Category Archives: Southern Hemisphere wines

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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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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Oysters and wine are pleasant pairing

Usually, when one speaks of “terroir,” it’s about a wine’s true sense of place – its origin and the soil. The back-label copy on many wine bottles speaks to this elusive trait, paying homage to this French word and its … Continue reading

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Red Flame: Enhancing value wine with gourmet pizza

It wasn’t so long ago that Lincoln Park’s Clybourn Corridor was a stretch of small storefronts and shot-and-a-beer watering holes. The former were usually drab; the latter featured patrons belching and hollering their way toward the exit after last call. … 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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