Archive for July, 2010

Jul 30 2010

Passport for Your Palate

Phileas Fogg may have traveled around the world in 80 days, and Prince may have written a song about going around the world in a single day, but we’ve got them both beat by taking your palate around the planet in just two hours, during our next First Wednesday Tasting here at Just Grapes. Join […]

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Jul 27 2010

Riesling Week… Every Week

If your experience with Riesling has mainly to do with a certain nun dressed in blau on the bottle’s label, then now is the perfect time to explore the variety and complexity of one of the world’s most underappreciated grapes—through August 1st, it’s “Riesling Week” co-sponsored by the European Union and Wines of Germany. However, […]

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Jul 23 2010

Escape to Piedmont

As far as summer heat goes, July 2010 in Chicago is nothing like 1995—a string of miserable 100+ degree days. However, our current 90-degree days are still scorching, and we often beat the heat by finding whatever air-conditioned bliss is available. In Northern Italy however, when the temperatures soar, many people head to the towering […]

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Jul 20 2010

Drink Floyd

Floyd the Barber, Count Floyd, Pink Floyd, Cliff Floyd… there are a lot of “Floyds” out there, but only one that specializes in locally brewed craft beer. Three Floyds Brewing Company in Munster, Indiana, is known for its way out-of-the-ordinary beers (with eye-popping bottles to match), and we’re giving you a chance to taste and […]

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Jul 16 2010

Cellar Transformers

Here in Chicago, we’re entering the second weekend of filming for Transformers 3 in and around the Loop. It’s an aptly named movie, because it’s transforming the way people go about their day—shutting down some of the busiest streets and intersections of the city, testing the patience of locals, and mesmerizing summer tourists. Transformers are, […]

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Jul 13 2010

World Cup Wines: Spanish Splendor

It took approximately one month, but the Spanish fútbol… er… football… er… soccer team is now the envy of the sporting world. And unlike, say, the Super Bowl, the Spanish can gloat about their victory for four years instead of one. When it comes to wine though, the Spanish have always had a reason to […]

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Jul 09 2010

Think Pink!

There are few wines more satisfying after a record-breaking string of 90-degree days than rosé. Its high acidity makes it crisp like a white, but it boasts a unique flavor profile—light hints of strawberry, citrus, flowers, spice, and more—along with an instantly identifiable pink(ish) hue, which comes from the limited contact the grape skins have […]

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Jul 06 2010

First Wednesday Tasting – 6th Annual Grill Out

Who says wine and BBQ don’t go together? Actually, nobody does… and we’re going to prove that consensus correct with our First Wednesday Tasting/6th Annual Grill Out at Just Grapes!  Join us from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7th, and discover that the 4th of July cookouts you just finished were merely […]

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Jul 01 2010

Leave Your Lawn Chair at Home

The 4th of July fireworks have already started at Just Grapes! Well… the kind of fireworks that happen when you save money and taste incredible American wines at the same time. The best part is, you don’t need a lawn chair to stake out a prime spot for your palate here. First, we’ve got a […]

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