Patrick Alexander

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Born in England, Patrick Alexander studied philosophy at Sussex University before joing Price Waterhouse & Co. as a chartered accountant in the City of London. He moved to S.W. France in his early 20s and raised his family in the Bordeaux wine country, the Piedmont wine country of N.W. Italy, and the wine country of northern California before moving to S.W. Florida - where there are no vineyards. As Director of the Office of Professional Advancement at the University of Miami he developed a popular wine appreciation program which was offered exclusively in the Faculty Lounge.

Patrick is also a published author of 'The Booklover's Guide to Wine' which was released in September, 2017. Other books include 'Marcel Proust's Search For Lost Time' and his novels "Death on the Eighth", "Death by Water" and "Dead Naked" as well as 'The Nigerian Letter'.

Wine Basics 101: After leaving the University of Miami to focus on writing, Patrick refined the wine program into a series of six, two-hour classes which he taught at UM's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. For the past dozen years Patrick has been offering the same six-week program to sold-out classes at Books and Books' store in Coral Gables as well as next door at the Coral Gables Museum.

Master Class: After offering the 6-week Introductory class at B&B for over a decade, Patrick now offers an Advanced 3-week class for graduates of the first program. However, he still offers the 6-week program, next door at the Museum.  

ZOOM: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Patrick switched his classes to an on-line Zoom format in the Spring of 2020.

Press Reviews:  Click here to see a selection of Press Reviews


Coral Gables Museum: In addition to his six-week classes, Patrick also offers occasional one-night introductory wine classes to reflect exhibits in the Museum. For example an exhibit of rare historic Spanish maps of the exploration of Florida anchored a class on Spanish sherry. Other classes have focused on Coral Gable's Sister Cities, examining their history, culture and of course the local food and wines. Past classes include:


"Granada and the Wines of Spain"

"Aix-en-Provence and the wines of the Rhone Valley"

"Cartagena and the Spirits of Colombia"

"Pisa and the Wines of Tuscany" 

"Quebec and the ice-wines of Canada"

"Curitiba and the wines of Brazil"


For further information contact the Coral Gables Museum, Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables  (305-603-8067)


Ruth's Chris: Patrick hosts the occasional wine-pairing dinner at the Coral Gables Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, also on Aragon Avenue. A recent dinner featured a Grand Tour of Europe, sampling the local wines and food of France's Loire Valley, Spain's Rioja region, Italy's Tuscany province and concluding with desert in the Mosel Valley of Germany.