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Get Out of Your (Wine) RutApril 2, 2013
So, I was listening to NPR and I heard someone talking about wine from Virginia. And they were saying nice things! Why is this so surprising? Well, let’s back it up a bit and I’ll tell you about a time – not so long ago – when the wine intelligencia thought that wine from California was well, not really worth drinking! Then California became “acceptable,” but wines from other parts of the U.S. were considered inferior. And, here are those who still think that if the juice in the glass isn’t from France – well, darling, then it isn’t worth the sip. But it is a new day and the world is more … Read more
Keepin' It Real, Cheeky Style...March 26, 2013
If you don’t know, now you do: it is spring! And Cheeky kept it real last Thursday, saying “Sayonara” to winter and “Helllooooo” to the warm months. For the most down-to-earth fashion show in Chicago, a selection of well-known locals struck a pose showing off the hottest fashions in this season’s forecast: The Scene: From the get-go, the event made a badass first impression – the prelude to the show included completely propped pic-stitches in a Cheeky photo-booth; celebratory sips of EFFEN cocktails and Peroni; divine delicacies by Siena Tavern (that truffle gnocchi, my word!) and a swag Smartwater lounge. The night couldn’t get cooler…and then the show started! The Show: Ten of Chicago’s … Read more
New and ImprovedMarch 12, 2013
If you go out to wine country in California, you often hear of the effects that winds from the Pacific have on the various grape growing regions. The marine air brings cool breezes that are beneficial to the proper ripening of the fruit. Today we are talkin’ Pacific, but not the breezes chillin’ the California surfers. We are going South. Way South, down to Chile’s central Rapel Valley where the days are dry and warm and the nights cool (just the way the grapes like it) and it’s all because of the Pacific Ocean’s Humbolt Current. This current keeps temperatures from getting too hot. Actually, hot days top off at … Read more