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Scherrer Rose for Thanksgiving

Scherrer Rosé for Thanksgiving

Scherrer Rosé for Thanksgiving? Yes, Chef! Chef Julius Russell offers up a series of simple, but delicious and healthy sides for Thanksgiving in his feature on Windy City Live.  He shares recipes for oven roasted root vegetables, none too sweet Sweet Potatoes, and a can’t miss technique for Brussel Sprouts with a secret ingredient. He has […]

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Big Jones use of Huff Kerner

Big Jones on Check, Please!

Big Jones and Chef Paul Fehribach on this week’s Check, Please! The feature shines a light on Paul’s hospitality and some of the inspiration for his food.   I feel fortunate that Jessica has connected our wines with Paul’s food and I love that we can be even a small part of the environment and experience […]

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kot diirogatis john cale kahan merges saldanha linn

Sound Opinions and John Cale Eat to the Beat at Nico

Sound Opinions hosts Greg Kot and Jim DiRogatis along with producers Robin Linn and Jason Saldanha joined Chefs Paul Kahan and Matthias Merges along with Candid Wines to host John Cale of Velvet Underground fame at Nico Osteria. Both Paul and Matthias are “huge music dorks”, and Nico Osteria takes it’s name from the German singer Nico, whose […]

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Domaine de la Louvetrie, Jo Landron, Muscadet, Atmostphere, Louvetrie, Amphibolite, Fief du Briel, Les Houx

Pronouncing Muscadet with Jo Landron

How is Melon de Bourgogne, the grape of Muscadet, pronounced? This is a great question to ask Jo Landron, winemaker at Domaine de La Louvetrie in Muscadet Sevre et Maine. Melon is the main grape of the region, but it is by no means the only grape grown in the area around the city of Nantes […]

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Cosimo Maria Masini Wines at Candid Wines

WWOOF in Tuscany

WWOOF in Tuscany at Cosimo Maria Masini Willing workers can trade labor for housing and food in Tuscany at Cosimo Maria Masini.  The labor is on a biodynamic farm.  The housing is in an apartment on the property, and the food is mostly from the estate’s garden.  A no brainer, for anyone with a strong […]

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Nico Osteria

Candid Wines’ Staff Training Guide for Nico Osteria

Welcome, Nico Osteria team members, and congratulations on joining a great team. This page centralizes many resources on the selections that Bret Heiar has made for the wine list. Please reach out to me if you have any questions on the wines, estates, of farming methods discussed below. Click on any of the estates that […]

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Fred Scherrer inspects Chardonnay in the bladder press.

Video: Why Fred Scherrer whole cluster presses Chardonnay grapes

Fred Scherrer loads whole clusters of berries, skins, seeds, stalks and all into his presses at the Scherrer Winery and then presses the juice out of them very gently. This is a trick he “stole” from Champagne and sparkling producers who want only the finest juice, and it is also the technique used at Domaine […]

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Making wine in Serbia

Artizone Chicago shares our new sunny, summer whites

It’s a wonderful day here at Candid Wines.  We’ve unloaded an obscene amount of wine from partners in France, Germany, and Serbia (yes, SERBIA!), including many new vintages of old favorites (Lambert‘s Mathilde Rose 2012, Cuvee Marie 1999) and new wines from new producers like Francuska Vinarjia and Domaine Sainte Croix (info coming soon). Among […]

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