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Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 5th, 2019, 4:39 pm
by adam caldwell
Some of us mentioned at last nights offline about a Pizza and Riesling tasting on Tuesday November 19th since Clifton would be back in town. Coalfire pizza on Grand avenue has agreed to waive corkage and host us if anyone is interested. (They are closed on Monday the 18th). Not a fancy place or a giant menu but I think they have some of the very best pizza in the city and IMO anywhere. The owner chef is super creative and has outstanding producers for his ingredients. We can order al a carte off the menu or if we wanted to I think he would curate a dinner for us. (nothing crazy just tons of different pizzas and some apps most likely, but good stuff I am sure). Anyone interested ?

Looks like we have enough people.
Edit for Guest List and wines :

Adam C -2004 Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonello
Clifton D -2004 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese and bubbles
Patrick R -2014 Schafer-Frohlich Monzinger Halenberg GG and a 2018 Weiser-Kunstler Trabener Gaispfad Kabinett Trocken
Bob B -
Ryan Smith-70’s Piedmont
John and Patrice P- JJ Prum, Donnhoff and Fritz Haag. All Spatlese from 2001....
Clayton W- 2002 Nigl Riesling Privat, 2008 Wyncroft Riesling "VT" Wren Song Vineyard
Bobby B - 1995 Anheuser Schlossbockelheimer Koningsfels Kabinett and some champagne
Mike Z-2001 Spatlese and pulled the Prum Wehlener or possibly ‘96 and or ‘98 Cascina Francia

FYI-Good stems are needed, please bring your own if you can. Look forward to seeing you all.

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Reisling-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 6th, 2019, 7:59 am
by CliftonD
Sounds great! TBD on what to bring. Looking forward to it. [thankyou.gif]

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Reisling-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 6th, 2019, 6:43 pm
by J. Rock
What kind of Riesling goes with with pizza? I've never had this pairing.

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Reisling-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 6th, 2019, 8:12 pm
by adam caldwell
Good question, some others who know Riesling better then me had the idea. Should be interesting.

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Reisling-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 7th, 2019, 7:47 am
by Patrick Rauber
I have this pairing a lot and absolutely love it! I have had anything from bone dry to Spatlese. I tend to be drawn more to a Feinherb or Kabinett level as the best pairings, but love the idea of a side by side tasting to see which types pair the best. I think the interplay between acidity and sweetness of Riesling is a great foil for the combination of a tomato based pizza sauce and all of the fatty/salty(and spicy) toppings that make pizza so darn good. But to be fair, I am also a believer that there is pretty much no bad time for Riesling or pizza for that matter...

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Reisling-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 7th, 2019, 6:11 pm
by R. Smith
I’m excited to go but don’t have much in the way of Riesling in the cellar unfortunately. If you were open to also including Piedmont though, I have much to offer!

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Reisling-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 7th, 2019, 6:16 pm
by Paul Miller
This is about the 5th thing I could do that night :-(

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Reisling-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 7th, 2019, 11:47 pm
by adam caldwell
Ryan I think we are open, at least I am. Good Piedmont is always welcome wherever I’m at.

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Reisling-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 8th, 2019, 7:04 am
by R. Smith
adam caldwell wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 11:47 pm
Ryan I think we are open, at least I am. Good Piedmont is always welcome wherever I’m at.
Thanks Adam! I’ll be bringing a TBD 1970’s Piedmont. How does 6 PM work for everyone?

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Reisling-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 8th, 2019, 6:35 pm
by adam caldwell
6 pm is fine w me I am flexible. Piedmont and Riesling sounds good.

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 9th, 2019, 9:31 am
by John Preston
If there is room for 2 more we can bring German Riesling from the 2001 vintage...just let us know. Thanks!

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 9th, 2019, 2:07 pm
by adam caldwell
John Preston wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 9:31 am
If there is room for 2 more we can bring German Riesling from the 2001 vintage...just let us know. Thanks!
Yes John definitely room for you both, look forward to meeting you.

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Reisling-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 9th, 2019, 2:12 pm
by adam caldwell
Paul Miller wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 6:16 pm
This is about the 5th thing I could do that night :-(
Next time for sure Paul.

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 9th, 2019, 2:17 pm
by John Preston
adam caldwell wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 2:07 pm
John Preston wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 9:31 am
If there is room for 2 more we can bring German Riesling from the 2001 vintage...just let us know. Thanks!
Yes John definitely room for you both, look forward to meeting you.
Thanks Adam we are looking forward to meeting everyone! We will bring JJ Prum, Donnhoff and Fritz Haag. All Spatlese from 2001....

Cheers,
John and Patrice Preston

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 11th, 2019, 9:35 am
by Patrick Rauber
Sounds like this is coming together nicely! I am in!
Still trying to decide on wines. I'd like to see what others are bringing to see if there is a style that needs representation. But thinking about a Schafer-Frohlich GG and also something sweeter. Will decide and post.

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 11th, 2019, 7:45 pm
by Clayton Wai-Poi
Love the idea of Riesling and Pizza... for some reason it sounds like a perfect combination, and Coalfire is a winner.

If there's space, and me to the list.

Since i see mostly German on the list, I might mix it up with a couple of exotic (and probably quite blowsy) rieslings:
2002 Nigl Riesling Privat
2008 Wyncroft Riesling "VT" Wren Song Vineyard

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 12th, 2019, 6:46 am
by Bobby B
I'm in as well. I'll bring a 1995 Anheuser Schlossbockelheimer Koningsfels Kabinett and some champagne to start.

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 12th, 2019, 8:40 am
by adam caldwell
Awesome, excited to add Clayton and Bobby to the list. Welcome guys.

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 13th, 2019, 8:58 pm
by adam caldwell
I spoke with the owner he is going to look at putting together a menu for us. Is everyone good with @$50 per person for dinner all in ? That should include tax and tip. We could also just order off the menu but figured this might be a nice option to have him curate it, try to pair a few things and then we can just drink our nice wine and eat what they bring.

We will need to bring stems, I can cover 2 for Clifton. Anyone else need them ?

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 14th, 2019, 4:27 am
by John Preston
Hello Adam and thanks again for planning this. We are "good" with $50 each all in...makes it much easier. We will bring our own stems.

Cheers,
JP

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 14th, 2019, 6:51 am
by Clayton Wai-Poi
Works for me

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 14th, 2019, 10:08 pm
by CliftonD
Works for me as well

Will be bringing 2004 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese and bubbles

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 15th, 2019, 7:36 am
by Patrick Rauber
Sounds great, Adam!

By the sounds of it, we need some racy, high acid dry Riesling to fill this party out. I am bringing a bottle of 2014 Schafer-Frohlich Monzinger Halenberg GG and a 2018 Weiser-Kunstler Trabener Gaispfad Kabinett Trocken.

I will bring my own stems too.

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 18th, 2019, 1:11 pm
by adam caldwell
Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow night at 6pm at the Coalfire Pizza on Grand Avenue (there are 2 locations so make sure its Grand Avenue please).

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 18th, 2019, 6:28 pm
by R. Smith
adam caldwell wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 8:58 pm
I spoke with the owner he is going to look at putting together a menu for us. Is everyone good with @$50 per person for dinner all in ? That should include tax and tip. We could also just order off the menu but figured this might be a nice option to have him curate it, try to pair a few things and then we can just drink our nice wine and eat what they bring.

We will need to bring stems, I can cover 2 for Clifton. Anyone else need them ?
Hey Adam,

If you can for cover stems for me that would be awesome if possible. I’ll be taking the train in. $50 is perfect! Thanks again for organizing this!

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 18th, 2019, 9:07 pm
by adam caldwell
R. Smith wrote:
November 18th, 2019, 6:28 pm
adam caldwell wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 8:58 pm
I spoke with the owner he is going to look at putting together a menu for us. Is everyone good with @$50 per person for dinner all in ? That should include tax and tip. We could also just order off the menu but figured this might be a nice option to have him curate it, try to pair a few things and then we can just drink our nice wine and eat what they bring.

We will need to bring stems, I can cover 2 for Clifton. Anyone else need them ?
Hey Adam,

If you can for cover stems for me that would be awesome if possible. I’ll be taking the train in. $50 is perfect! Thanks again for organizing this!

No worries I should have you covered w stems.

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 21st, 2019, 8:01 am
by Patrick Rauber
I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for coming, sharing some great wines, and making it a fun night!
Special thanks to Adam for setting it up and hooking up the great pizza (and meatballs)!

Hope to get another dinner together soon.

Cheers!
Patrick

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 21st, 2019, 2:24 pm
by adam caldwell
Great Group, thanks to all for coming and participating. Hope to see you all soon.

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 21st, 2019, 3:05 pm
by John Preston
Thanks again for organizing, Adam. We had a great time. Everyone have a safe and happy Holiday!

Cheers,
JP

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

Posted: November 21st, 2019, 3:14 pm
by J. Rock
I love Chicago pizza and Rieslings but live in LA -- let's here some highlights or see some photos! How was the pairing?