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by Thomas Keim
October 21st, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Wow talk about a high end beer !
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Re: Wow talk about a high end beer !

JulianD wrote:
October 21st, 2019, 7:31 pm
PeterH wrote:
October 21st, 2019, 1:11 pm
Regular Sam Adams is bad. Is the Utopia four times worse? 10X? 20X?
I think Sam Adams is among the best mass produced (domestic) beers
Without a doubt. It's remarkably consistent from airport to airport - and the benchmark mass produced American lager.
by Thomas Keim
October 17th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 63
Views: 5316

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

Yikes! I couldn't sell the Lambert Bridge wines for $15 a bottle when I was a retailer. They now sell for $75 each?
by Thomas Keim
September 28th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6339

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Ebbe Bonde Soerensen wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 8:03 am
I have never loved German wine , so a Nazi wine in my world , all German wines are Nazi Wines, just my 2 cents!
I thought I had read some pretty stupid remarks on this board, but this one takes the cake. I don't care if you were stinking drunk when you wrote it - it's pure trash.
by Thomas Keim
September 27th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6339

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Great story Tom - My two mentors in the wine business were two German men in Chicago and were big German wine importers (Walter Boll and Sigfried Langstatter). Both were in concentration camps in WWII. Sigfried went into the camp with his wife and his best friend and his wife. Sigfried's wife and be...
by Thomas Keim
September 19th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.
Replies: 38
Views: 1375

Re: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.

I have a brewery/wine bar/restaurant in Saint Paul Minnesota. We produce Bavarian styled beers on premise and also import some small Bavarian breweries. We offer 10-12 wines by the glass - all $8.00 or less, and offer 100 wines by the bottle, all under $40 a bottle. This is the perfect price range f...
by Thomas Keim
September 19th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best italian sparkling wine
Replies: 9
Views: 587

Re: The best italian sparkling wine

I like Ferrari, but much prefer Bellavista -
by Thomas Keim
September 14th, 2019, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 26
Views: 2026

Re: Your thoughts on these old wines

the Batailley might not be sound enough to decant long in advance. I'd do it at the restaurant (unless of course the restaurant is just next door). I'd 'pop and pour' the '79 Batailley. There's nothing more interesting that watching a wine like this grow in the glass. While the Chateau was over cro...
by Thomas Keim
September 5th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated burgundy vintages
Replies: 76
Views: 3577

Re: Underrated burgundy vintages

Agree with 1972, much better than the touted '71. Lots of excellent wines back when Burgundy was affordable. Cut my teeth on the 69/70/71/72 vintages. I remember the 1970s as being very pretty wines at that 6-8 year age. Had a lot of '70 Hospice de Beaune wines available at very cheap prices back t...
by Thomas Keim
September 3rd, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the wine that changed your life?
Replies: 166
Views: 8293

Re: What's the wine that changed your life?

1973 Chateau Beychevelle - At about 4-5 years of age - just started studying the wines of Bordeaux and was purchasing all kinds of off vintage Bordeaux (It was all I could afford). I remember drinking the '72 Haut-Brion, '74 Petrus as well at 4-5 years of age - But I remember that '73 Beychevelle be...
by Thomas Keim
August 31st, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Von Schubert - Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 23
Views: 837

Re: TN: 2016 Von Schubert - Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

It often amazes me how little attention von Schubert gets - even among German wine lovers. This is an elite German wine estate and I sense that a lot of people (esp. younger wine people) don't even know who they are or barely do. It's been my favorite German wine estate for damn near 40 years - Eve...
by Thomas Keim
August 28th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1910

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

Jim Stewart wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Thomas Keim wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Ribolla Gialla
Chasselas
Txakoli
Riesling

Pinot Noir
Gamay
Refosco
Teroldego
Wow, a few unfamiliar (to me) grapes there. Minnesota varietals? [cheers.gif]
Ribolla Gialla - Italy
Chasselas - France/Switzerland
Txakoli - Spain
Riesling

Pinot Noir
Gamay
Refosco - Italy
Teroldego - Italy
by Thomas Keim
August 28th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 JJP wehlener sonnenuhr auslese LGK
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: 1983 JJP wehlener sonnenuhr auslese LGK

The provenance must have been very good on this bottle. Had it even changed color yet? My guess is no since it was still tasting so young -
by Thomas Keim
August 28th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1910

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

Ribolla Gialla
Chasselas
Txakoli
Riesling

Pinot Noir
Gamay
Refosco
Teroldego
by Thomas Keim
August 21st, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations
Replies: 45
Views: 2815

Re: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations

FRICK WINERY - Bill Frick does a terrific job with Rhone varietals - one of my favorite Sonoma wineries -
by Thomas Keim
August 11th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 635

Re: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!

Thomas, I would have no expectations for your 1983 bottle. That was a relatively high pH wine that IMO fell apart after about 5 years. Personally, the Adelsheim and Eyrie were my favorites at the time, though it was hard to find a poor wine from the 1983 vintage. I have a couple bottles left of the...
by Thomas Keim
August 11th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 635

Re: 1987 Yamhill Valley Pinot salamanzar!!!!

The first vintage from this estate was an absolutely monumental 1983, which still sits in my brain as one of the finest Oregon Pinot Noirs I have ever tasted, and I still have one bottle left (low fill unfortunately). If I remember right, Bob McRitchie made the first couple vintages (long time Sokol...
by Thomas Keim
July 23rd, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 91
Views: 2669

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

Gray G wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 5:54 pm
Markus S wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 5:13 pm
Gray G wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 5:01 pm
CA
WA
OR

are great

almost all else is just BS, and where were the grapes from anyway LOL
That's quite discriminatory...
put me in jail LOL
Or explain to you the difference between opinion and fact -
by Thomas Keim
July 20th, 2019, 10:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 40
Views: 1591

Re: Pronunciation

Frank Z wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 10:16 am
Markus S wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 6:39 am
Eisele, like 'essel'?
I believe its 'eyes-lee'.
I always pronounced it "Eye-Ze-Lee"
by Thomas Keim
July 16th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 62
Views: 3572

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

I love Barbera Frizzante or Bonarda Frizzante with Pizza - slightly chilled of course -
by Thomas Keim
July 16th, 2019, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 2985

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

Laberdolive Armagnac 1964

De Koninck Bier

2015 Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes - Sauzet (I'd pick a red, but I am on a hot island)
by Thomas Keim
July 1st, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 14056

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

For those of us who were not part of that board, how did it compare (during its heyday) to this one? Much more moderated to the point of being obnoxiously overdone. I once wrote a post on one winery's actions being "bush league" and Squires deleted it because he thought I was referring to the curre...
by Thomas Keim
June 22nd, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 2167

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: 65
Views: 5771

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: 68
Views: 3276

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: 2167

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: 68
Views: 3276

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: 68
Views: 3276

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: 2167

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: 2167

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: 2167

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: 2167

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: 2167

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: 2167

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: 2167

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: 2164

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: 447

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: 2056

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: 4458

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: 1059

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: 4398

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: 1679

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: 7982

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: 508

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: 2610

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: 140
Views: 9986

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: 140
Views: 9986

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: 3789

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: 1235

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: 80
Views: 3074

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: 2584

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.

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