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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...

Hello Old Friend

Don’t you just love running into one of your friends? If you are having a bad day your mood suddenly lightens! If you’re having a good day, seeing them just made it even better. A few months ago, I ran into one of my favs at Bar Ramone Lettuce Entertain You’s new Spanish Tapas Restaurant in Chicago’s River North. I was admiring the decor when I looked up to see Coto De Gomariz The Flower and the Bee. Omg! We...

A Wine Plateau

This 30 wine reviews in 30 days challenge has made me realize that I was in a wine plateau. Drinking the same deliciously familiar wines week after week. It happens, we find our comfort zone and just hang there. One of my strategies for breaking this cycle has been to try a new restaurant, browse the wine list, and simply choose the first wine that I don’t recognized. Warning this strategy has a fifty percent failure rate, but it’s all...

The Argentinian Wine You Should Be Drinking

Bonarda is a red wine from Argentina made from the grape Douce Noir. Bonarda, not to be mistaken with the Italian grape Bonarda Piendmontese is Argnetina’s second most widely planted grape. Shadowed by Argentinian Malbec’s popularity Bonarda has yet to make its way as a staple on American’s wine racks. Well, it should. Why? Because I said so 😂. Seriously, Bonarda is a medium bodied, easy drinking, fruit forward wine with low tannins and high acidity, which makes it more...

A Little Grit In My Wine

Falcata Casa Gran wine reminds of the good guy that I just can’t seem to fall in love with. Fathers like this wine—a sturdy blend of Garnacha Tintorera, Syrah and Monastrell grapes. Mothers like this wine—rich on the nose with aromas of warm prunes, anise and chocolate covered cherries. My friends love this wine—seductive mouthfeel and sweet maraschino cherries, bread pudding, raisins black tea and pepper on the palate. This Spanish hunk seems to have it all. What's wrong with me? I sat...