Category Archives: Austrian wines

Grüner Veltliner: The bloom of Austrian wine

Vines and vineyards are some of the most enduring features of the European  landscape. Whether the climate is the bone-chilling plains of northern Europe,  or the sun-splashed Mediterranean, the pleasantly pastoral vineyard plots are perhaps among the greatest legacies of the continent. … Continue reading

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Gene’s Sausage Shop ‘meats’ need for value wine

Abe Froman, Matthew Broderick’s brief alter ego in Ferris Buehler’s Day Off, was the dubbed “The Sausage King of Chicago.” Ferris and his friends, of course, commandeered Mr. Froman’s table in a fancy restaurant, and thwarted any wine purchases by the sausage maven. (The cavalier teenagers drank soda pop, … Continue reading

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Local value wine option: Q&A with North Pond’s Rian Hill

One of Chicago’s most beautiful vistas is the south view from Lincoln Park toward downtown. The skyline might catch one’s initial gaze, but the ponds in the foreground provide a sense of serenity. The setting is an ideal place to … 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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Chase election hangovers with wine sales, tastings

Typically, this blog encourages already-experimental wine drinkers to develop an even greater spirit of adventure. As long as any resulting thrills aren’t punctuated by speechless shock at the final bill, all is well in this little parsimonious paradise. And, while … Continue reading

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Joy of wine blunts stress from recession

Although most everyone has tried to tighten their budgets during this economy, there’s an extravagance that endures: a good drink. It stands to reason, of course, that people simply want to ease their nerves about lean times. But, a silver … 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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