Category Archives: Blended wines

Due Lire: Italian influences invigorate Lincoln Square

Chicago boasts a (Mediterranean) sea of Italian restaurants – featuring big portions and mammoth wine lists. Many are located in the Loop or near downtown, or are chains – some of which are known for promoting family to show the … Continue reading

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Barbecued ribs ‘meat’ their match in value wine

A generation ago, legendary Chicago columnist Mike Royko said, “I make the best ribs anywhere.” He then started the Mike Royko Ribfest to prove it. More than 400 entrants challenged the Chicago-based satirist – who, despite the initial barbecue bluster, … Continue reading

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Art and bottle: Sandeep Ghaey of Vinic Wine

Wine distribution can lead its practitioners on a circuitous route throughout a territory. For some, the constantly changing ports of call – restaurants and liquor stores – can turn one’s job into a blur. Those involved in distribution might also … Continue reading

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Chill the hot summer with crisp white wine

The torrid summer of 2011 continues to induce amnesia about Snowmageddon. Many buildings have responded to the heat by cranking the air conditioning, turning themselves into virtual meat lockers. This leads to intense extremes: Once inside for more than three hours, many once-sweaty … Continue reading

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Picnic season: Warming to value wines

After the 2010-2011 winter from hell, people are pining for picnic weather. When (if?) spring and summer come, it’s time to pay close attention to the new vintages of good value wines — crisp delicious whites and rosés coming out … Continue reading

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Leopold: Chicago’s Belgian hot spot

Belgian cuisine is often caught in the crosshairs between the stick-to-the-ribs style and huge portions of German cooking and the world-renowned, incomparable French styles. This has led to an aspect of obscurity. Yeah, imagine that: Obscurity being illuminated in this space! … 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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