Part two in a three-part series on wine culture in the Midwest today. CHICAGO IS A CITY of nicknames. Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker and Stacker of Wheat (thanks, Carl Sandburg), not to mention the Windy City, Second City and That Toddlin’ Town. To me, however, Chicago is the Great Retail Wine Town. It may not be catchy, but it’s certainly true.
The first in a three-part series on wine culture in the Midwest today. MANY YEARS AGO I attended a media luncheon in New York. I was a junior magazine editor; the other editors in attendance were much more senior and included the editor-in-chief of a travel magazine. “Where were you born?” asked the editor-in-chief. “Indiana,” I said. “Did you grow up in a trailer park?” he continued, clearly implying that he considered Midwesterners to be a bunch of badly housed rubes.
I RECENTLY PURCHASED three bottles of white Bordeaux for delivery from a well-known New York wine merchant; I received two whites and one red. I reported the error and received the replacement: another red from the same producer. Since the château in question produces both red and white, an employee must have (repeatedly) assumed the right wine was red.
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