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On the Water: It’s looking like it’s time for holiday fishing

As we head into the holiday week, cool fronts continue to drop down. A day or two after a front moves past, the wind settles down allowing for offshore fishing.  Inshore anglers are less affected as anglers often seek protected areas to fish. That’s the routine in winter, a cold front with a ...

Dolphin Tales: Auld Lang Syne

In September 2020, I wrote an article about Fungie, the Dingle Dolphin, who made his home in the harbor of Dingle, Ireland, in 1983. He was a longtime resident of the harbor and delighted people for nearly 40 years by riding in the wakes of tour boats, spinning, jumping, and delighting tourists ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay #53-2020 The 2018 Russian River Chardonnay from Gary Farrell, might be called a "cross-breed" in that it seems to share some of the characteristics of both a ...

2020 Wines with a 90, or above, Score from Norm

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2017 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Louis Martini Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Sterling Napa Merlot 2017 Oak Farm Lodi Zinfandel 2016 Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir 2018 ...

On the Water: Sheepshead fishing picks up with cooler weather upon us

The week started out cold and windy then quickly rebounded to perfect fishing weather. Leading into the weekend, light to no wind days made for comfortable fishing offshore in gulf waters as well as inshore.  Sheepshead numbers are on the rise with the cooler water temperatures as reports ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2016 Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net Of all the wines that I reviewed in 2020, which received a score of 90 or above, this one was my favorite. I have always liked a Slab and a Cab, plus this one is a sentimental favorite. 2016 Louis Martini Napa ...

On the Water: Cooler days bring some good fishing

The week started off cool and windy as a cold front dropped into Southwest Florida disrupting fishing for a few days. By mid-week, the sun was out with good days of fishing reported.  Drag-screaming action with bonito, Spanish, and king mackerel picked right up where it left off before the ...

Dolphin Tales: Manatees are back

Believe it or not, manatees are "snowbirds." Just when the weather starts cooling off, they come into our area for the warmer water. Manatees cannot tolerate water temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods of time. This is why during the winter months the population is ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Cakebread Napa Valley Chardonnay

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net This is the Chardonnay Queen's favorite wine, of those reviewed by Norm in 2020. Of course, its a Chardonnay! 2018 Cakebread Napa Valley Chardonnay #23-2020 In my life there have been many great cooks, including ...

On the Water: December brings changes on the water

December brings cooler days around Southwest Florida and a change in the way many of us fish. As temperatures drop, it will push small baitfish south to warmer waters.  Shrimp becomes the primary diet for many fish through the winter months. There are not many fish in our coastal waters that ...