Uncorked

Uncorked is Bill St. John's weekly wine column in the Chicago Tribune.

Winning Wines pair with March Madness chili


This is a "talk to the hand" chili recipe. Texas wouldn't claim it; nor would New Mexico or Colorado, nor Cinci...

Read This Article »03/21/2014

Pork chop dish wants wine with good acidity


This pork preparation is put together, element for element, almost the same way as a fine wine, making such a wine the pork&#...

Read This Article »03/08/2014

Learning the master sommelier way


During "Somm," the 2012 film about four guys working their way through the "hardest exam you've never h...

Read This Article »02/28/2014

"Aha" Moments in Bierzo


The memories in a wine life are made up, in large part, of “aha” moments, those times when you experience somethi...

Read This Article »02/09/2014

11/09/2011

Cool things to know about wine

A few simple lessons can help those new to wine enjoy the ed

Let's go to wine school. Or, better yet, fun school. The best way — the only way — to learn about wine is to ...

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Facts, fiction on cooking with wine


"I always cook with wine," goes the joke. "Sometimes I even put some in the food." Using wine as ...

Read This Article »09/07/2011

A tour of Veneto region's wines


Each year, the three regions of Sicily, Puglia and Veneto vie for first place as producer of the largest amount of Italian...

Read This Article »09/01/2011

Before you eat, enjoy an aperitif


Open up and say "Ah." In its literal meaning, that's an aperitif — something sipped before a meal (fro...

Read This Article »08/24/2011

Beyond white


The oldest wine-and-food rule is, "White wine with white meat; red wine with red meat." But what if you eat neit...

Read This Article »08/17/2011

The other sherry


Sherry, baby. There was a time when "sherry" meant only one thing to us: sweet cream sherry, a wine as brow...

Read This Article »08/10/2011

Experimentation at its finest


Along with Australia, New Zealand and the Americas, South Africa may be considered a New World wine country (as distinct f...

Read This Article »08/03/2011

Don't overlook these tasty wines


As my many wine tasting notes gather, I'll plot out an idea for a column based on a constellation of these or those (a...

Read This Article »07/27/2011

Good, inexpensive wines that are easy to find


The United States is now the world's leading consumer of wine. As a nation, though, we do not crown the per-capit...

Read This Article »07/20/2011

Riesling shakes off sweet stigma


Riesling is the world's greatest white wine grape. There, I've said it. That this is not universally established, ...

Read This Article »07/13/2011

Better with each passing day


This you won't believe. But it's true. About 90 to 93 percent of all wine produced on the globe in a given ye...

Read This Article »07/06/2011

Like a cool breeze


In the mid-1970s, the contrivance of the wine called "white zinfandel" occasioned, simultaneously, both one of t...

Read This Article »06/29/2011

American beauties


America, we're mad about ewe — and cow and nanny too. Perhaps the ultimate match of food with beverage is ch...

Read This Article »06/22/2011

Tastes of Toro


A palpable energy radiates from emerging winemaking areas of Spain such as Toro, tucked away in a corner of Castilla y Leo...

Read This Article »06/15/2011

Window into Wine


More people — readers, students and folk on the street — ask me, "What wine goes with (name of food)?&quo...

Read This Article »06/08/2011

Italy's fairer grapes


Victor Hazan once told me, "The duty of wine is to be red," while sipping some of the same. Hazan, author of &qu...

Read This Article »06/01/2011

Wines so good, you'll lick the glass


If you are a proponent of sweet wine — heck, even if you merely enjoy it — you face The Great American Wine Wi...

Read This Article »05/25/2011

Chillin' with sauvignon blanc


When I first visited Chile, in the late 1980s, its wine was suffering from an awful hangover. The taste in wines that Chil...

Read This Article »05/18/2011

Buzz words


These days in wine, the bees have the buzzword. The word is "organic," the buzz being "let the bees be.&quo...

Read This Article »05/06/2011

Chardonnay: The great grape


Chardonnay is the most ubiquitous fine wine grape grown on the globe. Wherever wine drinkers go, chardonnay wine was there...

Read This Article »04/27/2011

Multipart harmony in a glass


1 + 1 = 3. Oftentimes, good wine is bad math. I refer to a wine that is a blend, one wine made up of a number of wines...

Read This Article »04/20/2011

Holiday pours


For his preschool and kindergarten years, we enrolled our boy, Colin, at the Jewish community center near where we lived. ...

Read This Article »04/13/2011

Deconstructing Napa


All that Napa Valley is — its glitz and glamour, come-hither grip on wine country trippers, its stratospheric prices...

Read This Article »03/25/2011

Looking for value?


Shopping list. Plain and simple, straightforward, nothing more than a list of wines that are great values — all...

Read This Article »02/23/2011

Spain conquers


I get asked one question more than any other: "Who makes the best value in wine these days?" As my answer, I hea...

Read This Article »02/16/2011

Love on a budget


Get fizzical. Champagne joins history's long list of aphrodisiacs for Valentine's Day. Although it's cheap...

Read This Article »02/09/2011

The shadow knows


Winter's (not) over. On Feb. 2, we observe yet another holiday that every non-American I've ever met thinks i...

Read This Article »02/02/2011

For great wine, head to the rivers


Water and wine. Take a gander at the globe's vineyards and you'll note that many of them — certainly, a ...

Read This Article »01/23/2011

Give the Quiet Americans a chance


Ivory Soap In our country, if a little of something is good, then a lot of it must be better. It's the "Ivory...

Read This Article »01/02/2011

Tout sweet


Do you remember what I remember? Not too long ago, it was all the rage to hold wine dinners that paired dry wines with cho...

Read This Article »12/24/2010

Make a splash


Several years ago, The New Yorker published a cartoon of a bottle of wine that had just been opened by the wine steward at...

Read This Article »12/19/2010

Homing in on the New World's best wines


In last week's column, I singled out the six greatest wines of, in turn, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and Gr...

Read This Article »12/08/2010

The pick of the wine crop


To make a stab at the impossible is also to be a bit cheeky, right? Let's do both. In this and next week's col...

Read This Article »11/26/2010

When old is good


On occasion, you may see "Old Vines" or, in French, "Vieilles Vignes" on a wine label. On the same occ...

Read This Article »10/29/2010