Jessica Altieri

Wine Lifestyle Expert

Wine Conversations with Jessica Altieri now Available on reVolver Podcasts

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Picking what you want when you walk into a Starbucks or a Baskin-Robbins is easy, but how do you find the right wine? With Wine Conversations with Jessica Altieri on reVolver Podcasts, you’ll be sipping wine like a pro.

I’ll Kiss Your Glass–and Tell

Let’s face it. Buying and learning about wine can be about as much fun as a blind date—all nerves, the wrong kind of mystery, and in the end, no guarantee. What you really need is a gal in the trenches. Last week, I tasted over 300 wines in one afternoon. Get it? My tongue is your tongue. My taste buds are at your service. I’ll kiss your glass, and tell! No date required. With the Wine Conversations podcast, you can “fake it till you make it”.

Every try talking to folks at a supermarket about wine? If only they’d put up honest signs in liquor stores, with a big red arrow, saying, “This wine sucks.” Or give out wine warnings on restaurant menus, “Guaranteed to kill your meal.” I get the feeling we all had plastic surgery just to look STUPID when it comes to buying wine.

Forget the surgery. Forget the wine gambling, and the Rosé roulette. I drink wine like I have conversations—bold and brave. How else could I run my own Wine Channel TV Network and host worldwide events as a certified sommelier? Adventure! To me, hunting down the best wines is high adventure. And I have drunk enough varietals—bad and great—to help you over the “wine dating” hump.

It’s not hard knowing what you want when you walk into a Starbucks or a Baskin-Robbins. But finding the right wine? With this podcast you can fake it till you make it. You’ll be sipping with a pro and celebrity guests from the world of wine, music, sports, fashion and food. For every “drinking” reason or season, I’ll cut through the BS and give you great wine choices for ladies night out, tailgating, “date night hero” nights, or just sitting on your couch and getting smashed.

Penfolds g3 Experience with Peter Gago

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Join Wine Channel TV wine expert Jessica Altieri with Penfolds Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago for an exclusive interview celebrating the release of “g3”. Where did the passion come from? Learn about “The Grip of the Grape with Peter Gago. g3 is a special wine blended from three Grange vintages spanning seven years – 2008, 2012 and 2014 released globally on October 18, 2017 in Hong Kong.

Watch the short, fun interview with Peter and Jessica and stay tuned for the full-length interview later this week.

Below are the details of the g3 release from Penfolds:

“Penfolds has released a special wine blended from three Grange vintages spanning seven years, aptly named Penfolds g3. A Penfolds first, these vintages of 2008, 2012 and 2014 (a vintage to be globally released in 2018), energetically entwine to create a completely unique Grange expression.

Penfolds Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago said “Put simply it’s Penfolds ‘House Style’ distilled … Penfolds g3 is a natural end result of the venerated art of blending. It is a blend where each individual vintage selected delivers a depth of character and flavour honouring our flagship Grange”.

Blending across vintages is part of Penfolds winemaking philosophy and has been since 1844. Penfolds Tawny styles, famous in the mid 1800’s continue a long tradition of fortified wines that celebrate this particular blending style. Winemaking saw this style as a natural progression to apply this technique to a create a new red table wine.

Two of the Grange vintages selected for this wine are recognised as some of the finest Granges released, so why blend them? Peter said, “it wasn’t about selecting the biggest or the best Grange vintages, in fact it was about making something different – but not just to be different”.
Each Grange vintage component selected to make this wine brings something different to the final blend. Broadly: Grange 2008 is a big bold wine, Grange 2012 is about elegance and sophistication, while 2014 is a young wine that serves to ‘freshen up the blend’. The 2014 vintage is yet to be released, making it even more of an evocative beyond-reach inclusion.

This endeavour adds new meaning to Penfolds ongoing pursuit to confidently move into the future whilst always respecting the ethos of the past and tradition.

The original experimental 1951 Grange created by Max Schubert is now a wine regarded as one of the world’s most celebrated collectables. Grange is a multi-vineyard multi-district blend retaining its proven stylistic template to this day. The same is true of Penfolds g3 but also across vintages.

The inaugural celebration of Penfolds g3 took place at the Liang Yi Museum Hong Kong on Wednesday 18 October. A magical evening attended by international friends of Penfolds including global media and collectors.
Only 1,200 bottles are available around the world from Adelaide to Paris, Hong Kong to New York. RRP $3000.00 AUD for a 750ml bottle.”

Expressions of interest via www.penfolds.com . And remember to stay tuned for more on Penfolds later this week on Wine Channel TV

Everything You Need To Know About the Penfolds g3

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Hong Kong. And Penfolds. And the worldwide release of the g3. That’s a powerful combination of “3”. Which could only be outdone by the release of a special wine blended from three Grange vintages spanning seven years, aptly named Penfolds g3. A Penfolds first, these vintages of 2008, 2012 and 2014 (a vintage to be globally released in 2018), energetically entwine to create a completely unique Grange expression.

Jessica Altieri and Wine Channel TV were onsite in Hong Kong on October 28, 2017 for the worldwide release of this special wine blended from three Grange vintages spanning seven years, aptly named Penfolds g3.

Here is the complete release from Penfold’s:

“Penfolds has released a special wine blended from three Grange vintages spanning seven years, aptly named Penfolds g3. A Penfolds first, these vintages of 2008, 2012 and 2014 (a vintage to be globally released in 2018), energetically entwine to create a completely unique Grange expression.

Penfolds Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago said “Put simply it’s Penfolds ‘House Style’ distilled … Penfolds g3 is a natural end result of the venerated art of blending. It is a blend where each individual vintage selected delivers a depth of character and flavour honouring our flagship Grange”.

Blending across vintages is part of Penfolds winemaking philosophy and has been since 1844. Penfolds Tawny styles, famous in the mid 1800’s continue a long tradition of fortified wines that celebrate this particular blending style. Winemaking saw this style as a natural progression to apply this technique to a create a new red table wine.

Two of the Grange vintages selected for this wine are recognised as some of the finest Granges released, so why blend them? Peter said, “it wasn’t about selecting the biggest or the best Grange vintages, in fact it was about making something different — but not just to be different”.

Jessica Altieri and Petter Gago Penfolds

 

Each Grange vintage component selected to make this wine brings something different to the final blend. Broadly: Grange 2008 is a big bold wine, Grange 2012 is about elegance and sophistication, while 2014 is a young wine that serves to ‘freshen up the blend’. The 2014 vintage is yet to be released, making it even more of an evocative beyond-reach inclusion.

This endeavour adds new meaning to Penfolds ongoing pursuit to confidently move into the future whilst always respecting the ethos of the past and tradition.

The original experimental 1951 Grange created by Max Schubert is now a wine regarded as one of the world’s most celebrated collectables. Grange is a multi-vineyard multi-district blend retaining its proven stylistic template to this day. The same is true of Penfolds g3 but also across vintages.

The inaugural celebration of Penfolds g3 took place at the Liang Yi Museum Hong Kong on Wednesday 18 October. A magical evening attended by international friends of Penfolds including global media and collectors.

Only 1,200 bottles are available around the world from Adelaide to Paris, Hong Kong to New York. RRP $3000.00 AUD for a 750ml bottle.

Expressions of interest via www.penfolds.com

Jessica Altieri and Penfold’s

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Learn The Power of 3

Penfold’s and Jessica Altieri – Destination Hong Kong

Jessica is going to Hong Kong.

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Jessica is going to Hong Kong!

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No, the keys on our keyboard aren't sticking; it just seemed an appropriate way to kick off our coverage of celebrated wine expert Jessica Altieri's upcoming journey, which is all about the number "3".  How exactly? Well, we could tell you now, but why spoil all the fun? Get ready to follow Jessica Altieri, CEO and wine expert from Wine Channel TV for an exclusive trip to Hong Kong with Penfold's for an extraordinary event over 3 days. Jessica and Penfold's will be taking you on a breathtaking journey to the magical city of Hong Kong, one of the most sophisticated wine markets in Asia.

Without giving away any secrets too soon, it's safe to assume if Jessica Altieri is involved, you know we're going to be talking about high-quality wine in a simple, no-nonsense way. In her role as Executive Producer for the Wine Channel TV Network, Jessica has become synonymous with not only some of the very best wines from around the world but the extravagant lifestyle any millennial would envy.

Jessica's journey deep into the Orient begins in Chicago, where you will follow her from the Windy City to the airport, then all the way to Hong Kong, with a sample of all things that come in "3" along the way.  Upon arrival in Hong Kong, Jessica will serve as your exclusive guide to the most stunning sights, sounds, and tastes the city has to offer. From the delectable dim sum to the resplendent floating islands to the iconic city skyline, Hong Kong features some of the most captivating adventures not just in Asia, but anywhere in the world, and Jessica cannot wait to show you everything there is to see!

Because spending time with a wine expert is no fun without a selection of resplendent wines to enjoy, Jessica is teaming up with Penfolds Winery for this adventure. Penfolds is one of Australia's oldest and iconic wineries, widely celebrated for their diversity, history and craftsmanship. The story of Penfolds dates all the way back to 1844. just eight short years after the foundation of South Australia, when Dr. Christopher and Mary Penfold planted the vine cuttings they had carried over on their voyage to Australia.

And what better way to celebrate three day journey to this beautiful land than with an exclusive Penfolds wine release centered around the mysterious number "3"? Why three days? Follow Jessica and learn the magic and power of 3. Jessica will be front and center to ensure that no matter where you are, you will be part of this magical event. Jessica will make sure you have the best seat in the house without getting on a plane and flying halfway around the world!

Jessica Altieri is a leading digital wine lifestyle executive, entertaining and educating wine enthusiasts around the globe. In addition to being a Certified Sommelier, California Wine Appellation Specialist, and the CEO of the Wine Channel TV Network, Jessica was chosen as one of Wine Enthusiast's prestigious "Top 40 Under 40 Tastemasters" in 2016.

Jessica's innovative, sophisticated, but humble approach to wine has made her one of the world's most sought-after millennial-aged professional wine judges. Working with leading lifestyle brands in food, fashion, retail and hi-tech, Jessica Altieri has established herself as an innovative authority in the wine industry.

In 2009, Jessica founded the Wine Channel TV Digital Network, which works with some of the world's leading wine and wine lifestyle brands to create niche online digital channels to drive awareness and engagement. By targeting millennials with a digitally-based social media strategy to promote mobile and live experience events of all kinds, Jessica led the growth of her wine lifestyle community to over 400K wine enthusiasts within just a few years.

Stay tuned to Jessica and Wine Channel TV for the journey to Hong Kong with Penfolds. For more information on the Wine Channel TV Digital Network, visit http://winechanneltv.com. To connect with Jessica and learn more about upcoming events and new opportunities, visit www.jessicaaltieri.com. You can also follow us on Instagram at @winechanneltv, @penfolds, #powerof3, and #7778mile.

Fall 2017 Pumpkin and Wine Pairings

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It’s that time of year again.  Pumpkin pie, stew, soup and great wine are on our list for October wine lifestyle events. If you want to impress your guests and have a truly memorable Halloween bash, check out this video and featured wines from Wine Channel TV.

Some traditions are best served with wine. A Halloween party with wine, good friends and of course amazing costumes, is the Halloween pairing that can’t go wrong.  We’re going with a St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc and a Neudorf Moutere Riesling.

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The St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc presents a brilliant shade of pale yellow speared by youthful streaks of green. The vintage of 2011 provided generous grapefruit aromas coupled with green lime, kiwi and a subtle zest of caper. Flavors are rich with grapefruit, guava and a lemon zest citrus combination. The wine is rich, vibrant and generous, yet elegant with a terrific crisp finish.

What’s your favorite pumpkin and wine pairing? Let us know and be sure to follow us all month long on Wine Channel TV for fun wine lifestyle events and pairings around the world.

Try these two tasty wines with a Pumpkin Stew recipe! Enjoy this Perfect Pumpkin Pairing and more wine lifestyle happenings from around the world with Jessica Altieri of Wine Channel TV.

Tastes of Greece Summer

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Greek Wine Sourced from the Heart of Crete

On Thursday July 27, 2017 Wine Channel TV and Formento’s hosted the Tastes of Greece wine event featuring wines from Douloufakis Winery and Diamond Wine Importers.

“I am the third generation of winemakers, following in the footsteps of my Grandfather, and Father. The Wine for me is much more than a simple word. It is my profession, my hobby, my pleasure. Engaged with wine, I am a part of a tradition and a culture that counts more than four thousand years in this place.” Nikos Douloufakis

The ancient Greeks considered wine as an integral part of their lives. Dionysus was the god of wine and feasts were organized in his honour. They had devised many myths associated with wine. The enormous economic importance of wine in ancient timesled tolegislative protection. In the museum of Thassos there is a law engraved in marble from the5th century BC whichis considered the first wine law and it regulated issues concerning the harvest and sales. The earliest written evidence for transporting wine by sea is given by Homer in the Iliad. The ancient Greeks aswine lovers   used a wide variety of vessels associated with the use and transfer of thewinesuch as amphoras, craters, cups, kantharousetc.

Formento’s and Wine Channel TV are giving Chicago area wine drinkers a reason to celebrate with the Sips of Summer wine events in the dynamic Fulton Market District of Chicago! This series of wine events focuses on different regions around the world, and offers Chicagoans an opportunity to interact directly with wine producers. Visit Wine Channel TV for more videos on the featured wines at the Sips Of Summer featured event: Tastes of Greece.

Villa Maria Open Another World™ Chicago Event

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Watch Wine Channel TV CEO Jessica Altieri and Villa Maria Winemaker Helen Morrison at the Open Another World ™ event in Chicago. Jessica and Helen talk about the newest addition to the award winning wines of Villa Maria – Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc. Villa Maria was formed back in 1961 by Sir George Fistonich on 1 acre of land leased from his father and is still managed and owned by Sir George today.  He has grown it from 1 brand to 9 key brands, 120 products across 60 markets.  Key markets are USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Europe and Asia. From the Villa Maria Open Another World™ press release: “The campaign will kick off with a tour from Los Angeles to Miami with events taking place Jun. 7 through Aug. 4 in various cities. In keeping with the brand’s history of marching to the beat of their own drum—for example, Villa Maria was the first major New Zealand winery to convert entirely to screwcap closures in 2001—the tour won’t just be a typical wine tasting. The winery has retained a troupe of improvisational actors to tell the story of Villa Maria and founder Sir George Fistonich’s rise from a one man operation to a global brand in just five decades, overcoming some pretty incredible odds along the way. The theatrical performance, “Of Grapes & Grit: The Not Completely Apocryphal Story of Sir George Fistonich, Villa Maria and the New Zealand Wine Industry” will highlight the many milestones in the winery’s history and its contributions to the New Zealand wine industry overall, for which Sir George received a knighthood in 2009. The performance, which will include audience participation, will creatively explore key events such as when the winery went into receivership during the mid-1980s due to price wars and the actions taken by Sir George and his employees to save the winery; to the unique and sometimes quirky personalities behind the wine, including a winemaker who serenades Villa Maria’s vines. The Villa Maria story is one of passion. Each wine is crafted in the unique, fruit-driven style of New Zealand, showcasing the very best of the country’s distinct wine regions. Villa Maria sources grapes from New Zealand’s premium grape growing regions, including Marlborough and Hawkes Bay, and produces wines in state-of-the-art winemaking facilities in Auckland and Marlborough. The winery Sir George Fistonich started in 1961 is still family owned and stands as an icon of superior quality and innovation in New Zealand winemaking. In 2017, Drinks International named Villa Maria the most admired wine brand in New Zealand and the fourth most admired in the world. To learn more, visit www.villamariawine.com. Follow Villa Maria on social at Facebook @VillaMariaWine, Twitter @VillaMaria_Wine, and Instagram @VillaMariaWines.” Enjoy the video at the WeWork office in Chicago!

Watch Wine Channel TV CEO Jessica Altieri and Villa Maria Winemaker Helen Morrison at the Open Another World ™ event in Chicago. Jessica and Helen talk about the newest addition to the award winning wines of Villa Maria – Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc.

Villa Maria was formed back in 1961 by Sir George Fistonich on 1 acre of land leased from his father and is still managed and owned by Sir George today.  He has grown it from 1 brand to 9 key brands, 120 products across 60 markets.  Key markets are USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Europe and Asia.

From the Villa Maria Open Another World™ press release:

“The campaign will kick off with a tour from Los Angeles to Miami with events taking place Jun. 7 through Aug. 4 in various cities. In keeping with the brand’s history of marching to the beat of their own drum—for example, Villa Maria was the first major New Zealand winery to convert entirely to screwcap closures in 2001—the tour won’t just be a typical wine tasting. The winery has retained a troupe of improvisational actors to tell the story of Villa Maria and founder Sir George Fistonich’s rise from a one man operation to a global brand in just five decades, overcoming some pretty incredible odds along the way.

The theatrical performance, “Of Grapes & Grit: The Not Completely Apocryphal Story of Sir George Fistonich, Villa Maria and the New Zealand Wine Industry” will highlight the many milestones in the winery’s history and its contributions to the New Zealand wine industry overall, for which Sir George received a knighthood in 2009. The performance, which will include audience participation, will creatively explore key events such as when the winery went into receivership during the mid-1980s due to price wars and the actions taken by Sir George and his employees to save the winery; to the unique and sometimes quirky personalities behind the wine, including a winemaker who serenades Villa Maria’s vines.

The Villa Maria story is one of passion. Each wine is crafted in the unique, fruit-driven style of New Zealand, showcasing the very best of the country’s distinct wine regions. Villa Maria sources grapes from New Zealand’s premium grape growing regions, including Marlborough and Hawkes Bay, and produces wines in state-of-the-art winemaking facilities in Auckland and Marlborough. The winery Sir George Fistonich started in 1961 is still family owned and stands as an icon of superior quality and innovation in New Zealand winemaking. In 2017, Drinks International named Villa Maria the most admired wine brand in New Zealand and the fourth most admired in the world. To learn more, visit www.villamariawine.com. Follow Villa Maria on social at Facebook @VillaMariaWine, Twitter @VillaMaria_Wine, and Instagram @VillaMariaWines.”

Enjoy the video at the WeWork office in Chicago!

How To Eat Like Lady Gaga At Lollapalooza

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It’s a Lady Gaga must stop when she visits Chicago. Kuma’s Corner and burgers. Wine Lifestyle host Jessica Altieri on site at Lollapalooza pairing wine with Kuma’s Corner Burgers.  Visit www.winechanneltv for all your wine lifestyle trends around the world!

After the show ends on any given night, you can expect the rock and foodie fans in the know to be heading to Kuma’s Corner (2900 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-604-8769) in Chicago. Legendary rock stars such as Lady Gaga make this a must stop late night munchie destination.

Take at peek at our all-time favorite burger from Kuma’s in this video from Lollapalooza.

The Generous Pour Takes on Chicago

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Jessica Altieri Visits The Capital Grille

Jessica Altieri, CEO and Certified Sommelier of Wine Channel TV had the opportunity in Chicago to experience this summer’s ultimate wine and food tasting experience, as The Capital Grille kicked off its ninth annual “The Generous Pour” wine event.

The tasting experience features seven acclaimed wines from California and Oregon. Selected to pair with the restaurant’s signature menu items, The Generous Pour wine experience is available for $28 when paired with dinner from July 10 through September 3, 2017.

The first wine I chose was what I call “summertime” in a glass. The WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris 2016 from the Willamette Valley, named for Oregon’s Willamette and Mckenzie rivers, is filled with bright pineapple, citrus and tropical aromas with a bright yet creamy finish. It was a perfect, bright pairing with the cold shellfish platter.

For the second dish, I went with one of my favorites, the bone in Kona crusted dry aged New York strip. I am a legendary steak eater, having grown up eating steak and eggs for breakfast before basketball practice in high school and college.

I paired it with two killer cabernets I chose from the #GenerousPour options- the big, bold and in your face Mt. Brave, Mt.Veeder, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with jammy blueberry and raspberry aromas. “At 1,800 feet atop Mt. Veeder in Napa Valley—where the sun is intense, the climate is cool, and the berries are small and flavorful—comes a big Cab consistently rated 90 and above from critics such as the famed Robert Parker”. – The Capital Grille

The second cabernet was the savory Arrowood “Sonoma Estates” Cabernet Sauvignon. “A bright, juicy blend of Bordeaux varietals from the valleys of Sonoma, Knights and Alexander, the historic Arrowood winery has set the bar for Sonoma County Cabernet  with bright black cherry and black currant aromas.” – The Capital Grille

Both are two killer pairings, and the best part is you can order both wines and decide for yourself if you are more of a Napa or Sonoma Cabernet fan!

And for the finale, how could I pass up the decadent flourless chocolate espresso cake! I tuned into the live Capital Grille Facebook event recently where they suggested this cake with the Mt.Brave Cabernet Sauvignon, which was a Perfect Pairing!

Here is a complete list of the wines and recommended pairings from The Generous Pour from The Capital Grille:

Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 (92 Points) – At 1,800 feet atop Mt. Veeder in Napa Valley – where the sun is intense, the climate is cool, and the berries are small and flavorful – comes a big Cab consistently rated 90 and above. Tasting Notes: Raspberry, blueberry and touch of vanilla with approachable tannins.

  • Pairing Recommendation: Bone-In Kona Crusted Dry Aged NY Strip with Shallot Butter

Arrowood “Sonoma Estates” Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 (90 Points) – A bright, juicy blend of Bordeaux varietals from the valleys of Sonoma, Knights and Alexander, the historic Arrowood winery has set the bar for Sonoma County Cabernet. Tasting Notes: Black cherry and black currant preserves with undertones of chai tea and mocha.

  • Pairing Recommendation: Seared Dry Aged Sirloin

Siduri Pinot Noir, 2015 (90 Points) – Willamette Valley is arguably the finest region in the country for Pinot Noir and Siduri’s 2015 vintage is perhaps the finest produced in Oregon in over 20 years.

Tasting Notes: Fresh red and blue fruit with allspice, a hint of white pepper and silky smooth texture.

  • Pairing Recommendation: Seared Citrus Glazed Salmon with Marcona Almonds and Brown Butter

Edmeades Zinfandel, 2013 (91 Points) – From a pioneering winery with a sole focus on Zinfandel in the Mendocino Valley with vines planted over 60 years ago, this is the wine that helped put Mendocino, Calif. on the map. Tasting Notes: Ripe raspberries, cherries and red currants with notes of cinnamon and graham cracker.

  • Pairing Recommendation: Double Cut Lamb Rib Chops

Matanzas Creek Winery Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 (92 Points) –

A balanced and savory ‘old world style’ of Sauvignon Blanc from the Bennett Valley in Sonoma, that delivers fresh brightness of fruit and lively acidity on the finish. Tasting Notes: Grapefruit, white nectarine, honeycrisp apples and dry lemon thyme.

  • Pairing Recommendation: Jumbo Lump Crab Cocktail

Cambria Clone 4 Chardonnay, 2015 (91 Points) – Long, sunny days and a cooler climate moderated by the Pacific Ocean of the Santa Maria Valley define this ripe but refreshing Chardonnay.

Tasting Notes: Fresh citrus, apple, and white peach with a hint of sweet oak.

  • Pairing Recommendation: Seared Tenderloin with Butter Poached Lobster Tails

Willakenzie Pinot Gris, 2016 (90 Points) – Named for Oregon’s Willamette and McKenzie Rivers to honor the mineral-rich sediment in which their vines are grown, it is understandable that Willakenzie’s motto is “dirt matters.” Tasting Notes: Pineapple, citrus, green melon and tropical fruits with a bright but creamy texture.

  • Pairing Recommendation: Cold Shellfish Platter

Click here to learn more about the featured wines and the winemakers. Follow The Capital Grille on Twitter (@CapitalGrille), Facebook (www.facebook.com/thecapitalgrille) and Instagram (@TheCapitalGrille) and join the #GenerousPour conversation.

Stay tuned for more on The Generous Pour from The Capital Grille all summer long with Jessica Altieri and Wine Channel TV .

How To Taste Sicily with Jessica Altieri

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On June 29, 2017, wine drinkers and connoisseurs in Chicago were invited to join Wine Channel TV and Formento’s kickoff to its Sips of Summer wine tasting events with a Tastes of Sicily themed event.

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Jessica Altieri Wine Channel TV CEO and Todd Stein Executive Chef Formento's

Partnered with and located at Formento’s, an Italian restaurant within Chicago’s Fulton Market District, guests were treated to taste eight unique Sicilian wines- Alessandro di Camporeale Catarratro, Donnafugata Lighea, Mandrarossa Grillo, Morgante Nero d’Avola, Planeta Rose, Tasca Regaleali Bianco, Valle dell’Acate Frappato, Villa Pozzi Grillo, featured by Wines of Sicilia DOC.

A representative of Wines of Sicilia DOC said they were excited to partner with Jessica Altieri, wine expert and CEO of Wine Channel TV, who they said has a great, authentic voice with regards to wine.  The two-hour event featured a Facebook live streaming where online viewers were treated to wine tastings and overviews by Altieri, a signature dish pairing by Todd Stein, executive chef of Formento’s, as well as interactions with WCTV’s partnered lifestyle brands for the night.

Todd Stein of Formento’s, whose restaurant is wine focused, agreed the event was great, citing the great synergy. “[It was a] lovely event, couldn’t get any better,” said Stein.

Enjoy the Tastes of Sicily featured wines video with Wine Channel TV host Jessica Altieri from Formento’s in Chicago.

Here are some fun facts about each of the Tastes of Sicily featured wines from Wines of Sicilia DOC:

Alessandro di Camporeale Catarratro

“Catarratto” is one of the oldest native grape variety in Sicily. Widely cultivated in the western region of the island, it is one of the leading Sicilian white grape varieties today.”

Donnafugata Lighea

“From the disheveled tresses the color of the sun, seawater flowed over the green, wide-open eyes.” Thus Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa describes Lighea, the bewitching siren and principal figure in his novel. She has inspired the creation of a complex and innovative wine and an equally original label. “It was not easy to print this label”, Gabriella (founder of Donnafugata, with her husband Giacomo) recalled, “and preserve the thousand shadings of colors of Pantelleria Island, painted in the original drawing.”

Morgante Nero d’Avola

The Morgante winery is located in the pristine countryside of southern Sicily, a hilly region located about 1200-1800 feet above sea level and just 45 miles from the splendid Valley of the Temples of Agrigento. The property comprises 500 acres of vineyards and almond trees, and the region is ideal for viticulture, with a Mediterranean climate and soil that ranges from clay and calcareous to marl.

Mandrarossa Grillo

Founded in 1959, MandraRossa is the creation of Cantine Settesoli, one of the world’s largest wine producers. Boasting a premium range of estate-bottled wines, MandraRossa is part of Sicily’s largest wine producer and co-operative formed by 2,000 members.

Planeta Rosè

Our Rosè, fresh and fruity, represents all the feelings of a Sicilian summer. Its colour is that of a summer sunset. The fresh aromas of strawberry make it a marvellously friendly wine, and easy to drink. Enjoy Planeta’s Rosè in good company, as an aperitif with tapas, raw fish, fresh salads or alone with seasonal fruit.

Tasca Regaleali Bianco

This was the first wine produced by Count Tasca d’Almerita on the Regaleali estate. Primarily a blend of three Sicilian grapes: Inzolia, Catarratto, and Grecanico, with some Chardonnay, this wine is cool-fermented in stainless steel to create a versatile, refreshing, and delicious white of true Sicilian character.

Valle dell’Acate Frappato

A dry red made from Frappato, a very Sicilian grape variety. Pretty from the start, this scrumptious wine is ruby red in color, with firm raspberry fruit and lively acidity. This is an easy-drinking wine to enjoy every day with Italian red-sauce dishes.

Villa Pozzi Grillo

Our Grillo is night-harvested and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness. With a straw yellow color, it exhibits aromas of exotic and white flowers with fresh and fruity notes of mango and pineapple on the palate. It is medium bodied and well balanced with delicate acidity and a persistent finish.

Be sure to join us on July 27, 2017 at Formento’s for the next event featuring the “Tastes of Greece”. Get your tickets here: formentos.tocktix.com/

Chicago Riesling Summer Wine Picks with Jessica Altieri

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2017 Riesling Summer Wine Picks

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You’ll love the fra­grant fresh sips I suggest, not that I don’t have a few reds to spring on you too! Wine Channel TV Editor Jessica Altieri shares some of her favorite Summer Wines for you to enjoy! Watch the video for a “Cheeky Riesling from New Zealand.

Riesling

Germany, Austria, New Zealand, the U.S.—it seems vint­ners everywhere are getting into the Riesling rage these days, and for good reason. This funky varietal boasts a stunning range, from rich and sweet to ultra crisp, zippy and dry. Yes, I said dry. Wine lovers around the globe have expanded their taste buds to embrace this chic native of Germany’s Rhine Valley.

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Rot is rot, you say? Noble Rot begs to differ. Take the Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling for starters. Those crafty Germans let the grapes age and rot and wrinkle like rai­sins, intensifying the sugars and the caramel and honey bouquet. At the other extreme, Kabinett Rieslings are like late spring in Death Valley—nearly bone dry.

Millennials—the biggest, boldest wine consumers today—seek out the new and aren’t afraid of change, but they also demand to be informed. Which is why the Riesling Taste Profile scales (on the sides of many wine bottles now) are, in a word, genius! 26,000,000 bottles in the U.S. market now help you predict the taste in a particular bottle of Riesling.

This is sweet Riesling music to my ears!

Fave Sips

  • Mud House Riesling Waipara Valley New Zealand 2014
  • Chateau Grand Traverse Riesling Semi Dry Riesling 2011
  • Dr. Frank Dry Riesling 2012
  • Jim Barry ‘The Lodge Hill’ Dry Riesling 2013
  • Spy Valley Envoy Riesling 2009
  • Tierce Finger Lakes Dry Riesling 2009
  • J.J. Prum 2010 Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese

Great Eats

If you go the sweet route, Asian fare, Indian food, spicy sausage and charcuterie perfectly contrast that Riesling sugar kick that cools down spicy grub. If you grabbed a dry Riesling, choose crisp seafood, shellfish or grilled chicken to complement the crisp mineral, zesty lemon/lime and tropical stylings of this favorite spring varietal.

The Unforgettable Kiss

Tierce Dry Riesling from Finger Lakes, New York, gained rock star status in 2013 when President Obama served it at his second inaugural luncheon. When I judged the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competi­tion—created by winemakers Peter Bell of Fox Run Vineyards, Johannes Reinhardt of Anthony Road Winery, and David Whiting of Red Newt Cellars—my taste buds were ravished by this amazing white. Wine genius Dan Berger recently dubbed a 2008 Tierce “the best dry Riesling ever made in the United States.” Enough said!

Happy Summer Sips and stay tuned to Wine Channel TV for more summer sips coming next month!

WINE CHANNEL TV AND FORMENTO’S LAUNCH SIPS OF SUMMER WINE SERIES

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Chicago’s Fulton Market District Takes Center Stage for

Summer Wine Events with Wine Channel TV and Formento’s

CHICAGO, IL (June 12, 2017) — Wine Channel TV and Formento’s are giving Chicago area wine drinkers a reason to celebrate with the launch of Sips of Summer wine events in the dynamic Fulton Market District of Chicago. The series of 6 themed wine events from June through September, kicks off on June 29, 2017 featuring a “Tastes of Sicily” theme.

“This is such an exciting time for wine and food enthusiasts here in Chicago, and around the world,” said Jessica Altieri, CEO-Certified Sommelier, Wine Channel TV. “We are creating a fun and interactive evening with fantastic bites from Formento’s and bringing to life some of the world’s great wine brands.”

“Formento’s is very excited to partner with Wine Channel TV, and to host this unique program throughout the summer,” said Todd Stein, Executive Chef of Formento’s. “We look forward to supporting wine and lifestyle brands and bringing in enthusiasts from Chicago and beyond!”

These 2 hour “live experience” events will feature a wine tasting led by Jessica Altieri, a signature food pairing by Chef Todd Stein, bites from Formento’s and beverages by the sponsor wine brand, interaction with lifestyle brands, Facebook Live streaming with special guests and a raffle.

Formento’s and Wine Channel TV will continue to announce the upcoming themes, dates and sponsors for the remaining Sips of Summer events in the coming weeks.

About Formento’s

Located in the Fulton Market District in Chicago’s bustling West Loop, Formento’s is a true Italian restaurant focused on hospitality. Created as a nod to the co-owner’s grandmother, guests will enjoy traditional Italian family recipes, alongside modern Italian-American favorites. Formento’s menu highlights cherished cuisine in an elevated dining establishment. In addition, Formento’s features a comprehensive wine and beverage program. The wine program is a beautifully curated list, predominantly highlighting wines from Italian regions. Formento’s also features the West Loop’s largest private dining space for a variety of events.

About Wine Channel TV: Founded by award winning CEO – Certified Sommelier, Jessica Altieri, Wine Channel TV ( www.winechanneltv.tv ) and Wine Channel TV Media(www.wctvmedia.com) is the leading digital video network in the wine lifestyle and entertainment market, educating and entertaining millennial and tech savvy wine enthusiasts around the world.

Online link to the press release for Sips of Summer is here: 

http://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2017/06/12/wine-channel-tv-formentos-sips-summer

5 Great Ways to Sip and Shop In Chicago This Summer

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What goes better than sipping a glass of wine and shopping? Chicago offers a lot for visitors and residents who enjoy the finer things in life. Summer is here, and you will find many fun activities to enjoy in Chicago. Take a look at these top 5 picks for sipping wine and shopping.

1. Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival

Browse a selection of over 90 artist’s works over the 385 acres. This festival boasts a variety of local food options to choose from. It is a celebration of art and nature that focuses on a botanical motif. It is an annual event that has a lot going on.

2. Pitchfork Music Festival

The Pitchfork Music Festival happens in Union Park. Enjoy live music, shop vendors, and participate in all of the fun. There are plenty of eating and drinking options to choose from. This year, the Pitchfork Music Festival will occur between July 14- July 16.

3. Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest food festival and it takes place every year. Along with a variety of foods from all over the world, there is music and activities for everyone. Taste of Chicago has happened every year since 1980 at Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park.

4. Friday Art Markets

The Friday Art Markets take place in Daley Plaza. Drink wine from one of the many restaurants and walk through displays of local art and vendors. It’s located in the Loop in Downtown Chicago. It’s a busy area with a famous sculpture named “Picasso,” and with more than 500,000 people visiting it every day.

5. Renegade Craft Fair’s Chicago Pop-Up

Enjoy food and wine from local vendors. A huge selection of handmade goods such as clothes, cosmetics, jewelry, and art make this a fun destination for shopping and wine in Chicago. Renegade Craft Fair is the world’s largest curated showcase for art and design.

Why Wine Tastes Better With Jazz

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Ramsey Lewis has recorded over 80 albums and has received seven gold records and three Grammy Awards so far in his career. His perfect pairing includes his award winning wife, Jan Lewis, who has designed custom jewelry for the Oscars.  His inspiration for music and passion for life, comes in many forms, but usually includes a glass of wine while relaxing at home.  His secret sauce for success; “really, really, love what you do”.

Besides winning 3 Grammys, and carrying the Olympic torch, it’s safe to say Ramsey Lewis enjoys life. What’s his recipe for life and success? What wine is he sipping these days? Who’s behind the inspiration of his legendary album, “Sun Goddess”? Grab a bottle and start searching the internet. Or watch this video…..

Stay tuned to Wine Channel TV for more “sips of summer”!

How To Sip White Wine In Chicago

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It's not a night out in Chicago without a taste of one of these local elixirs. The wine selection in this town is impeccable, but these particular pours are worth a special celebration.

Try a bottle (or two, or three) of these angelic whites for your next indulgent night out.

1. Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar: Michel Gahier "Les Crets" Chardonnay (Arbois, Jura, France)

That's right. This knockout bottle spent the past decade primping and polishing for your tasting pleasure.

2. D.O.C. Wine Bar: King Estate Pinos Gris (Willamette Valley, Oregon)

From the luscious forests of western Oregon comes this juicy favorite.

3. Vera Restaurant & Wine Bar: Pierre Bonnet Val De Loire Chenin Blanc (Saumur, France)

Crisp, refreshing, and perfect for pairing with your favorite vegetable dish. 

4. Bin 36: Weinkellerei H. Lun "Albertus Cantina Vini" Gewurztraminer (Sudtirol-Alto Adige, Italy)

Come and savor one of the most poignant flavors you'll ever experience.

5. Ampersand Wine Bar: Fernlands Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand)

Got a taste for island life? Known for its impeccable Sauvignon Blancs, this region of New Zealand is a hidden treasure for winos everywhere.

6. Enolo Wine Cafe: Nautilas, Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)

Another gem from the Southern Hemisphere, this Sauv. Blanc is a people-pleaser.

7. DiSotto Enoteca: Nuevo Mundo Sauvignon Blanc (Maipo Valley, Chile)

Chilean wines are the unsung heroes of vino and this delicacy from Maipo Valley never disappoints.

8. Boarding House: Balthasar Ress Riesling (Rheingau, Germany)

A Riesling is a Riesling is a Riesling. If you're looking for a sweet escape with a little kick to it, this one is for you.

9. J9 Wine Bar: Chateau Montelena Chardonnay (Napa Valley, California)

Of course, it's not a white wine list without a splendid Chardonnay. Ordering without a menu never tasted so good.

10. 404 Wine Bar: Biohof Pratsch Grüner Veltliner (Austria)

Truly, this Grüner Veltliner is a mouthful to say and to sip.

Inside Sip with Joe Harden Winemaker Robert Mondavi Winery

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Join Wine Channel TV host Jessica Altieri for a featured segment with Robert Mondavi winemaker Joe Harden at Formento’s in Chicago.

In this segment, we learn about Robert Mondavi’s vision back in the 1960’s and how he coined the term, Fumé Blanc. Jessica and Joe talk about the wine and wonderful pairing options for summer or time any time of year.

2015 Robert Mondavi Winery 2015 Fumé Blanc Tasting Notes:

“As with Robert Mondavi’s very first vintage of this innovative style of sauvignon blanc, our 2015 Fumé Blanc adds rich layers of fruit to sauvignon blanc’s mouthwatering freshness. Lemon crème, vine-ripened white peach, and guava are joined by a subtle yet intriguing hint of ginger on a creamy wave of flavor. 96 % Sauvignon Blanc, 4 % Semillon”. (from Robert Mondavi)

Stay tuned for more segments featuring Robert Mondavi winemaker Joe Harden on Wine Channel TV.

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Piven Theatre Workshop 45th Anniversary Gala – Wine Sponsors

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Jessica Altieri, CEO and Founder of Wine Channel TV, curated the wine program for Chicago’s high-end VIP charity event, Once Upon a Stage – Piven Theatre Workshop Gala 2017, honoring Joyce Piven. Over 18 wines from around the world were featured for the 350+ VIP guests in attendance.

Enjoy this brief overview of the wine sponsors’ brands who generously supported our recent Piven Gala Event:

Bodegas Borsao Syrah Spanish in origin, this wine features flavors of dark berries, dried plums, with notes of espresso coffee, pepper and black olives. Its rich and full body complements roast leg of lamb, venison steak and souvlaki.

Bodegas Borsao -Tres Picos Grenache Another favorite, it boasts a very intense cherry red color with tones of purple and offers a great concentration of aromas of ripe red fruit with floral nuances. This well-structured, rich wine evokes hints of blackberry and plum and tones of leather and vanilla.

Bodegas Borsao – Rose A clear, bright raspberry-tinged wine produced from the best Garnacha grapes. Fruity, enchanting aromas evoke flavors of banana strawberry custard, macadamia cookie, and spiced cherries with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body. A very attractive rose for everyday enjoyment best paired with fish or turkey.

Concrete – Cabernet Sauvignon This cab is lush and firm in the style of the vintage made with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackberry jam, currants and cassis notes are well-balanced with firm tannins. The big and bold entry from Lodi, California is the perfect accompaniment to a juicy steak or pasta bolognese.

Donnafugata – Lighea The first thing you notice about this Sicilian entry is its striking straw yellow color with green undertones. It offers a rich and fragrant bouquet with classic notes of orange blossom combined with scents of saturn peaches and Mediterranean scrub which can even hold up to fried fish.

Cantine San Marzano – Tramari Rosé di Primitivo Salento A fresh and elegant wine, it is softly rosé-colored, yet intense at the same time with cherry and raspberry notes. Originating from Puglia, Italy (“the heel” of the Italian boot), it is best served with Italian-style starters like antipasti or slightly-aged cheeses.

Cantine San Marzano – Sessantanni Primitivo di Manduria Intense ruby-red color, wide and complex to the nose, fruity, with a prune and cherry jam aroma, with notes of tobacco, even slightly spicy. Look for the notes of cocoa, vanilla and coffee at the end. Try this one with savory first courses or alone for your evening meditation.

Gloria Ferrer – Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blanc Its lively acidity comes from using only Chardonnay, hence “the white of whites” reference in its name. Aromas of crisp green apple and Asian pear come through with just a hint of toasty brioche. The finish features hints of creme brulee. Yum!

Laurent-Perrier – Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brut NV It features a pale, golden hue and tiny effervescent bubbles. A delicate yet complex nose, fresh and well-balanced with hints of citrus and white fruits. It is a perfect aperitif drink, and it paired most suitably with fish, poultry and pork.

Lenz Moser – Grüner Veltliner Get ready for summer with this entry! Fresh and friendly green pear notes. This crisp grüner pairs well with a variety of foods.

Masottina – Extra Dry, Prosecco di Conegliano A fresh green apple nose and palate offering a lovely balance between sweet and refreshing. The fruit undertones in this wine include a hint of pear and lemon zest. Best when served with pork dishes.

Masottina – Le Rive di Ogliano Millesimato Extra Dry, Prosecco di Conegliano Another striking straw-yellow entry with suggestions of hay, mint, pear and fruit stone notes backed by eucalyptus (surprise!) on the nose. Be prepared for a peppery palate with a clean, well-structured attack yet short-lived finish. This friendly wine pairs well with soft goat cheeses.

Opolo Vineyards – Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles A rich, full choice with a ruby color. One taster notes “flavors of beeswax candle, vanilla nougat, and berry pie crust with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an engaging finish with notes of mocha cream and spiced berries with firm tannins.” Very versatile; try it with meat or vegetarian dishes.

Opolo Vineyards – Albariño Edna Valley An extremely well-balanced and well-integrated wine. Classic Albariño taste aromas of honeysuckle, tangerine, and grapefruit. Creaminess and depth pair well with crisp acidity in this popular entry.

Opolo Vineyards – Viognier Central Coast California This Viognier possesses notes of mango, peach, and orange blossom with a hint of rose. Barrel aging in French Oak results in this complex, fragrant wine with a toasty finish. A great alternative to Chardonnay.

Raymond Vineyards – 40th Anniversary Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Forty never looked better on this release, right down to its elegant, velvet label making the anniversary of the first vintage made by the winery. The special wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauv, Petite Verdot, Petite Sirah and Malbec. The grapes were sourced from Raymond’s certified organic and Biodynamic® vineyards in Rutherford and St. Helena, California.

Robert Mondavi Winery Maestro Red Blend Napa Valley A dark, deeply-colored Bordeaux with Merlot leading the orchestra. Juicy plum and cassis fruit notes play effortlessly with violet, cinnamon, and unsweetened cocoa in sumptuous sips full of vibrant flavor. The red blend of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot varietals ends with a crescendo of peppery spice.

Vivanco Viura -Tempranillo Blanco-Maturana Blanca Rioja The first wine in Rioja, and in the whole world, to be made with this unique blend. Using traditional Viura as the base and main variety (50%), the wine includes, for the first time, two grapes which are exclusive to Rioja: Tempranillo Blanco and Maturana Blanca. It features a fruity, intense aroma of bananas, citrus fruit and tropical fruit with underlying floral notes.

Top 5 Ultimate Chicago Hotel Wine Bars

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Go For The Wine: 5 Chicago Hotels Worth Visiting For Their World-Class Wine Bars

 

We know that Chicago is blessed with a solid and still burgeoning wine scene, but how is the wine situation at some of the city’s favorite hotels, you ask? For tourists and locals alike, there is an impressive collection of wine bars and lounges connected to just as lovely hotels and make for a memorable night out, lunch, dinner or happy hour. The exotic atmosphere of sitting in a luxe lounge, sipping on a sassy new Shiraz that you’ve discovered, and being surrounded by an interesting international crowd is something that’s hard to beat and hard to find elsewhere. We’ve rounded up five hits below that should definitely be up top on your to-sip list.

The Peninsula Chicago

Two worthy wine watering holes can be found inside the lavish definition of luxury, The Peninsula Chicago. Pierrot Gourmet is the true blue wine bar (and bistro) of the two, where a Parisian-esque outdoor area blends beautifully with their bright, friendly interior made of light wood. Sample seasonal, festive fair paired with complimenting European wines and flights, to the sounds of traditional music for special occasions. Later, mosey into another one of their drinking establishments,The Bar, for a more lounge-like vibe with their darker lighting and cozy armchairs to relax in.

Virgin Hotel Chicago

Two Zero Three is a casual spot adjacent to Virgin Hotels’ Chicago property in the Loop, where you can find a creative approach to wine drinking at this coffee and wine bar combo. Listen to old records spin and grab a book from their collection, as you nibble on cheese or other light fare with your Moscato...the perfect scene. If you get sleepy part way through your wine date, try one of their clever coffee concoctions to perk you back up. One thing to make note of is, as it’s also a coffee shop, their 7pm closing time - you’ll just have to get started drinking earlier in the day, in this case!

Cambria Hotel & Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile

52Eighty Rooftop Lounge at Cambria Hotel & Suites has a lot going for it, starting with of course its prime location boasting rooftop views while you taste the latest trendy wine to sweep the city off its feet. Sit inside or out and get the vistas either way, without having to worry about what kind of weather the predictably Windy City has cooked up. Enjoy fine charcuterie joined with an equally fine wine from their long yet carefully curated list, and to continue on the wine trail the hotel itself regularly hosts international wine events; it even has an on-site wine shop.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago

Right next to the hotel, South Water Kitchen is technically a full-service restaurant, but their wine list is also full enough to satisfy even the most stuffy of wine aficionados. Supporting mainly American west coast wineries, they cover all types while bringing these same flavors gracefully into their food offerings. Try the vegetarian-friendly zucchini with white wine garlic sauce, or alternatively, the Midwestern star walleye with red wine veal demi. Their moody, dark wood-finished interior with simple mosaic-adorned floor is comfortable and inviting, coaxing you to stay for hours savoring the homey goodness.

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

Another winner along the truly Magnificent Mile comes at Sofitel’s Le Bar, where their massive windows and roaring fireplace are only the beginning of the classy, comfy outing you’ll have here. Cutting-edge fiber optic lighting is sure to wow you and any company you bring, so suggest this for a future outing and get mega style points. Champagne is in abundance on the menu, and you can nibble on wine-centric tapas to exquisitely complement the bubbly, including generous servings of fresh bread, cured meats and selected cheeses. Don’t miss the chance to try many options at once in their tempting combination of wine flight and cheese flight together.

Join Jessica Altieri, Chicago Wine Tasting Expert and CEO of Wine Channel TV for the Summer of Sips on Wine Channel TV

10 Great Chicago Wine Bars

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Wine Channel TV and host Jessica Altieri present 10 GREAT CHICAGO WINE BARS for your sipping pleasure here in the Windy City. And yes there are many more to visit, but these 10 are a great start to getting your Chicago Wine Bar tour going for 1017 

The Chicago wine scene has gained some serious street credit recently due to the explosion of wine bars showing up in every corner of the city, so if you're in the area and looking for a great atmosphere in which to enjoy a glass of your favorite vino, take a look at 10 of the best wine bars in the Chicago area.  

Webster's Wine BarOne of the most acclaimed wine bars in Chicago, Webster's Wine Bar is a great stomping ground for wine newbies and seasoned connoisseurs alike. Listed by The Wall Street Journal as "one of the 5 best wine bars in the country", Webster's boasts a massive wine list of over 500 labels, and offers delicious small plates for any peckish patrons.

The Lunatic, The Lover, and The PoetLocated inside of an old hardware store, this rustic-chic spot has three levels to explore, including a main floor eatery and wine bar, a lounge, and a basement wine room. 

VeraIf you find yourself with a strong appetite while on your search for the perfect wine bar, stop by Vera and experience their Spanish influenced dining menu. Located just under the train tracks in the West Loop Neighborhood, the atmosphere is intimate and inviting, and Vera boasts a hearty selection of wine and spirits.

Rootstock Wine & Beer BarFounded by three former Webster Wine Bar employees in the Humboldt Park area, Rootstock has a wine list to end all other wine lists. If the offerings prove to be too overwhelming for you to choose from, they also offer wine flights to allow you to sample several wines at once.

Bar PastoralBar Pastoral, a spin off of the artisan cheese and wine shop, Pastoral, is an intimate and relaxed neighborhood bistro celebrating local and global wine, meat, and cheese offerings. 

AppellationLike Bar Pastoral, Appellation is another wine bar and restaurant branching off from the wine and cheese shop, Pastoral. Specializing in modern American fare and delicious wines, the menu is simple and satisfying, and the atmosphere is rustic-chic and approachable.

AmpersandOffering a warm atmosphere and delicious desserts, small plates, and comfort foods, Ampersand is a great spot to visit for fantastic happy hour specials. Ampersand also offers a monthly wine subscription club that includes bottles of their favorite wines, private dinners to preview new menus, and private after-hours tastings. 

J9 Wine BarTouted as "an upscale neighborhood wine bar" with a relaxed atmosphere, J9 is truly the place for neighbors and friends to casually mingle and partake in global wines, cocktails, and small plates while enjoying each other's company. 

EnoEno is a delightfully cozy and inviting take on the conventional wine tasting room, and the staff is incredibly passionate about what they do, insisting that they are "committed to your education in wine, cheese, and chocolate". Be sure to try one of their blind wine flights to test your wine knowledge and even find some new favorites to add to your wine rack at home.

The Twisted VineInitially started as a wine and gift retailer called The Gourmet Grape, The Twisted Vine is a wine and whiskey bar with a super laid back atmosphere. They offer very light snacks, but encourage guests to bring along their own food to enjoy on the premises as well. This bar is a great place to socialize with friends, and they provide a whole host of board games to challenge friends and strangers alike.