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Moscow Mules for a Good Cause Puppies and cocktails seem like a pretty win-win combination, and The Bristol combines the two for an evening of cuteness, altruism and of socialization. Moscow Mules & Mutts is the apt name for the shindig, taking place March 21 on the second floor of the restaurant from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 […]

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Mar 13, 2018 01:59 AM
Best Restaurants for Boozy Brunch in Chicago

What is brunch without a little booze? And this being winter (albeit a warmer than usual one), a little booze is always a welcome distraction from the season. When it comes to imbibing at brunch, you could stick with the coffee and orange juice route, but the weekend repast is just so much more satisfying […]

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Feb 22, 2018 10:24 PM
National Margarita Day, Arami Omakase, Mr. Brown’s Lounge

National Margarita Day at Tuco & Blondie Now here’s a food holiday we can get on board with. National Margarita Day takes place February 22, and in honor of the sacred occasion, Tuco & Blondie is celebrating with a special margarita flight. The flight contains three 4-oz. margaritas including the smoky Mezcal Margarita, the Black Cherry Margarita, […]

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Feb 16, 2018 05:58 AM

Exploring The Scale of Strong Cheeses

Like wine, the world of cheese can be an intimidating and confusing one for neophytes. With so many variables that run the gamut from flavor to texture, customers shopping for or ordering cheese may feel a bit in over their head. And understandably so. That's why you need a reputable, whip-smart shop like Lush Wine and Spirits to help you navigate the cheesy seas. Herewith, Chicago's wine and cheese shop shares their definitive guide to cheeses by strength. Ranked from mildest to stinkiest, Lush also recommends starting with hard cheese and finishing with softer cheeses, seeing as softer and creamier versions tend to coat and overwhelm the palate. With each cheese below, the shop lists recommended beer and wine pairings. 

Strong Cheeses

5). Bonde d'Antan, goat cheese from Loire Valley - This one is nutty and tangy, with a subtle goat flavor nestled inside. 
Beer: St. Sylvestre's Gavroche. Spicy, fruity, and earthy, this beer is ripe for balancing the tangy qualities of the cheese.
Wine: While a more classic pairing with this cheese would be a Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, Lush prefers Chennin Blanc - 2010 Domaine de la Bergerie, Sous la Tonnele. 

4). Bohemian Blue - bright, sweet, milky flavor with briny and grassy notes and a bit of spicy bite reminiscent of Roquefort. 
Beer: Goose Island Night Stalker. This rich Imperial Stout sports roasty flavors that match nicely with the intensity of this cheese and provides the perfect finish to a winter meal.
Wine: Sweet wines are a classic pairing with blue cheese. Lush recommends the '07 Domaine de Montbourgeau.

3). Gorgonzola - soft, crumbly blue cheese with a nutty aroma from northern Italy. It can have a mild to sharp taste depending on its age. 
Beer: Against the Grain's 35K. This oatmeal cream stout that has a bit of sweetness in it, with less roasty characters than other stouts. It cuts through the cheese to create potable-edible harmony.
Wine: Try a ruby port, like the '07 Ruby from Barros.

2). Grayson - A sticky and stinky cheese from Virginia. A cheese with a high intensity of aroma similar to onions and beef. 
Beer: Maine Beer Co. King Titus Porter. A cheese with such gamey flavor calls for a beer that is robust, earthy, and roasty. This beer has it all, capable of standing up and complementing this cheese. 
Wine: '07 Coeur D'alene WA-Viognier. It's a nice, rich wine to match the richness of the cheese. 

1). Pont l'Eveque - a soft and very rich cheese, with creamy and full-bodied flavor. Made in Normandy since the 12th century.
Beer: Brasserie De La Senne Jambe-de-Bois. The bitterness cuts through the richness of the cheese while the sweet malts allows the cow's flavors to come through.
Cider: Classic pairing for such a classic cheese is Eric Bordelet-argelet, Normandy-France.

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: North CenterWest Town

The third Lush location in West Town offers customers a boutique shopping experience when it comes to wine, beer and spirits. Also expect special events and tastings. It's open noon-10pm...

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