Category: Italian Wine

Wine Tasting with Sommelier Andrew Algren

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Andrew Algren of Cherry Circle Room in CAA

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Looking for a few amazing wine picks for warmer weather? Listen to the knowledgeable Andrew Algren of Chicago Athletic Association’s Cherry Circle Room introduce us to a gem small producer Champagne from Vallée de La Marne along with a Nebbiolo from Gattinara in the Piedmont of Italy that has grace and elegance, along with freshness. Both are by the glass options at the restaurant, as well.

We tasted:

Bourgeouis-Diaz Brut Trois Capages

Produced by 5th generation Champagne producer Jerome Bourgeouis-Diaz, this biodynamic bubbly has distinct personality and lots of freshness, sophistication and quaffability.

2008 Nervi Gattinara, Piedmont, Italy

One of the oldest wines in the Gattinara DOCG, this Nervi comes from the mineral rich soils at the foothills of the Monterosa mountains. The fruit still shines through, while earthy flavors

Tune in and hear more. In case you missed it, click here to listen to the full interview with Algren.  Looking for more wine tastings at SommTalks?  We’ll be cataloguing them as we grow-see below.

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

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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:

Marco Caprai of Arnaldo Caprai on Wines of Umbria, Sagrantino

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 Ryan Arnold

Ryan Arnold, Divisional Wine Director, Chicago’s Lettuce Entertain You, Talks Wine

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Hear about Sommelier Ryan Arnold’s formative journeys to Italy and how these inspired his early love of wine. Arnold oversees a range of cuisine across the LEYE empire, requiring a broad wine knowledge and palate. Taste a few wines with him and get an inside peek inside his busy world.

Don’t miss our past interviews, as well.

Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards, with 30-years Under Her Wine Belt

Andrew Mariani of Sonoma’s Scribe Winery Talks Wine, Friends and Community

Belinda Chang on Bending the Steakhouse Paradigm

Sommelier Lauren Helm’s Journey to Harvest Table by Charlie Palmer

Tune in for great interviews with Sommeliers, Wine Makers, Wine Directors and Top Chefs- SommTalks is your weekly podcast for the inside scoop on the restaurant and wine scene.