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Winemaker Pablo Cuneo of Ruca Malen Argentina

Bodega Ruca Malen Winemaker Pablo Cuneo of Argentina

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In 1998, two legendary French wine gentlemen Jean Pierre Thibaud and Jacques Louis de Montalembert combined forces to launch their own property Bodega Ruca Malen, producing wines of Argentina. Tune in to hear Winemaker Pablo Cuneo talk about the Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, along with Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir. With head Chef Lucas Bustos heading up their in-winery dining room, the tasting experience is a work of art. They recently made a stop into Chicago’s Rural Society restaurant inside The Loews Chicago Hotel.

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Remember to 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. 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:

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

Quentin Paillard of Pierre Paillard in Bouzy Champagne on Family, Grower Champagne

Matthew Bills of David Burke’s Primehouse on Wine with Aged Beef

Marco Caprai of Arnaldo Caprai in Umbria Talks Sagrantino di Montefalco

Parag Lalit of Sixteen at Trump Tower Chicago on Wine Pairing, Greek Wine, Burgundy

Ryan Baldwin of Blue Crane Imports on Wines of South Africa

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

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Michael Muser of Grace Restaurant Chicago tasting Wines of Loire Valley

Catch you next time.

Sommelier Mattew Bills of James Hotel

Matthew Bills on Wines with Dry-Aged Beef at David Burke’s Primehouse

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Listen to our interview today with Matthew Bills, who talks about his travels to Argentine wine country, their premium Black Angus beef from Creekstone Farms ,  and the impact of dry aging beef in Himalayan salt on wine pairing. Bills also waxes tells us about his love of the Napa Valley, his private label Oregon Pinot Noir that’s in the works and his road trip across Washington State to discover and fall in love with the wines of Horse Heaven Hills.

Take a listen and stay tuned for the next episode where we’ll pair aged wine with aged beef, taking into account the flavor changes the beef undergoes as it aged, and how this twists the traditional steak and wine pairing.

Today we tasted the following two wines.

2014 Zuccardi Altamira, Concreto Malbec Valley de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina grown on calcium carbonate and aged in concrete egg for a true expression of Malbec. It’s savory, and peppery with a hint of smoked meat.

2013 Vall Llach Embruix de Vall Llach,Priorat, Spain (blend of 25% Garnacha, 24% Merlot, 17% Syrah, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Carinyena) -50% aged in new French oak, this brooding red wine hints of sweet tobacco and baked blackberry pie. Bills calls this a pair for a 55 or 75 day aged steak, since it has just enough acidity to stand up to the earthy aged beef.

Remember to 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. 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:

Wine Tasting Series:

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Andrew Algren of Cherry Circle Room

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Michael Muser of Grace Restaurant Chicago tasting Wines of Loire Valley

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

More Intriguing Interviews:

Marco Caprai of Arnaldo Caprai in Umbria Talks Sagrantino di Montefalco

Parag Lalit of Sixteen at Trump Tower Chicago on Wine Pairing, Greek Wine, Burgundy

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

Napa Valley Then & Now Author Kelli White at Press Napa Valley

Dishing on Life and Wine with Somm and Restauranteur Alpana Singh

City Winery Chicago’s Wine Director Rachel Driver Speckan Moves Up

Catch you next time.