For the winemaker – and yes, this Cheeky Wine Guide does recognize winemakers as artists -the time when the artistry takes place is not in the beauty of the vineyard, but in the stark light of the lab. It was there that I found myself looking over the shoulder of Chimney Rock Winemaker, Elizabeth Vianna, as she began the blending process for her signature Stags Leap District red blend. Although I had seen Elizabeth walk the vines and check the ripeness of the grapes, and I had tasted wine directly from the barrels with her as she checked the progress of the aging, this was something new. Over 20 bottles … Read more
So you come home at night and call a couple of friends, but everyone is busy. Working on a project, working out, or perhaps busy with homework for a graduate degree. It seems like you are disconnected in a way that is rather new and you need to start over with connections. It might be, “okay, I’ll join the crowd that goes to the gym after work,” or “perhaps I will take that singles vaca to Europe.” We are all searching for connections. And, yes, I know, here it comes: the “W” word. I am the Cheeky Wine Guide after all – wine can help make those connections! This was brought … Read more
Hands down there is no venue that ties in music and wine like our own beloved Ravinia (how lucky are we?!?). If you picture yourself on the lawn pre-concert, you can see the trees heavy laden with leaves shading your special spot, your bare feet on the blanket with nails painted to match the paisley print…oh, and all of your BFFs holding glasses of delicious wine. Yes, for Chicagoans when you say Ravinia, you say wine. Now we all know that you can purchase your wine and bring it into the park. Or you can purchase wine at the wine carts or restaurants conveniently located along the walkways. But, did you … Read more
She is fun, fabulous and fierce. She is chic, intelligent and in-the-know. But most of all, the Cheeky chick is the kind of woman who embraces, admires, respects, smiles at and opens her heart to other fabulous chicks. Now THAT'S Cheeky, darling!