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Wine With Attitude

When working on Searching for Cloves and Lilies: The Wine Edition, some of the wine and poetry parings came easily. While others were difficult. After making some minor edits to the poem, “Jean Loves Nicole,” I quickly decided which wine pairs with this love story. The Theopolist Vineyard Petite Sirah because like the poem the wine has attitude – “a disarming, full bodied, big hipped, chewy wine that shout, pay attention to me.” He’ssnappin’andwhitlin’To join in the funkOf the swing-swing rhythmIn...

Yippee Ki-Yay

What’s in your glass? Tonight, I am cheating on wine with High West Yippee Ki-Yay whiskey! High West took their Double Rye, a blend of 2 to 16 years aged rye whiskeys and put it in barrels previously used to age vermouth and Syrah. Then they combined the two and the result is a pleasingly sweet and savory whiskey that drinks like a perfectly balanced cocktail. Flavors of cherry, baking spices, wood and herbs. Sip it neat or on ice....

Deep Rooted Love

(13/30) If you’ve followed me for a few months you know that I have a deep-rooted love for Chardonnay. Yes, I said Chardonnay. Chardonnay may the most disrespected grape variety. Yes, I said it. Why? To be blunt there are some poorly made chardonnays out there. Chardonnay is a widely planted grape because of its ability to grow in various climates. So, there are many producers bottling chardonnay even if their efforts should be elsewhere. Karen MacNeil discuses in @WineBible,...

I Told You So Wine

I met with a young couple about nine months ago to create their wine profile. A “wine profile,” is a service I offer at a private club where I meet with members to taste wines and discuss the styles, varietals and flavors of wines that they like and dislikes. I then create a list of wine recommendations that will both please and challenge their palates.  At this meeting, I asked the couple for a list of their “go to wines.”...

Birthday Love

Happy birthday @MacMacDonald of Vision Cellars. Today’s review is dedicated to you. In my book Searching for Cloves and Lilies: The Wine Edition, I pair Vision  Cellars Red Blend with a poem (Ron Childs) about a visionary, much like Mac. In the book, I describe the Vision Cellars Red Blend wine thus: an opulent blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. With every sip, the wine offers another layer of flavors- dark berries, cola, chocolate, and sweet...

Snow Day Rosé

How did you spend your snow day? Me, with a bottle of rosé Thought they were only for a sunny days? No way! I can rosé all day, everyday! When the weather turns cold - I recommend a rosé that’s bold. Try this Ochoa- Made of Garnacha From Navarra! Metallic copper in color Bursting with flavor: Red berries, orange peel and herbs galore. This rosé you will adore!...

I Pop for Bubbles

I don’t have many Christmas traditions. I don’t put up a tree or even hang a stocking. I barely buy gifts or send cards. I know I sound like a Grinch. But I am not. I like Christmas and the few traditions that I’ve managed to create are sacred. One of my holiday musts is bubbles at Pops for Champagne. Pops has been in business in Chicago for 30 years and according to their website “is the nations’ most acclaimed...