Today I’m in Chicago for tonight’s Grand Tour tasting. It’s at the Hyatt Regency and the weather is beautiful, headed into the 80s, they say, with clear blue skies and no wind. Should be perfect for an evening of wine tasting—a clear, fast track.
For many of the more than 200 international wineries participating tonight, Chicago marks the last stop of a three-legged sojourn across the U.S. The first stop was last week at the Borgata in Atlantic City, followed by Las Vegas on Saturday.
For me, the Grand Tour is about catching up with old winemaker acquaintances, tasting a few wines and meeting readers. But I certainly don’t try to overdo it. It would take three days of serious tasting to examine each of the wines being poured tonight. Rather than even attempt that, I’ll focus on a region or two and hope to taste 30 to 40 wines.
If you’re headed to the tasting tonight, and get a break in the action, stop and say hello. I was born in the Windy City, but my parents moved to California before I was one. So I’m a native, sort of.
William C & Donna Foureman — Cincinnati, OH — May 8, 2007 5:06pm ET
James Laube — Napa, CA — May 8, 2007 5:43pm ET
Karl Mark — Geneva, IL. — May 8, 2007 9:57pm ET
Eric Treiber — LaGrange Park, IL — May 9, 2007 7:54pm ET
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