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On the Water: Fishing is good around Gulf waters

Except for the fact we could really use some rain, it was a great week on the water with sunny warm days and not too much wind.   With red snapper season open, anglers took advantage of decent weather and made the long run into Gulf waters with mixed success. Red snapper limits were caught ...

Dolphin Tales: The magnificent frigatebird

The frigatebird is a massive seabird of warm tropical oceans and coastlines that can live to over 40 years in the wild. If you have been out in Pine Island Sound around Broken Islands recently, you have seen many of these birds hovering over the dolphin waiting for the dolphin to flip a fish so ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2019 Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2019 Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc #24-2021 The first time I remember seeing a wine get a perfect score of 100, was back in the eighties, and it was Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc, on the cover of the The Wine Spectator. ...

On the Water: Anglers take advantage of good weather

With gag grouper and red snapper season open, anglers took advantage of good weather. It’s a long run west into Gulf waters to get to depths that red snapper call home, but conditions over the week allowed anglers to box their limits of snapper. Red snapper, red grouper, a few big gag ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2019 The Paring Sauvignon Blanc

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2019 The Paring Sauvignon Blanc #23-2021 I recently received a sample which was so enjoyable that the Chardonnay Queen suggested that I write a review immediately, and no, it was not a Chardonnay. It was a ...

On the Water: June brings summer fishing conditions

June is the beginning of summer conditions on the waters around Southwest Florida. Warm sunny days with calm seas followed by afternoon thunderstorms is our typical weather pattern. As far as fishing goes, there will be good days and bad ones -- strong tide days should give you the best ...

Dolphin Tales: Dolphins, sharks and hurricanes

Hurricanes spend most of their time out at sea. If you count the loss of coral reefs and other marine life, this is also where the hurricanes do most of their damage. Fortunately, dolphins are able to sense approaching storms and can get out of the path of danger. Sharks also have an innate ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Far Niente Napa Valley Chardonnay

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 Far Niente Napa Valley Chardonnay #22-2021 The Chardonnay Queen and I celebrated our Wedding Anniversary last week at a fine Italian Steakhouse, where we feasted on Shellfish and Pasta, and in honor of the ...

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

Due to strong winds throughout the past week, this report is short as most anglers smartly chose to stay off the water given the choice.   Snook and redfish were caught and released in areas semi-protected from the wind including bays, creeks and docks on the Pine Island Sound side of Sanibel ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Maso Canali Pinot Grigio

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 Maso Canali Pinot Grigio #21-2021 Springtime is a good time to turn attention to Pinot Grigio, which suggests freshness, and new beginnings. The 2018 Maso Canali is not new to me, but is rather an old friend, ...