Our Favorite Links

Here are several of our favorite links. If you know of others, please email us so we can consider adding them. If you have a website that you think we should link to, click here to read our links policy.

Wine

  • The Australian Wine Centre. Great source for information about all Australian wines.

  • Chicago Wine School. Patrick Fegan is a great teacher and his classes and seminars are highly regarded.

  • Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines. The surprising thing here is that they rate so much more than just California wines! One of America’s oldest wine publications.

  • The Corkscrew Centre (UK). is a great site for wine enthusiasts and corkpullers. If you are looking for a classic corkscrew it just may have the corkscrew for you.

  • Country Wines. is a resource for wine and beer-making supplies. The site seems to be very new as many of the links are still inactive; however, it offers more than enough in the way of supplies for the do-it-youselfer.

  • The Definitive Guide to the Wines of Washington State.The name says it all.

  • eRobert Parker. This is the home of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate on-line! Doesn’t get any easier to track the world’s most influential wine critic.

  • Grape Radio.

  • Learn Italian Wines with Tom Hyland, one of the world’s great experts on the subject, a frequent teacher of wine classes at Schaefer’s, and a pretty snappy photographer, too. Check out his classes there.

  • Local Wine Events. is a site that gives you instant access to wine events around the country, as well as here in Chicago.

  • Nat Decants FREE Newsletter. Wine picks, articles and humor from Natalie MacLean, recently named the World’s Best Drink Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia. There are no ads and all e-mail addresses are kept confidential.

  • Port Wine Institute. A very handy resource on the production and history of Port.

  • Robin Garr’s Quick Wine Tasting Course. Everything you’d ever hope to find on wine! Robin’s the Compuserve wine sysop, and has created a top-flight compendium of wine resources.

  • Sonoma County Wines. For more information about Sonoma County and its 11 viticultural areas, and a list of hot, highly-rated wines and medal winners from the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

  • The Strong Box. Two, state-of-the-art, wine storage facilities on Chicago’s North side since 1987.

  • Sydney International Wine Competition. A great source for Aussie wine competition results. This unique judging requires all finalist wines to be tasted with food. Sterling was an invited judge in 1993.

  • Tastings.com. One of the largest sources for ratings and tasting notes! Chicago-based resource for a huge collection of tasting notes published by the Beverage Testing Institute.

  • Vinography.

  • Wine Business Daily. Sign up at this site for daily emails of the inside scoop from those who really know the wine industry.

  • Wine Cellars. Custom wine cellars and racks from Grotto Cellars.

  • Wine Spectator. There’s no doubt about the influence this publication has on wine consumers around the world.

Beer

Spirits

Food and Cooking

  • Amazing Ribs. Who doesn’t like ribs, barbecue, and grilling? This site is packed with great recipes, tips on technique, and a buying guide to grills, smokers, and accessories unparalleled on the internet. Produced by Craig “Meathead” Goldwyn who, was once the Chicago Tribune’s wine critic.

  • Ask the Meatman. This is the website of a major butcher and it is chock full of useful info.

  • Cooking for Engineers. Michael Chu is a California-based engineer with an analytical mind, a well-equipped kitchen, a love of food, and a great website. Unwilling to accept the common wisdom he tests all kitchen assumptions as he wrestles recipes to the ground one at a time. He works on a recipe until he understands how it works, and then he re-engineers it until it works better. He’s getting to be a pretty good photographer, too. There is a small but growing message board that accompanies it. Fun stuff.

  • Cooks Illustrated. This is the website of my favorite cooking magazine. They have written well on the subject of ribs and their advice has helped me immensely. The outstanding feature of their approach is that they test every assumption and often develop great techniques and dispel myths. They charge a fee for admission, but it is well worth it. So is their magazine.

  • The Rosengarten Report. David Rosengarten is a brilliant chef and teacher and writer, and his free email newsletter is chock full of great advice on where to eat, what to buy, and how to cook. His cookbooks and print newsletter are pretty impressive, too.

  • Zagat.com. Who can be without one of these handy restaurant guides?