Make Wine and Beer in Chicago at Bev Art

As a sommelier, I have to say it is great to know about wines from around the globe, all kinds of beer styles, and much about spirits and liqueurs.  But wouldn't it be great if you actually HOW to make your own tasty alcoholic beverages?  There is a way to do it right here in Chicago- at Bev Art in the Beverly neighborhood.  The owner, Greg Fischer, has been making wine since he was a young boy.  He has also been supplying and educating people to make their own wine and beer for over 15 years!


The Windy City Wine Guy plans on making some beer and wine with Greg in the upcoming months.  Look for upcoming articles, photos, and video!

At Festa Italiana with Bolla Wines

Windy City Wine Guy attended the Festa Italiana in Little Italy on Taylor St. and encountered Bolla Wines.  They are being distributed by Judge and Dolph and have recently unveiled two new wines: dry Riesling and Pinot Noir.


By the way- the Riesling was light, dry and fruity- a definite summer hit.  The Pinot Noir was extremely light and short on flavor.  Many more Pinots I can recommend for around the same price.

My House Red: Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red

The first of many videos...introducing my standard issue House Red from Tamarack Cellars:


This wine is a rich red with nice dark berry, coffee, and chocolate flavor.  It can be slightly peppery and goes great with almost all food from pasta to grilled meat.  Very versatile and a pleasure to have on the shelf.  Retails for around $18.