Thursday, May 30, 2013

Little Black Dress Wines

Toasting Our Inner Diva

The women-oriented wine category is a fast-growing segment of the industry, focusing on appealing, affordable, and unintimidating choices for the Millenials and others new to wine. Little Black Dress Wines targets these consumers not only by making good-tasting wines with California grapes, but also supporting women's causes. We were lucky enough to receive samples of two new wines in their line, the Divalicious White and Red.

Little Black Dress Wines Divalicious White

The 2011 Divalicious White is mostly Pinot Grigio, with Moscato, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and others lending a helping hand. The wine is a light straw in color, with floral and citrus aromas, and white peaches transitioning into grapefruit flavors. The acidity cuts through much of the sweetness, and a nice medium finish makes this a tasty aperitif. (Retail $11)

Little Black Dress Wines Divalicious Red

The 2010 Divalicious Red is Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Petite Sirah, with a host of others in supporting roles. This red is a deep, dark red color, with dark plum, cherry, and cocoa aromas and flavors. A surprisingly luscious mouthfeel, smooth throughout the palate, including the lingering finish - really an enjoyable drink. (Retail $11)

Disclaimer: These wines were sent for review purposes -- all opinions are our own.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Celebrity Vineyards

When I got my review copy of Nick Wise's Celebrity Vineyards (New York, NY: Welcome Books, 2013),  I had some worries that it was going to be a collection of fluff pieces, with some fawning promotion of famous people Wise wanted to meet. Happily, I was mistaken. Perhaps because Wise has mostly spent his life in England, but I sensed a certain detachment on his part; he seemingly is not overly impacted by meeting with the celebrities (though he admits to nervousness at times).

Celebrity Vineyards book cover

From chefs to the world of sports and beyond (a porn star?), Wise is careful with the choices of celebrities he includes:
"The sixteen celebrities we ultimately selected were those who put their blood, sweat, and tears into the actual winemaking, and others who avoided the technical aspects but nonetheless invested their heart and soul in the creative process."
I admit to being a relative wine novice, but was still surprised at how few of these businesses I had heard of. Included are the Monticello Vineyards, Kamen Estate Wines, B.R. Cohn Winery, Silverado Vineyards, Inglenook, Charlie Clay Wines, Andretti Winery, Lewis Cellars, Vermeil Wines, Raymond Burr Vineyards, Dan Aykroyd Wines, Fess Parker Winery, Savanna Samson Wines, Podere Castorani, Poderi Luigi Einaudi, and Anta Banderas. While most have utilized their fame to sell the wines, ultimately it is not enough if the wine is no good. It is staggering to think about how much money has been spent on many of these projects -- clearly they are all in it for personal and not financial reasons.

Each celebrity vineyard/winery  section includes regional information, its history (including the celebrities' accomplishments), the varietals grown or sourced, and wine tasting notes. A short glossary and resource guide round out the book. Pick up a copy of this book and surprise yourself by how good it is, going well beyond just promotional materials for the celebrities. The fact that Wise got to travel around the world for this project makes me more jealous than his meeting all those celebrities.

Nick Wise - Celebrity Vineyards

About the Author: Nick Wise was born in NYC in 1969 and moved with his family to the UK before he was two. He returned to the USA for high school at the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey. He went on to Tufts University in Boston, earning degrees in art and art history.  He'd always had a keen interest in wine and winemaking and earned a bachelors in wine at the Wine + Spirit Education Trust in London. He currently lives in London with his Parson Jack Russell dog named Lily. He is hoping to move to Paris in the near future.

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for review purposes -- all opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

2014 Wine Bloggers Conference Location Vote

2014 Wine Bloggers Conference Location Vote

We are less than two weeks away from WBC13, in Penticton, BC. Even so, decisions must be made for Wine Bloggers Conferences going forward. WBC14 is in the works, with 3 California wine regions vying for an opportunity to host the conference. Here is the information that the WBC shared regarding the three contenders:

Santa Barbara County
"Nearly 200 wineries call the premium wine producing and wine grape growing region of Santa Barbara County home. Its unique topography and climate offer a diverse growing atmosphere, which would all be showcased during the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference. There are four official appellations (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, and Sta. Rita Hills) and several other micro-regions within the broad Santa Barbara County designation. It is a region that offers a wealth of diversity featuring Burgundian-influenced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to Syrah, Mourvedre, and Sauvignon Blanc. The region also offers the potential for planned excursions/dinners in the vineyards and wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley (Buellton, Lompoc, Foxen Valley, Solvang).

Coincidentally, 2014 marks the 10-year anniversary of Sideways, the movie that propelled not only this region but also California wine in general into mainstream, popular culture. No doubt the local wineries will be planning for this anniversary, and our conference will benefit as well from their efforts."
“'Lodi Wine Country' has been one of California’s major winegrowing regions for over 150 years (yes – even through Prohibition!). It sits 100 miles east of San Francisco near the San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta, south of Sacramento, and west of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Here, wineries and farms run by 4th and 5th generation families operate in tandem with a new group of vintners who have brought creative winemaking and cutting-edge technology to the region. Lodi is home to a number of major wineries (Robert Mondavi Woodbridge, Turner Road Vintners, Sutter Home Winery, Bear Creek Winery, Michael David Winery, and Oak Ridge Winery) and more than 75 “boutique” wineries. You’ll would certainly visit a few of these on excursions out to wine country.

Grape growing is truly the center of the culture, and the Lodi AVA specifically has about 100,000 acres of winegrapes farmed by more than 750 growers to yield over 20% of California’s total wine grape production. In addition, its signature Lodi Rules accredited sustainability certification makes the region a leader in sustainability."
Paso Robles/San Luis Obispo
"San Luis Obispo County offers a shared opportunity to welcome the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference to Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. Conference and guest accommodations (as well as our general sessions, to be staged in an outdoor tent structure) would take place on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach / Shell Beach with excursions into both Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo wine regions.

Pismo Beach offers the perfect pairing of wine and waves in a warm an inviting atmosphere. Beautiful beaches and a taste of California wine country are at your fingertips with oceanfront hotels and distinct restaurants. Visitors can learn about the local culture and discover new varietals produced here in the historic winemaking regions of Edna valley, Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles, all of which are located just 10-30 minutes outside of downtown Pismo Beach and area attractions. Our wine country offers a refreshing perspective and insight on artisanal winemaking by some of the most respected winemakers in California."
Four factors will impact choosing the host location: the public vote, a private vote of past and current WBC attendees, any restrictions on timing provided by the potential hosts, and the strength of each location’s bid from our point of view as conference organizers. The 2014 date and host location will be annouced live at the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference in Penticton.

I know I have an idea of where'd I like the next conference -- how about you?

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Casillero del Diablo Whites

As a fan of Concha y Toro and a lover of white wine, I was excited to get some tasting samples of the Casillero del Diablo whites.

Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay

The 2011 Chardonnay was a nice accompaniment to homemade sweet potato/black eyed peas/walnut empanadas. Starfruit and melon aromas, lemony gooseberry flavors, creamy mouthfeel, luxuriant finish made this a pleasure to drink.

Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc

How good was the 2012 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc? With citrus and melon on nose, tart lemon into honeydew tastes, nice acidity, rounder mouthfeel, and a smooth though short finish, Laima (who usually prefers reds) finished the bottle!

Priced under $10, the Quality Price Ratio of these wines is out of this world, in my opinion.

Disclaimer: I received these wines for tasting purposes -- all opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Casillero del Diablo Reds

Samples of Casillero del Diablo? Yes, please! And they didn't disappoint - we tasted 4 reds, and all were really tasty wines, good for both sipping and complementing dinners.

Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon

A simple pizza and this Cabernet Sauvignon made for a dynamic pairing -- dark cherry and earth flavors, moving into a lingering cocoa finish were good foils for the tomato sauce's acidity and the green flavors of the broccoli.

Casillero del Diablo Carmenere

Maybe my favorite of the reds (hard to choose), this 2011 Reserva Carmenere was earthy plum on the nose, cocoa, plum and bright berry flavors with a black pepper bite, nicely balanced, and smooth finish to add to the luxurious mouthfeel.

Casillero del Diablo Merlot

The Casillero del Diablo Merlot was a deep, dark ruby red, with green pepper and dark plum flavors, a surprising bit of a zing towards the end, then into a nice long finish.

Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir

The 2012 Pinot Noir has a darkish ruby red color, muskmelon (a bit offputting at first) and red cherry scents, earthy tart dark cherry flavor, with a smooth finish. From the original musky aroma, we weren't sure we'd like this wine, but it opened up beautifully.

Retailing around $10, these wines tasted far above that price, a great Quality Price Ratio!

Disclaimer: I received these wines for tasting purposes -- all opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Casillero del Diablo

"The beautiful vineyards of Casillero del Diablo are home to some of the finest wines in the world. But few outsiders know the dark secret that lies beneath them. For the locals say that in the depths of the cellar lives the Devil himself. A tale so infamous, they named the wine Casillero del Diablo, the Devil’s Cellar."
I'm a big fan of Concha y Toro wines; their Gran Reserva Serie Riberas were some of my favorites I've tasted in the last six months or so, sorry to see them leave our "cellar." When I was offered a chance to get some tasting samples of their Casillero del Diablo line, I didn't hesitate.

Casillero del Diablo Wines

Founded in 1883, Concha y Toro's aim is to be a leading global branded wine company, with a portfolio of wines and wine partnerships. A successful history of nearly 130 years, plus a deep dedication by the winery and constant research, provides internationally praised wines from a diversity of soils and climates. The Wine Tourist Center of Concha y Toro is the principal winemaking attraction of Santiago. It’s located in Pirque in the Maipo Valley, so a visit there one day surely is on order.

Wine tasting notes to follow.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

WBC13 = New Business Cards!

50 States Of Wine business card

Nothing like a Wine Bloggers Conference to impel me towards professionalism (not that it's ever going to happen). First order of business, business cards! Love going on the websites and just playing around with the designs. It just so happens that Vistaprint is having a sale on their "Premium" business cards (much like rug stores, business card websites are always seemingly having going out of business sales). I've designed a card once before for the blog, but it's somewhat flowery and fey and hard to read, not the image I want to project. Today I found a nice simple design (as seen above) that gave me a nice, simple, clean design, with neutralish colors and a clear indication that I'm all about wine. Not only will I no longer be embarrassed at wine tastings and restaurant reviews to pass over my business card, but even more so at WBC13!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

JL Quinson Rosé

JL Quinson Rosé

Rosé for Mother's Day: 2012 JL Quinson Côtes de Provence - nice floral aromatics, citrus and stone fruit taste, good tart acidity, good with food, a great value for the price.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

2011 Zuccardi Torrontés

Zuccardi Torrontes

This 2011 Zuccardi Torrontés from Argentina is light straw in color, with orange blossom on the nose, pears and a hint of lychee on the palate, crisp acidity, and a smooth finish.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

III Forks Chicago

III Forks Chicago

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that Mayor Rahm Emanuel dined at III Forks Chicago, so we were really excited to head over there for a restaurant review recently. We actually walked over after the Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting, a pleasant walk along the Chicago River into Lakeshore East, one of the newer neighborhoods in the downtown area. Lakeshore East is a jewel of a park, surrounded by mostly high-rise buildings, giving a feel of quiet luxury after the noisiness of Michigan Avenue. III Forks sits above the park, with majestic views from the rooftop, where we ate dinner. The rooftop has its own menu, but take a look at the others before you go, as there are some worthwhile items to order from downstairs.

The rooftop is swanky and comfortable, with a variety of seating options, from barside to open tables of varying heights to "cabanas" with heat lamps (a nice touch on a cooler Spring evening). Nothing but sky and tall buildings above, and beautiful park views below. The rooftop of III Forks has the ambiance and design that makes it a worthwhile trip on its own for drinks even if you don't plan on eating.

III Forks Chicago Starters


From the starters menu, we opted to go with 5 cheeses (Moody Blue (Smoked Blue Cheese), Prairie Breeze White Cheddar, Saint Rocco Brie, Sartori Espresso Bellavitano, Marieke Gouda with fenugreek), which, with the accompanying lavash bread and fruit, could be a meal on its own. Up next was Brown Sugar and Barbecue Popcorn, a bit strange because it wasn't warm; still tasty though. I really enjoyed the Blue Cheese Taro Chips (thin sliced taro root, gold and red beet chips with creamy Point Reyes blue cheese sauce and blue cheese crumbles), but once again a huge serving, and worth taking home, as it reheated decently.

You must, absolutely must, order the onion rings. Even though the serving is huge, as are the rings themselves, they just might be the world's best onion rings, at least the ones I've tasted. They were even good the next day, reheated on a pizza stone at home. Great blend of seasoning, lots of flavors happening.

The suggested starter sparkler, which we kept through the first course, was a Santa Margherita Brut Rosé, a nice refreshing accompaniment to the food and the weather.

III Forks Chicago Seconds


For a "Second" course (plenty of food with the starters alone), I went with the III Forks Salad (crispy green apple slices, Wisconsin blue cheese, toasted pecans and field greens laced with our housemade vinaigrette) - nice mix, though it would work better with the greens and nuts chopped rather than whole. A minor quibble. Laima tried the Crudo (raw hamachi and salmon with avocado and candied Fresno chiles) and were happy to wait for it, as the fish was being sliced to her order. While the chiles were interesting, Laima did think that a salted version would have been preferable.

Sticking with the pink vino, my next glass was the 2011 M. Chapoutier 'Belleruche' Grenache Rosé, which was light, dry, refreshing, and a good choice with the seconds, but inexplicably served in a flute rather than wine glass. The wine was spot on though.

III Forks Chicago Entrees


Laima ordered the Tenderloin Tournedos over arugula salad tossed with candied pecans, smoked blue cheese and fig balsamic, with very appropriately sized Tournedos, especially after all the food we'd already had. Since the two pieces of beef were slightly different sizes, each came cooked to a slightly different doneness, but no harm done, both tasty. For an entree, I ordered the Beef Flatbread (thin sliced USDA Prime Strip Steak with caramelized onions, port wine cherries and toasted walnuts), without the beef. With no cheese, this is a totally vegan option, a nice surprise.

Laima took the opportunity to order another glass of wine, the 2009 Merryvale 'Starmont,' Cabernet, really a delicious wine with our entrees, standing up to all the differing flavors in front of us.

III Forks Chicago Dessert


Our server literally could not believe it when we asked about desserts (we HAD ordered a lot of food). While there are no sweets on the rooftop menu, he was happy to bring it up on order. With my espresso and Laima's decaf coffee, we chose the restaurant-made cheesecake, which was amazingly good, crumbly while still moist. Oddly enough, I think every other dessert offered had a coconut component, which made them non-starters for me.

Laima and I always comment on how important three things are to a good, worthwhile experience out: good food, good service, and good atmosphere -- III Forks has all three. Add in the amazing location with great views, a neighborhood built for pleasant perambulation, and III Forks becomes a necessary destination.

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III Forks has other locations in Austin, Dallas, Hallandale, Houston, Jacksonville, and Palm Beach Gardens. Get more information on the III Forks website, by liking on Facebook, and following on Twitter.

Disclaimer: This meal was comped for review purposes and all opinions are my own.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

SakéOne Virtual Tasting

Last night, a virtual tasting opened my eyes up to the whole new world, to me, of Saké. Tasting samples were sent to me and, with SakéOne's owner and brewer, along with a bunch of high-level wine bloggers, we tasted and talked. I definitely wasn't the only newbie, so plenty of questions were thrown and answered.

SakéOne Virtual Tasting

Saké is not beer. It is not wine, nor is it a distilled spirit. It is a brewed rice beverage made from rice, water, yeast and koji. Koji (aspergillus Oryzae)—are mold spores introduced to steamed rice in a traditional cedarwood-lined room. The mold digests the rice with enzymes that convert the starch into sugars. Pretty much the only time I'd had Saké in the past was when we visited Japanese restaurants, drinking from tiny square masu cups, certainly an exotic experience, though not always the most pleasant one. Saké can also be served warm, which is how most of us know it, but practices have changed.

Brewing Saké

For this tasting, the Saké was served cold, in white wine glasses (or other larger vessels), to release the aromatics and tastes within. The four we tasted were the Murai Family Tokubetsu Honjozo, SakeMoto, Yoshinogawa Winter Warrior, all imports, and the G fifty, SakéOne's craft Saké brewed in Oregon.

I'm definitely a novice when it comes to Saké and won't try to break each Saké down into its components, but to say I was totally surprised is an understatement. These were all fresh, with lovely floral aromatics, round mouthfeel, tropical and citrus flavors, and smooth finishes. I tried it with a few different food items that I had around, and they seemed to complement each one, which is saying a lot.

One of the benefits of Saké is that they will remain fresh for several weeks after opening, so there is no rush to finish a bottle.

I for one, feel a bit overwhelmed right now, knowing that I want to try more Saké, but not sure where to start. The craft Saké that SakéOne shared was amazing, as were the three imports, so head over to the SakéOne website to learn more, you can't go wrong with that as a starting point.

SakéOne is an importer of Japan’s finest saké as well as America's premium saké company. SakéOne’s Greg Lorenz is the only American sakémaster in the world. He has learned his craft in a hands on manner at the Oregon brewery with guidance from some of Japan’s leading brewers.

Disclaimer: These  sakés were provided to me free of charge, for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting

Yesterday, Laima and I had the good fortune to attend the Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting yesterday, at Bin36 restaurant in Chicago. The tasting was arranged in tables on two levels, with some small bites in the center along the bar. It was a lot of fun, but also so large that we didn't get around to all the producers, which was disappointing.

Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting

What wasn't disappointing was Master Sommelier Keith Goldston's Vinho Verde Seminar - plenty of humor, good facts, and great-tasting wines made for a very enjoyable hour.

If you're an aspiring member of the Wine Century Club like me, a tasting of Portuguese wines is a godsend, with an unbelievable number of untried, native grapes readymade to expand your list! I haven't entered them into the list, but I believe I may have gotten as many as a dozen varietals yesterday.

The last bonus was finally getting to meet Cindy, who writes Grape Experiences - so nice to put an actual person to the blogger and Twitter persona.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Despagne 2012 Éclat de Sauvignon

Despagne 2012 Éclat de Sauvignon

Despagne 2012 Éclat de Sauvignon - this Bordeaux Blanc has citrus and melon on the nose, a touch of yeasty sweetness and minerality, nice found mouthfeel, and a lingering finish.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Finger Lakes Wine Virtual Tasting

May is Finger Lakes Wine Month and celebrations are taking place literally all over. We participated in a virtual tasting last night to take part. Most people know the Finger Lakes for their white wines (and we love them!), but there are winemakers that have gone the red wine route as well. Last night we tried Lembergers (and one blended with Cab Franc), Pinot Noirs, and a big red made from Saperavi and Sereksiya Charni grapes. Below are my tasting notes (search #FLXWineVT on Twitter for the thread from all participants).

FLXWineVT Reds Flight 1

Flight 1:

Fox Run Vineyards 2010 Lemberger - Light ruby in color, red berries on nose, red cherry on palate, nice acidity, medium short finish.

Goose Watch Wines 2010 Lemberger - Ruby red, lots of black pepper on nose, green pepper palate with red berry, more abrupt finish.

Rooster Hill 2011 Cab Franc/Lemberger - Dark berries on the nose, black pepper and smoke, tannic, medium finish.

FLXWineVT Reds Flight 2

Flight 2:

Wagner Vineyards 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir - Very light ruby red, light floral nose, tart red berry taste, smooth finish.

Heron Hill Winery '09 Ingle Vineyard Pinot Poir - Smoky pepper aromas, tart berries and dark plum leading into subtle caramel finish.

MacGregor Vineyard 2008 Black Russian Red (Saperavi/Sereksiya Charni) - Nice dark red color, acidic smoky plum palate, short finish.

It's always so fun to taste wines from different regions and, while we would have been happy trying more whites or sparklers, it's also educational to try something new. These red wines from the Finger Lakes not only showed us a different side of the region taste-wise, but it also informs us of what might be possible here in the Midwest.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Weber Grill Restaurant, Lombard

It's been a while since we visited the Weber Grill in Lombard, so when I was offered a chance to review it, I jumped at the chance. While we had visited with our children in the past, I remembered it as being a dark wooded, comfortable, and romantic looking restaurant. Nothing beats a date night with my wife!

Weber Grill Lombard

Looking at their menu, I didn't recall such an emphasis on wine - there was even a Founder's Menu insert that paired dishes with wines, nice touch. To start, a glass of Domaine Chandon Brut for me (served as a split), while Laima headed off reservation with a Grilled Orange Mojito, interesting variation. Up next for me a Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and a new favorite of ours, an Old Vine Zindandel, this one the Klinker Brick. An outstanding wine, especially with Laima's steak.

Weber Grill Lombard Appetizers


Artichoke and Spinach Dip with Grilled Onion and Tomato Salsa, and Grilled Pita for dipping -- enough for a meal on its own! Tasty to boot, heavy on the artichoke, which is the way we like it. We also tried the Portobello Mushroom Grill-Fired Pizza, which may have been the biggest surprise of the night and one of my favorites -- another starter big enough for a meal.

Second Course:

Laima went with the Caesar Salad (House Made Caesar Dressing and Shaved Parmesan), a BIG salad, with maybe too much dressing, but still a good choice. My choice was the Grilled Seasonal Vegetable Kabob (Seasonal Market Vegetables), which was a nice vegetarian treat and once again, a lot of food.

Weber Grill Lombard Entrees


Laima ordered from the Founder's Menu, interested in whether the entree and wine pairing worked. With her Aurora Angus, Midwestern Raised Beef Prime NY Strip (18 oz, 28 Days Wet Aged!), she got the La Jota Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain, Napa Valley) -- great pairing. Her sides, Parmesan Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus worked well, complementing the meat. I decided to go with Weber’s Veggie Burger, the Black Bean and requested their parmesan fries, not on the dinner menu, but always available. (There are some items on their lunch and bar menus that don't appear on the dinner menu, so ask if you're interested!). The fries and burger were both very good, with only one complaint -- with their amazing pretzel rolls as an appetizer, I wish Weber would switch their burger buns to pretzel rolls. Much better taste and texture, and no crumbling like a regular burger bun.

Weber Grill Lombard Desserts


To give the dessert menu its due, we ordered the Weber's Dessert Trio: Mini Versions of the Chocolate Bundt Cake, Seasonal Crème Brûlée and Grilled Pineapple Foster a la Mode. The smaller portions meant that we got to try a variety and also didn't eat too much, always a good way to end the meal.

If you're in the Western suburbs for shopping, visiting friends, or you're a local looking for a nice dinner, the Weber Grill Restaurant is a good option. Wide variety on the menu, with some vegetarian options and huge portions means you'll be satisfied at dinner and also have at least one meal for the next day. Nice selection of wines might be a surprise, but they clearly are working on making wine a centerpiece of the experience. Multiple servers per table meant someone was always coming by to check on drinks, water, and the food, but it never felt obtrusive.

Weber Grill Restaurant also has locations in Chicago, Schaumburg, and Indianapolis, so check them out if you don't make it to Lombard. Or, order to go -- we've done that in the past and it worked out well.

Don't forget the Kids' Menu -- Weber is one of the few restaurants that includes everything in their meal, including vegetables!

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Disclaimer: This meal was comped for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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