Category: < $10

September 16th, 2010 by admin

I just can’t contain myself when I find great “Every Day” wines for a bargain!

1. Category:  Vibrant
2. Wine Type:  Blend Tempranillo (80%), Granacha (5%), Mazuelo (5%) and Graciano
3. Country: Rioja, Spain
4. Price: $6.99
5. Notes:  Yet another find that has Rioja written all over it.  This blend called Antaño has plenty of character without the attitude.  You’ll find vibrant rich black cherry flavors finished with vanilla notes with every sip.   Can be enjoyed with pasta or chicken dish.  At $6.99 a bottle, I’m keeping a few in my stash.


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August 11th, 2010 by admin

I finally got a date with Chicago’s new wine on the scene, Apothic Red.  Vanilla notes with soft cocoa flavors that were complimented by sweet berries.  For all those first dates, it’s seriously a great wine selection.  It had character with every sip.  For the price, I highly recommend it for everyday wine.

Note:  I found it $2.00 cheaper at Binny’s compared to the $10.99 at Whole Foods in Chicago.


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February 6th, 2010 by admin
Puerto Viego - Cabernet Sauvignon

Puerto Viego – Cabernet Sauvignon

Every so often Thai food is a necessity when in Chicago.  Opart Thai House is your place to go for some amazing appetizers.  All appetizers on the menu are great, from the Chicken Satay to the Crab Rangoons, but the ONE I call my favorite at Opart is the skewered tender beef called Tiger Cry.  In the past I have walked in with a wine bottle and ordered three appetizers of just Tiger Cry for dinner…it’s that good.  Oh, the Pad Thai noodles, Fried Curry rice, and all that jazz is also good.

We enjoyed our Thai dinner with a new bottle on the scene – Puerto Viejo Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile ($8.99)

Opart Thai House
4658 N Western Ave
(at Leland Ave)
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 989-8517

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January 27th, 2010 by admin

Not bad for $7, love Trader Joes’ for their deals!  This easy to drink, quietly sweet Cabernet Sauvignon can be enjoyed by any new wine drinker.  Soft tannins compliment the plum, anise and vanilla flavors.

Black Mountain Fat Cat Cabernet Souvignon thumbs-up-small

1. Category: Sweet, Anise, Vanilla
2. Wine Type: Cabernet Souvignon
3. Country: USA – California
4. Price: $7.00 (Trader Joe’s)
5. Notes: Soft tannins that compliment the vanilla, anise, and plum flavors.

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January 11th, 2010 by admin
Barefoot Pinot Noir

Barefoot Pinot Noir

1. Category:  Silky, Vanilla
2. Wine Type:  Pinot Noir
3. Country: USA – California
4. Price: $6.99
5. Notes:  It’s Monday and you’ve spent a lot this past weekend, what wine can you enjoy on a low budget?  Barefoot is the answer!  This wine has lots of vanilla and spice for only$ 6.99.

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January 10th, 2010 by admin

Who says white wine won’t go with Pizza?

MontGras Sauvignon Blanc

1. Category: Citrus, Lime, Herbs
2. Wine Type: Sauvignon Blanc
3. Country: Chile – Valle Central
4. Price: $9.00
5. Notes: This refreshing citrus and light floral wine is sure to go good with a vegetable pizza. Ranalli’s in Andersonville (Chicago) has free wifi. Wine, WiFi, and Pizza…this place rocks for a wine techno geek!

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January 8th, 2010 by admin
Mirassou Vineyards Pinot Noir

Mirassou Vineyards Pinot Noir

1. Category: Spicy with Oak
2. Wine Type:  Pinot Noir
3. Country: USA – California
4. Price: $9.99
5. Notes:  Had a bad day?  This wine is sure to make it all better with oak, pomegranates, and cherries flavors.  Easy to drink and doesn’t require much more thought.  Seriously put  a warm smile on my face.

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November 7th, 2009 by admin

November 7, 2009 Weekly Wine Pick – Ménage à Trois Red

1. Category: Lusty
2. Wine Type: Zinfandel, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon
3. Country: USA – California
4. Price: $8.99
5. Notes: Three lusty grapes play well together to create a mouthful of juicy flavors. This sassy wine has hints of blackberry, smooth cocoa middle, and a satin finish.  This wine will NOT tease, but please you with a happy ending.

Ménage à Trois - Red Blend

Ménage à Trois - Red Blend

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September 19th, 2009 by admin

Chemically Imbalanced TheaterThere’s some serious pimping at the Chemically Imbalanced Theater. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind “pimprove” (pimp improv), you have to make it to the Friday night act. The 3 man pimp show is like no other. I’m not sure if it’s the ghetto fabulous pimping, outfits, or roasting on some of the audience, but this show is drop dead hilarious. For about $16 and your preferred wine bottle, you can have a good time for under $25…I know I did and it doesn’t get any better than that! Check out one of their videos:

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September 6th, 2009 by admin

August 31, 2009 Weekly Wine Pick – BesodeVino

BesodeVino Macabeo

1. Category: Crisp
2. Wine Type: Macabeo
3. Country: Spain
4. Price: $8.99
5. Notes: Refreshing and crisp young wine with no aging makes it so fun to drink. This wine is extremely popular in Spain during the hot summer sun. Although slightly acidic, the pineapple undertones make it fun when shared. Go ahead….drink, laugh, and eat the way Spanish do!

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