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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...

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,...

Alumni Spotlight Enterprising Entrepeneur Regine Rousseau

Alumnae Regine Rousseau is a powerhouse. Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Haiti, she is a self published author, art collector, business owner, and a rising entrepreneur. Many of Regine’s enterprises began on the Knox College campus.  “I believe I have been an entrepreneur from birth, and I’ve always found myself in environments that supported my creativity and my entrepreneurial spirit,” Regine shared. “I attended Francis W. Parker High School and that was a very positive experience for me....

My love affair with wine

I can’t remember my first crush, or my first kiss, however the moment I sipped the Bordeaux wine that transformed me from wine novice to connoisseur is forever etched in my mind. My love affair with wines began in the winter of 1994 in Besançon, France. Besançon (pronunced  \bə-ˈzan(t)-sən) is the capital and principal city of the Franche-Comté region in eastern France located close to the border of Switzerland. At that time I lived in Besançon a month longer than my student visa, family, fiance or...