Meet Henry

Miami native Henry Barrow began his career as a jazz trumpet player. He then went to work as a weekend television news anchor at Channel 10, before joining WIOD radio in 1964 as the morning news anchor and sportscaster. When the Dolphins came to Miami in 1964, Henry was the first broadcaster selected for the Dolphins Radio Network. He remained in that position for the next 20 years, broadcasting all of their Super Bowls, including the perfect season, and the longest game in pro football history.

He retired from radio in 1999 to go into the wine business at Gardner’s Markets in South Florida, a chain of gourmet markets with complete wine shops. He left that position in July of 2006 to help set up Cefalo’s Wine Cellar in the Grove and serve as its wine director. After two years at Cefalo’s, he retired from retail to begin his own business as a Wine Educator. Henry is also a pioneer podcaster and has hosted a radio feature called “Talking About Wine”, which began in 1970 as “Wine at Nine”. That wine feature lasted until his retirement from broadcasting. Henry also spent several years on the tasting panel of The Wine News magazine and wrote features on food and wine for the magazine. He has also been a contributor to South Florida Gourmet when it was a monthly tabloid. He has also served as a judge at wine tasting events.

Henry was one of the first to tout the beauty of Oregon pinot noir and has visited many of the great wineries in that state. He has also toured many of the great wine producing areas of the world, the latest being Chile. One of his favorite pastimes is serving as the Master of Ceremonies for the Greater Miami Symphonic Band.

Henry’s interest in wine was sparked when he met most of the legendary California winemakers in the late 60’s while in Northern California to broadcast a Dolphins-Raiders game in Oakland.

Henry is a member of Iron Arrow, the highest honorary at the University of Miami, his alma mater. He and his wife Sandy reside in South Miami.

4 thoughts on “Meet Henry

  1. Dear Mr. Barrow:

    I “found” you on-line as one of the judges for the American Fine Wine Competition, so hope you don’t mind me writing out of the blue. This is very short notice, but our winemaker Kevin Sass of Halter Ranch will be in Miami this coming Wednesday (Feb. 15), Thursday (Feb. 16), and Friday (Feb. 17) to open the state (with RNDC). Is there any chance you may wish to meet / taste with Kevin?

    Halter is an historic ranch, and a new, ambitious winery project. The estate is 1,000 acres, with 275 planted to vine (both are very big for Paso). They have just completed a 35K sf gravity flow winery, with 20K sf of caves, so their plans are far beyond the 6K cases they currently produce (from 20 varietals, planted 2 tons/acre). The excitement attracted Kevin from Justin Vineyards last spring, and his first vintages will be bottled this month.

    Committed to sustainable farming, the property is SIP Certified, which stands for Sustainability in Practice, for which the certification is even more stringent than for organic and even biodynamic (for reference, please visit http://www.halterranch.com/vineyard/sustainable-organic).

    Kevin would be available to taste you through current releases, comment on sustainability, explain Halter’s future growth plans and what that means for the region, or whatever else you would like. Altnernately, I would be happy to send you wines to sample at your leisure. Thank you for your consideration either way.

    Sincerely, Christine

  2. HI HENRY, IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE THE “GOOD OLD DAYS” AT WIOD…IN YOUR PROFILE, IT MENTIONED THE DOLPHIN-RAIDERS GAME IN OAKLAND IN THE 60’S…I HAVE A STORY TO TELL ABOUT YOU, ME, AND THE LUNCH YOU ASKED ME TO BRING TO YOU ON THE FIELD…I TELL THE STORY WHENEVER I GET A CHANCE…ALSO A HAPPENING WITH JOE CROGHAN, LARRY KING, AND THE PRESS BOX…. HOPE TO GET TO TELL IT TO YOU….BY THE WAY, DO YOU KNOW MICHAEL BITTEL, , AND/OR AL HELTMAN?

  3. The story I remember is you kidding Csonka on many plane rides home “Larry, get that, it’s the phone.” I was next door at Channel 7 during Wayne Ferris and Richard Whitcomb days. OMG that is a long time ago. Some kid named Tomás Regalado was an intern in the news dept.

  4. Hi Henry,

    Pleased to see you yesterday at GMSB. Nice work as emcee. Please contact me, as I need some more information to follow up on our discussion yesterday.

    Thank you,

    Steven

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