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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.
A sweet combination

A sweet combination

Wine and chocolate can be a match made in heaven when they are right for each other. When dark chocolate…
Near & Far: Presidential journeys

Near & Far: Presidential journeys

As Presidents Day approaches, it’s a good time to explore the homes, museums, and libraries that honor our nation’s leaders.…
Dreamy hotels

Dreamy hotels

At grand and luxurious hotels, rates are pricey and bookings can be difficult, but it’s still fun to dream of…
Warm up with Rhône Valley wines

Warm up with Rhône Valley wines

Soups and stews are on more menus as temperatures drop, so pair those comfort foods with a ‘winter warmer’: Rhône-style…
Gifts for wine lovers

Gifts for wine lovers

Accessories can make this a vintage year.   The perfect gift for a wine lover doesn’t have to be a…
A cornucopia of ideas

A cornucopia of ideas

For Thanksgiving, serve wines that won’t overwhelm your palate or your wallet.    Thanksgiving menus stay pretty much the same…
Hungary’s winemaking renaissance

Hungary’s winemaking renaissance

Two World Wars and 40 years of communist rule decimated Hungary’s renowned wine industry, but today’s producers are restoring the…
The Flavors of Sagrantino 

The Flavors of Sagrantino 

The “Green Heart of Italy” is awash with red vineyards this month as Umbria’s indigenous Sagrantino grapes ripen to produce…
Crafty cocktails

Crafty cocktails

The old fashioned is not old-fashioned any longer—cocktails are making a hot comeback. Even wine lovers can’t ignore the numbers:…
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