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Mary Ross

Mary Ross
Mary Ross is an internationally-recognized wine and food professional, educator and journalist. Read more about Mary at http://www.thechoppingblock.com/meet-our-sommelier.

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From Spain's Cellar to your Table

  It takes patience, along with something else that’s in short supply these days, to ease a red wine into maturity and that’s adequate storage.

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Learn Your Wine Likes at a Retail Wine Tasting

  Are you a wine drinker who says, “I don’t know much about wine, but I know what I like.”? If so, you can increase your likes by attending retail wine tastings that bring wine power to the people.

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New Wines for Warm-Weather Classes

  The Chopping Block’s wine team has been hard at work – tasting, tasting, tasting – to find new wines for you to pair with food, whether at home, during Happy Hour or while you’re hard at work - ...

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Pinot Blanc, an Eggs-ellent Wine for Breakfast (and Brunch, Lunch and Dinner)

  Between Winter’s silvery chill and Summer’s golden heat is the mellow yellow, shimmering warmth of Spring sunshine.  Between the minerally leanness of Alpine Pinot Grigio and lush California ...

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When Opposites Attract in Food and Wine Pairing

The first step to creating a memorable wine and food experience is to find a common denominator between food and drink – turkey and cranberry sauce, for instance, served with a Pinot Noir, which is ...

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New Ways to Wine and Dine

  To enjoy during class or at home, we’ve added new wines to The Chopping Block’s wine list, and new ways to enjoy them!

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A Match Made in Culinary Heaven: Wine with Cheese

  Not long ago, the only cheese in America was sliced onto rye, melted into macaroni or spritzed from an aerosol can. Today, artisan cheeses are tended by trained cheese mongers at specialty shops; ...

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The Tale of Two Bubblies

  Once upon a time, you’d pour a bubbly – from France, Spain or parts beyond - and folks would exclaim, “Oh goodie, Champagne!” Now, when any anonymous bubbly flows, folks respond, “Oh goodie, ...

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What I Know About Wine

A sommelier's musings about wine as it relates to health and life in general.

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New Wines, New Classes for Summer

Warm weather has finally arrived in Chicago, and we’re ready for it!  At The Chopping Block, we celebrate the season with new wines to pair with new classes, or to bring home for all your warm ...

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