April 28th, 2020 by admin

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April 9th, 2019 by admin

“Tinta de Toro” – D.O. Toro

Toro is a wine region in Castilla y Leon, north-western Spain, known for its powerful red wines made from Tempranillo. It is named for the town of Toro, an ancient settlement located on the Duero River about 40 miles (65km) east of the Portuguese border. The Spanish word toro means ‘bull’, named after a bull structure that is well over 4,000 years old.

After the phyloxera had come to Spain in 1870, vine growing was greatly reconverted, and it is in Toro where the “Tinta de Toro” variety anchored its roots in loose well-drained sandy lands, and the multiplication of the ungrafted vineyards have been conserved to this very day. At present, Toro has its own Oenological Station in the town, offering technical services to current wine growing demands. On 26th may 1933, Toro was awarded its Designation of Origin (Issue 4 of the Gazette, June 1933).

Fun Fact:
Due to its characteristics, which made it indomitable during long voyages, the Toro wine sailed to baptize the New World – The Americas!

Meet the Wine Lovers in Podcast:

 Laurie Brauss  Vin 2U Wine Group
 Megan Barone  Petit Monde Wine Merchant
  Phil Laramore SAmandla Wine Imports

Advanced Sommelier

Wins Somms Under Fire™ 2019


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September 8th, 2015 by admin

Special guest Ronnie Rios speaks on Student Success, Higher Education, and Wine.

Ronnie RiosRonnie is an educator and higher education professional who has been in the field of student affairs for 11 years. She is a native Chicagoan born and raised in Logan square (before it was gentrified). Her passion is to create equitable opportunities of access to high quality education for people from all walks of life. She believes that regardless of race, ethnicity, social class, immigration status, gender or other identities education is a right we all have and should advocate for in every way we can.

 Raiz Rosado

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August 25th, 2010 by admin


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.

Wine NotesUnico-Luis-Miguel-Wine

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.

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