Category: Winery

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 »

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 »

Round Barn Winery: The Perfect Weekend Wine Getaway

Round Barn Winery: The Perfect Weekend Wine Getaway
Round Barn Winery, located in Baroda, MI, 95 miles from Chicago, has it all: wine, beer, vodka, rum, and bourbon (the spirits are sold under the DiVine label). Situated in a quaint area of mostly farmland–and, surprisingly, a whole lot of grape vines–Round Barn is the ideal day-trip from the Loop. It’s easy to get to–and... Read more »
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Small is Big in Napa: Why You Shouldn't Just Hit Mondavi While You're in Napa

Small is Big in Napa: Why You Shouldn't Just Hit Mondavi While You're in Napa
Napa is known for it’s big names and big wines.  Famous wineries such as Robert Mondavi, Charles Krug, and Beringer line Highway 29, and hoards of tourists visit these tasting rooms to experience the good life that Napa offers; however, if you’re looking for a different experience, a more low-key one, a more personal one,... Read more »

Napa Day 3: Zahtila and Duckhorn with Lunch at Auberge du Soleil and Dinner aboard the Wine Train

Napa Day 3: Zahtila and Duckhorn with Lunch at Auberge du Soleil and Dinner aboard the Wine Train
Day 3 arrived and we couldn’t believe we had to keep up this pace for another day, but we plowed ahead and started the day at Zahtila, a small-production winery in Calistoga owned by Laura Zahtila. Then we had a quiet meal at the famous Auberge du Soleil, where we soaked in the views and... Read more »

Napa Day 2: Merry Edwards, Hartford, Keever, Hopper Creek, and a Chef's Tasting at AVIA

Napa Day 2: Merry Edwards, Hartford, Keever, Hopper Creek, and a Chef's Tasting at AVIA
Last Friday, we went to four wineries: Merry Edwards, Hartford Family, Keever, and Hopper Creek. Each one was unique, and this made for a busy day of tasting great wine and meeting great people. We were so overbooked that we didn’t eat lunch. That’s a lot of wine without eating, Thanks to the chef Chris... Read more »
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Napa Day 1: Whitehall Lane, Turnbull, and the CIA at Greystone

We arrived in Napa yesterday and checked into our beautiful hotel AVIA Napa Valley. Then we rushed to a tasting appointment at Whitehall Lane, then to a tasting at Turnbull, and finally ended the day tasting olive oil and dining on the terrace of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. It was a whirlwind... Read more »

Lynfred Winery: Where You Should Go This Holiday Weekend

Lynfred Winery: Where You Should Go This Holiday Weekend
It’s not the Loire (there is a Starbucks across the street), but Lynfred Winery in Roselle (near Schaumburg) is totally worth the 45-plus-minute drive from the city in traffic. The ambiance is quaint and charming; the people are friendly and knowledgeable; and most importantly the wine is good. You might be wondering how there could... Read more »