Notes By DiVino

Wine Sommelier for Community Word Project

Wine is a language. Learn how to speak it. I founded DiVino on the principle that wine tasting engages our senses and makes us more alive.  As a ritual, wine tasting inspires community.In an ever more disconnected era, the success of our nation depends on the strength...

Best Wine for Valentines Day (Sagrantino)!

After last's year's search for the V... I found my vino in a bottle of Sagrantino di Montefalco. Well, to be honest, it was a younger, unoaked version of Sagrantino by my good friend Antonelli, called Contrario. Bright, young and a little bit wild... His classic...

Raise A Glass to Arts Education!

Raise A Glass to Arts Education!

DiVino launches a local initiative to use wine specials to raise money and awareness for the Community Word Project, which provides arts education in underserved public schools in NYC.

Welch’s Sparkling Rosé Food Pairing

Welch’s Sparkling Rosé Food Pairing

Welch's Sparkling Rosé was amazing to pair with! The rich fruit aromas and delicate residual sugar made it a smoother companion to the crab cakes with their slightly bitter finish...

Wine 101 Corporate Class

Wine 101 Corporate Class

Luxury concierge service Quintessentially hired DiVino to create and conduct a one-hour long "Basics of Wine" class for their client, HSBC. The goal: To provide a basic wine vocabulary and enable the wealth management team to order, taste, and pair wine and food with...

Love Note to Puerto Rico

Love Note to Puerto Rico

https://youtu.be/NVD2i1gOaoE People keep asking if it is "ok to travel there now?"  The answer is yes. Unless you're venturing to to the middle of the island which is still largely without power. Sending supplies and financial aid is very much appreciated, but the...

Foxy Loxy Labrusca

Foxy Loxy Labrusca

By now we're used to pretty much anything when it comes to wine descriptions. Velvety, sexy, and supple are about as commonplace as red, white and sparkling on menus that read more like literotica than a wine list. There's one word, however, that invariably solicits a...

Love Note to Puerto Rico

Love Note to Puerto Rico

https://youtu.be/NVD2i1gOaoE People keep asking if it is "ok to travel there now?"  The answer is yes. Unless you're venturing to to the middle of the island which is still largely without power. Sending supplies and financial aid is very much appreciated, but the...

Great Pair…Part 2: Wine & Lingerie – NOV 7th!

Great Pair…Part 2: Wine & Lingerie – NOV 7th!

We're at it again! We had such a nice time at our last exclusive wine and lingerie experience, Journelle and I are putting on a autumn-themed wine-tasting, this time with spicy, intense flavors to match three featured lines from their private Collection. I'll be there...

#Pour4PR –  Puerto Rico Relief by the Glass!

#Pour4PR – Puerto Rico Relief by the Glass!

Following the success of our event on October 11th, at Peque Tapas Y Vinos, we're officially launching the #Pour4PR initiative, as a way for hospitality professionals to engage suppliers, patrons, their dynamic beverage programs, and special events to send urgently...

Sweet Morningside Tea

Sweet Morningside Tea

If you're uptown today, join me at Morningside Park to celebrate our shared green space!  The free festival starts at 1pm. Nez Café will be there serving  up a little preview of what's to come. We researched indigenous flowers like rose, yarrow, and clover and added...

Great Pair….Lingerie and Wine August 8th!

Great Pair….Lingerie and Wine August 8th!

Join me for an an absolutely sumptuous evening of wine-tasting (with Divino's signature scent notes to help you along) all inspired by the gorgeous collections at Journelle. The ladies of Journelle will be featuring three lines: Bianca, Lana, and Yasmine, and  I have...

Italian Craft Beer Tasting & Pairing: Tuesday 20 June

Join DiVino for a night of Italian microbrewery tastings and pizza pairings from Sottocasa Harlem. Birra Follina was founded in 2012, but their roots in winemaking, and especially secondary bottle fermentation extend for a half a century. Located in the province of...

Italian Wine Intensive CHICAGO | SATURDAY 14 MAY | 3-6PM

Italian Wine Intensive CHICAGO | SATURDAY 14 MAY | 3-6PM

After three sold-out successes, DiVino returns to Chicago for an Italian Wine Intensive at Sentieri.  A long-time partner and supporter of DiVino, Sentieri offers courses based on language and the integral aspects of Italian culture for the most immersive experience...