A Six Month Reflection and Thank You

At the end of November, I decided to pursue my love of wine writing and consulting full time.  What an amazing six months I’ve had.

First, my little girl was born – a month early!  I had the opportunity to be a part of my daughter’s life everyday. I can’t describe how thankful I am for entering parenthood with my wife. We have quite a bit to learn, but the experience to date has been fantastic!

I was featured in ChicagoNow and Chicagoist, two local publications that celebrate the everyday Chicagoan that loves what they do.   I joined the writing team at the Ritz-Carlton residents as their Resident Sommelier. I even had the opportunity to be featured on the new deals site, Foxling.

I had the unique opportunity to help two businesses with their inventory needs. I worked with Catbridge Wine Cellars to stock over 200 sustainably farmed, organic and biodynamic wines and recently crafted Wholey Guacomole’s (soon to be Guanajuato) entire wine, beer and tequila list.

One of my favorite things to do is work side by side with people that want to know more about wine.  In the last six months, I was invited to run private events, ranging from birthday parties to corporate get togethers.  Aside from spending time with my family, nothing beats educating someone on the qualities of a good vintage.

Lastly, I recently learned that I was one of 12 bloggers selected to attend a VIP excursion through Washington wine country, leading up to the annual Wine Bloggers’ Conference in Walla Walla.  I almost flew out of my chair when I received the email about me being selected. This wouldn’t have been possible had I not made this career decision in late November.

I’d like to thank everyone for helping make these last six months incredible.  Your support and love of wine makes my days fly by. I’m working on a series of projects to help make your wine choices even more accessible to you on a daily basis. Stay tuned for updates. See you at the next event!

With love and appreciation,

The Windy City Wine Guy

Reynoso Family Vineyards Wine Review

I recently received free wines to sample from Reynoso Family Vineyards and was not just happy with the flavor, but their story as well.  They come from an Alexander Valley winery with a Chicago twist.  The owners, Joe and Elena Reynoso, were career Chicagoans.  Joe was a trader and wine collector, while Elena was Continue reading

50% Off Private Wine Tasting Hosted by Windy City Wine Guy!

Check out this amazing deal on Foxling: A Private wine tasting hosted by yours truly, a certified sommelier, for 50% off!  You choose the venue and I’ll help you select great wines and food pairings for you and your friends/family.  Everyone will learn about wine, sample food and wine and have alot of fun.  This limited time offer is good for less than 12 more hours, so jump on it fast! Continue reading

Windy City Al Fresco Dining

The sun is peaking out, the city looks alot more green and the temperatures are rising.  That means it’s time for Dining Al Fresco!  Having a few drinks and a good meal outdoors is what makes for great times and memories, and it’s hard to find a better city than Chicago for outdoor dining.  So many great restaurants, bars and lounges to choose from with scenic patio views, haute cuisine, excellent wine lists and craft cocktails.  Here’s a few of the best I’ve picked out for you:

Kentucky Derby 2010

We’re about an hour away from the start of the Kentucky Derby 2010, one of the most celebrated events in US history.  The race dates all the way back to 1875 and has become “The most exciting 2 minutes in sports.”  It is held at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky but people everywhere, even in Chicago, are heavily involved.  Let’s run through some of the history, specifics and places you can watch in Chicago: Continue reading

Upcoming Posts

Hi everyone!  Spring is here and for wine that means new life in the Northern Hemisphere and Harvest and Crush in the Southern Hemisphere.  There’s alot going on, it’s been a very busy month and I have so much to share.  Here’s a little bit about what you can expect from the Windy City Wine Guy in the next week: Continue reading

Celebrate Earth Day with Organic Wine

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a celebration of environmental awareness.  It’s observed every April 22nd and I can’t think of any better way to enjoy it than to pop open a bottle (or two!) of wine made with organically grown grapes!  Here are a few selections which I recommend: Continue reading