Category Archives: Wine

Restructuring or Rebranding?

Sometimes a business is in need of a “facelift”. I know this to be true as I have been struggling for 6 months trying to decide the “what” and “how” of it all. I appreciate the patience of my followers. … Continue reading

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BIN 36 Presents- Alceo Wines Dinner

An evening to remember… Bin 36 Owner, Enoch Shully, Brian Duncan, Founder at Down To Earth Wine Concepts LLC, and the Direttore Commerciale of Priduttori Vini Manduria- Giovanni, created an outstanding wine paired dinner that highlighted the wines from Puglia, … Continue reading

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Spark Ventures- Business Driven Philanthropy

April 28th was a beautiful evening.  I had the privilege of attending the Spark Ventures fundraising event.  It was an amazing night!  A wine tasting, silent and live auctions, delicious food, and kind-hearted, generous people made it a perfect night.  … Continue reading

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Chimney Rock Wine Dinner @ Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Chicago

Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending a special wine dinner at Del Frisco’s Restaurant in Chicago. The setting was beautiful!  The staff is well-trained, the wine director is quite skilled in his selections, and the food is amazing. … Continue reading

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Some of My Favorite Wine Finds from My Trip – France 2015

Just a shout out to some of the other wines I had the privilege of tasting during my recent trip to France. I spent time strolling through the wine department at the grocery store, just browsing the small producer, “non … Continue reading

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Bordeaux Wine Industry- Key Players

Countdown to departure for Bordeaux is 2 days… still need to pack and tidy up some household things, then I can relax and let the journey begin. As I  prepare for my visits to the wine châteaux in Bordeaux, I thought it … 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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Wine and Wildflowers Garden Party

It was a beautiful, sunny evening July 29th at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. There was a welcome breeze blowing in from Lake Michigan, delightful music playing throughout the zoo and delicious food and wine offered as we celebrated the 4 … Continue reading

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Wine Vocabulary -Just What Do All These Terms Mean?

Big shout out to Wine Folly for creating this visual, user friendly vocabulary guide to help wine lovers describe what is in their wine glass and what the terms really mean. Check out @WineFolly’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/WineFolly/status/626094787523948545?s=09 Posted from WordPress for … Continue reading

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