Posts tagged "drinking"

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 »

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 »

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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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 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 »