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New Wines and Wine Classes are Here

  We’re ready for Summer at The Chopping Block with new wines and new wine classes. Here are a few favorites coming right up!

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The Seasonal Switch of Wines

  The birds are chirping, the masks are off and the wine sales reps are rolling their insulated bags loaded with samples across the U.S. In the wine biz, “back to normal” means Spring wine list ...

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We Fell in Love with Pinot Noir, but Will the Sideways Affair Last?

It’s almost impossible to pinpoint the start of a major cultural shift. What work of art begins the Italian Renaissance, for instance, or on what day did the Jazz Age start? But there’s no doubt that ...

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Vegan Wines and How to Spot Them

  With current health trends, a lot of people are looking for any and every way to cut their caloric intake. Many have joined the lifestyle of veganism and if not completely, some have opted for ...

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You Can Do that to Wine?

  People ask me all the time: What can I do with a wine that’s going bad? And I say, Freeze it.  Or: The wine my family prefers is too dry, and I say, Add fruit juice to yours. When warm wine is ...

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Get Touchy-Feely with Wine Texture

  Slipping into a silky robe on a hot summer day is a feeling we can all dream of during Chicago’s icy blast. Now we’re bundling up in wool scarves and coats. But how would we feel about a wool scarf ...

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The Good and Bad News about Wine

  After college graduation, I moved to New York City, where a classmate offered a patch of her studio apartment to me until I found my own crib. At her door, she greeted me, “I have good news and bad ...

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Mary's Aha! Moment in Wine

  Sometimes in life, one moment changes everything. For me, it was the moment I "got" wine. It was 40 years ago, but I remember it like yesterday. I was lucky enough to be included in a wine tasting ...

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Wine for BBQ

  For international entertainment without needing a passport, try a world cuisine barbeque with wine.

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Explore the World of Wine in our New Tasting Series

Back when I shifted my career from sommelier to educator and marketer, my first project was to create a database of every wine product sold in Chicagoland. When I reached 10,000 entries, the client ...

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