Category Archives: Washington State wines

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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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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All-American value drives Red Canary’s wine list

Americans are sometimes cajoled (coerced?) into shunning imported products or anything of foreign origin. When gas shortages and inflation fueled the sales of small Japanese cars, throngs of “Buy American” partisans would show up in behemoth Buicks to publicly flog Hondas. Not as long ago, France balked … Continue reading

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Big value, big savings: 5 wines for less than $10

The era before the Internet and social media had a number of curiosities. These included shag carpeting, 8-track audio cassettes, the Nash, and discount stores called “fives-and-tens.” Many of these stores had lunch counters. Never mind that wine production predated … Continue reading

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Want Bordeaux-style Merlot? Try Washington State

For those who enjoy discovering on-the-rise varietals – a regular practice here, and by Chicago-based sommeliers and wine directors – what follows departs a bit from the theme many readers have come to expect. Merlot. This word can be anathema … Continue reading

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