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by Thomas Keim
June 22nd, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 650

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 Thomas Keim
June 22nd, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 48
Views: 2648

Re: The wine you don't want

When I was young and foolish I got on the SQN list. I like the wine fine, on occasion, but I have accumulated a lot more of it than I am likely ever going to drink. In particular, I am going to try to move on from a few EBA box sets. I have never sold a bottle of wine before. Given a bunch away, tr...
by Thomas Keim
June 21st, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 44
Views: 660

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

Dave H. wrote:
June 20th, 2019, 5:36 pm


Headed to Minneapolis in August and am trying to scout out some haze. Is Blackstack where it’s at?
Without a doubt -
by Thomas Keim
June 20th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs

Ended up spending the whole day Monday at the Art Museum- so that cut my visit time down - But two breweries really did stand out - DOVETAIL - Really well made lagers - with a surprising Rauchbier - OLD IRVING BREWING CO: Tried everything on tap, mainly hazy Double IPAs - all well made - balanced - ...
by Thomas Keim
June 20th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 44
Views: 660

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

BLACKSTACK BREWING - Saint Paul, MN Is this avail. in stores? I'll be in MN for a week very soon, and would seek it out if I can get it at a Total Wine, or something. you won't find it in Total Wine - they stay away from them - mainly smaller stores - check their website, their '755' Hazy IPA is th...
by Thomas Keim
June 19th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 44
Views: 660

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

BLACKSTACK BREWING - Saint Paul, MN
by Thomas Keim
June 11th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs

Clayton Wai-Poi wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Will your day of indulging be a weekend or a week day? (it impacts what's open early and where you might start first).

Clayton
Monday and Tuesday - checking to see who is open now -
by Thomas Keim
June 11th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs

Paul Miller wrote:
June 11th, 2019, 12:54 am
Dovetail tends to focus on making German styled beers
Gonna hit these guys for sure - looks like a very interesting list of beers -
by Thomas Keim
June 10th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs

Then you should focus solely on places that are easy to get to from the Blue line. Within that, I'd say: Revolution (you'll want the one on Milwaukee, not Kedzie) Map Room Maplewood Bangers&Lace Old Irving Brewing Thanks Keith - was wondering about Old Irving Brewing - I've been to Revolution and t...
by Thomas Keim
June 10th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs

For German restaurants my votes would be: The radler Funkenhausen Bouefhaus Although none of these are really “traditional” German. All the old school German places seem underwhelming to me (although I haven’t been to many of them). Sort of the equivalent of old school Italian places with red check...
by Thomas Keim
June 10th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs

Michael Klein wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 3:33 pm
What kind of beer do you typically like to drink? I can help point you in a few directions.
I'm in the biz, so pretty much all styles. Lagers are always my focus though -

Thanks everyone!
by Thomas Keim
June 10th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 650

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 Thomas Keim
June 8th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 650

CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs

Thanks in advance -

I am in Chicago for a couple of days (daughter graduating from Depaul University) - and taking one day for myself to go visit some breweries and beer bars -

Any recommendations?
by Thomas Keim
June 6th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to all the love for Anthill Farms?
Replies: 37
Views: 1875

Re: What happened to all the love for Anthill Farms?

Mike Cohen wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 10:22 am
Alan Eden wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 10:07 am
Pinot is dead at retail
I don't pretend to be in the know, but c'mon...this sounds like opinion not fact.
Domestic Pinot Noir is the second biggest category volume wise in the country outside of Cabernet at retail.

Consider the source here...
by Thomas Keim
May 31st, 2019, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Meix Foulot Mercurey 1er cru clos du chateau du montaigu monopole
Replies: 6
Views: 365

Re: TN: 2012 Meix Foulot Mercurey 1er cru clos du chateau du montaigu monopole

This is one of those treasured estates of the Cote de Chalonnaise that EVERYONE should be aware of. A long time Neal Rosenthal selection (which is why you rarely see them for sale), every single wine they produce is worth seeking out. I love their Mercurey Blanc as well -

Thanks for the note -
by Thomas Keim
May 31st, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine
Replies: 55
Views: 1674

Re: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine

Moved to the 1973 Chateau Latour as we started cooking the dinner. Had been slow-ox’d for about 2 hours. An amazingly delicious, alive, classy wine. f*ck the crappy vintage; this wine defies vintage. Elegant, with its range of dried red fruits and forest floor. Sweet dried fruits, soft palate, tann...
by Thomas Keim
May 29th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply
Replies: 79
Views: 3683

Re: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply

I think the pedigree, age ability and current Napa Cab pricing supports that price point. I am not a buyer, but I don't see the price as very expensive compared to lots and lots of new comers that retail right there or above. Of course YMMV. Frankly, if anyone deserves these prices, it's Diamond Cr...
by Thomas Keim
May 25th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low carb diet effects on wine
Replies: 13
Views: 966

Re: Low carb diet effects on wine

When I am doing Keto - I stick to bone dry Italian white wines - and never touch a red -
by Thomas Keim
May 25th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR
Replies: 56
Views: 3914

Re: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR

Who cares? They are entirely different wines. Like Comparing California Pinot Noir with Burgundy.
by Thomas Keim
May 25th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourgogne-Aligoté
Replies: 22
Views: 1495

Re: Bourgogne-Aligoté

My favorite Aligote is from Domaine Goisot in Saint Bris - a stunning bargain as well (under $20).
by Thomas Keim
May 17th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7149

Re: Robert Parker retires

Robert Parker was so instrumental in my career over the years. Oh how I remember waiting breathlessly for that newsletter to show up in the mail every other month. How cool we were when we decided to get it first class to get a jump on other retailers. How I would mindlessly go nuts every great Bord...
by Thomas Keim
May 16th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preparing (and tasting) a 1966 Château Cos d'Estournel
Replies: 10
Views: 431

Re: Preparing a 1966 Château Cos d'Estournel

After some input from Mark Squires I decided to just decant and pour immediately.. If it needs more air we can let it breathe a bit in the glass. This was not a big wine to begin with - I've always felt that Cos d'Estournel was on a downward trend in the 60s (the 70 was a downright disappointment)....
by Thomas Keim
May 16th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most Underrated Bordeaux?
Replies: 44
Views: 2254

Re: Most Underrated Bordeaux?

Just about every good property under the 'Medoc' appellation. To name a few - Chateau Potensac Chateau Saint-Bonnet Chateau La Tour de by Chateau La Tour-Saint-Bonnet Chateau Livran Chateau Greysac Chateau Loudenne Chateau Sigognac Chateau Patache-d'Aux And on the Right Bank - too many to mention, b...
by Thomas Keim
May 15th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 112
Views: 6624

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

Brandon R wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 1:55 pm
That would be in inherently limiting because many of us don't drink much wine in the same year it's released. Don't overthink it: what wine, that you opened in 2019, has really rocked your world?
A whole bunch of 2013 Baroli -
by Thomas Keim
May 15th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 112
Views: 6624

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

I have always been confused over this question/thread idea -

If you purchased a case of 1900 Margaux in perfect condition, and had one bottle per year, would that be your #1 Wine of the Year for the next ten years?

Shouldn't this category be 'the finest wines' released in 2019?
by Thomas Keim
May 15th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3090

Re: What's your house champagne?

My house bubbly is almost always a Prosecco or a Cremant de Bourgogne - Champagne is still special to me, so I just don't pop one on a Tuesday night just to have a glass or two. And I purchase my Champagne in 1-2 bottle lots and rarely have the same one twice in a row. My current house bubbly is the...
by Thomas Keim
May 14th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best villages to wander around in Burgundy?
Replies: 17
Views: 1095

Re: Best villages to wander around in Burgundy?

They're all pretty tiny except for Beaune and NSG. For sure. Beaune is a beautiful city, and worth a day or two of walking around. Their open markets on the weekend near the Hospice de Beaune are a blast. But most of the big name towns are really tiny, one horse, 'rarely a stop light' villages. You...
by Thomas Keim
May 11th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2137

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

If you are going to stick to new world Cabernet - this Chilean Cabernet has always been my benchmark -

COUSINO MACUL - Cabernet Sauvignon - Antiguas Riservas
by Thomas Keim
May 9th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2297

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

One other big issue is the barrels. Normally the entry level Pinot Noirs are in used oak for a much shorter time, making the wine perfect for early drinking. Most everyone's top cuvees see new oak for longer periods and rarely show well that first year after release.
by Thomas Keim
April 30th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here’s a Retailer that doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking
Replies: 29
Views: 2926

Re: Here’s a Retailer that doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking

I've never understood retailers who waste their time giving print to wines they don't like. If it's popular, and not your bag, carry it, keep a cheap price on it and quit insulting your customer's palates. Much, much rather hear about a new Beaujolais or Sancerre producer you've recently discovered.
by Thomas Keim
April 26th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beautiful Tasting Room, Unique Wines, Gone in Hours
Replies: 14
Views: 1729

Re: Beautiful Tasting Room, Unique Wines, Gone in Hours

The low end Ravenswood wines will triple in sales over the next two years, and be more popular then ever. They might be packed with mega purple up the ying yang, - but what the hell, they sure will be smoooooooooth....
by Thomas Keim
April 26th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are you into wine ?
Replies: 35
Views: 1399

Re: Why are you into wine ?

To meet girls...
by Thomas Keim
April 23rd, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stand aside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the new dinosaurs may be Bordeaux and Burgundy
Replies: 11
Views: 1201

Re: Stand aside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the new dinosaurs may be Bordeaux and Burgundy

It's too late. I'm turning 63 with a cellar that's half Burgundy, and half Bordeaux. I'm going down with the dinosaurs...
by Thomas Keim
April 15th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Producer
Replies: 132
Views: 6293

Re: Favorite Producer

Etienne Sauzet
Henri Jouan
Maximin Grunhaus
Pichon Lalande
Fattoria Felsina
by Thomas Keim
April 12th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: JosephPhelps Scheurebe LateHrvst '83...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 273

Re: TN: JosephPhelps Scheurebe LateHrvst '83...(short/boring)

What a blast from the past - what vineyard site was that wine from? Estate fruit? I remember just loving these when they were young -
by Thomas Keim
April 5th, 2019, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3052

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Just wondering if Gallo wrote a check? I've been ITB for many many moons and in my experience no one can beat Gallo when it comes to marketing. For $1.7B - IMHO Gallo made out like a bandit. This. Have worked with Gallo for many years, they are patient and fanatical about quality. No, they are not ...
by Thomas Keim
April 1st, 2019, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much do you drink
Replies: 54
Views: 2418

Re: How much do you drink

3-4 bottles a week - shared.
by Thomas Keim
April 1st, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Arneis..(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 346

Re: TN: Three Arneis..(short/boring)

When I first encountered the Mauro Sebaste winery, a young kid (under 30?) had just taken over the domaine, and I remember a Dolcetto/Barbera/Nebbiolo blend he was releasing that simply blew my mind (I think it was called Bricco Viole?). I believe it was the '85 vintage. I bought their wines for a f...
by Thomas Keim
April 1st, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2280

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

ROBERTO ZENI - Muller Thurgau, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio & his Nosiola -
SCHIOPETTO - Ribolla Gialla & Sauvignon Blanc
by Thomas Keim
March 28th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin
Replies: 24
Views: 1433

Re: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin

The only red worth purchasing from Louis Latour is their Corton Grancey. It's a blend of four Grand Cru vineyards, and with a little bottle age can be somewhat interesting. I had a '79 recently that was quite nice. And only if you can get it at a bargain price.
by Thomas Keim
March 20th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where Are The Franconia Wines???...David??
Replies: 14
Views: 659

Re: Where Are The Franconia Wines???...David??

They just don't sell on the retail end. One 'excuse' is the bottles don't fit in the wine racks. The real reason is very few importers even try to bring them in. Winebow is doing a great job with a few estates, even having some of the drier Silvaners bottled in regular bottles rather than the awkwar...
by Thomas Keim
March 16th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?
Replies: 21
Views: 822

Re: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?

Awesome you guys - I am going to look into every single one of them - thanks!

One we are having great success with is a selection of salami from UNDERGROUND MEATS of Madison Wisconsin - their Acht Worscht German styled salami is just terrific -
by Thomas Keim
March 14th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corti Bros Newsletter Archive
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Re: Corti Bros Newsletter Archive

Unbelievable. I could read these for hours. The issue with the Washington State wines (September 1970) is absolutely fascinating with a wonderful sense of discovery -
by Thomas Keim
March 8th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?
Replies: 21
Views: 822

Re: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?

Thanks everyone! - We do a Charcuterie plate at our brewery, and I am looking for different salami producers to put in rotation -

Awesome suggestions -
by Thomas Keim
March 7th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: DryCreekVnyds Chard Block 10 '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: TN: DryCreekVnyds Chard Block 10 '17...(short/boring)

Totally agree Tom - I still love the Fume Blanc just as much as I did 30 years ago - and the Zins are just superb.

I opened a magnum of the 2012 Mariner Reserve Blend a couple weeks ago that was a bit over the top - but still delivered the goods.
by Thomas Keim
March 7th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?
Replies: 21
Views: 822

SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?

Greetings everyone -

Doing a little research on different Salami producers in the United States, and was wondering who and what do you like?

I love Salumi in Seattle, but who else are you a fan of? What Salami do you prefer from your favorite producer?

Much thanks in Advance -
by Thomas Keim
March 7th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 1899

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

Hands down: Fozen I'm surprised their's has not been mentioned herein [unless I missed it]. Its creamy, rich, as in cherimoya, tropical with kiwi, grapefruit, minerals and did I say, creamy and rich? Which is my problem with just about all the California Chenin Blancs mentioned. They all see oak - ...
by Thomas Keim
March 4th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: DavidBruce WhiteRiesling '79...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 163

Re: TN: DavidBruce WhiteRiesling '79...(short/boring)

I've told this story before - First time I met David Bruce, late 70s, was at his house, and I was a monster fan of his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The house was full of people, and David handed me a glass of white wine at the door. I went on and on over how much I loved his Chardonnay, waxing on how ...
by Thomas Keim
March 4th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 1899

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

I tend to buy South African Chenin Blanc when I am going New World -
by Thomas Keim
February 26th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Mexican wine...
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: My first Mexican wine...

JohnP wrote:
February 25th, 2019, 11:09 pm
Another good producer is Adobe Guadalupe, they make a great cab/nebbiolo blend. Wine Connection in Del Mar is their importer.
I love their wines, and a very unique winery. I used to be a big fan of Monte Xanic's Cabernet Sauvignon, but haven't had it in ten years plus -

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