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Wine of the Week 11/6/19

Wine: Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 Esprit de Tablas Blanc and 2017 Esprit Rouge Region: Paso Robles Taste:  Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 Esprit de Tablas Blanc $45 This wine smells of romance; fresh white flowers, sugar, spice, and everything nice. It indulges the mouth with an abundance of zests; green apples, citrus, honey, anise, and striking salinity. Delicious Pairs with: Lobster, rich fish dishes, Asian foods, grilled veggies. Thanksgiving Grapes: 68% Roussane, 17% Granche Blanc, 7% Picpoul Blanc, 4% Clairette Blanche, 4% Picardan Notes from the Winery: Roussane provides a richness and...

Event Alert: Chicago Champagne Week November 1-10, 2019

I love Champagne. Periodt! Check out my recent appearance of Sister Circle Live as I chat about some of my favorite producers. https://youtu.be/WdqOAs6F1U4 EVENT DETAILS When I heard that Steve Morgan, Midwest Manager for the Importer, The Sorting Table and Garth Hodgon, hospitality industry specialist were hosting "Champagne Week" in my sweet home Chicago, I had to share. Here are the dets! "Chicago Champagne Week is a time for everyone to revel in their mutual desire to drink more Champagne." ...

THE REAL MOSCATO

I.E.E.M. (International Event & Exhibition Management) an agency specializing in marketing, events production and public relations for the wine industry curated one of the best Italian wine experiences with its tri-city tour: Simply Italian Great Wines U.S. Tour.  The first stop was, my sweet home Chicago on October 21, 2019 at the trendy The LondonHouse. The Chicago event was so well done, if time permitted, I would have followed the tour to Los Angeles (October 23) and Seattle (October 24). When it...

Champagne Basics

October 18, 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of #ChampagneDay, a yearly social media celebration made possible by Champagne lovers from around the world." Comité Champagne We provide some recommendations for Champagne Day in our October newsletter (Link). Read on for some champagne basics that will help you understand these magical bubbles, and impress your friends! Location: Champagne is the name of a winemaking region in France. It is about 100 miles east of Paris. Smaller than the state of...

Fall Wine and Food Pairing with Heartfelt Catering

I am so excited for my second appearance on ABC 7 Windy City Live, a popular Chicago morning show! Tune in at 1:00 PM central time to watch my recommendations for Fall wines paired with deliciousness from Heartfelt Catering! Below are Cecelia Hamilton, Chef/Owner of Heartfelt Caterings thoughts on Fall Foods and recipes from the show. I've added the wine parings and a yummy fall cocktail recipe at the end! Fall's Harvest, Cecelia Hamilton I love this time of year, the crisp...

Wine Notes 9/25/19: DOMAINE PIERRE GUILLEMOT SAVIGNY-LÈS-BEAUNE BLANC “DESSUS LES GOLLARDES” 2015

Wine: Domaine Pierre Guillemot SAVIGNY-LÈS-BEAUNE BLANC “DESSUS LES GOLLARDES" 2015 Region: Burgundy, France Grapes: 70% Pinot Blanc and 30% Chardonnay Price: $45 Taste: This wine has an appealing chalky texture with flavors of papayas, lemons and apricots. Pairs with: This wine is exceptional. A real conversation starter. Open this when you’re looking for an interesting thought-provoking wine to share with friends. FYI: Most white wines from Burgundy are Chardonnay dominant. Domaine Pierre Guillemot uses mostly Pinot Blanc to create this unique blend. To learn more about wines from Burgundy, read...

Wine Notes 9/18/2019: Leuta Tau Toscana 2013

Wine of the Week- Wine: Leuta Tau, Toscana, 2013 Region: Tuscany, Italy Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah Price: $29.00 Taste: Full bodied, commanding with a rich velvety quality. Notes of cherries, balsamic, dark chocolate, worn leather and the zing of paprika. Pairs with: Date night! This is the wine to serve with a romantic steak dinner by a fireplace or while watching Usual Suspects for the twentieth time. FYI: This wine is known as a Super Tuscan. These wines that are blends of non-indigenous grapes...

Wine Notes 9/11/2019 Cannonball Eleven, Sauvignon Blanc, 2017

Wine: Cannonball Eleven, Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc Price: $21 Taste: This wine is luscious with joyful acidity. Taste of kumquats, guava, passion fruit, mango, and melons. Pairs with: A sunny day or a cloudy day when you’re craving sunshine. This is a bottle of the best days of summer liquified. FYI: Dry Creek is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) located in Sonoma County , California. This area is northwest of Healdsburg and includes 9,000 vineyards and 70 wineries. Dry Creek...

Wine Notes: Gruet Blanc de Noir 9/4/2019

Wine: Gruet Blanc de Noir Region: New Mexico Grapes: Pinot Noir Price: Taste: This wine starts off linear then blooms in the mouth with flavor of grilled pears, ripe berries, anise, sweet cherries and herbs. Pairs with: Sunday morning watching FYI: New Mexico is America’s oldest wine growing region. According to the Viva Vino, the first grapes where planted in New Mexico 400 years ago in the Rio Grande AVA. The grapes were brought over from Spain when out of a need for sacramental wines,...

Wine Notes: 8/28/19 Gros Ventre, Campbell Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2016

Wine: Gros Ventre, Campbell Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2016 Region: Sonoma Coast, California Grapes: Pinot Noir Price: $60 Taste: This is a toe-clenching, soul snatching, hold yourself and scream in the name of delicousness wine. The wine sashays on the tongue, splendid red berry fruit, mushroom, pine tree, mint leaves and nutmeg. Pairs with: This is the bottle to save for a weekend with your best friends. Make a beautiful cheese and charcuterie plate and enjoy. FYI: Learn more about this husband and wife team. Watch...