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Drink Thu Apr 21 2011

A Winery in Washington Park

raber.jpgToday's Trib article about renovator Bill Lavicka's dream to convert several vacant blocks in Washington Park into a winery got me on an internet search for pictures of the John Raber House, a decrepit mansion at the center of the property Rabicka seeks to buy. The building survived the Great Fire of 1871 and is a rare example of a time when Chicago had country estates; in fact, the House's first technical address was on State Street, a block away, because it encompassed so much land (a now-unthinkable six acres). I hope Lavicka's proposal goes through; the house, which was made a Chicago Landmark in 1996, is a beautiful building that deserves to be revived. I also imagine the Riesling they plan to make will be delicious as well. (Photo by David Schalliol.)

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David Hammond / April 21, 2011 9:42 AM

What a magnificent plan! Must say, most Midwestern wines I've had are more novelties than good, but I applaud the effort to produce a good wine from this region and to make something that could be wonderful from what is now under-utilized urban land.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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