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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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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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Viva Espana at The Chopping Block

  Spain hit Chicago’s fine dining scene well after France, Italy, even Mexico! Now, the flavors of Spain are favorites in the city and suburbs, from casual tapas to elegant Paella, from sparkling ...

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Tried and True Wine and Food Pairings

Wouldn’t it be great to walk into your grocery and know - Bam! - instantly which wine to pair with your ingredients? You can, with a little help from your friends at The Chopping Block.

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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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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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