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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...

How to Measure True Love

You can measure how much I love you by whether I’ve introduced you to Finn’s Gin. If I like you, I might have sent you a photo of the bottle via text. If I love you, I’ve made you a cocktail featuring Finn’s Gin. If I’ve gifted you a bottle, well then, I’m all in. As a young adult, I often heard the phrase, “gin makes you sin.” So, when I began to explore alcohol, I stayed away. I didn’t...

The Wine Guide for Beer Drinkers

Maybe it’s you or the person you’re dining with who is a devout beer drinker. You’ve given wine a try before, but it was about as enjoyable as a Saison when you wanted a Stout. There’s no reason to completely shut out wine. I love pairing beers with food, but let’s not forget that food’s original pairing was with wine. Finding a beer drinker’s wine is a matter of matching the flavors of favorite beer style with a comparable style of...

Get Out of the Bottle and into My Glass

If you’ve shopped for a wine opener, you likely noticed there are almost as many options for wine openers are there are bottles of wine. Just like wine that can be intimidating, but with a little knowledge you can make a choice that best fits your needs. As you grow your collection of wine, you’ll likely add more wine openers too. These are the most common type of openers.   The Wine Key: Pros: Portable, available in a variety of styles to match...

Cocktail Courier 

I love Cocktail Courier! It's Blue Apron for cocktail lovers. Check out this video and use coupon code ShallWeWine to receive 25% off your first kit https://youtu.be/Ls7h_PhZTaw...

My Latest Wine Crush

Classic Sauvignon blanc flavors with intense mineral character, touch of sea salt and a glass-candy mouth feel. Simply delicious! Cool Points: The wine is from Styria and Slovenia.  The Austrian/ Slovenian border runs through this vineyard. If you're in Chicago. Buy it: Liquor Park  in Bucktown (1937 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622). $19.99 Have a glass: Honey's (1111 W Lake Street, Chicago) Let me know how you like it! Cheers,...