Riverwalk → Michigan Wines: Visted SW Michigan again last month..was surprised how good the Tabor sparkling and reserve chard was and agreat lunch..Round Barn was a good time as always...man their beer is great too..Karma Vista..first time visit, pleasant surprise...
October 8, 2008
Riverwalk → Michigan Wines: Vetteguy what was the final tally for your brother's place and maybe you guys should host an event for Michigan members of Mustlovewine!
August 10, 2008
Riverwalk → Michigan Wines: If you want to take a class in wine making..check out Round Barn Winery, they offer them in the Fall!
July 12, 2008
Riverwalk → Michigan Wines: Erika thanks! I am planning on a trip along the west coast of Minigan labor day weekend
Riverwalk → Chicago Wine Group: Geoffrey FYI, Round Barn winery in Michigan has wine class weekends. It's less than 2 hours from downtown in the heart of SW Michigan wine country
June 24, 2008
Riverwalk → Michigan Wines: I would love any recommendations on wineries to visit in Northern Michigan..planning a trip this fall
June 23, 2008
Riverwalk → Chicago Wine Group: got email this just now ..... Last Minute Tasting Tonight of wines from the stables of Lafite Rothschild Hello everyone, Today you will have a rare opportunity to taste wines from the stables of Lafite Rothschild albeit they are wines from other ... moregot email this just now ..... Last Minute Tasting Tonight of wines from the stables of Lafite Rothschild Hello everyone, Today you will have a rare opportunity to taste wines from the stables of Lafite Rothschild albeit they are wines from other countries as well as France. John Harford will be on hand to answer questions and pour wine. Tasting is FREE. 5 to 8 pm. TONIGHT!!! TASTE OF VINO 24 W. Chicago Hinsdale, IL 60521 630-325-8466
June 20, 2008
Riverwalk → Chardonnay Wine: J Lohr can be found for $10 and it is certainly buttery/oakey. I know I will probably get some feedback here about what they have added to their wine but end of the day I've yet to find one in that price range that beats the taste for butterey/oakey.... moreJ Lohr can be found for $10 and it is certainly buttery/oakey. I know I will probably get some feedback here about what they have added to their wine but end of the day I've yet to find one in that price range that beats the taste for butterey/oakey. Admittedly now that it is summer I'm moving to other lighter whites
June 20, 2008
Riverwalk → Michigan Wines: I love the Roundbarn winery because of the scenery, the vodka..the awesome beer and yes the wine!
I was clearly a "beer guy" until one Homecoming at the University of Michigan, an alum from my fraternity brought a "keg" of wine. He owns the Tabor Hill winery in Michigan and thus began my interest in wine (well my graduation from MD 20/20 to real wine)
Hey I have fun dropping surprises in suburbia..I purposefully bring off the beaten path, lower cost wines to neighborhood parties and watch the reaction of people; avoidance, curiosity, enjoyment then the search to find out who brought this wine and how much it costs.
Cakebread Chardonnay Boutari Kritikos (white wine of Crete) Far Ninete Chard Any Brunello
"BeginningJune 1st, 2008, Illinois requires a permit for all direct-to-consumer wine shipments to the state. A winery must receive the permit before it may begin/resume shipment to the state. In 10 days, under the newly-promulgated wine shipping law, wineries and retailers that have been shippi...
Chardonnay is a grape that most everyone is familiar with and most wine drinkers love it. Originally from the Burgundy Region of France, chardonnay is now planted all across the World with great success.
Chardonnay wines are often inarticulate in youth but will blossom with time producing complex aromas of nuts and butter, toast and cream, wild mushrooms and meadow flowers. Their structure while dry can offer great richness with a wide variety of tastes including; lemon, melon peach and apple while still imparting the same creamy, nutty, buttery notes in the wines aroma.
Chardonnays from California often have a silkiness to them with great substance of flavor combined with high alcohol levels and a ripe, fruity character.
Australian chardonnays tend to range from the rich, pollen scented, fiery Hunter Valley chardonnays to the tapered elegance of the chardonnays from Mornington Peninsula and Adelaide Hills.
Think of elegant red wines, and I assume Brunello will be part of the list--I mean, on top of the list. Made from the clone of Sangiovese grapes--Sangiovese Grosso--Brunello is velvety in texture, dark red in color, and rich in flavor; therefore, it's not quite surprising that Brunello has become the favorite of wine collectors and even dignitaries.
Looking at the History
It was in the late 19th century that Brunello came into existence, thanks to Clement Santi, the original Brunello-maker. Santi then was doing experiments with Sangiovese Grosso grapes and concocted a concentrated, aromatic, and good ageing wine variety, which would later become the Brunello wine we are so enamored with today. Since then, more Brunello producers appeared until it became so famous in Italy and other parts of the world.
The Secret of Success
Combine good climate, quality fruits, and excellent ageing process, and you'll have Brunello. This 150-year old wine is aged for about four to five years to assure quality and great flavor. And oh, by the way, Brunello is quite expensive, but the satisfaction you'll get is certainly worth the price.
Welcome to the Chicagoland Wine Group. I'm looking for a couple of group leaders to to take over this group once we get it up and running. If you would like to organize or plan things please let me know. If you are in the area please join up. If you know of an event or tasting in the area please post it.
The Best in the Midwest! Great day trips/weekend trips to Wineries..good reasonably priced wines you can usually get throughout the midwest in wine stores.
Below from www.applellationamerica.com
" Wine growing is split almost equally between two areas, each with 2 appellations: southwestern Michigan (Fennville and Lake Michigan Shore AVAs) and northwest Michigan (Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas AVAs). Each of these northern growing areas depends on the moderating â€˜Lake Effectâ€™ from Lake Michigan and most vineyards are within 25 miles of its shore"