Category Archives: Obscure red wines

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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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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Chicago wine mavens discuss the overlooked, overrated

When the movie Sideways went from curious comedy to a cult classic and silver screen sensation, it seemed proof was in the Pinot. For a while, anything labeled Pinot Noir – even if it was jammy or tannic (!) was … 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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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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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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Nickel and dime: Five value wines for less than $10

Wine industry professionals have a tough time defining the difference between inexpensive wine and value wine. Every beverage director, restaurateur and retailer has different answers – none of them wrong or dismissive. There are common responses, though: head-scratching, chin-rubbing and glazed eyes. … Continue reading

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