Alan Markoff, Journalist
Alan Markoff, Journalist

Alan Markoff


Pinnacle Media Group Ltd
PO Box 1365 GT
Grand Cayman KY1-1108

T: 345-325-6824
E: [email protected]

Alan has been member of Cayman’s media since 2002 and has served in several media capacities over his 10 years at Pinnacle Media Ltd. and its precursor, Cayman Free Press Ltd.  He also was the artistic director and assistant producer of seven episodes of the Cayman Sports Documentary Series television shows. Alan has been very active in the community, serving on the Cayman Islands Little League Board of Directors from 2007 to 2014 and running that organization’s adult co-ed softball program for 16 seasons. With a keen passion for the culinary arts, Alan took over the leadership of Cayman’s Slow Food chapter in early 2009. In addition to general writing assignments, Alan is known for his culinary writing, especially in relation to wine.


A year of wine: monthly suggestions

It’s easy to get into a wine rut. You like what you like and sometimes it just takes too much thought to try something different. That is a real shame because there are literally thousands of different wines made from hundreds of different grapes available in the world today.

Wine and No. 1 songs of the 1990s

During the 1990s, the world’s popular music scene saw a surge of new genres and sub-genres. It was a decade when music categories like Britpop, grunge, neo-soul, Golden Age hip-hop, gangsta rap, trance and alternative rock all emerged or blossomed.

Where tradition meets modern efficiencies

Until the past quarter century or so, French winemaking was all about tradition. Winemakers did things certain ways because they had been done that way for hundreds of years and no one really complained.

Holiday bubbles for any budget

The French word for “celebration” is Champagne. Well … not really, but it should be, because the two words are almost synonymous. Case in point: Drink a bottle of Champagne with another person at a restaurant and someone will probably ask you, “What are you celebrating?”

Casa Rojo: Creative Spanish wines

Wine has been made in Spain for more than 3,000 years and until the past couple of decades or so, little changed in the approach to winemaking in the country.

Dante’s link to divine wine

The legend of Dante Alighieri has been rekindled recently with the release of the film “Inferno,” which shares the name of the first part of his 14th-century epic poem “Divine Comedy.”

The Rhône Valley: France’s newest wine star

However, except for a few of its wines – Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie – the Rhone Valley was not really known for producing wines that were all that good.

Learn your wine terms: Are you a phylloxera?

Phylloxera is a pest. Literally. In its nymph form, this tiny, voracious, sap-sucking insect native to North America feasts on grapevine wine roots.

Powdered milk to great wine: The Paul Hobbs story

Most winemakers grow up around wine; it’s in their blood, they will tell you. It is rare, therefore, to find one that grew up on powdered milk in a family that didn’t even drink alcohol.

Eco-friendly ways of making wine

Environmental sustainability has become common in the production of many consumer goods over the past two decades and it is no different in the wine industry.

Pied à Terre wines bring uniqueness and value

When it comes to Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, two of the most popular wines on the market today, New World wineries typically produce them in very similar styles. The Sauvignon Blancs are usually dominated either by aromas and flavors of passion fruit and grapefruit, or grassy, green pepper flavors.

Wine and songs from the 1980s

Last month I wrote about songs from the 1970s that mentioned wine in the lyrics. But the ‘70s were not the only decade in which songwriters and musicians wrote and sang about wine; they have done that ever since the first grape was squished. This article looks at five songs of the 1980s that mention wine and explores possible modern brands that might pair best with them.

Alternatives to your three favorite white wines

Most of us are creatures of habit; if we find something we like, we stick with it. It’s not a terrible philosophy, even if it is monotonous.

Oregon offers wines of distinction and character

It is easy to compare Oregon’s wine industry to that of Burgundy in France or even California; there are definite influences from both places in the Willamette Valley, where almost three quarters of the state’s wine is produced. Influences should not be confused with character and spirit though, because the Willamette Valley’s wines are unique expressions, particularly when it comes to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Wine and seven songs

Wine gets mentioned in songs quite a bit. It’s not just because singers and songwriters enjoy a good alcoholic beverage now and then, or that their subject matter often deals with love, lust or romance, all of which pair nicely with wine.

The five senses of wine: Part 2

Wine interacts with the five human senses in ways no other beverages can.

Five senses of wine: part 1

One of the most delightful aspects of wines is that it is very sensual, in both arousing and sensory ways.

10 things to know about sparkling wines outside France’s Champagne region

The cost of Champagne is related to several factors, one of which is the basic economic principle of supply and demand. To be called Champagne,...

A wine for any time in a relationship

There is an appropriate time and place for just about every wine that makes it to the export market, even if that place is as a base for sangria or mulled wine.

‘Grape’ deals from Europe’s wine regions

Bordeaux. Burgundy. Barolo. Champagne.

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