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Sunday Funday

I have a short list of people who I clear my calendar for. My family, best friends, a certain lover and Tavi. When @chiataglance sends me an invite, I know good food, cocktails and wine will be had- good bye plans. Sunday funday was spent dinning at Bobby’s Lincoln Park ( 2518 N Lincoln, Chicago) check out @chiataglance blog for her review! I started my meal with Whistle Pig Manhattan and went in for the wine list. This list was full of options...

Find a Little Balance

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc producers are usually doing the most. Too much grapefruit, grass and or sugar. I rarely find one that is balanced. I don’t mind a dramatic wine but I prefer those that show some restraint. When a wine class or meal calls for a New Zealand Sauv Blanc, Astrolabe is a go-to. Sweet pink grapefruit, lemon, thyme and jalapeño pepper on the palate. All the flavors you want from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in the...

Agitation of the Waters

From Searching For Cloves and Lilies: The Wine Edition “I begin the chapter Agitation of the Waters with Psalm 139 because these poems expose the hidden and ask, “Who will love my darkness?” I paired it with the mysterious Chateau Musar Red. The wine starts off secretive. So tight and closed that it’s essences are difficult to identify. You have to be patient, wait for it. When the wine decides; at ten, twenty, thirty, perhaps sixty minutes after it...

Shakespearean Bubbles

Song of the Champagne Witches: “Bubble, bubble toast and trouble”By Regine Rousseau, shamelessly inspired by William Shakespeare (Macbeth). Forgive me English Lit Professors. Bubble, bubble toast and trouble;Yeast and sugar added to bubble.Wines of a vintage past,In the bottle-crown- ferment;Riddle me this riddle me that,When will she pop the cap. Juniper raspberry notes and honey bee-sting.Oh the joy this bubble will bring.“For a charm of powerful trouble,”Like a heaven-broth, oh delicious bubble. Bubble, bubble toast and trouble;Yeast and sugar added to bubble.Age...

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,...