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Fall Wine and Food Pairing with Heartfelt Catering

I am so excited for my second appearance on ABC 7 Windy City Live, a popular Chicago morning show! Tune in at 1:00 PM central time to watch my recommendations for Fall wines paired with deliciousness from Heartfelt Catering! Below are Cecelia Hamilton, Chef/Owner of Heartfelt Caterings thoughts on Fall Foods and recipes from the show. I've added the wine parings and a yummy fall cocktail recipe at the end! Fall's Harvest, Cecelia Hamilton I love this time of year, the crisp...

Wine of the Week- 8/14/2019

Wine: Altana Perlage Region: Veneto, Italy Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon Price: $13.99-$17.99 Taste: Yummy! Fresh with small bubbles. Taste of ripe berries. Pairs with: This wine pairs well with a day with the girls and embodies the idea of rose all day! Try it with cheese and salmon. FYI: This wine is organic, which means that the wine is made from organic grapes. This wine is also biodynamic. Biodynamic is a farming practice, where certain wine making processes such as planting grapes...

Wine of the Week 8/7/2019

Wine: 2016 Louis Chenu Pere et Fille, "Aux Clous" Region: Savigny- les- Beaune, 1er Cru France (Burgundy) Grapes: Pinot Noir Price: $40 Taste: Bursting with cherry and strawberry flavors supported by earthy, herbal and mineral notes. Pairs With: Classic pairings with pork and salmon dishes. When to Serve: With someone you love. This is too good for open to the general public. FYI Let's break down this wine so that you can get a better understanding of how special it...

Wine Of The Week 7/31/2019

Wine Notes: Casalone Mariposa Rosso Region: Piedmont, Italy Grapes: Brachetto (aka Braquet (French) and Borgogna (Lagne, Italy) Price: $15.99 Taste: This wine so pretty! It smells of rose petals and berries. The wine is light to medium in body. The palate mirrors the nose (taste like it smells: blackberries, strawberries and rose petals). This wine is low alcohol. sweet, refreshing, with an effervescence. Pairs with: Nice on it's own. Try it with spicy meats, chocolate tart, or fresh ripe berries and...

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...

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). ...

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...

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...

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...

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...