Wine Life

Sep 15 2014

Antxiola Hondarrabi 2012

Antxiola (pronounced ahn-cho-la)Antxiola Hondarrabi 2012 comes to us from the Errasti brothers, owners of Bodegas Zudugarai in Spain. It’s a Txakoli, a very dry, slightly-sparkling, hard-to-pronounce white wine (it’s pronounced chock-o-lee) made with the Hondarrabi grape. Antxiola Hondarrabi 2012 is made with both types of Hondarrabi – 90% Zuri (Basque for white) and 10% Beltza (Basque for black).

The Errastis grow the…

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Sep 11 2014

Cederberg Bukettraube 2012

Cederberg Bukettraube 2012I had a meeting at one of my favorite Chicago wine bars recently – BIN36 – and I wanted something “outside the box” – not my usual reds or whites or sparklings or rosés. I said “bring me something weird”!  Enoch Shully, BIN36’s beverage guru, did not disappoint. He brought me something from his native South Africa – a 100% Bukettraubefrom Cederberg. Bukettraube! That’s the grape. Of German origin…

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Sep 07 2014

La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2013

La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2013

cheap-wine-lavieilleferme-articleFrom the old farm-house (La Vieille Ferme) to your table comes this rose-colored, almost neon pink dry rosé from Jean Pierre and François Perrin (of the “5 generations of winemaking” Famille Perrin) – the La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2013.

The nose is farm stand raspberries. Expecting a sweet sip? Nope – dry! Opening up with juicy raspberry and plump ripe cherries, the nice medium body carries you to a…

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Sep 03 2014

Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013

Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013

2013 Miraval Côtes de Provence RoséYes, another celebrity wine! Everyone from Lady Gaga and Fergie to Drew Barrymore and AC/DC has their own wine these days. Most wine drinkers are a little skeptical of wines that are produced with a celebrity’s name attached to them. And rightfully so when the association is just that – name only.

Now it’s Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s turn, right? Well I’m here to tell ya, this is clearly not…

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Aug 27 2014

Lindeman’s Bin 80 Cabernet Merlot 2013

Lindeman’s Bin 80 Cabernet Merlot 2013

53593The Lindeman’s Bin 80 Cabernet Merlot 2013 is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot sourced from multiple vineyards in Southeastern Australia. Southeastern Australia is a huge area encompassing 3 Australian States that have diverse climates and growing conditions, it is the equivalent to seeing Califor…

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Aug 24 2014

Pere et Fils Cinsault Syrah Rose’ 2013

Pere et Fils Cinsault Syrah Rose’ 2013

40480The Pere et Fils Cinsault Syrah Rose 2013 (Pere et Fils translates to father and son) is a blend of 70% Cinsault and 30% Syrah grown in the estate vineyards in the hills of the Languedoc of Laurent Miquel, an 8th generation winemaker. Cinsault is a grape that is commonly used in the Languedocand occasionally used…

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Aug 21 2014

Fortant Hills Reserve Viognier 2012

Fortant Hills Reserve Viognier 2012

fortant_viognierThe Fortant Hills Reserve Viognier 2012 is sourced from hillside vineyards in the Languedoc comprising three different soil conditions. The Languedoc is located in Southwest France and is the leading wine-producing region in the world, in terms of production. The temperature is hot during the day in the summer, but…

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Aug 19 2014

Vertical Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Vertical Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

VerticalRun-article-cheap-wineThis uncommon California Cab from Paso Robles (via our buds at Vinejoy) is the concept of Andrew from Field Recordings (Fiction, Wonderwall, Almanac) and Curt from Sans Liege (Offering, Groundwork) – two Central Coast winemakers known for their distinctive wines that are full of characterand packaged with labels adorned with works of art (Cuban-American-Chicagoan Veronica Corzo-Duchardt in this…

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Aug 16 2014

Sola Lodi Syrah 2012

Sola Lodi Syrah 2012

2012_sola_lodi_syrahThe Sola Lodi Syrah 2012 is produced by Sola Winery, a small Napa winery that purchases premium grapes from various California AVA’s. Their stated mission is to be “the best value wine on the West coast.” They keep their overhead low and their costs down and these small production, boutique wines are priced lower than your typical low volume wine. The list price for the Sola Syrah is $24, but I…

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Aug 11 2014

Stellenryck Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Stellenryck Sauvignon Blanc 2013

stellenryck_sauv_blancThe Stellenryck Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Stellenbosch region of the Western Cape of South Africa. Stellenryck is one of Die Bergkelder (The Mountain cellar), a winery/co-op founded in 1968, other labels include Two Oceans and Fleur du Cap. At one time, the Stelle…

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