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On the Water: Know your tides when fishing local waters

It's that time of year in Southwest Florida that we progress into our cooler or winter months. While our weather change is not as dramatic as what our northern friends are accustomed to, it has an impact on how and where we fish. Tides and water depth play a key role for coastal anglers and ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2019 J Vineyards California Pinot Gris

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2019 J Vineyards California Pinot Gris #48-2020 We sampled a bottle of the J Pinot Gris the other night with grilled salmon and a few pieces of sushi, and it was a great combination. J Vineyards has been ...

On the Water: Weather back on track for the weekend

After what felt like a full week of dealing with Eta, the storm finally passed and great Southwest Florida weather returned just in time for the weekend. Gulf waters were still too churned up as of this writing for offshore reports, but we should get some results after the weekend. A few ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2016 Edna Valley Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2016 Edna Valley Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon #47-2020 We had a bottle of the 2016 Edna Valley Cab the other night with our thick grilled rib eye steak, and it was most enjoyable. Of course, I do enjoy a Slab ...

On the Water: Tropical Storm Eta brings fishing to a halt

A very windy week that led up to rain and wind into the weekend as Tropical Storm Eta churned in Florida’s direction kept most anglers off the water. The few fishing reports came mid-week before conditions continued to diminish. Beach-bound anglers wading the surf on Sanibel and Captiva ...

Dolphin Tales: Resident bottlenose dolphins

Many of our local bottlenose dolphins are members of resident communities that have been here for generations. A community could vary from around 50 to 200 dolphins and groups often have overlapping borders. Individual dolphins can be identified by their dorsal fins, which are as unique as ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2016 Beringer Brothers Bourbon Barrel Aged Chardonnay

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2016 Beringer Brothers Bourbon Barrel Aged Chardonnay #46-2020 In the realm of wine making there is always something new to go with the old. In this case, its ageing Chardonnay in used bourbon barrels. A unique ...

On the Water: November brings good fishing opportunities

Look for plenty of great fishing opportunities throughout the month of November as cool fronts begin to arrive dropping water temperatures. Fish are transitioning from summer to winter patterns both inshore and in Gulf waters. This is one of those months that it’s possible to hook into about ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Napa Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 Napa Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay #45-2020 When the Chardonnay Queen prepares her famous "Special Shrimp Scampi", we usually have a pretty good bottle of Chardonnay to side with it. During dinner the other ...

On the Water: It was a windy week out on the water

Strong winds for the better part of the week often made fishing difficult inshore and near impossible offshore. With that said, anglers found success for a variety of fish. Spanish mackerel were caught from the Matlacha Drawbridge and in Matlacha Pass north of marker 72. Also, mackerel were ...