Archive for 2010

Bottle Review: Freixenet Cordon Rosado; the Perfect New Years' Wine

Bottle Review: Freixenet Cordon Rosado; the Perfect New Years' Wine
Search no further. I’ve found the perfect, cheap bottle of festive sparkling wine for your New Year’s Eve delight and debauchery: Freixenet Cordon Rosado or a Brut Rose Cava, in short. Retailing anywhere from $7-13, this bottle is a perfect for New Years. It’s cheap. It’s good. It’ll go down easy. And it’s pink and... Read more »

Wine Tasting Benefit for Red Door Animal Shelter

If you’re looking for a great event to get you through the dead of winter, then attend this wine tasting benefit that one of our favorite wine stores is hosting in January. What: Red/White: A Wine Tasting Benefit for Red Door Animal ShelterWhere: Fine Wine Brokers 4621 N. LincolnWhen: January 27th, 7:30pm Cost: $40 a... Read more »

Review: Blue Star Wine Bar

Review: Blue Star Wine Bar
Just west of the Kennedy on Divison, you’ll find a quaint wine bar that’s been open less than a year called Blue Star, 1209 N. Noble. Its atmosphere of brick walls, granite-topped bar, and electric lighting and furnishings makes Blue Star warm and inviting–especially this winter. There’s a fireplace in one corner and plenty of sitting... Read more »
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FREE Sparkling Wine Tasting at LUSH on Thursday

If you’re free Thursday and looking for some ideas for what to serve this New Years Eve, join us at LUSH in Roscoe Village this Thursday, Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 PM for a FREE Sparkling Wine Tasting. Lush always serves up great wine, and the staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. We love... Read more »

10 Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers

10 Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers
Every year, I struggle to think of gifts to buy my wine lover, He Sips. So, this year, I’ve set out to make the holiday season easier by compiling this list of 10 GIFTS for OENOPHILES. FOXY Wine Charms http://www.foxyfusions.com/6 charms for $35 plus shipping With these artistic charms on your wine glasses, your guests... Read more »

What Do You Serve With Thanksgiving Dinner?

Thanksgiving is upon us.  With the turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce, there is usually a wide variety of flavors on the Thanksgiving table.  What wine should you serve with all of that?  That’s the question Dr. Vino asked earlier today.  Do you go with Pinot Noir?  Beaujolais?  Chardonnay? The popular answer over at... Read more »
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Why Do You Read Wine Blogs?

So, why exactly are you reading this?  The Sprott School of Business at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada is conducting a study to find out about the habits of blog readers and writers.  They are focusing specifically on wine blogs.  Associate Professor David Cray hopes to publish some academic papers based on this research. To... Read more »

The Process of Drinking Wine

I wish I had more time to drink wine. That might be a strange statement coming from a wine blogger. But it’s true. Most days, I’m too tired from a long day at work, taking care of my son, and trying to keep my house semi-clean that the thought of uncorking a bottle is too much to... Read more »

Sherry: The Wine Bottle that Keeps Giving

I don’t like sherry.  That’s what I thought, at least.  I didn’t like it the first time I tried it.  That was a few years ago, and I had avoided it since.  I saw that the Binny’s Lakeview location was having a sherry tasting and seminar, so I decided to give it another try. I’m... Read more »
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Hearty Boys: All-American Food and Wine

Hearty Boys: All-American Food and Wine
Steve McDonagh of the Hearty Boys knows food–even if it’s as simple as the best cracker out there. “I don’t care who makes crackers, a Triscuit is still the best,” he said, choking on one. Best known for their retro-take on American comfort food, the Hearty Boys (McDonagh and his partner, Dan Smith) keep Chicagoans... Read more »