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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: 88

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: 7
Views: 383

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: 56
Views: 2351

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: 56
Views: 2351

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: 58
Views: 2567

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: 58
Views: 2567

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: 1685

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: 1685

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: 1690

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: 95

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: 327
Views: 10149

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: 443

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: 327
Views: 10149

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: 327
Views: 10149

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: 327
Views: 10149

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: 327
Views: 10149

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: 754

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: 244

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: 564

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: 1430

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: 564

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: 157

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: 1282

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: 339

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: 528

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: 528

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: 1834

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: 35523

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: 35523

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: 35523

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: 564
Views: 23649

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: 1962

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: 326

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: 2548

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: 5012

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: 2548

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: 2548

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: 2548

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: 2548

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: 564
Views: 23649

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: 253

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: 149

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: 149

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: 149

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: 1194

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: 9510

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: 596

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: 564
Views: 23649

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: 564
Views: 23649

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: 564
Views: 23649

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...

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