Posts in category "Loop"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

The Best Way to Wind Down Summer: The Windy City Wine Festival

The Best Way to Wind Down Summer: The Windy City Wine Festival
It’s not quite time to be thinking about our last hurrah of the Summer, but we are getting there.  The Windy City Wine Festival, located right around Buckingham Fountain could easily be the perfect last hurrah, but as it turns out, there’s still a few weeks until the Fall when we really need to start... Read more »

Wine Event: Around the World in 80 Sips

Wine Event: Around the World in 80 Sips
WHAT: Bottlenotes hosts their 3rd annual Around the World in 80 Sips™ wine tasting event in Chicago, giving local wine enthusiasts a chance to “stay local” while “drinking global.” Attendees of this popular event will taste 80+ top wines from traditional and emerging wine regions, including, but not limited to: Austria, California, Chile, France, Italy, Lebanon,... Read more »
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Sipping Wine with Alpana Singh at the Chicago French Market

Sipping Wine with Alpana Singh at the Chicago French Market
This Saturday, I attended the sold-out event at the Chicago French Market called “Meet Alpana Under the Eiffel Tower.” It featured an eight-course brunch with wine pairings–and all 165 guests met Alpana Singh, host of Channel 11 WTTW’s “Check, Please!” and a RedEye wine columnist. Alpana introduced the food and the wine–and mingled with the crowd, stopping... Read more »

You Know You're at a Champagne Vertical When...

You Know You're at a Champagne Vertical When...
Recently at the Chicago Gourmet Grand Cru wine tasting, I had the pleasure of meeting Lily Baetche, the Midwest Regional Manager for Laurent-Perrier Champagne. Over one the best brut rosé I’ve ever had, Lily invited me to a Champagne vertical tasting at Pops For Champagne downtown. Since I’m not one to turn down a free wine... Read more »

Chicago Gourmet: Easier to Get Drunk than Fed

Chicago Gourmet: Easier to Get Drunk than Fed
We were fortunate enough to get media passes for this year’s Chicago Gourmet held in Millennium Park on Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26.  Without these passes, this event would not have fit into our budget.  Tickets were $150 per day, plus an additional $175 to attend the Grand Cru tasting.  There was a lot to... Read more »
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My Own Custom Cuvee Thanks to ENO

My Own Custom Cuvee Thanks to ENO
I’m back!  I’ve been out of the drinking scene for over a month now.  On Monday night I got back into the swing of things at the harvest class at ENO.  Located in the Inter-Continental Hotel at 505 N. Michigan Avenue, ENO is a classy yet comfortable wine bar.  With a great selection of flights... Read more »