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On the Water: Another week of up and down weather

It would be great to have one solid week that we could talk about fishing without weather concerns. Once again over the past week, conditions were good early to mid-week, then winds ramped up for the weekend with much needed rain and thunderstorms Sunday. April generally brings us relatively ...

Dolphin Tales: Dolphins and dockmasters

The month of March in Pine Island Sound is the busiest month of the year. Dolphins are plentiful and so are the boats vying for the coveted 60 parking spots at Cabbage Key. The parade of boats entering the harbor can be very busy and confusing. It’s important to remember that your ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Erath Pinot Noir

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 Erath Pinot Noir #15-2021 It is said that the best wine for Lamb is Merlot, so I soaked our Lamb Chops in Merlot for three hours before I put them on the grill. However, the bottle I placed next to them ...

On the Water: Strong winds disrupt some good fishing

It feels like we are in a pattern where every two weeks a cool front drops down to end the week and gives us strong gusty winds and chilly days for the weekend. This past week was more of the same -- good weather and fishing, followed with unfavorable conditions that kept all but the true ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2017 Francis Coppola Blue Label Merlot

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2017 Francis Coppola Blue Label Merlot #14-2021 The Coppola Blue Label Merlot is actually a blend of 25% Petite Sirah, and 75% Merlot. The grapes come from Sonoma, Monterey, and Paso Robles. The flavor reminds me ...

On the Water: April brings great weather and excellent fishing

It doesn’t get much better than springtime fishing around the islands and coastal waters of Southwest Florida. The month of April generally brings great weather and fishing for our broadest range of species of the year.  The choice is yours on any given day on what species to target. ...

Dolphin Tales: It’s sea turtle nesting season

Our resident bottlenose dolphins share our local waters with many marine species. As our manatees are moving to cooler waters, the loggerhead and green sea turtles will be arriving to lay their eggs on our barrier islands. The barrier islands that wrap the 17 miles of Pine Island from the south ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2019 Charles Krug Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2019 Charles Krug Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc #13-2021 Sometimes a second look is in order, and such was the case for the 2019 Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc, which I reviewed about a year ago. This time we ...

On the Water: Winter closes with windy fishing conditions

The last week of winter gave us wind day after day and a cool front for the weekend. Conditions were often difficult, but anglers that put in the time caught fish. Spanish mackerel reports were good with fish up to 4 pounds boated. They were hooked in north Matlacha Pass near marker 69, off ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Septima Malbec

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 Septima Malbec #12-2021 Malbec from Argentina continues to be one of the better values in today's red wine market, and this entry from Bodega Septima certainly is a good example. This is a good choice for ...