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Wine of the Week: Freixenet Casa Sala

Much has been written about comparisons between French Champagne and Spanish Cavas, their word for sparkling wines.

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Marshall opens the Chicago Intl Film Festival – A Black legal super hero

On June 13, 1967, when President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Thurgood Marshall as the 96th Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, he said, "it was the right thing to do."

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Wine of the Week – Bodegas Prado Rey Crianza 2014-$12

One of the current best values in Spanish red wines is the fabulous 2014 Crianza from Bodegas Prado Rey.

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Wine of the Week Fidora Organic Prosecco DOC from Venice

From a 600–year-old Benedictine estate near the Lagoon of Venice in the Veneto wine growing region of northeastern Italy comes a rare organic Prosecco that rivals any sparkling wine from France.

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Wine of the Week – Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Villages Red and White Reserve

ummer seems to be lingering into fall. Its terrific to have a refreshing French wine from the Rhone Valley, in both Red and White incarnations, made from organic grapes that is both flavorful and affordable.

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Wine of the Week – Zonin Prosecco $12

Warm summer weather is lingering well into the early days of fall.

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Goodman Theatre 2017 Season opener- A View From The Bridge

Goodman Theatre of Chicago opened its 2017 season with the Arthur Miller classic, A View From The Bridge.

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Wine of the Week: Hail Niro! Pecorino Wine from Abruzzo, Italy ($18)

A terrific wine for under $20 that is an expression of everything that the indigenous grapes of central Italy are all about. Niro Pecorino 2014 is made from the Pecorino grape; an ancient, native grape that is so named because it is the first to ripen and attracts the attention of grazing sheep, called Pecora in Italian. This wine is made in a region that has been famous for winemaking since the time of the Romans, and the current winemakers take advantage of both traditional and modern techniques to create a stunning wine that is full of tropical fruit and herb flavors. Think pineapple, white grapefruit, hints of Meyer lemon and touches of fresh sage or wild oregano, with a hint of the rich mineral soil in which the grapes are grown, and you have the complete flavor profile of Niro Pecorino.

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Wine of the Week: Vado Prosecco Superiore-$21.49

Labor Day 2017 is just a few days away (Monday, Sept. 4). It's a great opportunity to both toast the end of summer and great your best friends and family members to a real treat; Valdo Prosecco Superiore ()$21.49), straight from the birthplace of Prosecco, the Valdobbiadene located near the city of Treviso, in the Veneto wine growing region, located in the Alpine-Dolomite mountain range. If  you were to fly there, you'd probably land in Venice and get there by train or car through some of the most beautiful mountainside vineyards imaginable. The sparkling wine is made from %100 Glrea grapes, the white wine variety that is native to the region. Once called the prosecco grape, it was changed back to its original name Glera, to avoid all confusion. So many countries were claiming the name prosecco and using any number of local and international grape varieties in the process, that government officials in the Italian region decided to clarify things once and for all. Prosecco is from northern Italy and the true processo grape is the Glera grape.

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Toast the sun’s Eclipse with a final taste of summer – Sicilian style

Donnafugata SURSUR 2016 ($20) is a spirited, delicious way to celebrate the final, waning days of summer and toast the Solar Eclipse. SURSUR is a youthful, fruity wine, called Grillo. It has the smell of a bouquet of elderflowers and has the taste of a basket of ripe peaches and a hint of rosemary. Grillo is an ancient Sicilian grape variety. The name also is the nickname for the cricket, a cute little animal that is supposed to bring good luck. The name SURSUR also means cricket in the classical Arabic language that was once spoken in Sicily when the early North African settlers inhabited the land as the first winemakers.

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