Chip Dudley, Tom Hall, & Lainie Petersen report on Chicago's wine scene: Shops, events, tastings, restaurants, and favorite bottles. Our show broadcasts live on WCGO Radio (1590 AM & 95.9 FM) on Sunday mornings at 10 am central time and streams live from the station's website (WCGORadio.com) as well as our Facebook & YouTube pages. The audio-only podcast is released on Wednesday. chicagowinereport.substack.com
Up with Sylvaner! -- An interview with Collin Moody of Vom Boden
42:49This episode features Collin Moody of Vom Boden, a Chicago distributor focusing on German and Austrian wineries! Collin has a great backstory about his history in the food/beverage/wine business and was kind enough to lead us in tasting some fantastic wines from Vom Boden's portfolio.
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Meet the hosts + Jennifer Van Buren from Wine Dogs Imports
52:09This week’s show features a round-robin conversation between all three hosts and a short interview with Jennifer Van Buren of Wine Dogs Imports. We caught up with Jennifer at a New Zealand and Australian wine tasting hosted by Bodin Street Wines & Spirits.
Wine harvest uprising & mindful drinking: Interviews with Daniel Pyne & Morten Sorensen
51:59The first is Daniel Pyne of Pyne Properties who talked about his experiences working a French wine harvest and making the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.Then, Tom interviewed Morten Sorensen of ISH Spirits. They had a fascinating discussion about how Morten champions mindful drinking with his line of non-alcoholic sparkling wines, spirits, and canned cocktails.(Use code MINDFUL10 to save 10% on your ISH order!)
Tinned fish and potato chips: Talking with Mia Sakai of Àndale Market
49:46This week we welcomed Mia Sakai of Àndale Market, an Andersonville specialty grocer with a beautiful selection of foods from around the world. Looking for wine snacks? Visit Àndale Market for conservas, Spanish potato chips, charcuterie, cheese, and other delightful treats. We at the Chicago Wine Report are grateful to our sponsors and supporters! Without them, we would not be able to bring you our show, newsletter, and social media content each week.Thank you to:Velocity Courier offers professional delivery services in the Chicago area. Yes, they deliver wine and have a lot of experience in doing so! Contact them at: (312) 944-0754.Pyne Properties: "Broker, Investor, Advisor." Your one-stop shop for residential and commercial real estate brokerage. Need help finding a place to live? Dan's your man! Give him a call at (877) 944-3744.Birch Road: We tape a lot of our shows at this amazing BYOB club with locations in Chicago, Denver, and Seattle. Please tell our sponsors, guests, and supporters that you heard about them on the Chicago Wine Report!
From English major to wine educator: Diana Hamann of The Wine Goddess
50:45Our guest this week is Diana Hamann, owner of The Wine Goddess, a wine bar and shop in Evanston, Illinois. Diana is an experienced wine educator who offers her patrons numerous opportunities to learn more about wine. She also has a fascinating story about how she went from being an English major to entering the wine industry as an educator, consultant, and business owner. A special thank you to our sponsor, Velocity Courier in Chicago!
The wines of Mexico: A conversation with Bodin Street Wines & Spirits
48:53This week’s show featured Susan VanKoughnett and Laura Busso of Bodin Street Wines & Spirits.Bodin Street, by the way, specializes in Mexican wines and spirits, and we got to taste two outstanding Mexican wines on the show: Vina Cava Big Blend and Casa Jipi Sauvignon Blanc!
Boxed wine and beautiful bubbly with Rendi Graham of Anderson Ganne
49:44Our guest this week was Rendi Graham of Anderson Ganne wines, an importer of French wines and the originator of the Vin de Terrasse boxed wines. We also talked the 2022 Chicago Reader "Best Of" nominees, included some tips for taking care of stemware, and shared some upcoming wine events in Chicago.
A conversation with sommelier Derrick C. Westbrook
53:38Our guest this week is sommelier Derrick C. Westbrook, a co-owner of Juice @ 1340 who has directed wine programs at NEXT and Elizabeth. He was recognized by Wine Enthusiast magazine as a 40 Under 40 Tastemaker and was the first African-American in the wine industry to grace the publication’s cover. We had a fabulous conversation about his journey to wine, his musical approach to wine and wine education, and how he introduces wines to his customers.Each week we get together for a production meeting. This is also a great opportunity to try out some wines. This week we had two very different wines that came in at very different price points. Still, we enjoyed both immensely!The Curator 2021 (South African white blend by A.A. Badenhorst) $13 at Augusta Food & WineCarl Ehrhard “Frau Ehrhard Naturlich” 2017 (low-intervention, slight skin-contact, German Riesling) from Independent Spirits. $30.Lainie also reported on a tasting of ISH non-alcoholic wines and spirits offered at Birch Road in Roscoe Village.ISH products are available locally at:Bendición Dry BarFoxtrotYou can also get 10% off your first order at ISH’s US website with code MINDFUL10.
Charcuterie and cheese and wine, OH MY!
47:41Our January 8th, 2023 podcast featured Tess Moon of That Board Cheese & Cracker, an excellent catering company specializing in charcuterie and party boards. We met Tess at Birch Road where she is a member and were so pleased to have her in the studio. We talked about how she came to start her business, ideas for catering and party planning, and, of course, wine!Tom was good enough to prepare an excellent report on how de-alcoholized wine gets that way and led us on a tasting of an alcohol-removed wine.I (Lainie) spent the week hunting for a good charcuterie wine. I found one at Augusta Food & Wine’s regular Thursday tasting: Cesari Jùsto 2019, a Merlot & Corvina blend. It turns out, however, that everyone else at the tasting decided that it was too delicious to resist, and Augusta’s stock was sold out in 24 hours. The shop’s staff came to the rescue, however, and recommended a little gem: Gaspard Pinot Noir by Jenny & François. A super-affordable and quite delicious Pinot Noir from the Loire Valley.We also answered a question about a good cork for unfinished bottles of wine and, of course, streamed news of upcoming Chicago-area wine events. Get full access to Chicago Wine Report at chicagowinereport.substack.com/subscribe