Monthly Archives: September 2010

Sommelier spotlight: Fernando Beteta

To be a Master Sommelier, it takes more than just the ability to be warm host and distinguish a Merlot from a Cabernet Sauvignon. It takes an exceptionally keen palate, an ability to deftly answer a customer’s questions and an … Continue reading

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Grüner Veltliner: A food-friendly, value white wine

Although European varietals like Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot have found much fertile ground worldwide, little-known grapes flourish among smaller, insular populations. Local growers have been perfecting their craft for centuries, and every so often, they are noticed. An exemplary “fruit” … Continue reading

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Wine critics taste some weird things

Wine critics, particularly in the trade press, have done so many blind tastings, one wonders if they overstep the pale when detecting the flavors and smells that are eventually published. It is this reviewer’s humble opinion that some fragrances and … Continue reading

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The Winemaker Cooks: Experience the wine country at home

Now, Chicagoans can bring the Golden State’s understated gourmet aplomb to their bungalows, brownstones and breakfronts. Continue reading

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French grape loss is Chile’s gain

Carmenère is an expressive, plush and aromatic red. There’s often a peppery element in its bouquet, not unlike Cabernet Franc. Continue reading

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