Posts in category "Wine"

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 »

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 »
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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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A Region to Try: The Wines of Veneto, Italy

A Region to Try: The Wines of Veneto, Italy
This summer, we attended a dinner Phil Stefani’s at where we tried wines from the Veneto region of Italy. This little-known region of Italy is producing some amazing wine, including the already-popular Prosecco. But–hopefully–some of the lesser known wines of the region such as Amarone della Valpolicella, Bardolino, and Soave will become popular in the... 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 »

How to Make Plantain Wine

How to Make Plantain Wine
Wine is fermented fruit juice. Although commonly associated with grapes, wine can be produced using the nectar from most fruits as well as grains and plants. This rather obvious revelation that wine is more than just grapes was brought to my attention by my dear friend Velma. From the island of Dominica, Velma often uses... Read more »
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Boxed Wine: Garbage In, Garbage Out

Boxed Wine: Garbage In, Garbage Out
I’m rooting for boxed wine. Really. I want good wine in boxes. I don’t mean that Lafite or DRC should start putting super high end wines in the bag-in-a-box format, but I do want boxed wine that I actually would want to drink. Eric Asimov wrote column in the New York Times last week about boxed wine. It’s... Read more »