Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 25º43.533N | 80º84.321W

Perhaps you've noticed that we've been in Miami now for almost eight weeks. We decided to park in paradise for a while to even out our cash flow, meaning an attempt to do something about the one-way flow.

If you know our history, you will not be surprised to learn that Chip is back in the wine biz. He's been teaching people about wine for decades, including five years at our own store (now under new ownership) in the Outer Banks.

Now with the show on the water, he is teaching wine tasting and service skills to megayacht crew. Today we went to Palm Beach and spent the afternoon with the crew of Mi Sueno,  a 190-foot palace on the water. (That is FIVE TIMES as long as Cara Mia, two stories taller and 12 more crew.)

The crew, from New Zealand, Britain, Australia, and one lone American, our friend Chef Rob, was enthusiastic and quite studious -- even the engineers.

Yay, Chip!

Mural in Mi Sueno's formal dining room. 


  1. One of my biggest nightmares of all times involving wine was when I was a waitress at an exclusive country club. A member brought along a snobby 'wannabe' who immediately informed me that she'd recently returned from a wine tasting tour of Italy. She made my life pure hell by denouncing every wine brought to the table! So much knowledge from one lousy tour of Italy. I'm finally able to laugh about her though. Hans has traveled the world extensively and has been served some very fine and pricey wines but he has to admit that to this day he really can't tell the difference between a hundred dollar bottle or an on- sale for next to nothing bottle. He should consider himself lucky 'cause I'm not putting up with that crap anymore!

  2. You would LOVE LOVE Chip's classes. He is staunchly snob-free. He even taught a class once about Snob Busting, giving you information to take down wine snobs. LOL