Category Archives: Obscure white 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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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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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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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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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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Dry Riesling: Whet the appetite for spicy food

Chicago boasts quite an array of restaurants whose fare has a notable kick. The pronounced heat associated with Thai, Chinese and Mexican food can produce one’s natural pain killers – and (happily) a mild euphoria. This tableside bliss can be tempered, however, by an unwieldy pairing … Continue reading

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