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White Wine for Fall: Meet Garganega

A New Grape for Autumn Sipping

September 9, 2014
The Cheeky Wine Guide

Fall. Time to put away the whites and the tank tops and dig in the closet for your stash of sweaters in shades of orange  and browns. Oh, and why not accessorize with a new scarf–or two? For your wine needs, articles are starting to tout this time as one for exploring reds. But hold on, as this Cheeky Wine Guide has another idea. Here in Chicago, September might be back-to-school time, but my hair says it is still hot-and-sticky time, so when it comes to wine, we still like to sip our whites in Lakeview (or Bucktown)–so I have a white sipper to recommend this week. And, in the spirit of …  Read more

Wine and Wildflowers Spotlights the Beauty of Lincoln Park Zoo

The Annual Benefit Paid Tribute to the Diversity of Chicago's Neighborhoods!

September 8, 2014
Samantha Nelson

I absolutely love the Lincoln Park Zoo. When the spring thaw makes going outside tolerable again, it’s one of the first places I want to go to stretch my legs and check out the inevitable rush of baby animals. It’s a perfect place to spend a summer day watching the lions bask in the heat and then retreat to an air-conditioned building like the Small Mammal House, where you can see some of my favorite critters like an armadillo and sand cat. Every winter, you’ll find me warming up with some cider while admiring the displays at ZooLights. So when I heard about Wine & Wildflowers, I couldn’t wait to go. …  Read more

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