Midwest Veraison by Dileep Gangolli

Rose All Day!

There is no question that Rose wines have captured the hearts and minds of wine lovers, especially younger generations who don't remember the sweetness of Sutter Home White Zinfandel. Yesterday, the wine industry association of Provence (France) hosted a wonderful and informative walk around tasting of about 60 different roses produced in this region of France most noted for it's culinary achievements. The event was held at SEPIA - one of the best restaurants in Chicago also known for its award winning somm Arthur Hon who curates an extensive wine list. There was a variety of roses made from familiar red grape varietals including grenache, syrah, pinot noir, and cabernet savignon. The colo

Duking it out with the Wine Snobs

I hate wine snobs. You know....the type that want to make you feel like you know nothing about wine and, while swirling the wine in their glass, make comments that make you feel like you should go back to your corner and forget about enjoying the wine in your glass. In my work as a wine distributor of FORTY WINKS wines (our own private label), I encounter wine snobs especially when calling on the stores that sell higher priced wines. And while the staff at these stores often do know more about wine than I do, they have forgotten the fundamental reason why people drink wine - to enjoy a beverage that will enhance their social and dining experience. Our wines are called table wines which mea

What My Guests Want on a Wine Tour

Yes I run wine trail tours around Chicago and yes the quality of the wine that my clients and guests taste is important. But more important to their overall experience and perception of the tour are several other factors and as we begin our sixth season of hosting wine tours around Chicago, I want to review the inputs that make for a successful day in Wine Country. > My guests are seldom wine snobs. They want to enjoy wine but in a social setting with their friends and relatives. They can distinguish good wine from bad wine and they have preferences for what they like. But overall they do not know the difference between varietals, technical terms, or complex descriptors of the wines they

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