Category Archives: Grape Varietals

Wine Trivia- Did you get the Correct Answers?

How did you do on those questions from Wine Trivia 1 and 2? For the experts in the crowd, they may have been too simple…but then I am not trying to offer information to the experts!  (Sorry, you know more … Continue reading

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Tre Bicchieri 2016

Last week I had the honor and pleasure of attending Tre Bicchieri 2016- presented by Gambero Rosso. This trade event has been celebrating outstanding Italian wines for 30 years. Reds, whites, sparkling, dessert…wines of every style were presented. The Master Class … Continue reading

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“Winter Blues”

Winter is a season of reflection for me. The cold, windy days keep me indoors more than usual. The past few months have been strangely emotional. Typically, I stay in control, but not so recently. Quadruple bypass open heart surgery…scary … Continue reading

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My Special Places in France- “Home” in Jonzac and Ozillac

I am feeling quite French today…enjoying a glass of viognier with my lunch as I begin my many posts from my trip. I can’t wait to share my journey! Jonzac, my exchange student hometown from 1976-77, ingrained such warm, special memories in my heart. The … Continue reading

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Bordeaux- An Iconic Wine Region!

As a “newer” member of the enormous, complex world of wine, gaining knowledge through  hands-on experiences is a great tool. I will be departing in less than 10 days for the truly beautiful, historic, and delicious Bordeaux wine region.  Bordeaux’s … Continue reading

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Northern Illinois Wine Trail

What do Chambourcin, Vignoles, Seyval, Vidal Blanc, Chardonel, and Norton have in common?  They are the 6 most planted grape varietals in Illinois!  The first 5 are “French Hybrids”. The other grape in the top 6, Norton, originates from native … Continue reading

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