Cecelia Messina

Cecelia Messina

Cecelia Messina is a writer, consultant and sommelier focusing on lifestyle topics. Her travels have allowed her to experience first-hand the wonders of wine, beer, spirits and food. She first learned about wine in Argentina, which fueled her desire to open a small wine boutique and share the wonders of wine with others. So, in October 2001, she opened a small, neighborhood wine boutique that was reminiscent of a European wine cave and in 2006 became a Certified Sommelier.
Cecelia likes to bypass the typical reliance on French wines like Bordeaux for the less familiar varietals from Spain, Portugal and South America. In the USA, she chooses great wines from Washington State and Oregon over commercially popular California. Her flair for pairing beer and spirits with any number of foods – from international cuisine to comfort foods – has given her numerous opportunities to share her knowledge with restaurateurs and stay-at-home foodies alike.
She is passing along her love of food and wine to her kids while she slowly but surely gets her first book about wine grape varietals and their personalities completed.
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Certified Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers; B.A. Economics, U of South Florida

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Everyday is an occasion worth the celebration of wine!

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  • Wine Wednesday: How Many Calories Are in a Glass of Wine? Depends How You Pour
    How we pour a glass of wine can affect how many calories we consume. It’s the old adage “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach” but in wine-speak. A new study shows that we should rely less on our eyes and more on actually measuring our servings.
  • Wine Wednesday: Why Corked Wine Stinks
    A wet leaf smell in a wine can be good; think French Burgundy. It can also be bad; think Pinot Grigio. How do you tell the difference? There are a few steps you can take to help you separate a corked wine from one that just happens to have a cork in it.
  • Wine Wednesday: Make Pairing Wine and Barbecue an Adventure
    When you're grilling a BBQ feast, it's time to make an adventure of your wine pairing. From reds to whites to rosés, there are a variety of wines that enhance not only what comes off the BBQ grill but the sides as well.
  • Wine Wednesday: Savory Suggestions for Dessert and Wine Pairings
    “There’s always room for dessert” and “wine makes every dish memorable," words for a sweet tooth, wine lover to live by. Lift up your spoon and raise your glass because here we bring it all together and pair favorite desserts with amazing wines.
  • Wine Wednesday: Wine Pairing 101
    Wine pairing can be scary. Today's foods are infused with so many flavors it's hard to tell food groups apart let alone what wines they pair with. Relax! These three simple points make wine pairing easy. You'll go from Wine Pairing 101 to Wine Pairing Fun
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  • Wine Wednesday: How to Pair Wine with Your Favorite Junk Foods
    Junk food deserves its share of respect. It’s a real craving that recaptures the less stressful days of childhood. But we’re all grown-up now and we can take our favorite junk foods to the next level by pairing them with the perfect wines.
  • New Year’s Resolution for a New You
    This year’s New Year’s resolution is easier to stick to than you think. Adjust your recipes to add fresh herbs while removing a lot of the salt and use olive oil and wines to perk up the flavors of your favorite foods.
  • Celebrating Christmas when Santa's Broke
    Just because Santa hasn't much money doesn't mean Christmas is a bust. There are lots of things to do to counter the lack of presents under the tree. From caroling to shut-ins to free community events, spending the season together is the best gift of all.
  • Wines for the Rock-n-Roll Fan on Your Gift List
    Your rockin’ days are back! Pink Floyd, AC/DC, The Police: these famous rockers are pouring it on with the grooves and the grapes. Dust off your air guitar, put on your concert t-shirt and pour yourself a glass of classical tasting wines that rock.
  • Thanksgiving Wines: Pairings That Grace the Table
    Thanksgiving is the holiday of family and friends, the time to be humbled by the bounty of the harvest and of the heart. Share this special day with foods and wines that enhance the sentiments, the senses, and the true meaning of the holiday.
  • Fall’s Fabulous Four Wine Favorites
    Although a bit of warmth still lingers in the air, fall's wispy, cool air and autumn leaves are close at hand. It’s time to rotate the wine rack with seasonal wines. These four wines will anchor your fall gatherings and make a feast of all your fall fare.
  • What’s as Sweet as a Georgia Peach? Georgia Wine!
    Georgia, the land where wine was born, offers an array of grape varietals and an incomparable winemaking history. Vineyards have dotted the mountainous terrain for centuries. It’s time to enjoy wines that have been thousands of years in the making.
  • How to Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor This Labor Day
    All year long you toil. Labor Day is your day to celebrate the fruits of your labor. Enjoy and honor not only your hard work but those who sow and reap the fruit of the land. Enjoy one of Napa Valley’s best wines with the bounty of the grill.
  • What to Eat and Drink When Watching the Olympics and the RNC
    No matter what anyone says, TV is here to stay. It’s how many of us spend our evenings. Catching up on and being entertained by the day’s news, sports and events. Either way, pour a glass of wine as the recap of the day flickers across your screen.
  • In Support of the Boy Scouts' Policy on Gay Members: Why I Agree when I Disagree
    Disagreeing with a policy doesn’t mean that you can’t still support an organization. Sounds like an oxymoron but haven’t we always been taught to maintain our beliefs and not sway regardless of the peer or cultural pressure we may experience?
  • Party Politics: Reaching Across the Wine Aisle
    Crossing party lines offers you and your guests a chance to try new wines and brings up lively debate. Novel grape varietals and unique wine-making techniques add fodder of where you stand: red or white? Turn heads and reach across the aisle.
  • How to Quench the Record Heat
    It’s not even summer and we’re already baking! When it get hot like this, you know what to do? Chill the high heat with refreshing, fruity wines. Make it a pairing with cool seasonal foods that require little to no cooking. It's too hot to cook!
  • Brasato Al Barolo with a New Wine Twist
    No Barolo? No problem! You can make brasato al Riondo. Your meat stew will be as tender and tasty and your wallet will stay stuffed. Made from Corvina, Merlot and Cabernet, you may never go back to Barolo for this ancient recipe.
  • What Would Happen If I Got Pulled Over Under Arizona's Immigration Law
    You never know when you'll be the target of a well-intended law that goes awry. This is a "what if" situation; but if we don't consider "what if's," we leave a lot to chance. We all want a secure border but at what price? Isolation? Or worse, ignorance?
  • Rioja Wines from Bodegas Torre Muga: Icons of Spanish Wines
    Spain's Rioja region grows the iconic Tempranillo grape. The powerhouse varietal is key to the many different wines created by another icon of the wine industry - Bodegas Torre Muga. Aged to perfection, Muga wines set the Rioja standard.
  • Virginia is for Lovers...Of Wine
    Virginia offers a place to experience history and an amazing array of wines. Put the two together and you have a great time learning all about this country’s wine history. From Viognier to a wide-range of reds, Virginia is the place for wine lovers.
  • Movie Time and Cocktail Hour with Cary Grant
    Cary Grant continues to inspire us today. He was a star of the highest caliber as evidenced with his life on (and off) screen. He makes us want for the good things in life – like a good movie and a good glass of wine.
  • Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Even Wine Drinkers
    You don’t have to be Irish and you don't have to be a beer drinker to enjoy St. Patrick's Day. Use your creativity to make the merriment your own. Add a splash of mint leaves to your favorite white wine or find a tasty pairing for traditional Irish fare.
  • Mixing a Homemade Hurricane for Your Mardi Gras Fun
    You can't make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year; but you can still enjoy many of the trappings. Make your own Fat Tuesday fun including a homemade Hurricane that will blow you away. And at home no one will sweep you away at midnight.
  • Romantic Midweek Valentine's Day Menu
    A midweek Valentine's Day can be as romantic as you like, with the right outlook. Keep recipes simple but popular enough for the whole family to enjoy. End the evening with a passionate pairing of chocolate treats and easy-to-enjoy wine.
  • Make New Year’s Day Brunch a Snap
    Kick off the New Year with a fun but fuss-free celebratory brunch. Prep some of your food items in advance and don’t be shy to ask guests to bring a dish to share. Two to three different wines to complement a variety of foods adds to the festivities.
  • A Holiday Cocktail Gathering is a Fun Tradition to Carry Through Each Year
    Make the season a little more memorable with a holiday cocktail gathering including the Russian Standard Vodka. Your cocktail recipes will taste better and the memories will be brighter when you use the best ingredients.
  • An Unforgettable, Untraditional, Idyllic Thanksgiving
    Holiday traditions differ by region and family; but what works for some may not work for others. Don’t let the “ideal” get in the way of enjoying old traditions or sharing new ones. With your loved ones, there is always a place for a happy holiday.
  • Dysfunctional Family Holiday Meets Functional Wine Pairing
    You just want to enjoy a nice, normal Thanksgiving. But there is no such thing as a normal family, yours is proof positive. Quell the dysfunction with two of Francis Ford Coppola's best creations: The Godfather and a bottle of Gold Label Chardonnay.
  • Music, Food, and Wine: Ingredients for a Heavenly Recipe
    The next time you’re swaying to the beat of your playlist get into the rhythm of the food, wine and song. Take note of the notes and cook up a little wine and food pairing tune of your own.
  • A Culinary Staycation Offers You and Your Palate the World
    This summer can be the best time you and your palate have ever had without leaving home. You can even enjoy being in two places at once.
  • Dishing on the Hostess with Avocados, Tomatoes, and Wine
    When the party calls for your food and wine input, these recipes and wine pairings are sure to make you the center of attention. Using summer's bounty, you can create easy yet delicious recipes that will have the crowd flocking to taste and re-taste.
  • My Grandmother's Glory - A Recipe for Bistec Empanizado and the Little Steel Frying Pan
    Every foodie has a story of how they came into the graces of loving food. Mine is centered around my grandmother "abuela" and how she made succulent foods in a little steel frying pan.
  • Segura Viudas Cava for Your Springtime Celebration
    Spain's Penedés region is home to cava, sparkling wine made in the champagne method. Cava makes a wonderful alternative to Champagne offering lively bubbles that burst with toasty aromas and refreshing, fruit flavors.
  • The Nitty-Gritty on Tampa Bay Organic Grocers
    From produce with all the traits nature intended to organic cosmetics, Tampa Bay has organic grocers that offer everything for healthy eating and living. Whether you live in St. Petersburg, Clearwater or Tampa, your heart and taste buds will be captured.

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