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October 10, 2019

As promised, here is a short review of a second wine tasting event that I attended on Tuesday and which I found to be very enjoyable and informative.

The tasting was held at Galit, a restaurant in Chicago specializing in Mediterranean food. The wines were roses from Pro...

October 9, 2019

Wine tasting events are a varied affair. This week I went to four wine events over the course of seven days and each event was totally different than the next.

Of course, I had my favorites for different reasons. I detest loud places with crowds so that eliminates the l...

October 3, 2019

This week has been a wonderful mix of different tastings. I went to three national tastings sponsored by the wine agencies of Australia, Portugal and Spain. Here are some brief takeaways from my experiences at all three tastings. The first two were held in Chicago and...

September 13, 2019

When the invitation came a few months ago to attend a seminar on wine from Israel, my interest was piqued. I had read that Israel produces some interesting wines but had never tried any nor would I have had much of an opportunity to purchase them since they are not rea...

February 8, 2018

Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods has been in the news recently.  And it should be front and center for retailers around the world as it is another venture by AMZN in an area that they can use their muscle power to influence drastically. 

In its 20 years of oper...

February 1, 2018

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking some time off my work day to explore the fascinating world of Italian wines through a trade event that was passing through Chicago. It's one of the perks of being self employed and in the wine business.

The event focused on wines p...

January 12, 2018

Central banks around the world have kept interest rates low.  Very low.  And markets around the world continue to rise with no end in sight.

Prolonged low interest rates usually mean inflation but we have not seen that in the US economy even while unemployment stan...

January 3, 2018

Cold climate hybrid varietals are still not accepted in urban wine consumer markets. The great grape growing regions of the world do not focus on making wine from them since the temperatures do not require them to do so. Also, these grapes do not give the full spectrum...

December 26, 2017

I am very proud to announce that we have agreed to terms to represent a new distribution partner for Evanston Cellars.

We will representing a Spanish wine company that we met at a special event held this past fall here in Chicago.  The wine is a red varietal that has be...

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Musings on the Wine Business around Chicago and Beyond