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Mary Ann DeSantis

Mary Ann DeSantis is a fellow of the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, Napa Valley, and recently received certification from the Wine & Spirits Educational Trust (WSET). An award-winning journalist, she has written for Lake & Sumter Style since 2006.
Salute: Countdown to Beaujolais Day

Salute: Countdown to Beaujolais Day

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau will be released Nov. 21. In the United States, the fourth Thursday of November is a big day for Americans, but it is the third Thursday that the French…
Near and Far: Visions of Bavaria

Near and Far: Visions of Bavaria

Creating an alpine village in Georgia may have sounded ludicrous in 1969, but 50 years later, Alpine Helen is one of the hottest—and coolest—travel destinations.  Story: Mary Ann DeSantisPhotos: Mary Ann DeSantis and provided by the Alpine Helen & White…
Gutswein of Germany

Gutswein of Germany

Beer steins will sway during Oktoberfest, but some people will take a lighter approach and celebrate with German wines.  There is a lot of misconception about German wines. Many people, including me, have spent decades thinking all wine from Germany…
Near & Far: A memorial for the living

Near & Far: A memorial for the living

Visiting the 9/11 museum is an emotional experience, delivering the message that our resilient nation rises from the ashes.  The sky was a vivid blue canvas as I sat on a bench outside the National September 11 Memorial & Museum…
Back to the basics

Back to the basics

If you want to learn about wine, a good place to start is with the six basic grape varieties that are the foundation for many of the world’s best wines. In a few weeks, I’m scheduled to lead a wine-tasting…
The business of wine tourism

The business of wine tourism

California is not the only place where wine tourism has skyrocketed. Wineries around the country have built picturesque venues that are worth a visit. Americans love to plan their vacations around wine, and with Wine Business Monthly saying there are…
Family plans from babies to boomers

Family plans from babies to boomers

Resorts in Florida offer amenities for all generations. Here are suggestions for a summer getaway or a holiday vacation for the entire family. Before school resumes, families may be looking for one last getaway that includes grandparents, parents, teens, ’tweens,…
Near & Far: Rockets’ red glare around the South

Near & Far: Rockets’ red glare around the South

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and space centers around the South are launching special programs and events to mark the occasion. Story: Mary Ann Desantis // Photos Courtesy of the Kennedy Space Center…
Point blanc

Point blanc

It’s the season for picnicking, scalloping, and eating lighter meals, but with so many blanc choices, how do you pick one? Story: Mary Ann DeSantis When you see “blanc” on a wine label, you probably already know it means white.…
A toast to French history

A toast to French history

The legends surrounding Châteauneuf-du-Pape—the village and the wine—make this popular French blend a real conversation starter.  June marks the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landing when Allied troops liberated France from Adolf Hitler’s grip. Among those happiest to see the…
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