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Uncategorized - December 30, 2018

Great Wine: EVOLUTION Sparkling Wine

This is no time to play it safe.   With the world evolving culturally, technologically and socio-politically faster than anyone can keep up with—and, with an industrial economy in the

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Uncategorized - December 16, 2018

Great Wine: Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Spatlese

Nothing lights up a Christmas season like a German Riesling.   Other than the fact that Nuremberg, Berlin, Cologne and Dresden are some of the best places on earth to

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Uncategorized - December 11, 2018

Great Beer: ST. BERNARDUS Christmas Ale

Before we bid a fond adieu to another Christmas season, let’s take a look at one “Christmas ale.” Hey, it’s called 12 days of Christmas for a reason, so we

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Uncategorized - November 9, 2018

Craft Beer: “The Essentials” | DOGFISH HEAD INDIAN BROWN DARK IPA

Our ongoing series on the essential craft beers that everyone ought to know.    Long before modern craft brewers were trying to reinvent the IPA to differentiate theirs from the

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Uncategorized - November 9, 2018

Craft Beer: “The Essentials” | DESCHUTES BLACK BUTTE PORTER

Our ongoing series on the essential craft beers that everyone ought to know.    Dark ales are usually intimidating for those new to the world of craft beers. Too many

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Uncategorized - November 9, 2018

Great Wine: Amalaya Malbec

Don’t give up on cheap Malbec. Not now, not ever.   Not when there’s one to be found like the AMALAYA Malbec. The 2016 bottling is a wonder of craftsmanship

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Uncategorized - October 28, 2018

Great Wine: Vina Real Rose

It’s now Fall, and Summer is over… so, stop wearing white and drinking rosé? I beg to differ. If you haven’t already figured it out, there’s no reason for rosé

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Uncategorized - October 27, 2018

Great Beer: Dovetail Hefeweizen

This review, in Skaggsian sonnet, as inspired by Frankie Petrarca (and John Lennon):   Sonnet 20: Here’s another place you can go, where everything flows   Lest we talk about

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Uncategorized - October 10, 2018

Great Beer: Revolution Rosa Hibiscus Ale

Where do we go from here?   How about four point one kilometers northwest of the Mousetrap? It’s walkable and certainly bikeable, especially on a slightly humid yet gorgeous Chicago

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Uncategorized - October 10, 2018

Great Wine: Tangent Albarino

Refreshingly familiar yet eclectically left-of-center, drinking well-made Albariño wine is like listening to seriously catchy alt-pop tunes from CHVRCHES, Tegan and Sara, and HAIM. Tangent, a label of Niven Family

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