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Where in the World is Shall We Wine Going? First Stop, May 2019

FIRST STOP: COLLIO, ITALY WHERE IS IT? Collio is located in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in northeast Italy. WHY AM I GOING? Some of the best white wines in the world are produced in Collio. Collio’s temperature dramatically shifts from day to night (I packed extra layers) therefor is textbook for creating deep complex wines. The vineyards are on hillside (comfy shoes are packed) with layers of marl and sandstone (that’s the soil), that the locals refer to as ponca. WHAT DO I EXPECT TO DRINK? I’m sure the...

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...

Looking for Something New?

Looking for a delicious and affordable sparkling rose? Try the Langlois Chateau Cremant de Loire Brut Rose (Average price $25) 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Pinot Noir. This wine has a pretty pale pink color with ripe raspberries on the nose. A creamy mouthfeel, fresh and crisp with sweet raspberries, cherries, and nuttiness on the finish. ...

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Guess who’s coming to dinner? I’d give you the tea, but good girls don’t cook and tell. I will share this, when making mussels, don’t use a cheap wine for your sauce. The recipe (for 2) calls for one cup of dry white wine, so splurge! Trust me, if you don’t want to drink it, don’t cook with it. Tonight bachelor number ten gets three treats: my company, my cooking and my last bottle of Iris Vineyard Chardonnay. Keep an...

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). ...

Put This On Your Sweet Map

Put this on your sweet map: H.M Borges Old Reserve 10 Years Old Bual Madeira!What is Madeira? It’s a fortified wine, like Port or Sherry. Madeira wine gets its name from the volcanic island of Madeira in Portugal. In the 1600-1700s, Brandy was often added to wine in an attempt to keep if from spoiling (fortifying wine). The island of Madeira was a key location for shipping wines to England and America. The casks of wines would go through an...

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...