Chuck Pecoraro

Chuck Pecoraro has been reviewing restaurants and writing food and wine articles for over 30 years. He has reviewed more than 1,500 restaurants for the Chicago Sun-Times and other publications and websites, in addition to co-owning two restaurants. He also is president of the CP Enterprises marketing/advertising agency, and has taught direct marketing as a member of the Northwestern University faculty for 10 years. He is a graduate of Northwestern, where he majored in English/Journalism, and is the recipient of the Northwestern Alumni Association’s service and merit awards. Having toured Italy, he is well versedin Italian culinary culture. He can be contacted at chuckpecoraro@sbcglobal.net.

Articles by Chuck Pecoraro


U.S. Wine Is All Over The Map U.S. Wine Is All Over The Map U.S. Wine Is All Over The Map U.S. Wine Is All Over The Map

U.S. Wine Is All Over The Map


From California to New York, each state has its own primary grape that is cultivated as the star of their wine show. In Alaska and...

Pedology 101: The Process of Vineyard Site Selection Pedology 101: The Process of Vineyard Site Selection Pedology 101: The Process of Vineyard Site Selection Pedology 101: The Process of Vineyard Site Selection

Pedology 101: The Process of Vineyard Site Selection


You need to practice prudent pedology, the study of soil. To fortify the soil, add necessary lime, nitrogen, compost or other additives....

How To Pair Wine With Dessert How To Pair Wine With Dessert How To Pair Wine With Dessert How To Pair Wine With Dessert

How To Pair Wine With Dessert


As the color of the dessert gets darker, so should the color of the wine. The wine should be as sweet as the dessert, with enough acidity...

Why Are Most Vineyards Placed on Slopes and Hillsides? Why Are Most Vineyards Placed on Slopes and Hillsides? Why Are Most Vineyards Placed on Slopes and Hillsides? Why Are Most Vineyards Placed on Slopes and Hillsides?

Why Are Most Vineyards Placed on Slopes and Hillsides?


Wine grapes benefit from altitude advantages not always found on ground-level plantations. These include a frost-free climate, moderate...

Tips for Holiday Sips Tips for Holiday Sips Tips for Holiday Sips Tips for Holiday Sips

Tips for Holiday Sips


For these joyous occasions, bottles are most often filled with a sparkling wine. If a social statement is to be made, Champagne is usually...

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Legend has it that in the year 1111, a German bishop in Italy en route to the Vatican sent his majordomo ahead to search for inns that...

How to Match Cheese With Wine How to Match Cheese With Wine How to Match Cheese With Wine How to Match Cheese With Wine

How to Match Cheese With Wine


Years ago, pairing wine with cheese was considered a no-brainer. You simply followed a rule that red wine goes with hard cheese and white...

The Scenery and Sangiovese of Tuscany The Scenery and Sangiovese of Tuscany The Scenery and Sangiovese of Tuscany The Scenery and Sangiovese of Tuscany

The Scenery and Sangiovese of Tuscany


The wine in Tuscany, influenced by the Mediterranean Climate and culture, is some of the best to pair with vast varieties of food?....

Best Italian Wine?  Ask the Sommeliers Best Italian Wine?  Ask the Sommeliers Best Italian Wine?  Ask the Sommeliers Best Italian Wine?  Ask the Sommeliers

Best Italian Wine? Ask the Sommeliers


With thousands of reds, whites and rosés to choose from, selecting Italian wine can be a daunting challenge. We reached out to prominent...

Vermouth, From Medicine to Martinis Vermouth, From Medicine to Martinis Vermouth, From Medicine to Martinis Vermouth, From Medicine to Martinis

Vermouth, From Medicine to Martinis


It reportedly first appeared in China around 1,000 BC as a propitiatory medicine for stomach and intestinal disorders. It later was traced...

Discovering Italy's Island Wines Discovering Italy's Island Wines Discovering Italy's Island Wines Discovering Italy's Island Wines

Discovering Italy's Island Wines


Italy is surrounded by 80 islands. Though most its world-class wine comes from the mainland, there are lesser-known varieties to be found...

Grappa: Once Wild, Now Mild Grappa: Once Wild, Now Mild Grappa: Once Wild, Now Mild Grappa: Once Wild, Now Mild

Grappa: Once Wild, Now Mild


Grappa has overcome its bad rap as a harsh, near-undrinkable digestif to a light, semi-sweet libation that blends a variety of flavors and...

From Vines to Vino: The Process of Making Wine From Vines to Vino: The Process of Making Wine From Vines to Vino: The Process of Making Wine From Vines to Vino: The Process of Making Wine

From Vines to Vino: The Process of Making Wine


At a mid-sized vineyard in Tuscany, south of Florence, a group of vendemmiatori (pickers) gather for the day's production armed with...