Archive for the 'Adventurous Whites' Category

Aug 04 2011

August Staff Picks – Summer Wines

August: The blazin’ hot Chicago and set in so its time for some crisp refreshing whites and robust BBQ reds!

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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 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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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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Nov 12 2009

An Open Letter to Summer

Photo by Distressed Jewell

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Apr 17 2009

Just Grapes Proudly Brings You the Lowest Prices in the Country!

Yesterday, we began receiving stock for our Spring Blowout Sale: 50% on 50 Wines. As we opened box after box of incredible wine after incredible wine, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Three different 1.5 liter-bottles of Herman Donnhoff Riesling , each rated between 93 and 97 points by Robert Parker, marked down from $90, $79, […]

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Apr 14 2009

South African Wines a Perfect Fit for Spring and Summer

At a wine bar on the North Side a while ago, I decided to try something different. I reviewed the specials, marveled at the value of a particular $6-a-glass New World red (everything else was priced at around $12 a glass), and placed my order with the bartender. “South Africa?” My friend raised an eyebrow […]

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Apr 03 2009

Keeping it Kosher? Don’t Pass Over these Wines!

Tomorrow at Just Grapes’ weekly free Saturday wine tasting, we’ll be offering four delicious kosher wines from the Galilee region of Israel. What exactly makes wines (or food) kosher, you ask? According to, “Jewish Dietary Laws are rules and regulations concerning food that are derived from Biblical laws and rabbinical extensions. A person who […]

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Feb 20 2009

The Wine that Defied Murphy’s Law

In the sea of wines out there, some are good, some mediocre, and some, well…just plain bad. And, every now and then, you taste a wine that stops you dead in your tracks. Speaks to you. Makes you aware of what style of wine just might be your bag. That happened to me today.

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Sep 05 2008

2007 Naia, Verdejo, Rueda, Spain

RecorRobert Houde of Garnacha Imports reviews the 2007 Naia, Verdejo, Rueda, Spain during a Wines of Spain Seminar at Just Grapes in Chicago.

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