Monthly Archives: January 2011

Jacky’s on Prairie: A worldly tour of value wine

American restaurants have experienced an increasing demand for items cultivated closer to home, or honest to their origins. This occurrence is another one of those bright spots in a sluggish economy: new trends emerge, ones that might just become a … Continue reading

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Value wine brings bliss to eclectic Elate

Visitors to Chicago have an impressive array of hotels from which to choose. There are sprawling and/or towering labyrinths for conventions, and the most luxuriant establishments that fawn on celebutantes toting their filet-fed lapdogs. And of course, there are a … Continue reading

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Bib Gourmand adorns The Purple Pig

Signs of the Great Recession literally hold forth in many storefronts and malls. Placards reading “Space Available” are a common sight. But there is a bright side: an emergence of new concepts and ways of doing business. The food and … Continue reading

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Blokes & Birds: Union of wine and English pub

The usual American take on a traditional English pub is to have the resplendent Red Lion on the marquee, a ruffian-bartender in a rugby shirt and a dented “telly” playing a tape-delayed match between Manchester United and Chelsea. How do … Continue reading

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Explore value of New World Sangiovese

The Renaissance of Italian wine expertise is thriving – especially from a value point of view. It’s one of the happy stories during this dark recessionary period. Grapes such as Primitivo, Falanghina and Nero d’Avola are becoming familiar to wine … Continue reading

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