We pair every article with wine.

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What: Life in Florida and Spain, taking in all the beauty and inspiration.

We will cook, we will walk, we will travel and drink wine while exploring the cultures of these two special places. And all the time we will be keeping a notebook in hand. Because everybody can create, even if they think they can't. I will be here to nudge and encourage and advise, and it doesn't matter if you're not a professional writer or someone who doesn't think they have a creative bone in their entire body.

Writing and drinking wine is a powerful way to make the most of travel, or even a quiet night at home. It is a way to stay in the moment, to absorb and let your ideas flow without inhibition. Call it mindfulness, creative brainstorming, therapy or just messing around, but it feels good to savor a glass of wine and let our imagination run wild. We will not focus on the result but the process, because it doesn't matter how any specific idea turns out. 

When we follow our curiosity, we effectively place ourselves in the right circumstances to receive the instruction, information and opportunities we need. The end goal may morph into a different thing entirely, but it will be impossible to arrive at that exact point without first investing the necessary faith of indulging your idea. 

Why: A wine pairing with every idea.

The concepts we share have a terroir in much the same way a bottle of wine does.

The environmental conditions, soil and climate that give wine its unique flavor and aroma are much the same as the ideas, beliefs and experiences we have in life. Sometimes, you have a good year that you look back on fondly and other times, the rainy season spoils the grapes. It all leads to the person we become.

Hemingway, who famously lived in Key West, Florida and wrote affectionately about his experiences in Spain, once said,"Write drunk, edit sober."  I promise to do so here.


Who: Cristina Ramos.

Cristina Ramos is a Spanish-American Writer & Crafter of Culture. She works in the creative marketing industry in Miami, Florida.

Examining what happens in her body as she works on emerging cultural patterns shapes what comes to form in her mind as insights and intuition for strategic action. Cultivating intimacy with these sensations shapes the process of taking an idea from its seedling form, to its 20 different mutations and finally its finished product.

In 2014, she began, "The Emerald Journal," a personal Web site that has morphed several times over into what it is today: a channel for storytelling, creative inspiration and wine.

She is passionate about writing and is often seen insisting that everyone around her take up a notebook, and glass of wine too.