Notes By DiVino

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...

Border State Blend: South African Assemblage (Bosman Erfenis 2011)

When indecision becomes a delicious dilemma. In this complex video wine review I found myself in a "Border State" of mind when when my home state team  Sporting KC faced my home team, NYCFC. The beauty of it all is that sometimes you don't have to choose. Artful wine...

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...

DiVino + PEQUE for Sommelier Series – 02/10/2016

DiVino + PEQUE for Sommelier Series – 02/10/2016

DiVino is partnering up with PEQUE Vinos Y Tapas for the premiere event of their wine and and beer tasting series. Join us for an hour-long casual guided tasting of distinctive red wines from Italy, Spain and other great wine-growing regions. Prepare to boost your...

Old Friends and Mentors at the 2015 Trifecta Tasting

Old Friends and Mentors at the 2015 Trifecta Tasting

Great time last Wednesday! OMNI Wines joined forces with VOS and Wine in Motion at the painfully cool ACE Hotel with a selection of wines from Italy, France and Portugal.                 I manned table 1, with bubbles abounding...

Sweet Home Chicago – Thank You for Joining Me!

Sweet Home Chicago – Thank You for Joining Me!

A week ago today I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with thirty curious, articulate, and by the end of the day... hopefully more passionate wine drinkers at Sentieri, an Italian cultural center in Chicago. As it happens, many of us cherish the memory of cigar...

Celebrate the Rooftop Opening at Giraffe Hotel

DiVino is pleased be a sponsor for the grand opening of Bread and Tulips  rooftop for summer 2013! Swing by and enjoy some complimentary rosé (tis the season!) and cocktails. DiVino will be there to tell you all about what you're drinking. PREVIEW: it's made from the...

Italian Wine Weekend in Chicago!

DiVino is hitting the windy city for a weekend of wine tasting at Casa Italiana cultural center. 13-14 August I'll be conducting wine tasting seminars as a fun and informative way to get a real "taste" of Italian culture. Here's a run down of the schedule: Friday 13...

SCENTS OF PLACE – July 20th, 6-8pm

LAFCO and DiVino bring you the premiere Scents & Sensations event, this time with perfume and wine. WHERE: LAFCO - 285 Lafayette Street (between Prince and Houston) WHEN: Tuesday July 20th, 6-8pm The quintessential wine experience engages nearly all of the senses....

DiVino Official Launch Party!

It's time to celebrate and I'm bottled up and bursting like a Ca' Del Bosco Cuvée Prestige Rosé, which the winery describes as a "soul in suspense," neither red nor white,  a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in a state of transition. Lively, buoyant, and undeniably...