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Pick the Right Wine for the Right Price!

March 4, 2014
Belleruche trio resized
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Hey, all you bargain shoppers. Yeah, all you girlfriends who have a hard time paying full price for anything. I know who you are because I’ve also gone to the sale section on and looked for items that are another 40% off. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. But I also know that just because we enjoy a bargain doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in quality. It’s got to be a brand we admire with good design made with quality materials. This long non-wine intro leads me to the reason that this Cheeky Wine Guide became irritated this afternoon while  standing in the wine section of Trader Joe’s. There …  Read more

Downton Abbey Move Over for Vintage: Napa Valley 2012

Follow Three Female Wine-Makers in this Six-Part Television Series

January 7, 2014
Vintage: Napa Valley 2012
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(Spoiler alert: If you read to the end  of this post, there is a VIP party invite for you and a guest!) Some people (and I’m not saying you) used to roll their eyes when I would mention a good show on PBS, but as you know, Downton and Sherlock changed all that. Well, now I have another PBS pick that is all about, well, one of my favorite topics: wine. On January 10 in Chicago at 8:30pm, a new six-part series starts its run on WTTW. Vintage: Napa Valley  2012 follows three female winemakers through the drama of harvest in America’s most celebrated wine region. The show focuses on two winemakers I have already introduced to you in earlier posts, Elizabeth Vianna of Chimney Rock and Marisa Taylor …  Read more

The Perfect Pairing: Wine and Film

Top Film and Wine Recommendations from the NVFF

November 26, 2013
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So, it was year three of the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), and all I’m sayin’ is make your plans now for year four. Taste wine, watch a film, swallow and repeat. Four showtimes daily, with big studio sneak peeks and hundreds of independent films. And, since I’m fresh off the festival, your wine recommendations this week come with movie reviews. I saw a number of romantic comedies, a hard genre for new filmmakers, and they were LOL funny, smart and sweet. Hank and Asha, directed by James E. Dufftells (winner of the Best Narrative Feature), tells the story of a couple who meet online through video chats. It’s a film that grows on …  Read more