Listen to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Ordering Wine Online” on Spreaker. In this episode, Chip and Lainie talk about ordering wine by mail. While we both love to patronize small local wine shops that offer expertise as well as boutique wines that are hard to find in large retailers, we also realize that not everyone has… Continue reading Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Ordering Wine by Mail
“Terroir” in winemaking refers to the natural environment in which grapes are grown. Some people believe terroir has a huge impact on the quality of wine, while others are suspicious of this notion. Chip and Lainie talk terroir and sip two Loire Valley Sauvignon Blancs by Benoit Chauveau: Coteaux de Giennois Calcaire 2019 & Benoit… Continue reading The Trouble with Terroir: Two vines, two wines
Listen to “No Chalice Required” on Spreaker. No Chalice Required is a podcast & blog by Chip Dudley and Lainie Petersen, two Chicago wine-buddies who enjoy sipping and discussing wine. As we get this project off the ground, we are mostly focusing on the podcast, but have big plans for the blog as well. Meanwhile,… Continue reading Welcome to No Chalice Required!
Dilemma: It’s time to review a Chardonnay and Chip is terrified of Lainie’s reaction to a Chard from California. Celebrated winemaker Paul Hobbs comes to the rescue, however with his Russian River Valley Chardonnay from 2017. This stuff is delicious and we can’t stop raving about it! Wine: Chardonnay Russian River Valley Producer: Paul Hobbs… Continue reading California Chardonnay Finds Redemption: Paul Hobbs Russian River
Chip and Lainie got out of Europe (metaphorically, of course) and back to the states this week. Lainie found this HUGE Syrah, Petite Verdot blend from Santa Barbara. She experienced extreme nostalgia and Chip wondered at how such a juicy, fruit-forward wine could still have such structure. Wine: Para Maria De Los Tecolotes (Please note that… Continue reading A Night (Owl) to Remember: Stolpman Vineyards “Para Maria”
Wine experts agree: If you are flummoxed about a wine pairing, you usually won’t go wrong with Grüner Veltliner. Chip discovered this lovely example at Binny’s, one of Chicago’s largest beverage chains. We loved it! Wine: Freheit Producer: Nigl Country of origin: Austria Vintage: 2019 Wine type: White Varietal: Grüner Veltliner Cost: $17 Disclosures: We… Continue reading The Hills are Alive With the Taste of Grüner Veltliner
Chip and Lainie do a deep dive into their glasses and manage to thoroughly enjoy this unusual wine from Italy. Perfumy, soft, and feminine, this was an unexpected treat. Wine: Lacrima Di Morro D’alba Producer: Lucchetti Country of origin: Italy Vintage: 2018 Wine type: Red wine Varietal: Lacrima Cost: $17 Disclosures: We purchased this wine… Continue reading Tears of Joy: A Most Unusual Red Wine