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Harvest 2014 Santa Barbara Style

Enjoy the Harvest Among the Vines from Winemaker Steve Fennell

September 30, 2014
Steve Fennell in Vineyard
The Cheeky Wine Guide

Readers of Cheeky Chicago know the scoop when it comes to fall–the latest fashion trends, not-to-be-missed new restaurants, etc.–but I’ve got some news on the latest vintage just harvested. Now, as Cheeky Wine Guide readers know, I usually share my explorations of the harvest in Napa; this year I’ll share with you some tidbits from the wine region north of Santa Barbara known as Sta. Rita Hills. Referred to as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay country, I’d like to let you hear from a winemaker who specializes in both varietals. Steve Fennell from Sanford Winery–yes, the Sanford that was in the movie Sideways–just finished picking his last Pinot Noir grapes from the amazingly beautiful vineyards that surround the …  Read more

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