Monthly Archives: July 2011

Wine of the Week – A Perfect Peach Pairing

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In the ‘immortal’ words of The Presidents of the United States of America: Movin to the country, Gonna eat a lot of peaches, Movin to the country, Gonna eat me a lot of peaches… Perhaps it is just that time … Continue reading

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Help Wanted on a Weekend Getaway to SW Michigan

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In a couple weeks, I will be heading to a wedding in Southwest Michigan near New Buffalo. Less than two hours from downtown Chicago in light traffic, this area of the country offers a quiet respite for Midwesterners looking to escape city life … Continue reading

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Wine of the Week – Pinot Gris Me!

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In my Pinot vs. Pinot tasting, it would have been tougher for me to pick a winner if the New World option would have been more Gris than Grigio. So picking my Wine of the Week choice wound up being easy/complex all at the … Continue reading

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Pinot vs. Pinot

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One grape, two very different styles – Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris barely act like they are related, let alone share the same DNA. If you’ve ever wondered why, this is the post for you! Pinot Gris/Grigio originally mutated from Pinot … Continue reading

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Wine of the Week – Everything’s Coming Up Roses

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Recently, when I asked some co-workers what their favorite type of wine was and a strapping young man’s answer was ‘Rose’, my first instinct was to giggle. I couldn’t help but think of the White Zins of the 1980s, boxed wine, or Boone’s Farm that represent … Continue reading

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3 Easy Rules to Pairing Wine With Food

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Most of the time, I open a bottle of wine to enjoy it with one of my other favorite things – food. However, if you’re anything like me, figuring out what wine to pair with what dish can be a somewhat … Continue reading

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Wine of the Week – A Silky Summer Sipper

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After the WWG’s Chardonnay day, it’s time to pick a winner. Which one should you invite over for the weekend? Drum roll please… Continue reading

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Tasting – I Hate Chardonnay, Right?

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I hate Chardonnay, or at least, I have a strong aversion to ever picking it off a menu or off the shelf at my local wine store. In general, I object to the toasty, buttery flavors that dominate many wines in this varietal. In a recent sommelier class, though, I learned that I probably shouldn’t be giving Chardonnay such a hard time… Continue reading

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Lesson 1: Tasting Like a Pro

In my first sommelier class, we covered a wide variety of topics from the history of wine to a multitude of growing conditions and other factors that affect wine-making. However, for a wine-lover who plans to spend most of my time drinking, … Continue reading

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