Tag: 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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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 »

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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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.

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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Off to Italy Tomorrow

Off to Italy Tomorrow
My flight leaves O’Hare tomorrow morning at 11. I cannot express how excited I am to travel to Vinci, Italy courtesy of DaVinci Wine, as part of its Storyteller experience. Tonight, He Sips and I opened a bottle of DaVinci Pinot Grigio, and I was pleased by its nose (full of citrus and tropical fruits);... Read more »