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Wine Hacks: Turn Your Cocoa into Liquid Velvet

  We just wrapped up the One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart, and I spent the weekend sampling wine or hot chocolate to nearly everyone who walked through our doors. A select few got a taste ...

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Toast to the Holidays

  Nothing establishes your credentials as a host/hostess with the most-est or A-List guest better than a well-spoken quote. 

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Vegan Wines

  The first time I saw a wine labeled as “vegan” I laughed out loud. I thought it was a marketing ploy. I mean, it's just fermented grape juice, right? Those of you who follow The Chopping Blog or ...

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Climate Change and Wine

  As baseball season is coming to a close, basketball, football, and hockey are getting started, but the only season I really care about is the growing season and it has been a rough one. Back in ...

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What's in a Red Blend?

  Wine pro’s were caught short by American’s Rose rage but regarding the recent popularity of red blends, sommeliers and merchants are saying, “What took you so long?”  Not long ago, as a retailer, I ...

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Viva il vino Italiano

  In food, in wine and in the enjoyment thereof, no country rivals Italy.  Prosecco, Italy’s fabulous fizz, is the rising star in the world’s sparkling wine scene. Pinot Grigio is America’s 2nd ...

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Terroir: What is Going into your Wine?

  Imagine a grape. Seriously. Do it. We all know what a grape looks like, just picture one hanging on the vine. Now, tell me about it. Is the skin dark or light? How ripe is it? Is the vine row on a ...

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How to Talk to a Sommelier

Congratulations Chicagolanders! In May, our town was named “Best Restaurant City” in America by Conde-Nast Traveler.  Now, hot off the presses, Chicago is ranked “Restaurant City of the Year” by Bon ...

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Wine Appellation Spotlight: Bordeaux

A few nights ago, I was talking with a very knowledgeable couple about wine when they asked me, “What is Bordeaux?” Their question caught me off guard. I took it for granted that if they could have a ...

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Rosé on the Rise

  Throughout the U.S., sommeliers, journalists and wine merchants are patting each other on the back for the skyrocketing popularity of Rose winé. 

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