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Tre Bicchieri Visits Chicago

Chicago is lucky enough to be one of only 6 U.S. cities that the Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri World Tour passes through.  This annual event features winners of the coveted Tre Bicchieri (meaning “three glasses”) award which are generally regarded as Italy’s best wines.  As a wine blogger, I have the additional benefit of entering... Read more »

Olympian Oyster Bay

Ice skating fans were recently treated to thrilling Olympic routines by several countries including U.S. skaters Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu (both of whom missed the Olympics last time around and famously watched from home while eating In-N-Out burgers).  After his triumphant routine, Rippon said “I’m going to go to Target and I’m going to... Read more »

Santa's Sparklers

A long-time red wine fan, I’ve recently become infatuated with sparkling wines (which are the complete opposite of my beloved Barolos and Brunellos style-wise).  What’s not to love?  Sparkling wines are light, refreshing, easily paired with almost any food, and bring extra celebratory glitz to any occasion. They also come in a fascinating array of... Read more »

Escape to Sonoma Wine Country

Just two short weeks after the unprecedented California wine country fires, our traveling wine group headed out to Sonoma for our fall trip.  We debated going, of course, as some fires were still burning and every day seemed to bring a new situation.  But in the end, we went –and we couldn’t have made a... Read more »

Vol. 39 - A Chicago Oasis

I’ve worked downtown for 10 years and just stumbled across the coolest cocktail bar I’ve seen in a long time – yes, 2 blocks from my office.  Called Vol. 39, this rare gem is located on the second floor of the year-old Kimpton Gray Hotel.  I hesitate to write this in fear of overpopulating it…... Read more »

Windy City Wine Festival

This week’s Windy City Wine Festival (WCWF) may be a tad windier than usual thanks to all the hurricane activity in the Caribbean but rest assured, the show will go on!  This year’s festival highlights over 300 different wines and runs Friday September 8 from 5pm-10pm and Saturday September 9 from 3pm-8pm at Buckingham Fountain... Read more »

Francesca's Southern Italy Wine Dinner

Summer brings amazing sunrises like this one (which is unfortunately enhanced by smoke from California’s wildfires).  Summer also brings Francesca’s Bryn Mawr’s seasonal wine dinner which is Thursday, August 3.  Focused on Southern Italy, featured wines are from Campania, Sardinia, and Puglia. The first course of fried artichokes and crostini kicks off with Sardinia’s Pala... Read more »

My Father-in-Law's Favorite Wine

My first introduction to Concha y Toro was through my father-in-law many years ago.  A man well-known for his dominant personality, incredibly generous nature, and decisive taste, he knew wine well from his Italian family’s wine-making days. While he’s had many favorite drinks over the years (including Limoncello, Romana Black Sambuca, and Scotch), his everyday... Read more »

WindVane Breezes into Chicago

What do you get when a historically famous sparkling wine company tries their hand at releasing the still wines that go into their sparkling wines?  Enter WindVane which is the brainchild of Steven Urberg who is the long-time winemaker for Gloria Ferrer. Sparkling wines are typically produced from grapes which are more neutral in aromas,... Read more »

Santa Barbara's Scintillating Wines

California is rich with special wine destinations but Santa Barbara County (SBC) might just be the most exciting one at the present time.  With the Pacific Ocean to the west and an unusual east-to-west mountain configuration, SBC’s wine growing regions are rife with varying microclimates.  SBC currently has 6 AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) which produce... Read more »