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Del Frisco’s Chicago Wine Director Amy Lutchen’s New Role

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 Amy Lutchen on Her New Role at Del Frisco’s Steak House Chicago

Have you peeked inside the former Esquire Theatre since Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House landed here in Chicago’s Gold Coast? It’s history in the making and we visit for a chat with newly appointed wine director Amy Lutchen. She heads up the all female wine team at this Chicago location for the energetic and alluring steakhouseContinue reading

Anthony Rossi of Enolo Wine Cafe Chicago

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Tony Rossi of Enolo Wine Cafe

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Anthony (Tony) Rossi at Chicago’s Enolo Wine Cafe

Listen in to this week’s episode with General Manager and Sommelier Tony Rossi of Enolo Wine Cafe in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Tony creates and curates this interesting wine list that boasts a strong by the glass program as well as several Coravin flights of higher end wine options.

In this segment, we taste the following wines :

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Anthony Rossi of Enolo Wine Cafe Chicago

Enolo Wine Cafe’s Anthony Rossi on Favorite Wines

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Anthony (Tony) Rossi at Chicago’s Enolo Wine Cafe

Listen in to this week’s episode with General Manager and Sommelier Tony Rossi of Enolo Wine Cafe in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Tony creates and curates this interesting wine list that boasts a strong by the glass program as well as several Coravin flights of higher end wine options.

We discuss the penchant for Enolo’s younger wine consumers to move away from the bigger, juicier, heavily oaked styles of wine their parent consumed in the 1980’s. Rossi feels these Millenials are more adventurous and willing to taste the esoteric wines on his list, with enthusiasm and curiosity. Many of those in their 20’s and 30’s have lived or travelled abroad, he says,  and return home with a taste for International wines.  He shares information on two of his favorite rosé wines from Italy and Greece, as well.

Tune in for Past Episodes

Remember to tune in regularly for great interviews with Sommeliers, Winemakers, Wine Directors, Food Artisans and Top Chefs. Also, virtually taste wines with top wine experts then go taste them yourselves. SommTalks is your weekly podcast for the inside scoop on the restaurant and wine scene. Please SUBSCRIBE here, on iTunes , on TuneIn Radio or on Stitcher. Send us your thoughts, ideas, and names of peeps you’d like us to interview.

You can check out the past few episodes but if you SUBSCRIBE , you’ll receive each new episode right to your device, whichever one you listen to your podcasts on.  Share episodes across social media channels, as well, to let others discover our wine conversations. A few of the most recent include:

Bodega Ruca Malen Winemaker Pablo Cuneo of Argentina Comes to Town

Swift & Son’s Sommelier Meredith Rush Shares Her Journey in Wine

Chef Renee Everett Grows Her Own at Belcampo in Punta Gorda Belize

Chef Greg Wade on Publican Quality Breads and Locally Milled Grains

Spain’s Rueda and Ribera del Duero Ambassador Charles Ford of The Bristol

Elena Pozzolini of Tenuta Sette Cieli at Tenzing Wine & Spirits Tasting

 

Wine Tasting Series:

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Shea Zimmerman, formerly of The Kitchen, now Acanto

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Jon McDaniel of Acanto, A Lawless Restaurant 

SOMMTALKSWine Tasting Series: Parag Lalit of Sixteen in Trump Tower Chicago 

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Rachel Driver Speckan of City Winery Chicago

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series : Liz Mendez of Purple Pig

Michael Muser of Grace

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Michael Muser of Grace

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Tune in for this week’s SommTalks wine tasting with the energetic and passionate Michael Muser of Grace. Together, we tasted and talked about the following wines of The Loire Valley: 

2013 Pascal Janvier , Jasnieres, Chenin Blanc, Loire Valley

Muser’s passionate about wine made with heart and enjoys meeting and knowing the winemakers and understanding their philosophy, as is the case with Janvier.  Muser ponders if vintage really matters, as he appreciates the winemakers’ product year in and year out. He jokes about loud sippers too.

“Slurping and excessively far away spitters” fascinate him.  “The Slurp is NOT for novices,” he says as he chokes on a air-pulling slurp of this lovely Loire Valley gem.

2012 Domaine Guiberteau, Samur Rouge, Cabernet Franc, Loire Valley

Don’t worry about butchering the pronunciation” Muser says of this French wine…. just taste the wine. Cabernet Franc is his week spot, he admits, but he loves it in all its iterations.  “It’s cute and  funny, ” Muser says. “It’s a polite red wine, it knows it’s place and it backs off, with that classic French grit, like a crochety old guy smoking cigarettes.”

Tune in and hear more. In case you missed it, click here to listen to the full interview with Muser.

Looking for more wine tastings at Somm Talks?  We’ll be cataloguing them as we grow– see below.

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Charles Ford, The Bristol Chicago Tastes Pouilly-Fumé , Lake County Sauvignon Blanc and Canadian Pinot Noir

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Erica Wosky of Petit Crenn San Francisco

Remember, please tune in regularly for great interviews with Sommeliers, Wine Makers, Wine Directors and Top Chefs. Also, virtually taste wines with top wine experts then go taste them yourselves. SommTalks is your weekly podcast for the inside scoop on the restaurant and wine scene. Please SUBSCRIBE here, on iTunes , on TuneIn Radio or on Stitcher.

You can check out the past few episodes but if you SUBSCRIBE , you’ll receive each new episode right to your device, whichever one you listen to your podcasts on.  Share episodes across social media channels, as well, to let others discover our wine conversations. A few of the most recent include:

Ryan Baldwin of Blue Crane Imports on Wines of South Africa

Andrew Algren Talks Cherry Circle Room, His Wine List, Chicago Athletic Association

Liz Mendez of Vera, Chicago Takes Top Somm Award at Jean Banchet Awards

Charles Ford, The Bristol Chicago on Wine Inspiration and Teamwork

The Kitchen Chicago’s Shea Zimmerman Talks Sustainable Wine, Keggers and more

Jen Schmitt of Everest Chicago Talks Wines of Alsace, New Wine Discoveries

Israel’s Yarden Golan Heights Winemaker Victor Schoenfeld Takes us Far Away

Liz Martinez of Chicago’s Purple Pig Dishes on Old World Wines, The Menu

Catch you next time.

Sommelier Parag Lalit Sixteen Restaurant, Trump Tower Chicago

Sommelier Parag Lalit of Trump Tower Sixteen Talks Wine Pairing, Greek Wines, Burgundy

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This episode takes you up Chicago’s Trump Tower to the restaurant Sixteen, the two Michelin star rated restaurant where we chat with head sommelier and globe trotter Parag Lalit. In the US for just over a year, Lalit has established himself in the wine community and expanded the international list, in conjunction with the world-class cuisine of venerable Chef Thomas Lents. Tune in and hear more on his passion for pairing, Greek wine and his favorites.

Remember, please tune in regularly for great interviews with Sommeliers, Wine Makers, Wine Directors and Top Chefs. Also, virtually taste wines with top wine experts then go taste them yourselves. SommTalks is your weekly podcast for the inside scoop on the restaurant and wine scene. Please SUBSCRIBE here, on iTunes , on TuneIn Radio or on Stitcher.

You can check out the past few episodes but if you SUBSCRIBE , you’ll receive each new episode right to your device, whichever one you listen to your podcasts on.  Share episodes across social media channels, as well, to let others discover our wine conversations. A few of the most recent include:

Ryan Baldwin of Blue Crane Imports on Wines of South Africa

Andrew Algren Talks Cherry Circle Room, His Wine List, Chicago Athletic Association

Inglenook Head Winemaker Philippe Bascaules Talk Restraint, Rutherford Dust

Jen Schmitt of Everest Chicago Talks Wines of Alsace, New Wine Discoveries

Israel’s Yarden Golan Heights Winemaker Victor Schoenfeld Takes us Far Away

Napa Valley Then & Now Book Author Kelli White on Her Journey

Liz Martinez of Chicago’s Purple Pig Dishes on Old World Wines, The Menu

**And our newly released SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series Episodes:**

SommTalks Wine Tastings: Erica Wosky of Petit Crenn in San Francisco

SommTalks Wine Tastings: Charles Ford of The Bristol Chicago

Catch you next time.