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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
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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

The Cheeky Fall Special You Can’t Miss

By: Dana Hartung

September 8, 2014
Cheers Crafthouse Special
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It’s hard to believe that summer is officially over–where did summer go, Chicago?! Now it’s time to welcome fall, and Cheeky obviously has the perfect plan for you to celebrate the new season. Hint: it involves the perfect bottled cocktails handcrafted by the recently named Bartender of The World, Charles Joly, and some of the hottest BYOBs in town!  Are you ready to celebrate, ladies? The Contest All summer long, Cheeky has been buying cocktail lovers a bottle of Crafthouse Cocktails to be delivered to their BYOB table every Wednesday night. Well, with summer ending and the start of fall, Cheeky has stepped up the competition to offer you an even juicier prize. Yes, that’s right–think of …  Read more

A TKO: Playful PAMA Punch

By: Debra Lipson

August 18, 2014
punch
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Sunday Fundays are best spent with friends and booze. Of course, Cheeky combined this fab pairing over the weekend with its PAMA Brunch Punch Party! Family style plates (included an ooey, gooey turkey eggs benedict and berry-topped waffles) were washed down with signature PAMA Liqueuer cocktails. Amid bites and glasses, the gabby group chose a refreshing riff on punch from three contest entries. Missed out on the fun but still wanna sample the sip? Check out Amber Gibson’s Brunch Punch winning recipe: Playful PAMA Party Punch Ingredients: 1/2 cup PAMA Liqueur 1 cup Aviation Gin 1/2 cup Makers Mark 1 cup grapefruit juice 2 cups watermelon juice 3 Tbsp. Demerara syrup Directions: 1. Pour all ingredients over ice and with some fruit …  Read more