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Taste Some of Michigan’s Best Wines in Chi-Town

California. Oregon. Washington. Those are the states most commonly associated with fine wines. Then there’s a second tier. For me, those states would be, in no particular order, Texas, Virginia and New York. After that, quality can vary widely among

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Do Not Fear Tapas… or the Wines That Go With Them

What is it about Spanish tapas that seem to intimidate people? Look around. Small plates are everywhere. Even restaurants not focused on small plates often offer an appetizer combo platter. But the cuisine that started it all — tapas —

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Washington Wineries Feature Summer Concert Series

Hosting live performances since 1984, the Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series in Woodinville, Wash., has provided a stage to some of the best artists in jazz, rock, blues and contemporary music: James Taylor, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Earth,

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Wine Bar Brunch: Give Ampersand an Exclamation Mark!

Countless restaurants host weekly brunches — typically on the weekends, and often restricted to Sundays — when they offer extensive buffets or otherwise expand their menus with an array of creative dishes. Most of those brunches serve sparkling wine-based beverages

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New City Winery Venue Coming to Atlanta

Near the end of my 10-year stint in Chicago, working as an editor and writer for a century-old sports publishing company, I had the opportunity to attend a concert at a venue called City Winery. It was a fun evening.

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My Favorite Chicago Pizza Restaurant and How You Can Have Amazing Pizza at Home

In case you hadn’t checked your handy dandy food-and-wine holiday calendar, be aware that this is National Pizza Week. Chicago is known for its pizza, and during the 12 years I spent living in the Windy City, I ate a

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Pairing Wine With ‘Junk Food’ Favorites at Chicago’s Volo

Volo Restaurant and Wine Bar is one of the most popular destinations in Chicago for wine lovers. Located in a boutique storefront, with both street parking and easy access to public transportation, the space combines cozy and chic design elements

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It’s Time to Embrace the Warm Red Wines of Autumn

I was born and grew up in Southern California. I visited relatives in Vermont and Wisconsin a few times during my youth, but it wasn’t until I spent 12 years in Chicago beginning in 2000 that was introduced to and

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An Authentic Wine and Tapas Experience in Chicago

When it comes to reviewing food or wine, the older I get, the more I realize that absolutely nothing beats experience. When talking about experience, it’s important not to confuse it with age. I’ll take a 25-year-old restaurant reviewer who

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Where to ‘Do Wine’ in L.A., Sonoma, Chicago and Copenhagen

You can find wine… and have a fabulous “wine experience”… just about anywhere these days. You just have to know where to look. We’re here to help with four suggestions — from Los Angeles to Sonoma… and from Chicago to

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