Monthly Archives: November 2010

Post-Malbec Value wines: What’s the next hot red?

When chasing down the so-called oddball varietals that are often the gems of authentic winemaking, and great value, one wonders which grape will be the next big thing. Sizzling-hot Malbec, for example, is one of the grapes of storied Bordeaux. … Continue reading

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Dinotto Ristorante embraces value wines

Chicago is one of the nation’s destination cities, and the Old Town neighborhood is a landing place that’s enjoyed both by locals and tourists. Young people descend on Old Town from all over the metro area to experience the pulsating … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving is a showcase for value wines

When it comes to shunning commercial excess, the last holiday holdout might be Thanksgiving. Although excessive food intake has its drawbacks, it sure beats the nausea caused by walking into the national chains and franchises. Coffee cups with ornaments? On … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving wine advice: Think pizza on Black Friday

The day-after-Thanksgiving rituals can almost be worse than the hangover. Besides the fatigue – compounded by residual tryptophan – cleanup is an agony of slow motion. Greasy dishes are a given. But the disposal of “fowl” tissues, along with the … Continue reading

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Languedcoc wines represent French value

Say the word “French” to any 10 Americans, and there will probably be 10 different responses. A history buff would reference the venerable, sometimes strained alliance dating back to the American Revolution. A wild-eyed war hawk would stomp and begin … Continue reading

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Big value, big savings: 5 wines for less than $10

The era before the Internet and social media had a number of curiosities. These included shag carpeting, 8-track audio cassettes, the Nash, and discount stores called “fives-and-tens.” Many of these stores had lunch counters. Never mind that wine production predated … Continue reading

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LOKaL has both a Chicago and international flavor

Despite being one of the most cutting-edge, urbane and diverse neighborhoods in Chicago, Wicker Park has always been distinctly ethnic. Yes, a Hollywood film featured John Cusack running a neighborhood record store, and the Rolling Stones played an “unannounced” gig at the Double … Continue reading

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