We ran into Orin Swift's tasting room just before closing Saturday night. It's a cozy, well appointed space on Main Street.
The wines at Orin Swift are very good. My Dad and I love Papillon and Mom's favorite was Abstract. The wines have great structure and tannin but plenty of fruit to balance it out.
The tasting was hectic. Main Street at 5pm on a Saturday night is a zoo. I would not recommend going at such a busy hour. Orin Swift did their best to handle the crowd and they did not rush us at all. Unfortunately, due to the constant demand for pours, I was not able to ask questions about the wine or their winemaking process.
You should definitely make it to Orin Swift if you're on Mainstreet. Just make sure you go at a less hectic time.
Can you believe Thanksgiving is TOMORROW? I still have tons to do to get ready for our family dinner, but I CANNOT WAIT to eat a ton of food, take lots of naps, and indulge in great wine.
Speaking of tasty juice, here are my picks for 5 Wines to Serve on Thanksgiving:
It has come to my attention that low calorie cocktails are becoming a thing. I came across Slim Lizzy's at the Go Blog Social pop-up earlier this month. These canned cocktails are perfect for mixing (hello champagne!) and they offer big flavor without all the guilt of high calorie beverages. Seems like a win to me. Here's the recipe for one of their new Fall drinks:
It's Fall Beer season and cold weather swept Chicago with a vengence last weekend. We decided this was the perfect time to host a mini-Oktoberfest of sorts, thus our 1st Annual Seasonal Beer Taste Off was born.
Lakeshore Beverage is a Chicago Distributor of craft breweries and cideries from around the world. They host fun and unique events within their space and they work with writers on educational pieces about beer and the industry. It's a vast topic and there's always more to learn!
During a long tasting day, we stopped into Alexander Valley Vineyards because we've heard great things about their wine. The Vineyard has a beautiful wine cave on the property, which was unfortunately closed when we arrived.
We chose to go to the Silver Oak location in Geyserville because we guessed it would be less hectic than their Napa Valley tasting room, and we were right. The Geyserville location is quiet, stately, and relaxed. They spent a lot of time giving us background on their wines and we enjoyed sharing their passion for Cabernet Sauvignon.