Posts tagged "food"

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 »

Bertolli Soup-Tasting Giveaway

Bertolli Soup-Tasting Giveaway
Bertolli recently released a new product that I’m super excited about: Bertolli Premium Soup Meals for Two. These soups, found in the frozen-food section of your grocery store, come in four mouth-watering flavors: Chicken Minestrone, Roasted Chicken & Ritoni Pasta, Tomato Florentine & Tortellini with Chicken, and Tuscan-style Beef & Vegetables. So far, He Sips 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 »

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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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 »

More Photos From Italy

Wild Boar Festival
I’ve returned from Italy. It was the most amazing trip–and I look forward to telling the story of DaVinci Wine in the coming months. For now, I’ll leave you with some images from my final days there. To view more, please visit my Flickr page.

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 »
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Find Italy in the Heart of Chicago, Thanks to Bertolli

Chef Chris Macchia discusses the meal with us at Coco Pazzo.
Recently, I was invited by Bertolli to an event that promised to show Chicago food and wine bloggers authentic Italy in Chicago. It was an amazing afternoon of Italian food, wine, and culture. And it proved that you don’t have to go to Italy to haven an authentic Italian experience! Bertolli took us to four local... Read more »