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by Keith A k e r s
August 15th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1099

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

. They just aren't receiving the accolades that are due or not distributed properly. Spot on! I think for those that have tasted the wines, we know what is there. But, the problem always lies in attempting to sell the wines. Tbh, your experience isn’t all that too far from mine and we are in quite ...
by Keith A k e r s
August 15th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1099

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

Kris Patten wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 7:37 am
Raats Cabernet Franc is an underappreciated wine. Lives in the old world, classic style.
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by Keith A k e r s
August 14th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1099

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

David_K wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 6:39 am
Many good wines. But it's very hard to find the best stuff here in the States.
The key is the importers. Take a look on Blue Crane Imports website and hopefully they work in your state. They do a great job bringing in really good stuff
by Keith A k e r s
August 13th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1099

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

YLee wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 2:23 pm
I am intrigued in trying some now. I will most likely start with Pinotage.


yea, you probably shouldn't start there. Starting with good bordeaux blends from Stellenbosch, rhone varietal wines from Swartland, or Kershaw from Elgin would all be much better than Pinotage.
by Keith A k e r s
August 13th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?
Replies: 22
Views: 2122

Re: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?

I really doubt that. Bourbon was already white hot when the episode came out. I was working retail then and the big ones were already kept in the back room and had been for 2-3 years
by Keith A k e r s
August 13th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?
Replies: 22
Views: 2122

Re: Anthony Bourdain Wine List?

I've read a couple of his books and I'm pretty sure he admitted he really wasn't "much of a wine guy". I wouldn't put too much value on his choices. He definitely said that in Kitchen Confidential, but I suspect that a couple of decades of touring the world's restaurants as he did might have expose...
by Keith A k e r s
August 13th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1099

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

not just their cabs, but a lot of South African wines overall have been really impressing me over the past year. Even better, is that if one is to spend like $40-50 they are effectively buying the top end of South African wine. If you keep an open mind, you may be more than pleasantly surprised by t...
by Keith A k e r s
August 10th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2977

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

I drink and enjoy wines that the AFWE would condemn, but I see absolutely no reason to make Alfert feel better so I am not going to "confess" anything. Neal is on the SQN list. He has no shame. Nor does Alfert, for that matter. Sorry for outing you. [snort.gif] counterpoint, SQN is easily flippable...
by Keith A k e r s
August 9th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2977

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

I'll happily admit that I really dig a lot of Priorat and that's turned into my go to when I want a bigger wine. It may not be full on AWFE, but it's a region that seems to be thrown into the purple drank category when that isn't the case for a lot of wines IMO
by Keith A k e r s
July 29th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago - 2010 Bordeaux
Replies: 9
Views: 478

Re: Chicago - 2010 Bordeaux

Wally,

it's been way too long. I'd love to join up if there is demand!
by Keith A k e r s
July 24th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2288

Re: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war

Good, hopefully prices will start coming back down and I can buy more of what I like. Yes, because that is exactly what will happen. Land prices in Napa will clearly go down as well due to this, right? I have no idea. I said hopefully. I really mean that. Time, and many other factors, will tell wha...
by Keith A k e r s
July 24th, 2019, 5:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2288

Re: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war

Joe B wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 5:28 am
Good, hopefully prices will start coming back down and I can buy more of what I like.

Yes, because that is exactly what will happen. Land prices in Napa will clearly go down as well due to this, right?
by Keith A k e r s
July 22nd, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You can all kiss my Welsh ass
Replies: 75
Views: 6168

Re: You can all kiss my Welsh ass

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by Keith A k e r s
July 20th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jean Luc Columbo - why doesn't he use Rhone shaped bottles?
Replies: 21
Views: 1213

Re: Jean Luc Columbo - why doesn't he use Rhone shaped bottles?

I see that Colombo still gets good prices – more than Balthazar or Paris, for example. I guess I should try one to see if I should revise my opinion. From Livingstone-Learmonth’s write-up, it doesn’t sound like he’s changed his methods much in the past 20 years, except maybe to do away with the hig...
by Keith A k e r s
July 14th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 52
Views: 2732

Re: Wines of Etna

Calabretta makes terrific wines. The Vigne Vecchie mentioned above is superb. So much yes for Calabretta. I’ve also been lucky to have some older bottlings and they easily held up at 12+ years. Matt, I haven’t had Terre Nere’s Pre-Phylloxera, but I’ve had a good range of their higher end wines and ...
by Keith A k e r s
July 14th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 52
Views: 2732

Re: Wines of Etna

Hi Matt,

There’ve been some great suggestions so far. I would also fully add in Terre Nere and Graci for making great wines from etna and focusing on Nerello Mascalese
by Keith A k e r s
July 13th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest
Replies: 41
Views: 1799

Re: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

Todd: I'm a Chablis Johnny-come-lately, as you may know, but I do have a mixed case of Sechet, Vaillons and Foret from the 2010 vintage. If I were tempted to pop one tomorrow for Bastille Day (which also happens to be my birthday), would you have a view on which one might be closest to peak? sounds...
by Keith A k e r s
July 13th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest
Replies: 41
Views: 1799

Re: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

Jeff Vaughan wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 6:06 am
Thanks for the note. At what age do generally like to drink the VD Forest? I've never had one with more than 10 years of age and I am sitting on some 08, 09 and 10.

I just opened an 09 last Tuesday and my only regret was not decanting it. It was a winebid purchase and was in amazing shape
by Keith A k e r s
July 12th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 2891

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

Low dosage Champagne is *the* reason I'm currently interested in Champagne. I've found many higher dosage Champagnes are too sweet for my preferences, and also give me an immediate headache. Low dosage examples, however, have a way of disappearing *real quick*, and sans-headache, ta boot. what Brut...
by Keith A k e r s
July 11th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique
Replies: 73
Views: 2399

Re: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique

I think it was his uncle, so I’ve just gone with that over the years. Rostaing being the SIL makes just as much sense too
by Keith A k e r s
July 11th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique
Replies: 73
Views: 2399

Re: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique

Some historical prices from my inventory records: 98 Clape Cornas - $38 (NY 2003) 99 Allemand - Chaillot - $32 (NY 2003) 99 Allemand - Reynard - $38 (London 2002) 99 Verset Cornas - $40 (NY 2004) 00 Verset Cornas - $42 (NY 2003) 01 Jasmin Cote Rotie - $45 (NY 2010) ^and these prices are much more i...
by Keith A k e r s
July 11th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique
Replies: 73
Views: 2399

Re: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique

I didn't expect it to be profound, but it was just boring, without much of any CR character, so I think I'm entitled to be unhappy about that. Particularly at $49 in 2007 (at Astor). I've never had a Rostaing wine that sent me and have been a bit puzzled why his reputation was as strong as it was a...
by Keith A k e r s
July 11th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique
Replies: 73
Views: 2399

Re: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique

In any case IMO Rostaing seriously underperformed its potential in that period. Yea, that hasn’t been my argument here. My argument has been that the expectation that John had for the wine was greater than what the wine could conceivably give. His notes sound exactly what the wine was. As far as th...
by Keith A k e r s
July 11th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique
Replies: 73
Views: 2399

Re: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique

I can't speak for the prices where you were, but I strongly doubt those were the prices and then saw the jump to what I saw when I was on the floor in 07. Verset has only very recently been a hot property and I remember being offered the 05 and 06 for around $75-80 just a few years after 2004. Gran...
by Keith A k e r s
July 11th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique
Replies: 73
Views: 2399

Re: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique

Maybe I’m misremembering but Verset in 2004 was still $30-35, Allemand $35-45, and Jamet around $45-55 but one could find it lower. Any case, my metapoint is there is no question in my mind there was better wine in CR and Cornas in the Rostaing price range. And the nascent AFWE knew this wine sucke...
by Keith A k e r s
July 11th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique
Replies: 73
Views: 2399

Re: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique

Keith, it seems straightforward that John made a choice at some point to buy this over whatever else was available in the market at the time that would have been better, with the hope it would be great with age. Of course. We all do that. And we all have relative disappointments. Sounds like this w...
by Keith A k e r s
July 11th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique
Replies: 73
Views: 2399

Re: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique

I guess my question is why does it have to move you and why would you expect it to move you? This was never a higher end wine and was never priced like that. Why not just enjoy it as a fully mature Cote-rotie and be quite happy with that?
by Keith A k e r s
July 5th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corkage Etiquette for Older Bottles?
Replies: 23
Views: 1442

Re: Corkage Etiquette for Older Bottles?

Brady Daniels wrote:
July 5th, 2019, 11:50 am
Corkage is a privilege not a right.


Extremely sage words that many forget about or never think of. So, I made sure to quote it [thumbs-up.gif]
by Keith A k e r s
June 28th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2661

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

My second choice would be Rhone. Thinking Verset or an older Jamet, Allemand SS. These are more unique purchases than the FG Bordeaux, but I think they also come at higher risk of underperforming and/or bottle variation. My hit rate with well-stored, mature Bordeaux is really high. And it always hi...
by Keith A k e r s
June 25th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Wtb 1964 Port
Replies: 11
Views: 480

Re: Wtb 1964 Port

Alan Eden wrote:
June 23rd, 2019, 7:56 pm
Thats a tawny and i want a regular vintage Port
unfortunately 64 wasn't a declared Vintage (63 and 66 were), so your only options are Colheita Ports or Madeiras if you want to go the fortified route
by Keith A k e r s
June 24th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 32812

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

https://chicago.eater.com/2019/6/24/187 ... restaurant




Looks like Duffy is about to be back in a big way
by Keith A k e r s
June 17th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 32812

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

For Deep Dish, be sure to go to Pequod’s (though tbh, Pizzeria Bebu is just flat out great pizza and in the same-ish neighborhood. For Italian or Asian, what are you wanting? Where you’re staying is right in the tourist area, so if you want something more representative of Chicago, you’ll have to e...
by Keith A k e r s
June 16th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 32812

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I don't know man. So many good restaurants in the city. Plus I just read your link to the eater article. Pretty disturbing tone. $2,000 donation from a fundraiser ? Seems contrived. His ex-wife’s version of the events and since then should dispel any notion that he’s made amends or is a better pers...
by Keith A k e r s
June 12th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 32812

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

For Deep Dish, be sure to go to Pequod’s (though tbh, Pizzeria Bebu is just flat out great pizza and in the same-ish neighborhood. For Italian or Asian, what are you wanting? Where you’re staying is right in the tourist area, so if you want something more representative of Chicago, you’ll have to ex...
by Keith A k e r s
June 12th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No dosage champagne
Replies: 20
Views: 1426

Re: No dosage champagne

Hi Mark,

I don’t know what is carried in Austin, but, for low dosage producers, be sure to check out:

Georges Laval
Benoit Marguet
Cedric Bouchard


Just to start. There are tons out there and a lot of small producers are using low to no dosage these days.
by Keith A k e r s
June 10th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 1394

Re: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs

May want to list where you're staying, as you may have some choices that are walking distance that will be more 'worth it' than trying to schlep all over just to get to one that might be the 'best'. Driving can be a real headache there. I am going to be all over the place. Staying by the O'Hare Air...
by Keith A k e r s
June 8th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Faury St. Joseph Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Faury St. Joseph Vieilles Vignes

Great note dale. My “only problem” with this wine is that it’s so damned good already that I’ll need to get it away from my hands quickly
by Keith A k e r s
June 7th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 8794

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

I scanned Benny's wine list and while it's impressive, I don't think it means they care more about it than a smaller restaurant with limited storage or financial resources who has to make difficult choices about which 30-50 different wines they may want to keep on hand. Frankly, it's probably easie...
by Keith A k e r s
June 7th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Re: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +

Lately I have been less entertained by non-dosage wines. I like bone-dry champagne but it seems as though most of the zeros I drink lack depth and complexity I get from low dose wines. Maybe I am going through a phase I think it depends on what you're drinking. I'm generally a bigger fan of non-dos...
by Keith A k e r s
June 7th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Re: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +

Lately I have been less entertained by non-dosage wines. I like bone-dry champagne but it seems as though most of the zeros I drink lack depth and complexity I get from low dose wines. Maybe I am going through a phase I think it depends on what you're drinking. I'm generally a bigger fan of non-dos...
by Keith A k e r s
June 7th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 8794

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

newsflash, there are tons of steakhouses in the US. Guess what their greatest wine sales are by a massive margin? I have no doubt, but this thread is about $175 cabs, not the Justin’s, Jordan’s, Caymus, and Silver Oaks which litter steak house wine lists. And high end Cabs from small producers are ...
by Keith A k e r s
June 6th, 2019, 11:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 8794

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

I’m in the camp of predicting trouble for napa cabs in the $100-$200 price range. Napa in general seems to have fallen out of favor with the somms I know. These folks seem to gravitate to more classically styled wines with higher acid and structure. I also don’t seem many of the millennial hipster ...
by Keith A k e r s
June 6th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 8794

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

How are expensive California wines selling at Binnys? Isn't that the test? They are not, talking with store managers at Binnys they are planning to further reduce the wine section footprint across the stores. Across Chicagoland Binny's are observing a steady decline in wine sales with a bias toward...
by Keith A k e r s
June 5th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 32812

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

[url]https://chicago.eater.com/2019/6/5/1865 ... intel/[url]


Good to see that jackass finally get his and be arrested
by Keith A k e r s
May 31st, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 56
Views: 3612

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

So, it's not necessarily the price that annoys you but, rather, that he's making a totally different style of wine? In other words, the price point he came it at with Hors Categoire didn't bother you because he's already "good" with Syrah. Right? What are you trying to say and where did I say that ...
by Keith A k e r s
May 31st, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 56
Views: 3612

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

Care to elaborate, Scott and Bill? it's not that hard to understand. Hell, just because he makes killer syrah from Washington doesn't mean he'd be able to make killer Syrah from Cote-Rotie and it especially doesn't mean that he'd know how to make a great traditional method Champagne. There's a ton ...
by Keith A k e r s
May 29th, 2019, 9:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 32812

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I went to Passerotto last night for the third time and I'm a big fan. Four of us ordered everything on the menu except the whole fried branzino and dessert. The wine list is on the small side but corkage is $15. I'm still thinking about the short rib. We had a bottle of champagne, a dry riesling, a...
by Keith A k e r s
May 29th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte Tastings
Replies: 21
Views: 2013

Re: Piemonte Tastings

hi rob, basically any place that makes Barbera will pour it alongside their Barolo/Barbarsco, so you can just give yourself two fun days! Since you are limited on time, just spend it in Barolo. What I would say is spend 1 day in the northern parts and 1 day in the southern parts. You will be going a...
by Keith A k e r s
May 29th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I won't go into specifics but...
Replies: 44
Views: 4102

Re: I won't go into specifics but...

This has been going on for awhile as Chardonnay is on the ascent. I don’t mind PG, but i’ve Never understood why PG was the most planted white grape in OR by a large margin. I would bet there is a sell through issue too. Shelf life on most OR PG isn't going to be as high as Pinot or Chard, so from ...
by Keith A k e r s
May 29th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 32812

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Clayton Wai-Poi wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 10:32 am
Keith - it wasn’t very good unfortunately. And the space was way too large and lacking charm.
that's unfortunate. Given how good of a chef Tim is, I'm surprised at the lack of quality. But, maybe it just wasn't a good situation all together.

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