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Cupcake Vineyards Offers Great Wine for Less

Get a Food-Friendly Bottle for Just $11!

July 21, 2014
Samantha Nelson

It’s easy to be intimidated by wine when you’re looking at $60 bottles at a store, or a restaurant wine list where a glass of premium Pinot can be pricier than your entrée. But you don’t have to break the bank or settle for some subpar grapes. Cupcake Vineyards has been growing steadily since it started in California in 2008 (in the middle of the cupcake craze) with a goal of providing quality wines for an affordable price. They recently hosted a three-course dinner at Lincoln Park’s Boka that showed off how well their wines pair with food and how good they taste by themselves. The event was held in the …  Read more

Overcoming Winefear One Sip at a Time

Learn to Kick Your Fear of Unfamiliar Wines and Explore New Terrain!

April 22, 2014
The Cheeky Wine Guide

When I began this column, one of my goals was to help stamp out winefear – my own and others’. I think I’m making progress. I took a walk around the block before dinner last night. Of course, I had to, since it was actually, finally warm. Just as I was heading up the street, I heard a familiar voice. It was a friend of mine, who was riding her bike with her husband. It’s a sweet thing to run into a friend randomly on the street, and after a few words, they  peddled off. About ten minutes later, as I made my way back to my house, I looked up and saw my …  Read more

Cold, Chicago? Warm Up with Bonfire Wines

Drink Quality Wine from a Pouch-and-Spout

March 18, 2014

When it comes to alcohol, I’m pretty picky about what I drink. (Yes, I can hear the collective guffaw from anyone who’s been out with me.) But let’s not confuse quality and quantity here. Because I want both. Which actually makes Bonfire Wines like the Bert to my Ernie. So last week, I invited my fave gals Lindsay Humes, Monica Modzelewski and Ashlee Piper over to see if I had, in fact, found the mothership to call me home. The stand-out feature of Bonfire Wines is that it comes in an eco-friendly pouch, holding one and a half liters, which is two bottles for those of us who speak wine. I was a …  Read more