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Kovas Palubinskas
Works at Midwest Basecamp
Attended Loyola Chicago
Lives in Downers Grove, IL
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Summer Edition: Casillero del Diablo
Stored in Hell - Made in Heaven We're big fans of Casillero del Diablo , so samples of new summer sippers were very welcome. Not only are the wines really tasty, but the new packaging is very attractive and festive. Definitely a good add to your wine plans ...
New packaging and a new wine from Casillero del Diablo this summer!
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Wine from the Andes: Left and Right
We love comparison tastings, so were excited to receive samples from either side of the Andes: Chile and Argentina (the “right” side of the Andes, as the Argentines like to think of it). This was not a straight up comparison, as the varietals were different...
Wines from both sides of the Andes: these come from well-known, high quality producers, are drinking well now, can be held for a few more years, and go great with hearty meals.
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Firkin Restaurant, Libertyville
Some time ago, we were in the area, so decided to stop in at Firkin for a dinner. We weren't sure what to expect, but it wasn't what we expected, in a good way. First off, it's a long narrow bar that is crammed full of furniture, knick-knacks, and decoratio...
A top-notch beer bar with artisanal food - can't go wrong.
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A video from my #iceclimbing lesson, on a silo, near Chicago! #getoutdoors
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Busy Burger, Chicago
When we had the chance to check out the newly revamped Busy Burger , we didn't hesitate. Both of us have attended school at the University of Illinois - Circle Campus, so it was good to get back into the neighborhood. It's been a while. Parking was a breeze...
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Siro Merotto Wines
Siro Merotto was founded in 1960 and the tradition is continued by the founder's grandchildren, who cultivate the vineyards located on the hills of Col San Martino in the province of Treviso. These wines are made exclusively with Prosecco grapes and other o...
Siro Merotto Wines are food friendly and just fun to drink - these are inexpensive wines that would be a hit at any party, or for everyday drinking.
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#UncorkColorado
You may not think of Colorado when it comes to wine production, but it's been made there since 1890. Colorado is now home to over 125 licensed wineries, along with more cider and mead producers, which are oddly included with wine in Colorado. There are two ...
Colorado has myriad wines, including cider and mead, to meet most people's taste.
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Yellow Moon Cafe, Cobden, IL
Should you find yourself planning a trip to Southern Illinois, perhaps to visit the Shawnee National Forest or the Shawnee Wine Trail, make sure you work around the Yellow Moon Cafe 's schedule. They are that good. We have a personal connection to the famil...
Family owned cafe featuring locally sourced food - a restaurant planning your trip around.
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Cycles Gladiator 2014 Wines
Last week, I was invited to participate in a virtual tasting featuring the 2014 wines of  Cycles Gladiator . Since it was my birthday, I was unable to attend, but the nice folks at Charles Communications set me up anyway - much appreciated! I'd had their wi...
Adam LaZarre is back at the helm of Cycles Gladiator, with a focus on California's Central Coast wine grapes/
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Ritual Wines
A few weeks ago, I participated in Charles Communication’s BrandLive virtual tasting that featured Ritual Wines with winemaker Rodrigo Soto. Rodrigo is both highly knowledgeable and passionate about creating amazing wines in Chile. Well worth watching the r...
Part of the Huneeus Vintners Chilean portfolio of wines, Ritual is the Huneeus family’s original, flagship estate in Chile.
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Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Wines
Concha y Toro make a wide variety of wines, from casual everyday drinkers to more serious celebratory bottles. One of my favorites for its high quality to price ratio is the  Gran Reserva Serie Riberas  line. This is a special selection selection of Gran Re...
Gran Reserva Serie Riberas - as always, pleasure to drink: food friendly, well-priced, and readily available.
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Fogo de Chão, Naperville, IL
It's been more than a few years since we last visited Fogo de Chão in downtown Chicago, so it was pretty exciting to get an Opening Night invite for their new location in Naperville. This is a lot closer to our home, so we're more likely to return sooner. E...
Fogo de Chão has opened a new location in Naperville, IL and we got to attend the Opening Night.
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  • Loyola Chicago
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  • University of South Florida
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Finding Adventure in my Backyard
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I’m a transplanted Southern Californian living in the Midwest. It’s taken some time, and plenty of searching, to appreciate the nature we have here. In the Midwest we don’t have the jagged peaks or deep canyons others do, but we do have trails to run and hike, rivers to canoe and kayak, and forests to explore. In winter we make do with ski hills, ride fat tire bikes, winter camp and snowshoe to revisit favorite spots.
 
Finding Adventure in my Backyard: trail running, hiking, camping, skiing, and pretty much want to try everything outdoors, at least once.
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Father, husband, Outdoors Enthusiast, wine drinker
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  • Midwest Basecamp
    Publisher, 2008 - present
  • 50 States Of Wine - a Food, Wine, and Travel Blog
    Publisher, 2011 - present
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Downers Grove, IL
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Huntington Beach, CA - St Petersburg, FL - Chicago, IL - Helsinki, Finland - Walding, Austria
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CYA in the Outdoors: Pants That Work
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A variety of pants suitable to wear for outdoor activities, but also for the office.

Drink in the Great Outdoors with Stanley Brand (#Stanleyness!)
www.midwestmultisportlife.com

Stanley wants you to be armed with the BEST gift for all the outdoor adventurers on your holiday shopping list. Can't go wrong with the Vacu

Motorola Talkabout T460 Gear Review
www.midwestmultisportlife.com

The Motorola Walkabout T460 are the best affordable walkie talkies we've found yet. Beyond having fun adventuring right at home (as my boys

Northside USA Kids' Footwear Gear Review and Giveaway
www.midwestmultisportlife.com

Northside USA shoes are rugged, reliable and affordable for families who want to enjoy the outdoors together.

Midwest Basecamp Get Outdoors Gift Guide 2015
www.midwestmultisportlife.com

This Gift Guide is not an all-inclusive list, but hopefully you'll find some of the items spark your interest.

PROBAR Saved My Ass
www.midwestmultisportlife.com

PROBAR products are non-GMO or organic and saved our asses on Hell Hike And Raft 2015.

Midwest Multisport Life: Finding Adventure in My Backyard
www.midwestmultisportlife.com

Adventures with family, food, skiing, and running around in the great outdoors.

Midwest Multisport Life: Finding Adventure in My Backyard
www.midwestmultisportlife.com

Adventures with family, food, skiing, and running around in the great outdoors.

Women's Endurance Gear - A Mom Reflects on Family, Food and Fitness
www.womensendurancegear.com

A Mom reflects on fitness and family. Run, swim, cycle, ski. All the gear that works or does not.

Women's Endurance Gear - A Mom Reflects on Family, Food and Fitness
www.womensendurancegear.com

A Mom reflects on fitness and family. Run, swim, cycle, ski. All the gear that works or does not.

Women's Endurance Gear - A Mom Reflects on Family, Food and Fitness
www.womensendurancegear.com

A Mom reflects on fitness and family. Run, swim, cycle, ski. All the gear that works or does not.

Women's Endurance Gear - A Mom Reflects on Family, Food and Fitness
www.womensendurancegear.com

A Mom reflects on fitness and family. Run, swim, cycle, ski. All the gear that works or does not.

Women's Endurance Gear - A Mom Reflects on Family, Food and Fitness
www.womensendurancegear.com

A Mom reflects on fitness and family. Run, swim, cycle, ski. All the gear that works or does not.

Women's Endurance Gear - A Mom Reflects on Family, Food and Fitness
www.womensendurancegear.com

A Mom reflects on fitness and family. Run, swim, cycle, ski. All the gear that works or does not.

Free Permaculture Design Course - Regenerative Leadership Institute
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The world's first free online permaculture design course with Larry Korn. Learn permaculture from the world's top experts from the comfort o

Women's Endurance Gear - A Mom Reflects on Family, Food and Fitness
www.womensendurancegear.com

A Mom reflects on fitness and family. Run, swim, cycle, ski. All the gear that works or does not.

50 States of Wine - A Food, Wine, and Travel Blog: Winestyr: Buy Wine On...
www.50statesofwine.com

50 States of Wine is a couple with a plan to vist a winery in each of the 50 states. Along the way, we will visit restaurants, wineries, vin

Women's Endurance Gear - A Mom Reflects on Family, Food and Fitness
www.womensendurancegear.com

A Mom reflects on fitness and family. Run, swim, cycle, ski. All the gear that works or does not.

Women's Endurance Gear - A Mom Reflects on Family, Food and Fitness
www.womensendurancegear.com

A Mom reflects on fitness and family. Run, swim, cycle, ski. All the gear that works or does not.

Women's Endurance Gear - A Mom Reflects on Family, Food and Fitness
www.womensendurancegear.com

A Mom reflects on fitness and family. Run, swim, cycle, ski. All the gear that works or does not.

Wannemaker's is expensive, but we've gone there because they are somewhat local. Today it took 30 minutes to check out because their Internet connection was down -- no discount, no effort to get it done quickly. I won't be back.
Quality: GoodAppeal: GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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