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by Keith A k e r s
May 19th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Vouette et Sorbée Champagne Blanc d'Argile Extra Brut
Replies: 2
Views: 61

TN: 2014 Vouette et Sorbée Champagne Blanc d'Argile Extra Brut

2014 Vouette et Sorbée Champagne Blanc d'Argile Extra Brut - France, Champagne (5/19/2019) Nose: The Nose is fresh and lively, filled with white peaches, all sorts of white flowers, pears, green apples, saline, crushed rocks, almonds, lemon peels, and a touch of dough. There is excellent depth with...
by Keith A k e r s
May 9th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1072

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

Chr!s G|@rn3r wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Because it is delicious, bite sized and pairs well with wine.
^exactly
by Keith A k e r s
May 8th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 45
Views: 1972

Re: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux

Overall impressions: The wines shared the fresh quality I’ve consistently found in ’16 reds across France and Northern Italy (Burgundy, Beaujolais the Northern and Southern Rhone, Piedmont and Tuscany): bright fruit (fully ripe but definitely not overripe), concentration, with ample tannins and aci...
by Keith A k e r s
April 24th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2199

Re: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?

How has nobody mentioned Chile and Argentina? Both should be relatively inexpensive as wine destinations go! Mendoza should be extremely high on the list imo. With the current exchange rate, the OP can eat and drink like a king while still having $$$$ left over Of course, it costs so much just to g...
by Keith A k e r s
April 23rd, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2199

Re: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
April 23rd, 2019, 9:23 am
How has nobody mentioned Chile and Argentina? Both should be relatively inexpensive as wine destinations go!
Mendoza should be extremely high on the list imo. With the current exchange rate, the OP can eat and drink like a king while still having $$$$ left over
by Keith A k e r s
April 17th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3005

Re: What's your house champagne?

The one that is open [wink.gif]


But, over the last few years NV Bereche has been the consistent go to with NV Clouet Rose showing up often as well
by Keith A k e r s
April 17th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1059

Re: London / Solo Diner

David Kaufman wrote:
April 16th, 2019, 1:42 pm
+1 for Barrafina, especially as a solo diner
^this.was.sooooooooooooooo friggin good when I went two weeks ago. So, yea, that champagne.gif


I would also fully rec a visit to the Clove Club. I was extremely happy with my meal there
by Keith A k e r s
April 17th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 4126

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

I, too, notice the inequal derision noted by the OP. I believe the Old World crowd is **generally** snobbier and more condescending than is the New World crowd. I will never understand why some folks harang others for different wine preferences. how is it any different than a NW palate claiming tha...
by Keith A k e r s
April 17th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 4126

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

Very interesting point that several above have made that I hadn't considered: old world wines, by and large, haven't changed (stylistically speaking) and their wines are much like they've been for decades or longer. New world wineries, in many cases, have gone through a stylistic metamorphosis, arg...
by Keith A k e r s
April 13th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2317

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

For the people voting over $100, how many bottles of Champagne do you have? 153 bottles in 73 wines. Honestly, I should have more . Champagne is pretty much my desert island wine. Years ago a friend asked me if I could hook him up with a bottle of bubbles from my collection for his anniversary with...
by Keith A k e r s
April 12th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2317

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

I'm just a shade over $70 per bottle. Seems about right given what I normally buy
by Keith A k e r s
April 10th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Suckling back at the WS? What's up with all the 94 plus scores for CCR lately?
Replies: 15
Views: 1543

Re: Is Suckling back at the WS? What's up with all the 94 plus scores for CCR lately?

Hi Rich, I can’t necessarily speak to the scores and I haven’t been able to do a comprehensive tasting, but something that is likely at play is the move towards the Gran Selezione designation. Top producers are now concentrating on single vineyards and top parcels for these wines. That will basicall...
by Keith A k e r s
April 9th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Champagne?
Replies: 40
Views: 1684

Re: Decanting Champagne?

People come into the belief that wine that is Champagne needs to be treated more preciously than wine that is not Champagne. It's just wine with bubbles. Exactly this. I'll sometimes decant champagne to blow off some of the gas that it has so that I can better smell the wine. I don't drink anywhere...
by Keith A k e r s
April 8th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Wines around London-82 La Chappele+93 Tempier+Felton Road
Replies: 1
Views: 187

TNs: Wines around London-82 La Chappele+93 Tempier+Felton Road

I was in and around London the past weekend and did my best to dive in on what I could around town for the short time I was there. Thankfully there are tons of options champagne.gif Here are some of the highlights 1982 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermita...
by Keith A k e r s
April 4th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 587
Views: 26497

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

John, The winelist is very good for what one would think. It has been put together and features a ton of wine from an excellent distributor in Chicago. But, if you’re packing, I’d say go with something really good that will go great with the food. I think you’ll really enjoy what Thai and Danielle a...
by Keith A k e r s
April 1st, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wining and dining in Torino
Replies: 4
Views: 230

Re: Wining and dining in Torino

This is wonderful and thank you for sharing! I fell hard for Torino much for the reasons you mentioned, but I spent way too little time in it when I visited piedmont two and a half years ago
by Keith A k e r s
March 30th, 2019, 11:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 587
Views: 26497

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Hi John,

It depends on the date. HaiSous is always $25 corkage, but the food is very affordable, so it off-sets imo (that and I’m fine with the $25 when Thai and Danielle are so awesome).


For SKY, PM me
by Keith A k e r s
March 27th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning Trip - Deciding on last winery
Replies: 15
Views: 854

Re: Planning Trip - Deciding on last winery

Hi Evan,

My personal vote would be for Barnett. Mostly be sure to try to get to taste and chat with their winemaker David Tate. He’s extremely accessible and is just as knowledgeable as he is accessible. He’s worked in several places around the world and finally settled at Barnett
by Keith A k e r s
March 26th, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Re: TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva

Matt M . wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 10:38 am
Anybody have the 2008 vintage recently?
I’ve had it twice, the first time it was drop dead gorgeous. The second time it had VA problems. Both bottles came from the same source, so ymmv
by Keith A k e r s
March 25th, 2019, 1:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Re: TN: 2006 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino

Thanks for the check in. Though I keep cracking into 06s, I’ve noticed that many are still tight and in need of time. But, at least what’s there is pretty damned good and I’m sure this will be a long lived vintage
by Keith A k e r s
March 17th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 José Michel & Fils Champagne Special Club
Replies: 1
Views: 95

TN: 2010 José Michel & Fils Champagne Special Club

2010 José Michel & Fils Champagne Special Club - France, Champagne (3/17/2019) Nose: The nose shows off a distinct spring-time quality filled with white peaches, pears, apples, white fruits, acacia flowers, citrus tones, minerals, and some biscuit notes. There is a brightness to the nose that is ex...
by Keith A k e r s
March 17th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Re: TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva

Ashish funny that you visited them. How did you choose them? One of my wine friends who visits Tuscany each year set up the visit! I'm glad they did... the wines were great and the winemaker was very friendly and educational. she's a wonderful visit and chock full of knowledge. Made me fall even mo...
by Keith A k e r s
March 17th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3106

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

Isn’t there a sellers premium as well? yes they take a cut on both ends as of of 4/1/19 now passing on the taxes in addition to shipping....moves the added cost to near 30% on the buy the Winebid model will likely fail as the volume won't be there bummer cheers I'm more than willing to bet that thi...
by Keith A k e r s
March 15th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3106

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

Michael Martin wrote:
March 14th, 2019, 6:15 pm
They still provide the best chance to hunt down aged wines that I like. Tax is secondary.
^bingo. The tax won't change anything for me as the access to otherwise unobtainable wines is why I buy from winebid
by Keith A k e r s
March 11th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?
Replies: 68
Views: 3496

Re: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?

An added wrinkle, if I may, Noah...some in the sub $100 category, too, please. This is a blind spot for me, but I'm starting to dip my toes in. Here, Rancia absolutely comes into play as does Fontarollo for an IGT Sangiovese. For Brunello in the under $100, I'd say: Fuglini Conti Costanti Stella Di...
by Keith A k e r s
March 11th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?
Replies: 68
Views: 3496

Re: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?

This is a fun and tough question! For me, it may look something like this: Le Pergole Torte Flaccianello Biondi-Santi Soldera Poggio Di Sotto that said, it was hard to leave a ton of things out (especially top Chianti producers). But, I think if someone was to ask me what would be the producers that...
by Keith A k e r s
February 27th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Argentina Wines to Try Before You Die
Replies: 35
Views: 1920

Re: Argentina Wines to Try Before You Die

Michael O'Brien wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 12:51 pm
I would add Carinae, Gimenez Riili, Corazon del Sol, La Azul, and Diamandes to the list.


Big +1 to La Azul, especially if you can do their lunch tasting. That was easily one of my favorite visits
by Keith A k e r s
February 26th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Argentina Wines to Try Before You Die
Replies: 35
Views: 1920

Re: Argentina Wines to Try Before You Die

Hi Don, Definitely be on the lookout for anything from Carmello Piatti. Lagarde was also a fantastic producer that I really enjoyed as well. Instead of just thinking about Malbec, be sure to dig into the Cab Francs down there. Lots of producers are making it and some are doing a killer job. If you g...
by Keith A k e r s
February 23rd, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best value champagne w 15-20 year cellaring potential
Replies: 59
Views: 1924

Re: Best value champagne w 15-20 year cellaring potential

Are there vintage cellar worthy champagnes less than $80ish. Or in bordeaux terms what is the equivalent of sociando in champagne? ahhhhh, that's much better. You can definitely find a lot of Special Clubs in that range that would offer up aging potential. They won't necessarily be on a 15+ year tr...
by Keith A k e r s
February 15th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Rizzi Barbaresco Pajoré
Replies: 0
Views: 102

TN: 2014 Rizzi Barbaresco Pajoré

2014 Rizzi Barbaresco Pajoré - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco (2/14/2019) Nose: The nose is pretty and nuanced with strawberries, red cherries, rose petals, herbs, licorice, wild spices, and savory notes. This shows off excellent depth and has a perfumed, red-fruited nature to it. Taste: The f...
by Keith A k e r s
February 10th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11425

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

But, I also think there are reasons to wonder if they will be as interested as previous generations. -Al Simple question: Why do you wonder if they will be as interested as previous generations? IMO there are plenty of millenials that are already quite interested in wine, so I don't understand why ...
by Keith A k e r s
February 10th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Chartogne-Taillet, Bérêche
Replies: 6
Views: 465

Re: TNs: Chartogne-Taillet, Bérêche

It's fun seeing this pop up here and on IG champagne.gif What a great tasting and I love the idea on the whole. I've been wanting to do a comparison of single vineyard Chartogne-Taillets, but I seem to keep on drinking them before I get that chance. Do you have any more info on the Bereche? That loo...
by Keith A k e r s
February 4th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11425

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

One thing that I'm not sure anyone has mentioned is that millenials marry later, which tends to mean more meals eaten either alone or in restaurants with friends. I've found that whenever a girlfriend cooks* there will always be a bottle opened, while I rarely open bottles solo and going to with pe...
by Keith A k e r s
February 4th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11425

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

2. Millennials find their parents' wine boring So what's their answer? The same juice in a cooler package. Unfortunately this has been the wine industry's answer to essentially every new market group for years. Critter labels when millennials reached drinking age. Somebody woke up and realized wome...
by Keith A k e r s
February 4th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11425

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Well said, this is kinda what I am talking about. Not so much AFWE, which I use only in erms of this discussion. The move seems-hopefully to me-to be going in the direction that there are great wines from everywhere, for every palate, not driven by a few periodicals or critics , but myriad sources....
by Keith A k e r s
February 3rd, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11425

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

I agree Jeremy. There are two great advantages that Millennials have that I didn't have (born1969). There is so much incredible, relatively inexpensive wine out there, that is fairly easily accessed. Just look at Berserker Day, even without discounts, there were tons of amazing, affordable wines fo...
by Keith A k e r s
February 2nd, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me about Vin Chicago?
Replies: 18
Views: 804

Re: Tell me about Vin Chicago?

they've been around forever (they were Wine Discount Center for a long time) and are excellent at what they do
by Keith A k e r s
January 30th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Polar Vortex bubbles
Replies: 1
Views: 249

TNs: Polar Vortex bubbles

2008 Gaston Chiquet Champagne Millésime Or - France, Champagne (1/30/2019) Nose: The nose is extremely well balanced and elegant, filled with red apples, biscuits, peaches, pears, baking spices, cinnamon, and vanilla beans. There is excellent depth and style to the nose with the tones all showing a...
by Keith A k e r s
January 27th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Loire Cab Francs with 13+ years on them
Replies: 11
Views: 581

Re: TNs: Loire Cab Francs with 13+ years on them

Keith, Great notes and a terrific lineup. That '85 Olga Raffault has been showing so well for a while now. Terrific wine. Never had a Breton with that kind of age. Sound great. I should mention that the 85 was a library release. I have a 90 from the same release, so that'll get fired up soon-ish ch...
by Keith A k e r s
January 27th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to drink under $50?
Replies: 34
Views: 1526

Re: What to drink under $50?

Hi Jordan, at $50, you actually have a real wide range of wines to choose from. You can get basically any Spanish region you want, loads of southern france, loire valley, champagne, german riesling, almost all of italy, etc etc. What you should definitely do is look for smart, independent wine shops...
by Keith A k e r s
January 27th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Loire Cab Francs with 13+ years on them
Replies: 11
Views: 581

TNs: Loire Cab Francs with 13+ years on them

CAB FRANCS THAT ARE READY FOR A BAR-MITVAH (AND OLDER) - Chez Simo Bistro, Chicago IL (1/9/2019) I have been wanting to do an older Cab Franc dinner for a bit and it felt right to start the year off with that. Even better was to do it at one of my favorite french bistros in the city along with us o...
by Keith A k e r s
January 25th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Ceritas Chardonnay Heintz Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 164

TN: 2012 Ceritas Chardonnay Heintz Vineyard

2012 Ceritas Chardonnay Heintz Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (1/25/2019) Nose: The nose is fresh and somewhat tropical with limes, white peaches, green apples, starfruit, pineapple, saline, and white florals. There is excellent depth with a real verve to it. Taste: The fee...
by Keith A k e r s
January 20th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visiting Krug
Replies: 29
Views: 1372

Re: Visiting Krug

alan weinberg wrote:
January 20th, 2019, 3:17 pm
I did Dom Perignon and Ployez-Jacquemart to contrast huge and small. Enjoyed both visits though Dom was costly to get the upgraded tour.
I'll fully second doing Ployez-Jacquemart. It's been almost 4 years and I still think fondly back on that visit
by Keith A k e r s
January 14th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drink now: 2010, 2012, or 2013 Roagna la Pira
Replies: 3
Views: 350

Re: Drink now: 2010, 2012, or 2013 Roagna la Pira

I’m only saying the 13 as that will be the ripest and best chance to show in this lineup
by Keith A k e r s
January 11th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs
Replies: 16
Views: 634

Re: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs

Any dinner recs for Saturday evening closer to the CIBC Theater? Say within 6-8 blocks? We ate at Acanto last March and it more than fit the bill. Great service, drinks and food. Hrm, part of me wants to say Cherry Circle Room, but that is decidedly not the place to bring a 10 year old. So, maybe t...
by Keith A k e r s
January 10th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs
Replies: 16
Views: 634

Re: Chicago in January - Looking for a few recs

Quartino is another good option. Honestly, it isn’t. Quartino is a basic bitch restaurant that is loud and obnoxious. Trent, Take a look at the Wndrmuseum and see if there are any tickets available. I think that’s something your whole family would enjoy. For wine, I'll second Plum Market as a place...
by Keith A k e r s
January 9th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are these the top "wine influencers"?
Replies: 41
Views: 1900

Re: Are these the top "wine influencers"?

Failed - using twitter as an "influencer" barometer over instagram. ^this. IG does influence wine buying, but it doesn’t necessarily influence the wine buying of those that read and post on this forum. This forum skews older and towards more of a collector/deep enthusiast. I think this gets lost to...
by Keith A k e r s
January 8th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 487
Views: 36448

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Did that change at Bavette's recently? I've been there several times over the years and not had the bottle limit. It has been about 1.5 years since I've been there, however. It's been that way at all Hogsalt restaurants for a while. It was maybe 2013 or 2014 when some friends and I went into Maude'...
by Keith A k e r s
January 8th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 487
Views: 36448

Re: Chicago and suburbs

I wanted to add in an update on Cellar Door Provisions. They are now $20 corkage generally and $10 if you bring in a wine from Diversey Wine a few doors down I've updated the entry Keith. Seems pretty steep for a place with such a limited menu. How is the food? I thought the food was fantastic. Thi...
by Keith A k e r s
January 5th, 2019, 6:35 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 487
Views: 36448

Re: Chicago and suburbs

I wanted to add in an update on Cellar Door Provisions. They are now $20 corkage generally and $10 if you bring in a wine from Diversey Wine a few doors down

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