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WINE LIST TIP: ITALIAN EDITION

Sometimes you're looking at a list and you don't know where to start! While there are variations to every list (maybe varietal may come first, etc.), here's a breakdown of how two wine examples could be listed as on a list: Tenuta Sant'Antonio, Scaia, Garganega Chardonnay Blend, Veneto, 2017 Let's separate it into five parts: (1) Tenuta Sant'Antonio, (2) Scaia, (3) Garganega Chardonnay Blend, (4) Veneto, (5) 2017 (1) is the producer of the wine (2) is the name of the wine (3) is the type...

Do Venice in 20 Hours

I won’t repeat the typical itinerary: St. Marks Square (check), Bridge of Sighs (check, check) and gondola ride (check, check, check)! Yeeesss! Do it all! Since you all are a real travel enthusiast, let me give you the skinny on what I wish I had known prior to my 20-hour Venice Visit. Follow these tips for your perfect day trip....

Where in the World is Shall We Wine Going? First Stop, May 2019

FIRST STOP: COLLIO, ITALY WHERE IS IT? Collio is located in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in northeast Italy. WHY AM I GOING? Some of the best white wines in the world are produced in Collio. Collio’s temperature dramatically shifts from day to night (I packed extra layers) therefor is textbook for creating deep complex wines. The vineyards are on hillside (comfy shoes are packed) with layers of marl and sandstone (that’s the soil), that the locals refer to as ponca. WHAT DO I EXPECT TO DRINK? I’m sure the...

Bordeaux Wines Fun & Games

Vin de Bordeaux is making wine education fun again with their Bordeaux Wines Pop Up Trade Tasting series. Wednesday, March 25, 2019 Chicago class hosted at Virtue restaurant in Hyde Park used an interactive casino style game to teach about the diversity of Bordeaux wines. The restaurant's bar area was set up with six top tables covered with a large mat resembling a black jack table and casino chips.“We’re playing a blind tasting game!” I heard someone say! Few things...

Looking for Something New?

Looking for a delicious and affordable sparkling rose? Try the Langlois Chateau Cremant de Loire Brut Rose (Average price $25) 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Pinot Noir. This wine has a pretty pale pink color with ripe raspberries on the nose. A creamy mouthfeel, fresh and crisp with sweet raspberries, cherries, and nuttiness on the finish. ...

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Guess who’s coming to dinner? I’d give you the tea, but good girls don’t cook and tell. I will share this, when making mussels, don’t use a cheap wine for your sauce. The recipe (for 2) calls for one cup of dry white wine, so splurge! Trust me, if you don’t want to drink it, don’t cook with it. Tonight bachelor number ten gets three treats: my company, my cooking and my last bottle of Iris Vineyard Chardonnay. Keep an...

Black Manhattan

Amaro (Italian for bitter) is a bittersweet Italian liquor usually serves as a digestive. CH Distillery, a Chicago based company produces a yummy amaro that I love to substitute for sweet vermouth when making a If Manhattan. This amaro has baking spice and bittersweet chocolate flavors which adds some complexity to my favorite cocktail CH Distillery Company.Recipe:Black Manhattan (212)2 ounce rye whiskey1 ounce CH Distillery Amaro 2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters (Stir don’t shake) ...

Bodegas Lan Rioja Reserva

WINE:Bodegas Lan Rioja Reserva 2011 REGION: Rioja GRAPE VARIETIES:92% Tempranillo, 8% Graciano TASTING NOTES: I want a ring the color of this wine- a deep, glowing garnet. The nose has aromas of red and black berries, vanilla, leather and black licorice. The palate is abundant with flavors of black berries, leather, spices and pepper. This wine drinks beyond its price point (ave price $17). ...

Bourbon Love

Bourbon lovers if you’re not up on Barrell Bourbon I am about to change your life. You may love and hate me for introducing you to this brown liquor deliciousness. Here’s the story, Barrell Bourbon blend products from “different distillation methods, barrels and aging environments, and bottle them at cask strength. Every batch is produced as a limited release...