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Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Marquis de Riscal Blanco Rueda

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 Marquis de Riscal Blanco Rueda #38-2020 In the past, Spanish White Wine has been only moderately successful in the U.S., but changes in wine making and other innovations during the last decade or so, have ...

Dolphin Tales: Why are sharks afraid of dolphins?

Sharks prefer to avoid dolphins. Dolphins are mammals that live in pods and are very clever. They know how to protect themselves. When they see an aggressive shark, they immediately attack it with the whole pod. This is why sharks avoid pods with many dolphins. Dolphins have soft skin and a ...

On the Water: Tropical Storm Sally disrupts fishing in the area

Fishing was going good right up until Tropical Storm Sally formed over south Florida. Sally brought gusty winds and endless rain throughout the weekend as she slowly churned off our coast. Ahead of the foul weather, fishing reports were good for most anglers.   Snapper, snapper, and more ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 14 Hands Pinot Grigio

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 14 Hands Pinot Grigio #37-2020 In the hot summer, refreshing wine and lighter dinner fare make a good combination, and we were quite pleased with our seasoned shrimp dinner along with a fresh avocado and tomato ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2016 Francis Coppola Black Label Claret

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2016 Francis Coppola Black Label Claret #36-2020 I wrote about this Coppola Claret about a year and a half ago, and enjoyed it so much the other night with my steak, that I felt compelled to state once again how ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2016 Margues de Caceres Rioja Crianza

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2016 Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza #34-2020 Several decades ago when I was first introduced to Rioja Wines from Spain, I chose the Marques de Caceres Crianza as a sort of go to wine for a variety of occasions. ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2018 Weed Cellars Central Coast Chardonnay

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2018 Weed Cellars Central Coast Chardonnay 33-2020 What's in a name?  In this case only wine, although the label might suggest otherwise. The brand new label, Weed Chardonnay, contains just that. a decent ...

On the Water: Fishing good for some but slow for others

A full moon brought strong tides to boost the inshore bite, however it may have hampered offshore fishing. Mangrove snapper and redfish continue as top targets for inshore anglers. Often both were caught together along mangrove shorelines and oyster bars. They were reported in south Matlacha ...

Dolphin Tales: Dogs and dolphins

Marie Blanton is a senior trainer at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, Florida. It is a seaside sanctuary in the Florida Keys, established in 1984 as a nonprofit corporation, and composed of a 90,000-square-foot series of saltwater lagoons. It is home to several dolphins as well as ...

On the Water: September begins a change of seasons

As we roll into September, the end of summer is in sight as we gradually break away from hot muggy days and transition to the cooler days of autumn. This is great news for anglers fishing around Pine Island and Southwest Florida.  Days become a little less humid with a slight drop in ...