Category: Wine by Type

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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Posted in < $10, Featured, Graciano, Granacha, Mazuelo, Spain, Tempranillo Tagged with: ,

August 25th, 2010 by admin

Luis-Miguel

Yet another celebrity that makes wine has emerged.  Last night at my best friend’s place, I was introduced to a great Chilean wine called Único Luis Miguel, but I never made the connection with the famous Latin Pop singer that has a Grammy under his belt – Luis Miguel.   I confess, I’m not a fan of his, but as of last night, I’ve become a fan of his wine.  I give him credit for selecting a well-known region in Chile.  Maipo Valley produces some outstanding high quality Cabernet Sauvignons and it shows in this particular bottle of Único Gran Reserva.  I highly recommend this solid wine for the price.

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1. Category:  Earthy, Peppery

2. Wine Type:  Cabernet Sauvignon

3. Country: Chile – Maipo Valley

4. Price: $13.00

5. Notes: Deep cherry red color with strong notes of black currant, black pepper, and a hint of earthy tobacco.  After enjoying the wine for an hour, hints of cocoa appeared.


Posted in < $15, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile Tagged with: , , ,

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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Posted in < $10, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel Tagged with: , ,

June 12th, 2010 by admin

Four-VinesGetting ready for World Cup 2010?  I’m starting off with a unique Zinfandel from California – Paso Robles to watch the game today – U.S.A vs. England. This old vine Zin is bursting with flavor.  I recommend this for an everyday wine that is easy on the pocket.  I’m going to enjoy the game with this wine…..GO U.S.A!

Posted in < $15, Zinfandel

May 22nd, 2010 by admin

Anata Banderas - a10

Cheers to you Antonio Banderas!  Anta a10 is wonderful.

From the moment I could sniff the wine glass, I was impressed and my only thought was, “please don’t disappoint on the delivery”. Oh what a surprise! The wine delivered and had a long French oak finish. Full of character and flavor. I highly recommend the Anta a10 blend! I still need to try the others.

Posted in < $30, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Spain, Tempranillo Tagged with: ,

April 27th, 2010 by admin

El Chocolate del Loro

One of the great things about walking in Madrid is finding that particular unique place you can call “my place”. I found just the bar…El Chocolate del Loro. Small, charming, and friendly bar located steps away from the trendy alternative scene Malasaña.

Juan Carlos, co-owner/bartender, will surely show you a good time when behind the bar, and if you’re lucky, he’ll make you Spain’s best espresso.  Most locals don’t know this, but he is deemed Spain’s best coffee Barista, title given by Illy Coffee.  It gets better, if you are looking for some outstanding wine selection (they have a resident wine guy), this place has it all! I’ve just polished a couple of glasses of Albae Esencia while writing this entry. Come join me as I sit around with my laptop drinking and laughing with the locals.

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El Chocolate del Loro
C/SAN BERNARDO 73
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April 8th, 2010 by admin

When was the last time you found lust in a bottle? Alto Moncayo 2006 has made my taste buds sing with its seductive flavors of blackberries, nutmeg, and soft tones of lavender. This wine is out to please you with no regrets.AltoMoncayo-2010

Granacha, “you’ve already won me over in spite of me.” (Alanis Morissette)

Posted in < $40, Granacha, Spain

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
www.opartthai.com

Posted in < $10, Cabernet Sauvignon, Featured, Thai Tagged with: ,

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.

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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 15th, 2010 by admin
Vera-Caro-Mio Herman-Story-Bottle-food

Last night’s celebration with my dear friend Vera was an adventure. As we hopped from restaurant to restaurant in search of a perfect place for our bottle, we stumbled across Caro Mio. This Uptown Italian eatery was just right for our bottle of Herman Story – Nuts & Bolts.

This lively Syrah took all of our two hour dinner before it opened up into a splendid chocolate cake covered in elderberries. The wine made a smooth entrance, stayed awhile, and made a graceful and long smoky exit. Loved it!

Caro Mio
1825 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
773-275-5000


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