Category Archives: Full-bodied red 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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Michael Diversey’s: A Chicago pub’s wine program wins customers

Even though he grew up in Hammond, Ind., Jack Lewis always thought of himself as a Chicagoan. But Lewis – the affable owner of Michael Diversey’s Tavern in Lakeview – had to venture much further to the southeast than Hammond … Continue reading

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Cassoulet: Living large with the wines of Languedoc

One of the enduring American imbecilities is a dismissive attitude toward the French – usually, that the latter tend to be dismissive. But wine snobs – they are everywhere, France included – tend to reject the notion that anything not … 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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La Taberna Tapas: Going beyond Iberia

Typically, many restaurateurs’ notions of tapas cuisine are that all the miniature entrees must trace their origins to the Iberian Peninsula, and that the sangria might as well flow from a spigot. Or, to balance the sangria, the alcoholic offerings … Continue reading

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American wines for Independence Day

When California vintners began to seriously cultivate the red wine grapes of Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, etc.) to compete on even footing with the French, it created both a successful business model, plus expectations among connoisseurs and collectors. The ante … Continue reading

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Muscular red wines pair with charbroiled meats

Enjoying red wine during the summer barbecue season usually involves imbibing fruit-forward or jammy offerings. The more austere and stately wines hibernate in the cellar, waiting for the colder weather and an unveiling at the candlelit dining room table. Note: … Continue reading

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