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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: 1631

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: 1644

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: 1644

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: 1631

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: 660
Views: 35415

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: 409

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: 53
Views: 3000

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: 660
Views: 35415

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: 1631

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: 1631

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: 660
Views: 35415

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: 3953

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: 1631

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: 1631

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: 50
Views: 2306

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: 50
Views: 2306

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: 50
Views: 2306

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: 26
Views: 883

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: 1631

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: 2561

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: 1472

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: 1472

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: 140
Views: 6798

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: 140
Views: 6798

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: 140
Views: 6798

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: 140
Views: 6798

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: 660
Views: 35415

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: 657

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: 1749

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: 1749

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: 1632

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: 3526

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: 3526

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: 3526

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: 899

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
by Keith A k e r s
September 3rd, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanisch, Produttori, RAEN, and ...Domain Serene?
Replies: 3
Views: 477

Re: Thanisch, Produttori, RAEN, and ...Domain Serene?

2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja ... There is so much structure here that this can age gracefully for decades. That said, it is not closed. Surprised it's so open and not shut down yet. sounds like a 13 to me. I haven't really come across any that I would come close to feeling was shut...
by Keith A k e r s
August 23rd, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago - 2010 Bordeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 1584

Re: Chicago - 2010 Bordeaux

Bump so that Wally hopefully gets a prompt on this. It looks like this has traction and can happen
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: 1489

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: 1489

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.
Sssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhh champagne.gif
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: 1489

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: 1489

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: 2409

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: 2409

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: 1489

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: 3372

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: 3372

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: 11
Views: 1584

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: 2452

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: 2452

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: 6323

Re: You can all kiss my Welsh ass

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