Category: Summer

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 »

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 »
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Preview of My DaVinci Wine Story

Preview of My DaVinci Wine Story
In July, I traveled to Vinci, Italy–the hometown of Leonardo da Vinci–with three other artists as part of DaVinci Wine’s Storyteller contest. It was a trip of a lifetime, and now I’m in the process of documenting our journey and what we learned of the people and the place behind DaVinci Wine. My story is due... Read more »

BBQ: To wine, or not to wine?

BBQ:  To wine, or not to wine?
Question:  What should you drink with a big slab of ribs, dry rub upon dry rub and thick, sweet BBQ sauce? Question:  What should you drink with some hickory smoked spicy sausage? Question:  What should you drink with an overflowing pulled pork sandwich? Question:  What should you drink with the biggest, juiciest, 10 hours on... Read more »

Street Fest Wines: A Good or Bad Thing?

Street Fest Wines: A Good or Bad Thing?
While I had thought about trying wine at Wrigley Field this season, I decided against it because it would be (a) somewhat un-American/wrong for a baseball fan and (b) the potential mocking would be too much. I will admit, however, that I have been drinking wine at a few of Chicago’s great weekend street fests... Read more »
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Live from the Wine Bloggers Conference

Live from the Wine Bloggers Conference
Hello from Charlottesville, Virginia! Home of the current North American Wine Bloggers Conference–yes, there is such a thing. This is our first trip to a WBC–and we are looking forward to meeting other bloggers, tasting new wines, and learning more about wine from Virginia. The festivities began last night at an international wine tasting event,... Read more »

What to Drink This Summer Part 3: Tinto de Verano Recipe

What to Drink This Summer Part 3: Tinto de Verano Recipe
As summer temperatures continue to soar, avid red wine drinkers such as myself are sweating bullets trying to find an icy alternative to our favorite vino. While traditional sangria can be a tasty treat at barbeques and pool parties, young adults who frequent wine bars in Spain have created a lighter, cheaper option equally pleasing... Read more »

The Romance of Wine

The Romance of Wine
Yesterday was a pretty incredible day here. Actually, the day before was pretty incredible too… from a wine blogger’s perspective. We received access to people and places that the average tourist or person interested in wine would never see: people like the wine makers, the growers, the agronomists; and places like the  barrel rooms and private homes... Read more »
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Day 1 in Italy

Day 1 in Italy
I’m here! Today was the first official day of the DaVinci Wine Storyteller experience here in Vinci, Italy. DaVinci Wine is sponsoring this trip for me and three other artists. Today, we checked into the Casale di Valle, a villa that  noble families used to use as a hunting lodge. We ate lunch at Adriano... Read more »