Wine and spirit tastings are very popular in our area, not only at the tasting rooms of the many wineries, distilleries, and breweries, but with the many events hosted at local restaurants. At the end of this month, Wine Lover’s Weekend will be held in Galena. As wonderful an event as it is, some may be unable to attend due to previous commitments or not having that much spare cash available. But that doesn’t mean you can’t throw your own wine tasting with your best pals, enjoying a great evening while still educating yourselves on wine while sipping each other’s favorites.

Throwing your own wine tasting party may seem a bit daunting, especially if you have never attended one. Sometimes, the mood can be a bit pretentious, with the “wine educator” talking down to you. We have been to plenty of tastings where you shake your head and have choice words for the presenter. Sometimes, you just want to drink the wine you like, palette be damned. So, let’s give up the pretentiousness and make wine tastings easy and fun.

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After 18 years working in the food and beverage industries of Chicago and San Francisco, Angela and Carolyn started a private chef and catering company, Life’s a Feast, in the tri-state area. They embrace their passion of cooking, entertaining, and creating one-of-a-kind experiences for their clients. Carolyn and Angela now share their passion with viewers on their cable show Life’s a Feast, available on Mediacom and their YouTube channel, Life’s a Feast LLC. Both share their expertise on food and wine on our website, their website, as well as their Facebook page. Recipes and photos are the copyrighted and intellectual property of Life’s a Feast, LLC.


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