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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.
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…
FINDING PURA VIDA IN COSTA RICA

FINDING PURA VIDA IN COSTA RICA

STORY: MARY ANN DESANTIS PHOTOS: GERALD BAUM, MARY ANN DESANTIS, & COSTA RICA TOURISM BOARD Mother Nature smiled on Costa…
Blazing the  Bourbon Trail

Blazing the Bourbon Trail

Story: Mary Ann DeSantis As the cocktail culture explodes once again, bourbon is making a comeback. Some fans say it…
Black Grapes, Dark Wines

Black Grapes, Dark Wines

Malbec, often called ‘the black wine,’ is produced mostly in Argentina, but the varietal has its roots in Cahors, France,…
Six Degrees of Connection

Six Degrees of Connection

A dear friend told me years ago that I embodied the “six degrees of separation” theory more than anyone else…
A Rum Primer

A Rum Primer

If you think rum is only for mixing with Coca-Cola or for making sweet boat drinks, you may be surprised…
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