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by Keith A k e r s
July 14th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 37
Views: 1612

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: 37
Views: 1612

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: 37
Views: 1168

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: 37
Views: 1168

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: 2613

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: 2153

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: 2153

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: 2153

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: 2153

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: 2153

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: 2153

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: 2153

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: 2153

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: 1318

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: 2411

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: 410

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: 623
Views: 31193

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: 623
Views: 31193

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: 623
Views: 31193

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: 623
Views: 31193

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: 1383

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: 1071

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: 463

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: 8403

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: 1108

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: 1108

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: 8403

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: 8403

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: 8403

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: 623
Views: 31193

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: 3401

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: 3401

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: 623
Views: 31193

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: 9
Views: 1259

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: 4009

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: 623
Views: 31193

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.
by Keith A k e r s
May 29th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 623
Views: 31193

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

looks like Twain has closed. Unfortunately I didn't get there, but I'm bummed that it didn't work out as the Grahams are great people (though I'm more than sure they will be totally fine)
by Keith A k e r s
May 28th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine country vacation suggestions.
Replies: 35
Views: 1974

Re: Wine country vacation suggestions.

For those saying this is a perfect time to visit, isn’t it harvest time in many regions? Won’t small wineries be swamped and not seeing visitors? Note, I have never visited a wine region in September, so I thought I would ask. this is true to an extent, but when I visited Tuscany and Piedmont durin...
by Keith A k e r s
May 24th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 623
Views: 31193

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I got to Monteverde for the first time in about two years and I really enjoyed it yet again. I loved the pastas, but I really had to re-order the arancini as they were just that good.
by Keith A k e r s
May 20th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Vouette et Sorbée Champagne Blanc d'Argile Extra Brut
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Re: TN: 2014 Vouette et Sorbée Champagne Blanc d'Argile Extra Brut

I have a couple of 2015. Is it correct to assume some age will further improve this wine? honestly, I don't know if age actually will improve it. There is so much freshness and focus on the white spectrum of fruits that more honey and mature flavors don't feel like they would fit with what this win...
by Keith A k e r s
May 19th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Vouette et Sorbée Champagne Blanc d'Argile Extra Brut
Replies: 4
Views: 212

TN: 2014 Vouette et Sorbée Champagne Blanc d'Argile Extra Brut

2014 Vouette et Sorbée Champagne Blanc d'Argile Extra Brut - France, Champagne (5/19/2019) Nose: The Nose is fresh and lively, filled with white peaches, all sorts of white flowers, pears, green apples, saline, crushed rocks, almonds, lemon peels, and a touch of dough. There is excellent depth with...
by Keith A k e r s
May 9th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1513

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

Chr!s G|@rn3r wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Because it is delicious, bite sized and pairs well with wine.
^exactly
by Keith A k e r s
May 8th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 45
Views: 2107

Re: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux

Overall impressions: The wines shared the fresh quality I’ve consistently found in ’16 reds across France and Northern Italy (Burgundy, Beaujolais the Northern and Southern Rhone, Piedmont and Tuscany): bright fruit (fully ripe but definitely not overripe), concentration, with ample tannins and aci...
by Keith A k e r s
April 24th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2460

Re: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?

How has nobody mentioned Chile and Argentina? Both should be relatively inexpensive as wine destinations go! Mendoza should be extremely high on the list imo. With the current exchange rate, the OP can eat and drink like a king while still having $$$$ left over Of course, it costs so much just to g...
by Keith A k e r s
April 23rd, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2460

Re: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
April 23rd, 2019, 9:23 am
How has nobody mentioned Chile and Argentina? Both should be relatively inexpensive as wine destinations go!
Mendoza should be extremely high on the list imo. With the current exchange rate, the OP can eat and drink like a king while still having $$$$ left over
by Keith A k e r s
April 17th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3419

Re: What's your house champagne?

The one that is open [wink.gif]


But, over the last few years NV Bereche has been the consistent go to with NV Clouet Rose showing up often as well
by Keith A k e r s
April 17th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London / Solo Diner
Replies: 34
Views: 1423

Re: London / Solo Diner

David Kaufman wrote:
April 16th, 2019, 1:42 pm
+1 for Barrafina, especially as a solo diner
^this.was.sooooooooooooooo friggin good when I went two weeks ago. So, yea, that champagne.gif


I would also fully rec a visit to the Clove Club. I was extremely happy with my meal there
by Keith A k e r s
April 17th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 4498

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

I, too, notice the inequal derision noted by the OP. I believe the Old World crowd is **generally** snobbier and more condescending than is the New World crowd. I will never understand why some folks harang others for different wine preferences. how is it any different than a NW palate claiming tha...
by Keith A k e r s
April 17th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 4498

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

Very interesting point that several above have made that I hadn't considered: old world wines, by and large, haven't changed (stylistically speaking) and their wines are much like they've been for decades or longer. New world wineries, in many cases, have gone through a stylistic metamorphosis, arg...
by Keith A k e r s
April 13th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2597

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

For the people voting over $100, how many bottles of Champagne do you have? 153 bottles in 73 wines. Honestly, I should have more . Champagne is pretty much my desert island wine. Years ago a friend asked me if I could hook him up with a bottle of bubbles from my collection for his anniversary with...

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