Date night with Carmin…

Happy Thursday! We are kicking off date night with a bottle of Carmin 2014 from Danenberger Family Vineyard. 

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Sycamore’s Taste of Spring 2017

Last night I wandered the beautiful streets of Sycamore, Illinois with some great friends. Sycamore’s Taste of Spring offers 22 wines to try at 19 unique locations. The whole community gets behind this event with wine stops ranging from a beautiful nursery (Blumen Gardens) to Prairie State Winery to a dentist office (Grand Dental). This was my second year attending and I feel like every year I have more fun. I cannot wait to see what they come up with for 2018.


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Happy Tuesday

Some days you just have a good day at work and cannot wait to come home to have a glass of wine. This weekend we picked-up our Barrel Reserve bottles from Cooper’s Hawk Winery so we will be enjoying a couple glasses of it with pizza tonight! 

Cheers my friends! 

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Local Spirit at a Local Bar

I love when you go out for drinks after work and realize they serve local spirits. The Barrel + Rye in Geneva won me over as soon as they used the Herrington Gin from Fox River Distilling Co. (Geneva). I will not drink Gin unless it is Herrington Gin.

Here is Rosemary Negroni!


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Wine Wednesday – Sushi & Wine Pairing

Happy Wine Wednesday! This week’s wine pairing was inspired by dinner tonight.

Sushi Pairs Perfect with Snap! Ginger Wine


One of my favorite sushi spots is Fushi Yami in DeKalb. The rolls are delicious and affordable. This week’s pairing includes the Husky Roll. Husky Roll includes Super White Tuna,  Yellowtail Tuna, Spicy Tuna and Unagi Sauce.

The SNAP! Ginger Wine is from Prairie State Winery in Genoa (tasting room in Sycamore). All sushi lovers know that ginger and sushi go hand-in-hand so this is an amazing combination.

Fushi Yami
822 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb

Prairie State Winery
222 W. Main Street, Genoa
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Announcement – Summer/Fall Wine Festival


I have received multiple emails asking me to release my Summer/Fall Wine Festival post early this year. I am so excited to see so much interest for Illinois Wine and travel through the state so I will start working on the post right away.

In the meantime if you have not picked up your tickets for Galena’s Wine Lover Weekend I recommend starting your wine travel March 24-26.

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Mardi Gras Wine Dinner at Cooper’s Hawk Winery

Every year my mother-in-law and husband work together to plan experience Christmas presents for me (and my husband). They have given us a weekend getaway to Lake Geneva that included a cooking class, tickets to a farm-to-fork dinner and our new favorite is tickets to Cooper’s Hawk wine dinners. Last month we did the Red Wine Dinner and this month was the Mardi Gras Dinner.


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