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Wine Tastings Done Right II

As promised, here is a short review of a second wine tasting event that I attended on Tuesday and which I found to be very enjoyable and informative. The tasting was held at Galit, a restaurant in Chicago specializing in Mediterranean food. The wines were roses from Provence. Provence is known for roses because the climate, soil and grape varieties that grow in the region are ideal for making roses. The grapes, when picked, have bright acidity, are relatively low in sugar content (brix), and the skins have a variety of reddish hues. Provence has three unique wine appellations and 46% of wines produced in the region are imported to the United States! (Let's hope that tariffs don't spoil this

Wine Tastings Done Right!

Wine tasting events are a varied affair. This week I went to four wine events over the course of seven days and each event was totally different than the next. Of course, I had my favorites for different reasons. I detest loud places with crowds so that eliminates the large venues that encourage drinking rather than discreet and informed wine education. This week, I enjoyed two wine events that took a unique approach which encouraged intimacy and intelligent conversation and I really learned quite a bit through the process. The first event was sponsored by the Zonin Family Estates of Italy. The event was held at Brindille Restaurant in Chicago and the wines were carefully curated and only in

A Tale of Three Tastings

This week has been a wonderful mix of different tastings. I went to three national tastings sponsored by the wine agencies of Australia, Portugal and Spain. Here are some brief takeaways from my experiences at all three tastings. The first two were held in Chicago and the third in New York City. The first tasting I went to featured wines from Australia. It was held at the Chicago Athletic Club and I was very grateful that the sponsor provided valet parking for those, like me, who drove. This is very helpful for busy wine professionals and it should be noted that it makes attending an event in downtown Chicago much easier. The experience was a bit overwhelming for me. I am not a big fan of Au

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