Hi, I’m Susan Frasca, former proprietor, of Chicago’s Kinzie Chophouse and current owner of The Wine Huntress.
Over thirteen years ago, I decided to take my passion, hobby and love of wine and pursue it through a more formal means of study. I received Certification Level 1 from the American Court of Masters and passed through Level 1 and 2 with the International Sommelier Guild. I received my Intensive Viticulture and Vinification Certification from the American Sommelier Association. Then to go even deeper both in knowledge and interest, I took courses through the French Wine Society and studied the regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, Rhone Valley. Currently, I’m studying for the CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine) through the Society of Wine Educators.
Traveling and attending food and wine shows, and researching regions throughout the United States and Europe, is what I love. Wine Spectators’ New York Experience, PROWEIN in Dusseldorf, Vin Expo in Bordeaux and London’s Wine and Spirits Show have been some of my favorite stops along the way. Each endeavor, including the New York, San Francisco, San Diego, South Beach, and Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festivals, and the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon, offers new insight to the inner makings of tasting and collecting wine. So when I was invited to attend, and ultimately became a successful bidder, at the Premier Napa Valley Trade Auction 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2019 I knew all of it would ultimately be the building blocks for The Wine Huntress
I navigated through the major AVA’s in the United States and traveled through the Piedmont, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia, Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio regions of Italy. I journeyed in and out of the chalk soils of Champagne, Loire, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Cognac, Rhone Valley and Provence regions of France.
I’ve been on a “hunt” for a long time and now its time to bring my spectacular treasures back to you.
I will continue to do so and it is all here for you to experience at The Wine Huntress.
So, why don’t you join me? Come exploring at The Wine Huntress.
Due to Covid, the Wine Huntress tastings and educational events are available virtually at this time.
The cellar is a perfect spot for a private dinner or tasting. Food can be catered by Kinzie Chophouse or any other catering company.
Main Dining Room
Five Course Wine Dinner with pairings done by Susan Frasca
Main Dining Room
Comparison of the different techniques used in making bubbles from all over the world
Understanding the difference between Champagne, Cava, Prosecco and Sparkling.... are they different and in what ways.
Old Wolrd versus New World Comparative Tasting
Chardonnay is the most popular varietal in the world. We will examine why and taste the nuances of the varietal.
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