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Wine Chocolate Chicago Valentines Day Events

2/14 Wine and Chocolate at Katherine Anne Confections

Valentine’s Wine and Chocolate Pairing Sunday, February 14 at 5:30pm, $65.00 Katherine Anne Confections 2745 W. Armitage Chocolate Truffle, Marshmallow and Caramels, paired with Candid Wines at Katherine Anne Confections Katherine and Damien will walk you through a decadent, eight course wine and chocolate pairing. Michelin-starred restaurant Table, Donkey, and Stick will be providing their exemplary […]

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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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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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Alder Springs Syrah at City Winery

Making wine at City Winery Chicago: The 2012 Alder Springs Syrah

Tons and tons of Syrah from Alder Springs Vineyard in Mendocino County, CA arrived on Randolph St. this week, ready to be transformed into wine.  Facing a veritable mountain of grapes and work,  our friend, Beverage Director Rachel Driver Speckan, sent an invitation to help make the first vintage of Syrah at City Winery Chicago.  […]

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Fred Scherrer tasting Pinot Noir in the Platt Vineyard

Scherrer Winery: How

Posts in the Scherrer Winery: How category aim to describe how Fred Scherrer and the farmers he works with do what they do along the road to creating elegant, age-worthy wines from California’s Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County and Alexander Valley appellations. Fred’s thoughtful approach to wine making and his unique ability to […]

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How To Make Chardonnay (Part 5): Fermenting Helfer Chardonnay at the Scherrer Winery

The presses are just beyond the insulated wall. The Chardonnay is being pumped into the stainless steel tank in the corner on the right. The juice from the two presses is combined and left to sit over night. The next day, Fred will inoculate, or add yeast, before pumping the juice into wooden barrels. The […]

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2006 Scherrer Winery Helfer Vineyard Chardonnay

How to Make Chardonnay (Part 3): Harvested Grapes at the Helfer Vineyard

The small dark spots are equivalent to freckles. The grapes with a purple tinge have been affected with the first stage of botrytis, or Noble Rot. I tried to help harvest the grapes at the start of the morning, but I was so much slower that the rest of the team that I was literally […]

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Fred Scherrer and Don Helfer

How to Make Chardonnay (Part 2): Harvesting Grapes at the Helfer Vineyard

October 12th, 2006, 2 PM. The decision of when to harvest is crucial. Don Helfer (standing) brings a few clusters of his Chardonnay to the Scherrer Winery for Fred to evaluate. The grapes are healthy, but the cool end of season weather is making Don nervous. He and his wife Patricia literally work all year […]

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How to Make Chardonnay (Part I): On the Vine at the Helfer Vineyard

Don and Patricia Helfer planted this tiny vineyard which butts up to their backyard in 1993 after tasting the success their neighbor Steve Kistler was having with his vineyards a quarter of a mile away. What you see here is the entire vineyard. Fred Scherrer buys their crop and produces 40 to 50 cases of […]

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How to Make Chardonnay: Pre-harvest pictures from the Helfer Vineyard

Chardonnay leaves; the power-plant behind your favorite glass of wine. All of these pictures full of color and clearly the plant is turning itself off for the winter. The fall colors appeal to tourists like us. Vineyard owners and growers see the red edged leaves and wonder about possible mineral deficiency in the soil. Helfer […]

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