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Wine Wed May 01 2013

More Booze For Chicago: Wine Riot Returns

PicMonkey Collage.jpgThis could've been a story on why Chicago has a drinking problem, but I didn't want to add to the negativity that Rachel Shteir started. We don't need to add "alcoholic" to the list.

It was only last week that Chicago was indulging their whiskey side with Whiskey Fest that Wine Riot, the multi-city wine tasting event on steroids, returns to Union Station for more in all that is good and right in the world of fermented grapes.

Over 250 wines from across Illinois and the globe, including California Shiners (Napa Valley's largest China exporter, huh?), The Diving Rod (a new wine from the Mondavi folks) and 90+ Cellars, private label high rated wine if you will, will be available for tasting at this part wine-tasting, part social networking event. Highlights for 2013 include:

-- Wine Cocktails - Quady Winery will be mixing tasty elixirs made from handcrafted, small batch California Vermouth and Moscatos.

-- Bordeaux Wines - Learn the storied history of France's most famous wine region and taste these amazing, reinvented, small production wines.

-- Loire Valley - Taste your way down France's Loire River, through Sauv Blancs of Sancerre, red wines of Chinon, and the tasty and affordable Muscadets wine wines, perfect with seafood.

-- Languedoc - Uncover France's worst kept secret; the red and white wines of Languedoc are outstanding and super affordable.

-- Bubbly Bar - All Champagne is bubbly, but not all bubbly is Champagne. Taste every major kind of sparkling wine from five countries.

Food will be available ($5-$10 average) from local vendors to soak up the tannins, and what is a alcohol fueled event without a photo booth.

There are three opportunities to snag a ticket. Prices for Wine Riot are $60 and all wine is included in the ticket price. Visit the official Chicago page for tickets and more information and download the app beforehand to keep track of all the wines you like - because you know the positive correlation between memory loss and wine consumption, right?

Opening Night: Friday, May 3rd, 2013: 7PM to 11PM
Riot 1: Saturday, May 4th, 2013: 1PM to 5PM
Riot 2: Saturday, May 4th, 2013: 7PM to 11PM

The Great Hall at Union Station, 500 W Jackson Blvd #107

Photos courtesy of Second Glass

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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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