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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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Expression de Granite, Domaine de L'Ecu

Appel on Wine: Great Muscadet, from mineral-rich Loire Valley, worth a search | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

“Great Muscadet is available, and great Muscadet approaches the realm of great wine. Great Muscadet is the strangest normal white wine I know, expressing tremendously complex flavors and aromas, many of which stay outside the sphere of linguistically renderable. And great Muscadet costs less than $20 a bottle.” These are not my words, nor are […]

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Pat McCroy of Standard Market

Sauvignon Blanc and String Cheese: So happy together.

Turner-Pageot’s “La Rupture” Sauvignon Blanc from Languedoc is an oddball in the world of Sauvignon Blanc, to be sure.  Rich, layered, mineral and yet wonderfully edgy, it’s just not like many other wines from Langudeoc. The team at Standard Market in Westmont has become a big supporter of Karen and Emmanuel’s wines, and we pour […]

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Bar Pastoral

The Hungry Hound Digs In at Bar Pastoral

Bar Pastoral has opened to rave reviews from a number of critics and publications around town, not the least of which is Chicago Magazine’s inclusion of them on their list of the Top 6 Wine Bars in the city. Steve Dolinsky, aka ABC 7’s The Hungry Hound, focuses more on the creative small plates, all […]

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(Left) Iliana Regan; (bottom right) deer heart with olive oil powder, dill aïoli, pickled onions, celery ribbons, celery seed, and smoked salt

“She forages. She gardens. She cans. She hunts.”

There is a lot more to chew on in Chicago Magazine’s review of Elizabeth than the extract below, but I’ve posted my favorite part as it speaks to the talent, creativity, ingenuity and balance that seem such an integral part of the restaurant’s approach to food. “…no other restaurant in Chicago presents a more undistilled […]

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Organic farming at Domaine Guiberteau in the Loire Valley

Grace, too.

Chef Curtis Duffy and Sommelier Michael Muser open Grace tonight. I share this news with tremendous gratitude and appreciation for their extensive selection of Candid Wines, including offerings from Jean Schaetzel, Klaus Peter Keller, Jo Landron, Pascal and Beatrice Lambert, Guy Bossard and Fred Niger, Cosimo Maria Masini and Fred Scherrer. Perhaps it’s no surprise […]

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Turner Pageot Wine Dinner at City Winery Chicago, Friday 11/9

Turner Pageot Wine Dinner at City Winery Chicago, Friday 11/9

Their perspective and intention from the inception of the winery was to make gastronomic wines. Hence the decision to farm Biodynamically and experiment with fermentation, maceration, and atypical oak regiments. This is the end goal: to achieve a tension in the glass, a palpable tension between acidity, tannin, and actual dissolved minerals. These characteristics of the […]

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Girasole Zin, Faith's Farm Pork and Coop Hot Sauce

Local pork, peppers, and…Pacino?

Tuesday “Booze Day” tastings at Green Grocer Chicago are always fun thanks to the thoughtful customers who frequent the store. 5 to 7 seems to be the time when local residents are coming in for their CSA, a last minute ingredient for that night’s dinner, and often, a bottle to pair with whatever they are […]

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Chef Andy Motto cooking with Turner Pageot

Candid Wines Dinner at Quince

Candid Wines partnered with Quince and Vinic Wine Co. to host a dinner on Thursday, Nov. 5, highlighting the seasonal cuisine of Chef Andy Motto, and a handful of the sustainable wineries in the Candid portfolio. I think it was a clear reminder of the special connection between wine and food. Here’s a recap of […]

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