Festival of the Vine



Move over Napa! Not really….but I tasted some great wines yesterday.  Geneva, an idyllic suburb near Chicago, IL,  hosted the “Festival of the Vine” this past weekend.  Wine distributors showcased wines from all over the world.  My husband and I were on the lookout for unusual wines. (Not necessarily  something exotic but fun)  I’ll share in a bit what we selected.

When we first arrived the weather was on the cool side so I had on a jacket and scarf. I kept my look simple with a lightweight black mockneck turtleneck and a silk scarf, jeans and comfy loafers.  All these items are from Talbots last year. They have similar items available this year.

It was glorious fall weather here in the Midwest and a perfect day to enjoy all that beautiful downtown Geneva offers.  So many of the little shops and restaurants are just as beautiful outside as they are inside.




After plenty of walking around and way too many sips of wine (yum!), we decided to head home with our four selected bottles.  The load was getting heavy to carry.  Here are the wines we decided on.  The descriptions are how they were listed at the tastings.


  1.  Sand Point Merlot – flavors of bright cherry, vibrant raspberry, toasty oak and soft tannins.
  2. Tinga Reo Reserve Claret Red Blend – savory aromas and flavors of chocolate and honey roasted pepper. Dry with medium body.
  3. Rich and Creamy – creamy vanilla oak accents and a softer, more elegant flavor. Think butterscotch and toffee flavors.
  4. Crema Fina –  fabulous after dinner drink with vanilla, almond and hazelnut flavoring served by itself, with coffee or in a cocktail.

Time to crack open one of these bottles and enjoy!



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