On Writing a Wine Blog ... Pregnant

On Writing a Wine Blog ... Pregnant
So, I know, we’ve been absent from our blog for a while. Two months, in fact. It’s been difficult even thinking about wine, as I learned in late October that I was pregnant with our second child. Little Sips 2. Just kidding; we aren’t calling the baby that. For now. Since the positive pregnancy test... Read more »

CHILL Wine and Culinary Event

CHILL Wine and Culinary Event
If you’re a moderately good multitasker, like your wine (and gin, sake, port, beer and more), enjoy trying great food from many of Chicago’s finest restaurants in the same evening and are thinking about remodeling your bathroom or kitchen (even just the tiniest bit), this is the event for you to spend some time at... Read more »

Forty-Six Diamonds Toscana 2009

Forty-Six Diamonds Toscana 2009
Each year, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar partners with a winemaker to release a private-label wine that is available exclusively at Fleming’s locations. This year’s selection is a collaboration betweenFleming’s Director of Wine Maeve Pesquera, Il Borro Winery Proprietor Salvatore Ferragamo and winemaker Nicolo D’Afflitto. Il Borro is located in Tuscany, and the Toscana... Read more »
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Bertolli Soup-Tasting Giveaway

Bertolli Soup-Tasting Giveaway
Bertolli recently released a new product that I’m super excited about: Bertolli Premium Soup Meals for Two. These soups, found in the frozen-food section of your grocery store, come in four mouth-watering flavors: Chicken Minestrone, Roasted Chicken & Ritoni Pasta, Tomato Florentine & Tortellini with Chicken, and Tuscan-style Beef & Vegetables. So far, He Sips and... Read more »

Wine of the Month Clubs: Worth the Price of Admission?

Wine of the Month Clubs:  Worth the Price of Admission?
Well, that depends, of course… Yes, I’m in a Club*.  Technically, my wife owns the Club Membership over at Que Syrah, but she lets me enjoy the benefits too. I’m not completely talking about the dollars part of joining a club, but it’s certainly a factor for most of us and probably more so (and... Read more »

Ease Back into Red Wine with Sacred Stone Master's Red Blend

Ease Back into Red Wine with Sacred Stone Master's Red Blend
For many, summer’s hot temps mean a break from red wine. I’m a year-round fan of both red and white (and Champagne), but I’ll admit I found myself going for the white wine more often these last few months. However, now that the calendar has turned to October and Indian Summer appears to be in... Read more »
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Windy City Wine Festival - The Results are in.

Windy City Wine Festival - The Results are in.
We argued with the weather, delayed our arrival, but ultimately enjoyed a great Chicago evening with a glass of wine at hand at the 7th Annual Windy City Wine Festival.  We did Day 1 of the two day event. Based on the number of tastes your entry fee gets you, the strength of my tasting... Read more »

Another Reason to Attend Chicago Gourmet This Weekend: The Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour

Another Reason to Attend Chicago Gourmet This Weekend: The Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour
One of the biggest food and wine festivals, Chicago Gourmet, comes to Loop this weekend–and, just in case you need another reason to attend, Robert Mondavi’s Discover Wine Tour is making a stop here on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25. The tour, which began six years ago, is both educational and fun, informational... Read more »

Looking for Something to Do Tonight: Try the 7th Annual Windy City Wine Festival (part 1 of 2)

Looking for Something to Do Tonight: Try the 7th Annual Windy City Wine Festival (part 1 of 2)
With my office literally in sight of the front gates of the Festival at Buckingham Fountain it was a no-brainer planning to visit after work on the Friday (and first day) of the two-day Windy City Wine Festival.  Unfortunately for the Festival the weather was not the best at this time, and I’m sure we... Read more »
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Cocktail Club: Whiskey at the Everleigh Social Club

Cocktail Club: Whiskey at the Everleigh Social Club
Stepping off the street into the dimly lit decadence of the Everleigh Social Club is like slipping through a well-hidden portal into 1900’s Chicago. Located in the bustling West Loop, the Everleigh Social Club is a private, members-only establishment that draws its name from the (in)famous brothel run by Ada and Minna Everleigh from 1900-1911.... Read more »