Vintage Spirits & Wine

(847)277-7081 716 South Northwest Highway
Barrington, IL 60010-4620
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  • This past month the Indian Wine Academy published a brief history of the country's modern wine industry, one that encompasses a mere 15 years.  Writer Subhash Arora penned the story for India's food and wine magazine UpperCrust. His history concluded with a synopsis of the country's wine industry.  “The wine drinking culture is on the increase, ... Read More

    From the article Indian Wine School Reviews 15 Years of Country's Vino History


  • It never hurts to let things breath. This past week the Irish Examiner recounted the history of the decanter, noting its roots in antiquity and tracking its lineage from there through the Renaissance and to the present day. “Decanters were never just a matter of getting the wine to the glass in good condition,” reporter Kya de Longchamps wrote. ... Read More

    From the article Delighting in the Decanter: Irish Publication Peruses History of Pourer


  • There are dozens of sparkling wines made around the world – Champagne (probably the most well-known) and another 20 or so similar wines made in France; Cava made in Spain; Portuguese Espumante; Spumante and four more Italian sparklers; Sekt made in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic; Russian Sovetskoye Shampanskoye; Cap Classique from South... Read More

    From the article The Low-Down on Cava


  • Sandra and I were fortunate yesterday to attend a quickly sold out (57 minutes after the e-mail went out to the RdV Ambassador members, it was fully booked) 'Introduction to Blind Tasting' class at our favorite Northern Virginia winery, RdV.  Getting our two slots in this class was tough, as we didn't call them until 5 or 6 hours after their e-m... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Have you taken a blind wine...


  • Port wine. Is it what your granny might drink? Well one of the many charms of Port is that the last bottle I tasted was harvested, vinified and put in a barrel way before my granny (may she rest in peace) was even born. Actually, I’m not sure my great-great grandmother was born either. To find out would require referencing some very stuffy, dust... Read More

    From the article Port Wine Brings You Closer to Christmas Past


  • I don't know if anyone else here has a taste for Calvados, but to me it's great stuff and a favorite, ever since I first ran into it at a working class zinc bar in Paris as the shot accompaniment to a demi tasse. Soon graduated to the better stuff, drunk after dinner most frequently, but even as an aperitif (and an accompaniment to oysters as I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • The “Practical Winery  & Vineyard Journal” released the results of University California, Davis',  2014 wine industry CEO survey as part of the publication's fall issue.  The journal, published, twice a year, includes industry news  which appeals to a variety of wine enthusiasts. This year's CEO survey questions covering a variety of topics in t... Read More

    From the article Wine CEO's Label Wine The "Original Craft" As Craft Beer, Cocktails Challenge


  • Judges awarded 112 gold medals to New Zealand wines at the 2012 Air New Zealand Wine Awards (ANZWA). In a statement released by ANZWA early this morning, Chair of Judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich lauded, in particular, this year's pinot noirs, which scored big at this year's awards with 27 gold medals. “These wines are ripe and conce... Read More

    From the article Pinot Noirs Lead the Way at Kiwi Wine Awards


  • I drank a bottle of $10 Barbaresco the other day.Barbaresco is a wine region situated in Piemonte, Italy’s North West, just to the south of Torino. It is the sister wine of the better known Barolo and is similarly made entirely from the indigenous grape Nebbiolo. The wines are aged for over two years at the winery and released three years from t... Read More

    From the article Why Wine Should Know Its Place


  • Bordeaux gets a bad rap for several reasons. the top wines are ridiculously expensive. They also require significant time in the cellar to really show their stuff, and the style of these wines has changed over the years, becoming bolder, riper, and to many palates both less fresh and less complex. That’s the problem with expensive Bordeaux, but ... Read More

    From the article Values in Bordeaux?


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