Category: Wine store

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 »

Chicago: Second City of Wine?

Chicago has long been known as the Second City.  Does that apply to wine as well?  This article from the Wall Street Journal suggests that Chicago is indeed the country’s 2nd most important wine city (following New York.) In this piece, Lettie Teague describes Chicago’s wine scene as “vibrant” with many options for dining, retail... Read more »

Pullus Wines from Slovenia Surprise and Delight

Recently, I was invited to a lunch at Blackbird sponsored by Pullus Wine of Slovenia. I had never tasted wine from Slovenia, so I was eager to attend and experience something new. To my surprise and delight, the wines from Pullus were incredible–so much so that I left wanted to buy several bottles and travel... Read more »
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Drink Like Royalty: Royal Wedding Wine Available in Chicago

Drink Like Royalty: Royal Wedding Wine Available in Chicago
Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office via Getty Images This week the wine that will be served at the Royal Wedding was announced. According to Decanter, Prince William and Kate Middleton will serve Pol Roger NV Champagne at their ceremony Friday, April 29. Surprisingly, it’s actually an affordable bottle–and available in Chicago! Binny’s in Lakeview  (3000 N. Clark) carries... Read more »

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 »

Local Sweets and Wine Tasting at Lush in Roscoe Village

Local Sweets and Wine Tasting at Lush in Roscoe Village
One of my favorite things to do in conjunction with this blog is host events. Recently, I hosted another Girls’ Night at Lush in Roscoe Village. Manager Jane Lopes picked out three bottles of wine and a bottle of scotch and a bottle of whiskey to pair with three local desserts, made by Chicago women. Besides the free wine... Read more »
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She Sips Girls' Night at the Cellar Rat in Bucktown

She Sips Girls' Night at the Cellar Rat in Bucktown
On Friday, about 30 female readers (and a few lucky guys) of He Sipped / She Sipped gathered at the Cellar Rat, 1811 W. North Ave., in Bucktown for a free wine tasting. Owner Dean Schlabowske poured 11 wines (a sparking, two whites, and eight reds). The reds were paired together as an old world... Read more »

West Lakeview Liquors: Evolving as North Center Evolves

West Lakeview Liquors: Evolving as North Center Evolves
West Lakeview Liquors, 2156 W Addison, in North Center has come a long way since its beginnings as a “scary underage store” in 1988, says owner Kristina Bozic. As the neighborhood evolved, so did the shop. It’s now a liquor store, specializing in beer and wine, and a small grocery shop under the name A... Read more »

Lush Wine and Spirits: A Peek Inside Chicago's "Best Wine Shop"

Lush Wine and Spirits: A Peek Inside Chicago's "Best Wine Shop"
Lush Wine and Spirits (3 locations) recently won the “Best Wine Shop” in Chicago voted by the Chicago Reader’s readers. This news prompted us to call our local Lush in Roscoe Village, 2232 W Roscoe, and set up a visit. The huge, bright, Vegas-like sign in the window of the Roscoe store definitely catches the... Read more »
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What Women Want Out of Their Wine: The Results from Our First Girls' Wine Night, Featuring Wine from Four Chicago Wine Shops

What Women Want Out of Their Wine: The Results from Our First Girls' Wine Night, Featuring Wine from Four Chicago Wine Shops
Note to Self: Don’t serve Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc before a tasting. That cat’s-pee smell stays in the glass. Note to Chicago Wine Stores: Women want more from their wine. We’re ready and willing to go beyond the sparkling, the white, and the rosé. Last Friday, I hosted the first of (hopefully) many She Sips... Read more »