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Tale of Two Pinots: Burgundy & Willamette Valley

Listen to “Dueling Darkness: Pinot Noir from France and Willamette Valley” on Spreaker. Pinot Noir is a tricky grape and wines made from it can easily go wrong. Yet, they can also be incredibly delicious when done well. This week, Chip and Lainie are joined by their friend Tom Hall for two bottles of Pinot… Continue reading Tale of Two Pinots: Burgundy & Willamette Valley

French Wine · Podcasts · White Wine · Wine Reviews

The Trouble with Terroir: Two vines, two wines

“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

United States Wine · White Wine · Wine Reviews

California Chardonnay Finds Redemption: Paul Hobbs Russian River

  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

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A Night (Owl) to Remember: Stolpman Vineyards “Para Maria”

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”

Austrian Wine · Podcasts · White Wine · Wine Reviews

The Hills are Alive With the Taste of Grüner Veltliner

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

Italian Wine · Red Wine · Wine Reviews

Tears of Joy: A Most Unusual Red Wine

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

Italian Wine · Red Wine · Wine Reviews

This Nero Doesn’t Fiddle Around

  Wine: St. Daniel Pinot Nero (Blauburgunder) Riserva  (note that the link is to the 2017 vintage) Producer: Colterenzio (Schreckbichl) Country of origin: Italy (Alto Adige) Vintage: 2016 Wine type: Red wine Varietal: Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) Cost: $18 Disclosures: We purchased this wine ourselves and did not receive it as a sample or gift.… Continue reading This Nero Doesn’t Fiddle Around

Greek Wine · Orange Wine · Podcasts · Rosé Wine · Wine Reviews

Orange Is the New Black . . .Muscat

Wine:  ‘Oreads’ Rosé PGI Tyrnavos Producer: Papras Bio Wines Country of origin: Thessalia, Greece Vintage: 2019 Wine type: Rosé/Skin-Contact Varietal: Black Muscat Cost: $22 Disclosures: We purchased this wine ourselves from Independent Spirits in Chicago and did not receive it as a free gift or sample. As of March 17th, 2021, this post does not… Continue reading Orange Is the New Black . . .Muscat

Italian Wine · Podcasts · White Wine · Wine Reviews

Fish Out of Water: Accidental Review of Alice Verdeca 2019

Wine: Alice Verdeca Producer: Produttori Di Manduria Country of origin: Italy Vintage: 2019 Wine type: White Varietal: Verdeca Cost: Online sources show the cost as averaging around $18 Disclosures: We purchased this wine ourselves and did not receive it as a free gift or sample. As of March 8th, 2021, this post does not include… Continue reading Fish Out of Water: Accidental Review of Alice Verdeca 2019