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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One Reason to Give Chianti a Chance

One Reason to Give Chianti a Chance
Our ChicagoNow blogger buddy, Joe from Chicago Food Snob, recently wrote a post about Santa Margherita tasting he attend (actually, a tasting that I believe we were invited to, but I was in Italy and missed it). He really enjoyed their Chianti, so check out his post and read all about Santa Margherita wine, which... Read more »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

The People Behind DaVinci Wine

The People Behind DaVinci Wine
As most of our regular readers know, I recently returned from a trip to Vinci, Italy sponsored by DaVinci Wine as part of its Storyteller Experience. In just a few weeks, I need to submit my “story,” my view on the people and place behind DaVinci Wine. The complete story will not be published until October, but... Read more »

The Most Beneficial Part of WBC11: The Parties

The Most Beneficial Part of WBC11: The Parties
And by parties I mean all the unorganized events and conversations that occurred throughout the weekend. There seems to be a lot of post-WBC11 talk online about was the conference valuable or not? were the sessions of interest to bloggers? I’d like to go out on a limb here, maybe, and say that I had more... Read more »
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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 »