Let's Start the Bidding

The Florida Winefest Auction Offers a Number of Terrific Wine Experiences

But the clock is ticking... The virtual auction ends on Sunday, Oct. 24.

10/19/2021 By Bob McGinn

I got the blues

Looking for a New Wine? Give Austria's Blaufränkisch a Try.

The wine is light, with good color and balance, and goes great with food.

10/13/2021 By Bob McGinn

Back to School

Want to Learn More About Wine? Enroll in 'Wine School.'

Eric Asimov's monthly column helps wine lovers explore new varietals and examine their biases.

09/22/2021 By Bob McGinn

Clubs and corks

The Surprising Overlap Between the Worlds of Golf and Wine

Multiple professional golfers have their own vineyards and wines, and special wines are created for some of the world's biggest tournaments.

09/08/2021 By Bob McGinn

Wine Maven

Meet Gina Lyons, Sarasota's Champagne Doyen

Through her company, A Vine Affair, Lyons offers in-depth Champagne seminars and tastings in private homes and corporate venues.

08/18/2021 By Bob McGinn

And the winner is...

Three Local Restaurants Join Wine Spectator's 'Award of Excellence' List

The Crow’s Nest, Grove and Sage were honored by "Wine Spectator" this year, joining a number of other local restaurants that maintain strong wine lists.

08/03/2021 By Bob McGinn

Top tapas

Another New Wine Bar? Yes, Please!

Checking out Vino Bistro, a new addition to the Sarasota wine scene.

07/21/2021 By Bob McGinn

Buy now

Our Wine Writer Names Some of His Old Favorites and Some Great New Prospects

Bob McGinn picks some of his favorite recent bottles, and most of them are quite affordable.

07/07/2021 By Bob McGinn

Log on

Where to Find Out About Wine Events Near You, and All Over the World

LocalWineEvents.com hosts thousands of wine event listings each week, and local restaurants and wine shops are using the site to find new customers.

06/23/2021 By Bob McGinn

Grand openings

Two New Shops Are Bolstering the Wine Scene in Sarasota and Venice

Sarasota Wine Co. and Casey Key Collector Wine are new destinations for wine lovers.

06/09/2021 By Bob McGinn

Clubbing

Exploring the World of Online Wine Buying Clubs

A number of companies offer wine shipments that can be catered to your specific tastes.

05/19/2021 By Bob McGinn

Bane or benefit?

The Rise of the Wine Influencer

More and more social media users are sharing their thoughts on wine. But do they know what they're talking about?

05/05/2021 By Bob McGinn

Party time excellent

Highlights of This Year's Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival

This year's event has something for every type of wine lover, from novice to expert.

04/21/2021 By Bob McGinn

Immigrant song

How the Irish Changed the Wine World

From making wine in France and Australia to planting some of the first vineyards in California, the Irish have played an outsized role in the history of wine.

04/07/2021 By Bob McGinn

R.I.P.

Steven Spurrier: A Life in Wine

Paying tribute to a man who almost singlehandedly changed the direction of California wine in the 1970s.

03/17/2021 By Bob McGinn

Ups and downs

The Changing Role of the Restaurant Sommelier

While many diners think of sommeliers as just waiters who pour wine, they are much more than that.

03/03/2021 By Bob McGinn

Tuscan royalty

Meet Marcello Aquino, the King of Brunello

The wine room at Aquino's Marcello Ristorante Italiano must be seen to be believed.

02/17/2021 By Bob McGinn

Pour amour

Looking for a Special Valentine's Day Wine? Try Pink Champagne

Pink Champagne's unique flavor and appearance can make its expense worthwhile, but there are plenty of more affordable options for a great Valentine's Day bottle, too.

02/03/2021 By Bob McGinn

Tasting notes

A New Generation of Argentinian Winemakers Is Challenging the Wine World

Often overlooked, Argentina is producing a number of exciting bottles. Here are some of our favorites.

01/20/2021 By Bob McGinn

Taste test

Making Sense of Natural, Organic, Biodynamic and Sustainable Wines

Interested in exploring the world of "green" and "clean" wines? We've got some recommendations.

01/06/2021 By Bob McGinn