| Jul 24, 2014
| 10:30 AM
There is no doubting the power of sangria. Pull a pitcher from the fridge as party guests arrive and no one needs much encouragement to start pouring glasses. It feels fancy and instantly festive, but sangria is also one of the easiest big-...
| Jul 25, 2014
| 12:04 PM
The word "acidity" has a negative connotation in English. We think of it as something harsh, scouring, even hurtful. People often use another negative word when describing wines that they feel are too high in acidity: "sour." But, in balance with other...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 1:05 PM
Kristopher Soto of the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes is among 13 wine experts nationwide who have passed the advanced sommelier exam. Three days of intense testing added the 13 new names to the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Three women and 10 men...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 9:05 AM
Contemplating the same old happy-hour options today? No matter what your drink, I have a couple one-time events that might be worth a look first if you're hoping to start the weekend early.
For the beer lovers, there's Cask & Larder's release party...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 7:51 AM
The Chicago Bears' preseason camp opens Friday in Bourbonnais (on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University) and continues, with one or two interruptions, through Aug. 12. Practice sessions are free and open to the public, and approximately 100,000 fans...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 10:27 AM
What's the "bottle" in the second B of BYOB at a Mexican restaurant? It's a bottle of beer. Brews refresh, overall, and their bubbles help cleanse the palate of all that sought-after spicy chili heat. If you want the "bottle" to be one of wine, at the...
| Jul 12, 2014
If you want to understand what makes Washington state's wines so delicious — and sometimes so unique — all you need to do is just look at the place.
At such a northerly latitude and with an average of 300 sunny days a year (at least on its...
| Jul 19, 2014
| 1:12 PM
It was a good week for wine recognition for some of Chicago's top restaurants.
Wine Spectator magazine's announced its 2014 Restaurant Awards, and 52 Chicago restaurants were honored, including Tru (676 N. St. Clair St.), the only Chicago restaurant...
| Jul 15, 2014
I love France -- it is one of Europe's most diverse, tasty, and exciting countries. It brims with the good life and a special appreciation for culture, music, art, food, and wine.
But Americans can feel pretty dowdy when confronted with the casual...
| Jul 6, 2014
| 8:25 AM
Thousands of revelers crammed into the main square and adjacent narrow streets of northern Pamplona on Sunday for the start of Spain's famed San Fermin running of the bulls festival — a potent mix of adrenaline and alcohol-fueled celebrations that...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 3:18 PM
There's nothing like a Chablis. In this northern reach of Burgundy, Chardonnay takes on an entirely different character. A good example, such as this premier cru "Forêts" from Domaine Louis Michel, is characteristically lean and chiseled yet has a...