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Sep 07 2011

September 4th, 2011

Last night something special caught my eye in the seafood section of the grocers. Scrunched in between several cod fillets and a heaping mound of sea scallops was a single cut of beautifully marbled blue marlin. Up until then the majority of the day I had been obsessing over the thought of doing some sort […]

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Jun 29 2010

Red… White… and New!

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The 4th of July is Sunday, and here at Just Grapes, that means showcasing some of our top American wines so you can add more “fireworks” to your holiday get-togethers! Since this is the first 4th in a new decade, we’re featuring the latest American bottles to match. Here are a couple of our favorites, […]

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Mar 30 2010

Ultra Red and Mega Purple: Not Burgessian Slang

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The range of opinion varies widely. The wine industry, after all, is a business, and in order to turn a profit it’s most conducive to make the product as consumer-friendly as possible. (To get really riled up, read about the Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir Scandal–not one American complaint was documented! Take that, Jersey Shore. Y’all […]

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Mar 16 2010

Wines greener than the Chicago River

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So what if wine and St. Patty’s Day don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand? While we can argue the virtues of vino versus beer on this traditional holiday, let’s just skip all that and get to what’s important: “green” wines, and we’re not talking about just the grapes. The term “green” has been bandied about in recent […]

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Mar 12 2010

Weekenders: A fairer season calls for softer wines

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2008 Chehalem Inox, Chardonnay, Oregon [$19.99] Forget what you think you know about Chardonnay: this is not the buttery, overoaked stuff you’ll find at your local supermarket. Chehalem Inox is crisp. It’s sleek. It’s fruit forward with a perfectly textured finished. Fermented in steel (inox is short for the French inoxydable, or steel), Inox is […]

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Dec 15 2009

Just Grapes Gift Guide: Part One

Holiday shopping got you down? Just can’t find the perfect gift for those people on your list? Just Grapes has the answer! We’re truly a one-stop shop for everyone on your shopping list (even the little ones–our never-expiring tasting cards will still be valid once they turn 21!). To make it even easier, we’ve put […]

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Nov 23 2009

Perfect Thanksgiving Pairings!

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Miss our Thanksgiving Pairing class and still clueless about what to imbibe on Turkey Day? Well, we can forgive the whole “skipping class” thing (but don’t let it happen again!) and have recap to boot. Now, we couldn’t just taste wine and try to imagine how great it would be with Thanksgiving fare–we at Just […]

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Oct 06 2009

Wines of the Pacific Northwest at Just Grapes

By Raquel Scianna Here at Just Grapes, we pride ourselves in having our fingers firmly affixed to the pulse of all that’s hot and happening in the world of wine making. on September 24–with a little help from our trusty Cream Wine Company rep, Shane Salois–we dug a little deeper into an up-and-coming region with […]

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Sep 18 2009

In Fine Dining, the Wine Can Make or Break the Meal

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by Brett Ashley McKenzie Just Grapes Wine Buyer Maggie Smith and I were invited to attend the Iron Chef-style “Aloha Kitchen Challenge” at Roy’s Chicago on Monday evening, and we were thrilled to sample courses prepared by some of Chicago’s rising culinary stars. Three culinary students were asked to create a course keeping in theme […]

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Aug 28 2009

Illinois Liquor Tax Increase Effective Sept. 1: Just Grapes to the Rescue!

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The Illinois state legislature has voted to increase tax on all alcoholic beverages–and soda pop and candy–in order to close a gaping budget shortfall. The tax currently paid on a bottle of wine is 13 cents per bottle. Effective Tuesday, you’ll see that jump to 28 cents a bottle. Tax on a six-pack of beer […]

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