make resolutions – promises to ourselves that, we believe, we’ll hold firm to throughout the year Like most people, I make them year after year, and I’m…

The Oeno-File: Sharing my Cache of Wine Wisdom


Winter is here and my drinking preferences have turned to deep, luscious reds.  As a holiday gift, I was given a 2014 Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon. Not only was I thrilled that this gift was not the ubiquitous Christmas fruitcake that has been bounced like a hot potato from household to household, but my gift-bearers…

Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria


Written by guest columnist: Sherri Robinson | Photography provided by Vivian Howard Vivian Howard, along with her husband and business partner, Ben Knight are opening “Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria” in Wilmington this month. It is easy to figure out where the “Benny” comes from – Ben Knight – of course; but, did you know “Big…

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar – Miami, FL


On a recent expedition to the inner sanctum of Miami’s groovy art scene, I decided to go with my entourage to a very vibrant, kaleidoscopic restaurant in the Wynwood Arts District. Foraging through the neighborhood, one is on high-alert as splashes of art imbue every sphere of vision. Mutli-colored murals, painted on walls and concrete…

Banshee 2014 Mordecai


For those that love a good, somewhat subtle red blend, this California find is sure to please. Less than a decade ago, three friends, each with an interest in wine, got together and created the brand, Banshee Wines. Producing both reds and whites, their proprietorial 2014 Mordecai is an intriguingly regal blend of Cabernet, Syrah…

Val Do Sosego: Albariño


  For many years when one thought of Spanish wines, the predominant region that came to mind was Spain’s Rioja region. This has changed over the course of the last twenty years. Other regions have been receiving well-deserved attention.  For instance, the Rias Baixas region is situated in northwestern Spain, west of Rioja and lingers…

Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label


People tend to overthink champagne. They save it for a special occasion, sometimes keeping it in their refrigerator for far too long. This can ultimately lead to the cork drying out and impeding the true essence of the wine.  There are exceptions, but champagne is meant to be consumed immediately, not intended to be cellared…