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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.
Let the celebrations begin 

Let the celebrations begin 

Prosecco adds sparkle to holiday meals without breaking the bank. This quintessential wine from northern Italy is a perfect choice…
Keeping it simple

Keeping it simple

The second-largest vine grower and producer of premium wines in the U.S. is Washington state, where a new winery opens…
Cool wine for hot days

Cool wine for hot days

Wine spritzers add a little sparkle to the ‘dog days of summer’ with refreshing flavors, less alcohol, and fewer calories.…
All-American Zinfandels

All-American Zinfandels

The decidedly masculine-sounding labels may create some eye rolls, but the bold flavors of Zinfandel can’t be easily dismissed. When…
The romance of rosé 

The romance of rosé 

Summer is just a few weeks away and it’s a wonderful time to stock up on rosé wines. The refreshing…
Cruising beyond the port

Cruising beyond the port

Story: Mary Ann Desantis, WSET Portugal’s Douro River Valley is getting an international reputation for its distinctive red wines created…
Patience pays off

Patience pays off

A vertical wine tasting compares different vintages (harvest years) from the same winery and grape varietal. It’s also a fun…
The wine world’s Big Six 

The wine world’s Big Six 

Six grape varieties comprise the “big six” in the wine-making world: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot…
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