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by Keith A k e r s
April 3rd, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne is a white wine with benefits.
Replies: 12
Views: 744

Re: Champagne is a white wine with benefits.

Champagne is easily what I drink the most of and I can always find a reason to drink it. I don’t keep as much in my collection though because I can’t keep my hands off of them long enough!
by Keith A k e r s
March 1st, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 663
Views: 37760

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

George,


I fully agree with your take. I’ve only been once and can’t wait to go back. They may need to reduce the wine list a smidge as time goes on, but I was super impressed with the whole experience when I went
by Keith A k e r s
January 31st, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago Feb. 11
Replies: 11
Views: 979

Re: Chicago Feb. 11

I wanted to bump this to find out if there’s any movement.

Cheers
by Keith A k e r s
January 30th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago: tbd
Replies: 3
Views: 504

Chicago: tbd

I’m always in the mood for champagne, so let’s get a group together to celebrate fizz. I’d love to get a group of 6-8 people together for this


edit: unfortunately this is at a bad time. I'll try again for march
by Keith A k e r s
January 24th, 2020, 7:11 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Burt Williams Appreciation Dinner Chicago Thu Jan 23
Replies: 36
Views: 2032

Re: Burt Williams Appreciation Dinner Chicago Thu Jan 23

Thank you Clayton for providing the lineup! It’s always a treat when these wines get opened
by Keith A k e r s
January 13th, 2020, 6:51 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago Feb. 11
Replies: 11
Views: 979

Re: Chicago Feb. 11

Hi Dave,

Would you please be able to put me on the waitlist?


Thanks,

Keith
by Keith A k e r s
December 31st, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Burt Williams Appreciation Dinner Chicago Thu Jan 23
Replies: 36
Views: 2032

Re: Burt Williams Appreciation Dinner: Chicago

Bump.


Clayton, how does the middle of the week of the 13th look or the middle of the week on the 18th look? I’d be more than happy to reach out to SKY to set this up.
by Keith A k e r s
December 21st, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre
Replies: 13
Views: 728

Re: TN: 2012 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

Jesus Christ, I hope so . . I am supremely sure David just picked this up on the secondary market, 6 years after release because he had $360 plus shipping burning a hole in his pocket.... Bought on release for $100. I sometimes want to cry when I look at my lone bottle of this knowing what I paid a...
by Keith A k e r s
December 18th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Burt Williams Appreciation Dinner Chicago Thu Jan 23
Replies: 36
Views: 2032

Re: Burt Williams Appreciation Dinner: Chicago

Andrew Moldenhauer and Kristy Wenz are interested depending on the date
by Keith A k e r s
November 30th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 41
Views: 3387

Re: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?

That list includes just about every style in the region! Chiara Boschi— her winery is E Pira—uses barriques so is nothing like G Rinaldi. This isn’t entirely true anymore. Her brother is having more and more influence and they absolutely have a score of Botte in the cellar(unless she got a rid of t...
by Keith A k e r s
November 27th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili
Replies: 19
Views: 1710

Re: TN: 2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili

P Intag wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Any thoughts on what a good time to drink a bottle of 2005 Montefico? I've got a single bottle of this and have little experience with Barbaresco.
I just recently had an 05 Asili that was lovely. About 2 hrs of air should do the trick (but expect the fruit to still be slightly primary)
by Keith A k e r s
November 26th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: boozy lunch near the Blue Line (Chicago)
Replies: 2
Views: 961

Re: boozy lunch near the Blue Line (Chicago)

Was there ever an answer that isn’t Big Star? But, if beer is the focus, then Links is perfect imo
by Keith A k e r s
November 21st, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 92
Views: 5441

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

So for those of you who prefer super aged (20+ years), do you buy younger vintages? And if so, why? I don’t know if I fully fall into the group of preferring Super aged nebb, but, I do certainly drink youthful and old Nebb. It’s more the mood I’m in and what I’m looking for on a particular evening.
by Keith A k e r s
November 5th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago Nov 4th (Monday) - 6 PM (The Gage)
Replies: 51
Views: 3159

Re: Chicago Nov 4th (Monday) - 6 PM (The Gage)

so..............................that keller last night at CCR champagne.gif

great seeing and meeting everyone
by Keith A k e r s
November 4th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Terry Theise Champagne Tasting (Chicago)
Replies: 22
Views: 1813

Re: TN: Terry Theise Champagne Tasting (Chicago)

Frank Murray III wrote:
November 3rd, 2019, 4:04 pm
I'm still wondering...is this kind of tasting due to be held in Los Angeles? Does anyone know?

It is definitely worth chatting up some stores where you are a frequent customer. They may be able to let you know in the future about trade tastings with portfolios like this
by Keith A k e r s
November 1st, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Terry Theise Champagne Tasting (Chicago)
Replies: 22
Views: 1813

Re: TN: Terry Theise Champagne Tasting (Chicago)

Those were the only 6 producers in Chicago. Well, those were the only 6 at the public tasting Vin did. Moussé was at the trade tasting during the day. Frank, The Moussé and Dehours stuck out most for me at the trade tasting. I don’t have my notes on me right now, but we had a good range of the Mous...
by Keith A k e r s
October 31st, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago Nov 4th (Monday) - 6 PM (The Gage)
Replies: 51
Views: 3159

Re: Chicago Nov 4th (Monday) - 6 PM (The Gage)

Hi Scott,

Since we’re at 7, would it be a problem to add Andrew Moldenhauer to this? I mentioned this to him and he said he can make it if there’s room.
by Keith A k e r s
October 30th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 663
Views: 37760

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

wouldn't Cherry Circle Room, Acanto, or the Gage be the best options? Those are the places that come to mind first
by Keith A k e r s
October 27th, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe
Replies: 1
Views: 448

TN: 2006 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe

2006 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (10/26/2019) Nose: The Nose Is perfumed, elegant, and refined with red cherries, strawberries, raspberries, rose petals, licorice, potpourri, juniper berries, and a touch of leather. Taste: The feel is medium bodied with tart, high acidi...
by Keith A k e r s
October 27th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 3723

Re: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore

Hi Scott,


So, what it sounds like is that your palate just got a lot better🤣
by Keith A k e r s
October 25th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 663
Views: 37760

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

George Hejna wrote:
October 25th, 2019, 1:01 pm
I didn't even know it was still open. I never hear anyone talk about it.

George

I don't know anyone who would want to be caught dead there. Too many other options and he's still clearly a massive dickbag
by Keith A k e r s
October 24th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago Nov 4th (Monday) - 6 PM (The Gage)
Replies: 51
Views: 3159

Re: Chicago Nov 4th (Monday)

Bobby B wrote:
October 24th, 2019, 7:34 am
We could do champagne and burgundy.
I never have a problem with this champagne.gif

I'll bring an 08 Dublere Volnay Tailepieds and a 12 Dhondt-Grellet Le Bateau Extra-Brut
by Keith A k e r s
October 23rd, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago Nov 4th (Monday) - 6 PM (The Gage)
Replies: 51
Views: 3159

Re: Chicago Nov 4th (Monday)

andre, what do you generally like drinking?

My personal default will be some champagne, but, I can easily go in a bunch of different directions
by Keith A k e r s
October 23rd, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 663
Views: 37760

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

good grief


I mean seriously, what.the.f*ck.
by Keith A k e r s
October 20th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 81
Views: 4139

Re: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei

Nope. It’ll be a PITA, but, at the end of the day, I enjoy the wines too much and I’m not going to start buying a lot more domestic or Aussie wines because Sancerre got more expensive
by Keith A k e r s
October 19th, 2019, 4:02 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago Nov 4th (Monday) - 6 PM (The Gage)
Replies: 51
Views: 3159

Re: Chicago Nov 4th (Monday)

Any time works for me. I’d say earlier as that’s what Andre prefers
by Keith A k e r s
October 18th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago Nov 4th (Monday) - 6 PM (The Gage)
Replies: 51
Views: 3159

Re: Chicago Nov 4th (Monday)

If we’re doing a 5:30 start, I’ll probably have to leave around 7ish for some Champagne Happy hour second session at Pops😁

Or, if we have a 7/7:30 start, I can buy tickets for all of us to imbibe for the first session
by Keith A k e r s
October 18th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 5085

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

2000 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra for me only because for some reason, I keep holding my Barolo and not drinking them. The 2010 of this exact wine was my fave. But I think I had a grand total of 4 Baroli this year (though I bout about a case to stash away!). Hit me up the next tim...
by Keith A k e r s
October 18th, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 5085

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

Best Barolo was probably 2004 Fratelli Brovia Barolo Ca'mia I have a bottle of this that I’ve been itching to open. Please talk some more about it 2004 Fratelli Brovia Barolo Ca'mia - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (10/4/2019) Phenomenal nose of tar, red cherries, violets, leather, and just a hint...
by Keith A k e r s
October 17th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 5085

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

AndyK wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 6:32 pm

Best Barolo was probably 2004 Fratelli Brovia Barolo Ca'mia

I have a bottle of this that I’ve been itching to open. Please talk some more about it
by Keith A k e r s
October 14th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 51
Views: 3099

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

You'll arrive early morning, and can have a full day - hit one of the wonderful old school working class places in the Gothic quarter for breakfast, one of my favorite things to do. You'll be standing at the bar with older Spanish laborers in sleeveless undershirts and caps, eating delicious sausag...
by Keith A k e r s
October 13th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago Nov 4th (Monday) - 6 PM (The Gage)
Replies: 51
Views: 3159

Re: Chicago Nov 4th (Monday)

Hi Andre,


I would love to join up as well. My personal preference would be towards the Bristol as that is like a 5-10 minute walk from me, but I'm also more than fine with the Gage if Scott can get corkage waived.

Cheers
by Keith A k e r s
October 13th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2855

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

Secondary is a stage of development; the distinction based on characteristics from the "winemaking" is just silly. That's WSET for you though; a parade of simplistic nonsense tasked at dumbing down the wonderful world of wine - breaking it into bite-sized chunks for immediate cognitive consumption....
by Keith A k e r s
October 12th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 37
Views: 1611

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

Kris Patten wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 8:58 am
Who has left over Champagne....

For when you almost can’t finish the second bottle of course!
by Keith A k e r s
October 12th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 37
Views: 1611

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

I’ve really liked this one:


Fantes Champagne Stopper, Made in Italy ... ODb7M4TD7J



I’ve used this a lot and it keeps the fizz going very well for several days
by Keith A k e r s
October 9th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 155
Views: 9906

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Just to clarify, is this Syrah a 'carbonic' syrah or one that is made with 100% whole cluster? They do not mean the same thing at all - as I hope most on this board understand. My guess is that it is not made in a carbonic style - though a handful of clusters may make it all the way through primary...
by Keith A k e r s
October 8th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 155
Views: 9906

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

I'm not sure that I'd equate the old Pax to this though. I have actually quite enjoyed what the old fruit bombs have turned into, but (and I think we've talked about this) this is an entirely different beast and I wonder how well this can truly age with the amount of carbonic that goes into it. I'v...
by Keith A k e r s
October 8th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 155
Views: 9906

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

John Glas wrote: ↑ Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:38 pm You can get six of these for one Chave. I'll take the Chave. Nice that you have that kind of disposable income. When I spend $200 plus for a wine it is rare. More that Adrian’s point is that Chave will give him the experience he wants rather than 6x the e...
by Keith A k e r s
October 8th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 155
Views: 9906

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

I’ve had 5 or so of these over the last year and the style appeals to me. Fans of acid and briny flavors will enjoy. I love the explosive aromatics, but everything seems to be settling down. Also, VA here and there is no stranger to Pax’s wines Im glad to hear that you're feeling it settle down. th...
by Keith A k e r s
September 29th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 663
Views: 37760

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Phil Smith wrote:
September 29th, 2019, 10:06 am
Shocked at the Kyoten snub... I would’ve thought two stars more likely than zero.

especially as they gave stars to the other omakase spots
by Keith A k e r s
September 24th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Noble Rot for dinner
Replies: 4
Views: 697

Re: Noble Rot for dinner

Jason T wrote:
September 24th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Great note Jeremy. Haven’t made it to Noble Rot yet but this is a reminder that I need to soon!
You absolutely must! I was there back in April and Jeremy’s account is spot on. It’s the only place that I’m willing to go back to as it’s just that good😁
by Keith A k e r s
September 19th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape
Replies: 33
Views: 1882

Re: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape

I have 1 bottle of 2003 Pegau left. Definitely a great wine for me when on, but my last bottle was less than great. Clos des Papes was a massive failure based on 5 or 6 bottles I have had , Levine had one great one, so not sure what happened there. I know it's slight apples and oranges, but the 04 ...
by Keith A k e r s
September 19th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape
Replies: 33
Views: 1882

Re: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape

I drank most of my '03's when they were young and only have one bottle left in my cellar. The best one I had was the 2003 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin which I thought was really nice. Others of note include the 2003 Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée du Baron and th...
by Keith A k e r s
September 18th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 La Fete du Champagne
Replies: 20
Views: 1880

Re: 2019 La Fete du Champagne

Prevost dinner looks cool (if not a bit expensive) - what the heck is the IOTA????? Vigneron Jérôme Prévost will share a unique dive into his cellar to share some very rare and coveted bottles from his cult estate La Closerie in the village of Gueux. This unprecedented evening will give guests an o...
by Keith A k e r s
September 11th, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone
Replies: 113
Views: 4010

Re: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone

As far as a checking the burgundy box thing goes: I don’t think that’s exactly it. Mostly, I just want to learn about wines that I love and I think the best way to do that is learn the culture that makes them . I can’t afford balla bottles and can only afford some of the major board darlings on ver...
by Keith A k e r s
September 7th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone
Replies: 113
Views: 4010

Re: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone

When you say "within general reason" do you mean, don't pick too many, or don't pick DRC? If the 2nd one, I think that is part of what I was wondering. I'm assuming a DRC is not an option, but I don't know where exactly the line between "realistic" vs "not realistic" might be. is it Leroy? Hudelot-...
by Keith A k e r s
September 7th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone
Replies: 113
Views: 4010

Re: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone

Matt, when you were in Tuscany did you do smaller producers or more of the bigger ones? If you did some small producers, Burgundy won't be *too* different. Basically you are going into someone's home, but many producers are also more than happy to have you. I would write down a list of producers (wi...
by Keith A k e r s
September 6th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Flying with Champagne
Replies: 9
Views: 1986

Re: Flying with Champagne

just make sure to have bubble wrap and/or special sleeves for it. Your only worry is breakage, not it exploding due to air pressure

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