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Dining in Chicago

Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by James No Comments

While in Chicago last month for the Greening the Heartland Conference I wandered west on Randolph to an area the concierge referred to as  restaurant row.”  Just west of Harpo Studios I came across City Winery Chicago, and given my love of wines and wineries, decided to check it
out.  The restaurant has a lovely patio area out front and a large, open dining area with exposed beams, and large, glass walls that show off the stainless tanks. Since I was dining alone, I hopped up to the bar and started talking to the bartender about which wines they make on-premises.  I settled on a glass of the 2012 West Loop Red which is a blend of Lodi Valley Zinfandel and Petit Sirah.  Once I had my selection made, she immediately
offered to give me a tour, so glass of wine in hand, off we went.  The operation doesn’t seem large, but very organized and they do produce several different varietals on-site.  Post tour I decided on an order of the burrata with marinated tomatoes accompanied by chilled, grilled asparagus.  Both were wonderful, but I’ll confess I’m a sucker for good burrata any time.  So, next time you’re in Chicago and looking for someplace new to eat, check out City Winery Chicago, 1200 W Randolph Street.

Another Fun Zin!

Posted on: October 19th, 2012 by James No Comments

Hanging out at one my my favorite Central Wisconsin hang-outs (Karen’s Wines & Steins) this week I was able to try a very nice zinfandel.  The Rodney Strong 2009 Knotty Vines Zinfandel was very enjoyable while just sitting at the bar chatting and catching up with friends.  This zin has a pleasant nose on the front end and a smooth, dry finish on the back.  I can see my way clear to adding a few bottles to my cellar.

Zin Just Might Be My Favorite

Posted on: September 4th, 2012 by James No Comments

I’ve noticed that I’ve posted about some really nice zinfandel wine finds here, probably more than any other varietal.  Well, I’m doing it again.  Last Friday evening at the neighborhood wine tasting the Rosenblum Zinfandel Cuvee XXXIII was being poured.  This is a nice blend of 88% zinfandel and 12% petite syrah.  As seems to be the case with most wines I drink, I judge them against their drinkability with pasta and pizza, and this particular blend does not disappoint.  I look forward to being able to serve this up at the next movie and pizza night at home!

A Silky California Zin

Posted on: July 24th, 2012 by James No Comments

Campus Oaks Old Vine Zin

I say my favorite wine varietal is sangiovese but I keep finding really good zinfandels that I just have to share.  While visiting my sister and brother-in-law the other day they poured the Campus Oaks 2008 Old Vine Zinfandel from the Lodi Valley.  Wow!  This wine was silky smooth on the very first sip and just kept going.  The finish was equally smooth, dry, and very drinkable.  We had a lovely evening on their patio drinking wine and talking and this zin never needed food, though I can definitely see this with a nice pork chop or pasta.

Campus Oaks is produced by the Gnekow Family Winery and one can learn more about them and their history in the fun film, “Chateau Moroux“.


A Really Silky Zin

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012 by James No Comments

Frie Brothers 2009 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Zinfandel

I was at a wine dinner the other night at Christian’s Bistro in Plover, Wisconsin and one of the wines that was served was the 2009 Frei Brothers Dry Creek Valley Reserve Zinfandel.  This wine was exceptionally silky and a true delight to drink.  I agree with Frei Brothers Tasting Note description that the wine, “…displays classic fruit flavors…” with, “… a finish [that] is elegant and mouth-coating.”

During the dinner the wine was paired with Grilled Angus Steak Medallions with a smoked wild mushroom risotto, smothered greens and oxtail bone marrow reduction.  While this wasn’t my favorite of the six courses that were served that evening, I thought the food and wine played well with one another.  I’m definitely going to look for this wine in my local wine store.

A Wonderful Night on the Patio Kind of Zin

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by James No Comments

The small liquor store in my neighborhood hosts a wine tasting every Friday evening and a couple of weeks ago one of the wines they were tasting was the Rosenblum 2009 Planchon Vineyard Zinfandel, Contra Costa County.  I enjoyed the rich tastes of the wine, so I picked up a couple of bottles. I took one with me the other evening to a friend’s house for a summer evening on her patio catching up over wine and cheese.  While one couldn’t have asked for a more perfect summer’s evening weather-wise, this zin really hit home.

Rosenblum describes this wine as:

“Sensuous and seductive, …with the distinctive chocolate and spice notes characteristic of Contra Costa County. Dark-fruit aromas gloved in sweet oak, roasted coffee and cocoa pull the senses into the glass. The wine melts across the palate as enticing elements of semisweet chocolate weave through blackberry and dark cherry flavors. The finish is smooth and silky, lifted by fine acids that complete the well-balanced structure of this supremely enjoyable wine.”

While I don’t claim to have a sophisticated enough palette to discern all of those flavors, I can tell you it was a great wine to pair with cheese and share with a dear friend on a summer’s evening.