“Make no little plans: they have no magic to stir men’s blood.” – Daniel Burnham (as seen on the back of a bottle of Loop Chardonnay.

On a recent grocery-shopping excursion, there was a table set up for wine tasting (LOVE grocery shopping in 2017). The attendant was very enthusiastic about an un-oaked Chardonnay produced by former Chicagoans called “Loop”, so naturally I had to try it.

It was medium in color and body. The smell of Loop was strong with honey and reminded me of Sweet Tarts candy.  Definitely better than the Chicago Loop actually smells, but at this point, I was starting to lose hope in the quality of this wine. I persevered though and found the taste to be light and refreshing. It had a strong green apple and melon taste on the palate with a slight hint of creamy butter. Since Loop is un-oaked, it doesn’t smack you in the face with oak and butter like some other California chardonnays have a tendency to do. It reminded me of the best parts of a Chardonnay mixed with the best parts of a Sauvignon Blanc. No flowers or grapefruit, but a crisp texture that still felt hearty.

Loop can be consumed all by itself, or would pair nicely with a dish of scallops with lemon butter, or a linguini and clam entree. I would also suggest chunky vegetable salads but only with citrus dressings; no balsamic.

I did some research on the wine makers since they are from my home town of Chicago. There’s not much online about them, and according to their Facebook page, they despise social media. What I can glean is they met in Chicago, shared a love of wine and wanted to “take wine back to the people.” So, they moved to Paso Robles, CA and started making Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m glad they did because the Loop is delicious and at $14.00 per bottle, it’s definitely affordable for all wine loving people.  Mission accomplished.