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Ari Bendersky

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Great Wines for Beyond Earth Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 4:59 PM

2010-04-23-earthday.jpgWe all want to do our part to help the planet (except maybe that guy who just tossed his McDonald's bag out his car window) by changing out lightbulbs, using non-toxic cleaning chemicals and eating more locally grown food. We don't just have...

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Stay Warm This Winter With Big California Reds

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2010 | 12:51 PM

In late 1999, I moved to San Francisco to be with my partner, but also to fulfill a dream of living in California. It was everything I thought it could be and more, and it was in SF that I was truly exposed to incredibly fresh produce and food prepared...

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New Year's Sparklers: Bubbles for Every Budget

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2009 | 10:25 AM

If it feels like New Year's Eve snuck up on you this year, you're not alone. It's been a whirlwind 2009, what with the economy, bizarre weather patterns, missed Olympic opportunities and too many scandals in Illinois politics to really want to rehash. With that, it's about time to put...

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U2 Energizes Chicago During North American Tour Kickoff

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2009 | 2:02 AM

With the hovering, all-encompassing 360-degree stage setup, otherwise known as "the Claw," U2 came to Chicago's Soldier Field Saturday night to kick off the North American leg of their current world tour -- the first time since 1997 they're performing in outdoor stadiums.

As with everything U2 does, this show...

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Salute! Raise a Glass to Italian Wines

(4) Comments | Posted August 7, 2009 | 5:19 PM

When many people think of Italian wine they think of Chianti Classico, but truth is, there are about 1,500 grape varieties in Italy--more than any other wine growing area in the world. Some, like Sangiovese (the grape grown in Chianti, which is a region and not a grape), Nebbiolo or...

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Understanding German Riesling: It's Not All Sweet

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2009 | 5:47 PM

Riesling is possibly the most misunderstood grape varietal in the wine world, especially when it comes to American palates. Ask your average wine drinker in the U.S. what they think of Riesling and they'll undoubtedly say it's sweet. In many instances they're right. But Riesling runs the gamut from super-sweet...

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Phish Brings Frenzied Energy to Alpine Valley 6/20/09

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2009 | 10:15 AM


There are certain things the members of Phish do really well. They can play guitars while bouncing on trampolines. They write quirky lyrics that could easily find themselves on a kids' music album. And one can even play a vacuum.

But what...

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Summertime Is Rose Wine Season

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2009 | 8:38 PM

If you think pink wine is for frail old ladies who don't know anything but (gag) White Zin, it's time to think again. Rosé has stealthily made a comeback over the last few years and has found a respectable place once again with the wine world's biggest critics.


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The Dead Return ... and the Kids They Dance and Shake Their Bones

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2009 | 7:02 PM

2009-05-07-stealface.jpgThey say you can never go back. That you should let the past be the past. But sometimes the past becomes the present, making things a little more fresh, yet at the same time still retro.

The past caught up to us the...

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It's Wine With Seafood at Glenn's Diner

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2009 | 7:30 PM

Last week a small group of us went to Glenn's Diner on Montrose. Since the menu is fairly eclectic between the diner fare (including amazing Shrimp BLT po'boys) and the dozen or so fresh fish and seafood items flown in daily, pairing was going to be a little tricky....

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Who Wants (Organic) Wine?

(5) Comments | Posted April 3, 2009 | 7:33 PM

A few weeks ago, with everyone's panties in a bunch about St. Patrick's Day and everything being turned green, I was inspired to start thinking about green wine. No, not like green beer, but wine that's produced organically, biodynamically or with organic grapes. So I happened over to Sam's Wines...

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Who Wants Wine: Experimenting with Ravioli and Crisp Whites

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2009 | 6:20 PM

I love experimenting with food -- tasting things I have never had, pairing food with different wine and finding new favorites that I never thought I would like.

Last week I received samples of a great line of ravioli from Nuovo Pasta, which normally supplies just restaurants, but the public...

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Who Wants Wine?

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2009 | 12:19 PM

Great Deals Abound at Chicago's Restaurants

How many times have you gone out to dinner, looked at the wine list and scoffed at the price of some of the bottles? Deep down you knew you wanted to try one but just couldn't bring yourself to shell out the money.


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Chicago Set to Rock this Weekend with CIMMFest

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2009 | 11:03 AM

If you like movies and music and are looking to fill your weekend, look no further.

2009-03-02-CIMMlogo.jpgThe inaugural Chicago Movies and Music Festival -- CIMMFest -- kicks off this Thursday and looks like it's going to be a jam-packed weekend for...

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Who Wants Wine?

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2009 | 4:00 PM

Some nice blends ... and a great Pinot

Ok, so I know I said when I introduced this column that I wouldn't take up space talking about climate and terroir and other elements that go into how the grapes grow, but sometimes it's unavoidable. I stumbled upon a great bottle...

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Who Wants (Sparkling) Wine?

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2009 | 9:57 AM

Champagne is for Lovers -- and Everyone Else

They say Valentine's Day is for lovers. It's a romantic day where people feel the need to express their love for each other. Me? I'm cynical and really don't care when I can say "I love you" any day of the year....

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Who Wants Wine?

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2009 | 6:40 PM

Cool whites for hot dishes

I ate some spicy dishes lately and was excited to bust open some white wine that would help counter the spice in the food. That's the beautiful thing about wine -- it really goes so well with what you eat, but you have to be...

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Band to Watch: Annuals

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2009 | 4:56 PM

Lately it takes a lot for me to really get into a band. There's a lot of music to sift through and most of what's out there really isn't worth a second play. When Annuals' second album, Such Fun, first came to my attention last fall, I had an...

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You Look Like Beyonce: Are Comparisons Inherently Racist?

(5) Comments | Posted January 28, 2009 | 3:33 PM

Is it racist for a white person to compare an everyday black person to someone famous?

Last weekend I went to the House of Blues to see an incredible, energetic sold-out Kings of Leon charity show put on by Platform One Entertainment and the Lisa Klitzky Foundation that benefited...

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Who Wants Wine?

(6) Comments | Posted January 16, 2009 | 4:34 PM

A Wine Column For Regular People

Who wants wine? The better question: who doesn't want wine? With the number of wine shops that have opened in the city in the last few years, we have endless options for great grapes from around the world. So why not patronize them and...

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