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by Keith A k e r s
January 20th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visiting Krug
Replies: 29
Views: 1117

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: 322

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: 388

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: 388

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: 1754

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: 34441

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: 34441

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: 34441

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
by Keith A k e r s
January 5th, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21785

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I got back to Cellar Door Provisions last night and left extremely happy. They put in a new menu and are going ala carte. The menu was maybe a little too root vegetable focused for my taste, but the food was excellent as was the service. They're charging corkage now, but that's not too much of a pro...
by Keith A k e r s
January 3rd, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day X
Replies: 16
Views: 1855

Re: Berserker Day X

Sh@n A wrote:
December 20th, 2018, 8:27 pm
Can you please give a sense to newbies what to expect, and who this benefits?
What to expect: loads of fun wines, new producers to discover, and great prices all around

Who does it benefit: basically everyone involved champagne.gif
by Keith A k e r s
December 28th, 2018, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Books about Tuscany
Replies: 9
Views: 305

Re: Books about Tuscany

While there it does play somewhat to the geek crowd, Kerin O'Keefe's Brunello book would be a great place for them to get some depth on Montalcino. Unfortunately I can't think of anything for Chianti
by Keith A k e r s
December 28th, 2018, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 73
Views: 2380

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
December 28th, 2018, 11:59 am
I will hold off on the grasso for now. Anyone have any opinions on how soon runcot is drinkable versus casa mate and chinera?
fyi, the runcot is unabashedly modern. They do the Casa Mate and Chinera as traditional, but the Runcot is extremely oaky
by Keith A k e r s
December 27th, 2018, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is dead at retail
Replies: 88
Views: 4713

Re: Burgundy is dead at retail

Marcus Dean wrote:
December 27th, 2018, 12:39 pm

Meant to be..., although he prefers rugby league and American wine, so I have asked the umpires for a genetic test to verify
in a thread of egregious errors from the OP, his being welsh and claiming that league is better than union may actually be the worst
by Keith A k e r s
December 27th, 2018, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 73
Views: 2380

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

... can anyone compare 12 to 14? I heard the rain in Barolo made Concentration difficult to achieve? both are pretty and feminine vintages, but I feel you can buy more widely and with more confidence on 12. While 12 isn't a concentrated vintage by any means, it has more concentration than the bulk ...
by Keith A k e r s
December 27th, 2018, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 73
Views: 2380

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

I have several bottles of the 14 unio but the notes I’ve seen on it have been pretty underwhelming; I’d guess a few years could help it. ? Brovia's cuvee for 2014. They blended all of their single vineyards together to make the Unio. Personally, it was fairly disappointing when I baby killed it a f...
by Keith A k e r s
December 27th, 2018, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 73
Views: 2380

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

It was a tannic vintage. I opened a bottle of the '06 Produttori normale a year ago. It is a fabulous wine, but needs a lot of decanting and rich food, and you still have to have a high tolerance for tannin. Generally, the '05s and '07s are more approachable. I'm curious to hear other peoples' expe...
by Keith A k e r s
December 27th, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 73
Views: 2380

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

ky1em!ttskus wrote:
December 27th, 2018, 8:29 am
07?
^definitely this

I'd also put in 09 and 11 as good vintages for more immediate drinking
by Keith A k e r s
December 24th, 2018, 10:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21785

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Was at SKY on Saturday. Agree on lobster dumplings and FG Bibimbap. Did not have the seafood Orzotto but the pork chop was amazing as was the hamachi. They did not charge us corkage. The list is a bit "meh" IMO . tbf, you aren't the target audience for the list. But, I'm quite sure you could find a...
by Keith A k e r s
December 23rd, 2018, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Lilbert & Fils 2012 Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 6
Views: 239

Re: TN: Lilbert & Fils 2012 Blanc de Blancs

great note jim!

I'm a big fan of this house and they seem to slightly fly under the radar. The quality is top notch and they barely make anything, so thankfully they do fly under the radar
by Keith A k e r s
December 19th, 2018, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Guiborat Fils Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: TN: 2010 Guiborat Fils Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs

Nothing wrong with Diebolt-Vallois at all! It just goes to show how strong the cotes de Blancs is right now where high quality producers seem to be all around it
by Keith A k e r s
December 19th, 2018, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Guiborat Fils Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: TN: 2010 Guiborat Fils Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs

It seems to be under everyone’s radar, lol! I was shocked that there weren’t any notes in CT when I typed it in
by Keith A k e r s
December 18th, 2018, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Guiborat Fils Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 4
Views: 141

TN: 2010 Guiborat Fils Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs

2010 Guiborat Fils Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (12/16/2018) Nose: The nose is bright, fresh, and deep with white peaches, mineral tones, pears, apples, fresh picked citrus, white florals, biscuits, saline, and yellow florals. There is excellent depth...
by Keith A k e r s
December 18th, 2018, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Has the Best Wine Shop in Chicago
Replies: 21
Views: 1143

Re: Who Has the Best Wine Shop in Chicago

Flickinger and chevalier would be my top two. Both will give you great service and prices. Hdh retail pricing is very inconsistent, but they are very professional. It is interesting how nyc’s list of great wine shops is so much longer than Chicago. well, NYC is one of the best wine markets in the w...
by Keith A k e r s
December 18th, 2018, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 140
Views: 9344

Re: Aged Cali Cab

now that this thread has popped back up... for people with experience, what would the recc be for open time and decanting for these wines? say some of these 70s era Mondavis and similar? I think decanting for sediment and slowly enjoying from there is the way to go. IME, the wines can be fairly stu...
by Keith A k e r s
December 17th, 2018, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne TNs: Marguet, Marie-Courtin, Savart and bunch of CA reds, too
Replies: 8
Views: 564

Re: Champagne TNs: Marguet, Marie-Courtin, Savart and bunch of CA reds, too

Frank,

wonderful notes that really express the wines. It's fun reading your notes on the Marguets and comparing them to what I had recently. I think we can both agree that it's a great thing that Benoit is doing these going forward!
by Keith A k e r s
December 13th, 2018, 5:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21785

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

George, is this your first time at HaiSous? Yes. We were looking for somewhere to go after Bar Sotano. Thought this might work. Thoughts? George I utterly love HaiSous and don't get there enough. The last time I was there they didn't have the whole fish dish, but you will be hard pressed to not com...
by Keith A k e r s
December 13th, 2018, 4:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21785

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

George,

is this your first time at HaiSous?
by Keith A k e r s
December 13th, 2018, 3:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21785

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

The Party Is Over -- Chicago’s once-vaunted dining scene has lost its luster. I mostly agree with this article. The author makes a lot of good points; we are too easy on restaurants and many of the restaurant groups have contributed to a somewhat bland environment. Add in recent closures and not en...
by Keith A k e r s
December 12th, 2018, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2012 Marguet Single Vineyard Champagnes
Replies: 12
Views: 337

Re: TNs: 2012 Marguet Single Vineyard Champagnes

Thanks for making me regret not buying every offer that Envoyer had. Would have bought some today but the shipping was $60 for two bottles. I have some Shaman but now I want these... the good news is that Benoit is doing this on a yearly basis now Subu, I'm going to have to reload on these myself. ...
by Keith A k e r s
December 12th, 2018, 11:39 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What gin for French 75s?
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Re: What gin for French 75s?

as has been noted, Plymouth is pretty spot on for cocktail gins. I would also add in Ford's as I have always liked the result
by Keith A k e r s
December 12th, 2018, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation | Official Trailer | MasterClass
Replies: 46
Views: 1907

Re: James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation | Official Trailer | MasterClass

Said differently... I think there is a level of intimidation at the perceived knowledge barrier that one must overcome to know and appreciate wine. How many of you started out with either decent working knowledge of wine, or someone who could help shepherd you through the learning process? I didn’t...
by Keith A k e r s
December 12th, 2018, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2012 Marguet Single Vineyard Champagnes
Replies: 12
Views: 337

Re: TNs: 2012 Marguet Single Vineyard Champagnes

I'll have to send Rob an annoyed message if he doesn't IG that :)


but seriously, that looks like a killer lineup and I am now on baited breath to hear about the results
by Keith A k e r s
December 12th, 2018, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation | Official Trailer | MasterClass
Replies: 46
Views: 1907

Re: James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation | Official Trailer | MasterClass

OMFG, I couldn't make it past 40 seconds without laughing until I cried
by Keith A k e r s
December 12th, 2018, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2012 Marguet Single Vineyard Champagnes
Replies: 12
Views: 337

Re: TNs: 2012 Marguet Single Vineyard Champagnes

Keith, thank you for the notes. The La Grand Ruelle is in my top 5 for all wines this year. Les Crayeres is good too, and how i really took a dive into Marguet. We're doing a dozen Marguet this weekend, to include all the 2012s. I'll post my notes, too. I can't wait to read your thoughts on it all ...
by Keith A k e r s
December 11th, 2018, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2012 Marguet Single Vineyard Champagnes
Replies: 12
Views: 337

TNs: 2012 Marguet Single Vineyard Champagnes

2012 MARGUET SINGLE VINEYARD CHAMPAGNES - Passerotto, Chicago IL (12/6/2018) 2012 Marguet Père et Fils Champagne Grand Cru Avize & Cramant - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru Nose: The nose is distinctive and fragrant, yet subtle with mint, apples, pears, minerals, saline notes, and white peac...
by Keith A k e r s
December 8th, 2018, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me
Replies: 75
Views: 3035

Re: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me

PARKERIZED Chianti: 2009 Selvapiana Bucerchiale Chianti Rufina Riserva I'm surprised by this comment. I would have thought it would have been far too rustic and far less luscious than would fit the bill for the Parker ideal Considering how much I have enjoyed this wine I also find that comment surp...
by Keith A k e r s
December 7th, 2018, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine advice: Buenos Aires/Montevideo
Replies: 7
Views: 180

Re: Wine advice: Buenos Aires/Montevideo

Matthew,

btw, you should look into taking the ferry from Montevideo to BsAs. It's a lot more relaxing, basically costs the same as a flight, and it puts you right in the center of BsAs
by Keith A k e r s
December 7th, 2018, 11:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 536
Views: 21785

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I got to Passoretto last night. People need to go there, like tonight. I was really impressed with the food and the service was just fine for what they are trying to be. A friend and I BYO'd and the corkage was $15, but each bottle's worth of corkage can be waived if you buy a btl from the list (wh...
by Keith A k e r s
December 7th, 2018, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 14315

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

a friend who was invalidated didn't pass. I can't imagine the anger he has as he's passed theory, service, and tasting all twice over the years but this was the only time he had passed them all in a cycle......until this debacle. This whole thing could've been handled much better by the Court IMO an...
by Keith A k e r s
December 7th, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine advice: Buenos Aires/Montevideo
Replies: 7
Views: 180

Re: Wine advice: Buenos Aires/Montevideo

Hi Matthew, You'll definitely have options in both cities. In Buenos Aires, it seems like there are tons of options. A couple of my favorites when I was there in August were: La Malbecqueria Uco Aldo's Wine Bar I went to Don Julio for dinner and they had a deep Argentine wine list. For Montevideo, y...
by Keith A k e r s
December 3rd, 2018, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?
Replies: 42
Views: 1567

Re: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?

I have a hard time understanding who would make such a claim that Brunellos are best within a decade of their life. This may be true for a lower-end producers, but even then I have felt that such wines have benefited from extra age. There are plenty of 95s right now that are beautiful and I've had a...
by Keith A k e r s
December 1st, 2018, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with many fine wines especially some top Super Tuscans such as Redigaffi,Ornelaia,Solaia,Flaccianello,Cavalli ++
Replies: 13
Views: 625

Re: Dinner with many fine wines especially some top Super Tuscans such as Redigaffi,Ornelaia,Solaia,Flaccianello,Cavalli

great notes blake! My only "beef" is in calling redigaffi as "massetto jr" :). Personally I enjoy the hell out of it when I have it and I don't find it to be as slathered in oak the way the milkshake massetto can sometimes be [cheers.gif] Great note on the Lilbert as well. One of my favorite produce...
by Keith A k e r s
November 30th, 2018, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."
Replies: 81
Views: 3721

Re: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."

Lower acidities: Speculating here, though fair to say today's wines don't often carry the healthy to sharp acids of generations before. On the flip side, there are higher alcohols. There are probably other reasons. I may have to disagree here (given that historical PHs may be difficult to come by)....
by Keith A k e r s
November 28th, 2018, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Clos de Guichaux
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Clos de Guichaux

Alan, have you had any of the Guiberteau reds? If so, what is your opinion of them? hi Max, Knightsbridge also gets in some Guiberteau now as well. As far as the reds go, personally I'm more of a fan of the whites. That's not to say that the reds aren't excellent, they just don't seem to have the t...
by Keith A k e r s
November 28th, 2018, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tenuta delle Terre Nere
Replies: 14
Views: 731

Re: TN: Tenuta delle Terre Nere

these notes gave me all sorts of warm and fuzzies. thanks a ton for sharing!

How do you feel the 07 will hold up going forward? I've been wondering what the timeline on these may be given how new they are
by Keith A k e r s
November 28th, 2018, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Some fun ones in Montreal-04 Allemand+10 Roulot Luchets
Replies: 11
Views: 351

Re: TNs: Some fun ones in Montreal-04 Allemand+10 Roulot Luchets

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
November 28th, 2018, 10:01 am
Keith A k e r s wrote:
November 28th, 2018, 8:00 am
Kris Patten wrote:
November 28th, 2018, 7:04 am
Glad to see such good performances. Lots of #, impressive commitment to the #.

I have friends who are much much worse on the # [wow.gif]
#Indeed, #that #was #light #on #the #hashtags.
#you #can #go #f*ck #yourself
by Keith A k e r s
November 28th, 2018, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Some fun ones in Montreal-04 Allemand+10 Roulot Luchets
Replies: 11
Views: 351

Re: TNs: Some fun ones in Montreal-04 Allemand+10 Roulot Luchets

Kris Patten wrote:
November 28th, 2018, 7:04 am
Glad to see such good performances. Lots of #, impressive commitment to the #.

I have friends who are much much worse on the # [wow.gif]
by Keith A k e r s
November 28th, 2018, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Some fun ones in Montreal-04 Allemand+10 Roulot Luchets
Replies: 11
Views: 351

TNs: Some fun ones in Montreal-04 Allemand+10 Roulot Luchets

I spent the last few days at the somm360 conference in Montreal and while I'm working on those notes, here are some of the restaurant buys around the town: 2010 Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Luchets - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault (11/26/2018) Nose: The nose is slightly reduced at first...
by Keith A k e r s
November 23rd, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Krug
Replies: 13
Views: 1010

Re: 2002 Krug

fully agree with your take. I opened up one back in early september and it was just singing
by Keith A k e r s
November 22nd, 2018, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pantheon wine shoppe, Chicago area, amazing
Replies: 9
Views: 727

Re: Pantheon wine shoppe, Chicago area, amazing

what made you decide to go into Pantheon instead of Knightsbridge?

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