Category Archives: Spanish wines

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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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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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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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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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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