Archive for the 'Spain' Category

Jan 13 2011

Effervescence Everyday?

My translation is a little rough, but someone once said to me that a European man will work for three weeks to spend one week on his row boat, while an American man will work for an entire year in anticipation for one week on his yacht. It is a little silly; we don’t all have row boats or yachts, or even a week of vacation time. But then I gave this saying some thought and realized it holds some truth.

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Oct 19 2010

More “Chin Chin” for Less “Cha-Ching”: Fifteen under $15

One of the prime attractions of wine (other than the taste) is the endless sense of discovery that comes with it. In addition to learning about geography, history of a region, climate, grape type, and how each bottle pairs with food, is the less romantic, but practical component of price. Who doesn’t love an overperforming […]

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Oct 05 2010

Tempranillo Territory?

Published by under Red Wines,Spain

I spent this past weekend going through a few of the other wine stores in downtown Chicago—I always like to see what everyone else has on their shelves, and talk to the salespeople—I either learn something new, or feel secure in the wine knowledge Just Grapes has bestowed upon me! One place I browsed had […]

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Aug 31 2010

Labor Day Decompression

Many people will use the upcoming Labor Day weekend to reflect on their own employment—bosses, co-workers, long-hours, deadlines, salaries, stress, and more. Others will simply be thankful to have a job. Others will only remember that they have three days off, and shouldn’t wear white anymore. Whatever the situation, here at Just Grapes we’re working […]

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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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Jun 18 2010

World Cup Wines: Consolation Prizes

The World Cup kicked off just a week ago, and already we’ve seen winemaking giants Germany, France, Spain, Australia, and South Africa taste defeat. Unlike many other countries in the tournament though, the teams and their millions of fans can replace the taste of defeat with the taste of their native land’s stellar wines. Here […]

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May 28 2010

Chilling and Grilling: Whites for Memorial Day

A few days ago, we highlighted some of our favorite reds to pair with heartier grilled meats, fish, and fruit. But if you’re flaming lighter fare, like shrimp, chicken, whitefish, or vegetables, they’ll scream for a chilled white to balance, not bulldoze the flavor. Here at Just Grapes, we think these pairings can help you […]

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Apr 10 2009

Sparkling Californian White Bests Champagne in Clash of the Titans

In Thursday night’s “Clash of the Titans: Champagne vs. the World,” Just Grapes customers were put to the test in a blind tasting of seven sparkling wines, including one true champagne.  Asked to rank the seven bubblys from one to seven (seven being the highest quality sparkling and one being the lowest), the tasters chose […]

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