Wine Consortium

(312)791-9999 110 East 23rd Street
Chicago, IL 60616-2116
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  • Blaufränkisch is a Cabernet lover’s best friend, but still very much its own grape. And that's an asset in today’s wine climate. Generations of wine drinkers stuck to the same old grapes - but this is an era that privileges discovery. Blaufränkisch is not new, per say, but an increasing number of Americans are gulping it down by the bottle. Plan... Read More

    From the article The Very Best of Blaufrankisch Wine


  • You know the wines of Tuscany, sure – but it’s such a blanket term. Drill a bit deeper and there’s a world of hidden gems to discover far beyond the ones you already know. The area around the town of Grosseto, along the Mediterranean coast in southwest Tuscany, is known as Maremma. The coastal location benefits from the region’s prized maritime ... Read More

    From the article One of Tuscany's Best Kept Secrets


  • On the last night of Nebbiolo Prima, something quite unusual happened: we left the area of Barolo and drove thirty minutes south, to the township of Dogliani, where nebbiolo is not grown. While this did seem a bit odd at first, there were a few good explanations for it: This year, the annual event sponsored by Albeisa that focuses on the new rel... Read More

    From the article Superior Summer Reds: Dolcetto


  • Prosecco has taken the world of wine by storm but my friends know my thoughts on this popular Italian sparkler….Pay The Extra Quid (PTEQ!)…that’s ‘PTED’ (dime) the U.S. of course; there are some very average bottles of Prosecco on our shelves.Prosecco is from northeast Italy, more precisely from five Veneto provinces (Treviso, Venice, Vicenza, P... Read More

    From the article Prosecco Has Become The Default Bubbly


  • Maybe they had wanted to use Meritage (also OK in this instance as a generic term) but were afraid of that shortsighted Napa-ish consortium that tried to control the term and its use a decade or two ago. I think your guess about two-is-better-than-one marketing terminology coverage is very likely.Claret was generally the term used from hundreds ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Claret, other historical wine...


  • Spinning this discussion out from another thread.To start with, here is a report, with queries, from one of our regulars: Reply by EMark, 2 hours ago.OK, here's an everything-but-the-kitchen sink wine:Get a load of this (from the back label)76% Cabernet Sauvignon8% Syrah5% Petit Verdot3% Cabernet Franc3% Malbec3% Merlot2% Petite SirahAlso, the f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Claret, other historical wine...


  • It all started with a Facebook post.  This past week the Australian Broadcast Corporation's (ABC) Natalie Whiting ran a story about a McLaren Vale winemaker who offered up through Facebook an excess block of grapes for anyone who was willing to use the purchase for charity. The response to winemaker Jock Harvey's call, Whiting wrote, was phenome... Read More

    From the article Wine Community Bands Together To Help Aussie Homeless


  • They've got the trains; all they need is the track. A team of investors and dreamers is trying to reinstate the now-defunct Barossa wine train, a rail-runner which once transported wine enthusiasts through Australia's arguably most famous wine region.  “The wine train operated for more than four years from 1998, but the operation ceased in 2003,... Read More

    From the article Aussie Wine Train May Resurrect Its Choo-Choo Travels


  • Reading through an extensive wine list to select your favorite red or white is becoming a thing of that past in one chain of restaurants in Singapore. According to Channel News Asia, self-service wine dispensers from WineStation are starting to appear in the city's restaurants. The booming metropolis' food and beverage purveyors say the novel me... Read More

    From the article Singapore Sippers Going Automatic in City's Restaurants


  • The Old World wines have always been a hit in the New World, and an article released by Reuters earlier this year indicates the love affair between old and new isn't letting up. “Although Italy is the world's largest wine exporter, Italians are drinking less wine as American consumption rises,” Reuters reported.  The driving force behind the con... Read More

    From the article Americans Drink More Italian Wines Than Italians


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