Tag Archives: Chardonnay

KLaz 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon by Kerrin Laz and Celia Welch

Wine Tasting with Kerrin Laz of K. Laz Wine Collections

Play

Wine Tasting with Kerrin Laz is a great way to prepare for your Oscar Party

Today we tasted a few winners such as :

Laz loves Chardonnay and admits that there’s a huge spectrum of quality, from lean and austere to over the top oak-driven. It’s harder to find a great Chardonnay and when she does, she celebrates it.

2014 Cattleya Pratt Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Produced by highly regarded Bibiana González Rave, the Colombian-born and French-trained winemaker who moved t0 California in 2007. This golden colored Chardonnay has a specific elegance in this 2014 vintage. It’s vibrance, richness and acidity, make it a wonderfully balanced wine, Laz says. There’s a hint of hazelnut and yeast on the finish making it unique, as well. She feels it can stand the test of time and will age well.

2014 Laz Cabernet Sauvignon

There’s a clarity and richness in this vintage, the first for Laz’s own private label. She finds this vintage to stand strong and pop immediately, although it’s age worthy as well.

Celia Welch, winemaker, and Laz are currently tasting their wines blend to go into their 2015 bottling.  Welch is widely known from her winemaker at Scarecrow where she was named 2008 Winemaker of the Year by Food and Wine Magazine. The wine has raspberry and cassis, along with a cocoa dusting but it’s ultimately refined and silky. The tannins are silky, rather than velvety, the way Laz likes the mouthfeel on her wine, with a huge mid-palate.

Please Listen to Past Episodes and Subscribe

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 with Three Sticks Winemaker Bob Cabral

Kerrin Laz on Collectible Napa Valley Cabernet at K. Laz Wine Collections

Nile Zacherly of Mad Fritz Talks Beer in Napa Valley

Master Sommelier Willi Sherer of Redd Restaurant on Holiday Wine Picks!

Biodynamic DaVero Owner Ridgely Evers Talks Olive Farming and Wine

Catch you next time.

Winemaker Bob Cabral at Three Sticks Wines

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Three Sticks Winemaker Bob Cabral

Play

Today, we’re back at Three Sticks Wines with winemaker Bob Cabral to taste several of the wines such as:

2015 Three Sticks Gaps Crown Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Cabral calls this wine expressive, with minerality, lychee and tropical fruits. The wine is not fined or filtered in the winery and it ages in only indigenous yeast. The characteristics of the wine are as close to an actual barrel tasting  a consumer can get to, Cabral explains.  This is the first release of this wine. The barrels are water bent, as opposed to fired, which brings out the creamy characteristics of the wine. Cabral notes that he adores that flavors of lemon drop and the saline finish.

2015 PFV Estate Pinot Noir

The PFV (Price Family Vineyards) is a blend of the best vineyard sites from the various vineyards Cabral currently sources Pinot Noir grapes from, all of which are from the  Sonoma Coast. The blend is from all vineyards that Three Sticks owner Bill Price owns. The resulting wine is age worthy and more Burgundian in style, Cabral says. It’s bright red with shades of purple, with wild raspberry and cranberry flavors and nice tart acidity. The wine was just released for the first time on February 7th of 2017.

Please Listen to Past Episodes and Subscribe

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:

Kerrin Laz on Collectible Napa Valley Cabernet at K. Laz Wine Collections

Nile Zacherly of Mad Fritz Talks Beer in Napa Valley

Master Sommelier Willi Sherer of Redd Restaurant on Holiday Wine Picks!

Biodynamic DaVero Owner Ridgely Evers Talks Olive Farming and Wine

Catch you next time.

Venerable Three Sticks Winemaker Bob Cabral Talks Pinot Noir & Chardonnay in Sonoma County

Play

Three Sticks Winemaker Bob Cabral Re-Caps an Amazing Transition

Listen on as venerable winemaker Bob Cabral talks about his fame-establishing career with William Selyem and his transition to Three Sticks Wines in Sonoma. Cabral talks of his love for specific sites where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay express themselves and his new mission to usher in the next generation of winemakers. He feels he can achieve another 100-point Pinot Noir.

Tune in soon for a tasting of the Three Sticks Wines from specific terrior across Sonoma from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Coast and Carneros, to name a few. 

Please Listen to Past Episodes and Subscribe

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:

Nile Zacherly of Mad Fritz Talks Beer in Napa Valley

Master Sommelier Willie Sherer of Redd Restaurant on Holiday Wine Picks!

Biodynamic DaVero Owner Ridgely Evers Talks Olive Farming and Wine

Catch you next time.

Sommelier Parag Lalit Sixteen Restaurant, Trump Tower Chicago

SOMMTALKS Tasting Series with Parag Lalit of Sixteen in Trump Tower Chicago

Play

Earlier this summer, we chatted with top Sommelier Parag Lalit of Sixteen at Trump Tower. Now we’re back to taste a few wines with him, both from Burgundy.  Lalit also  shared some of his favorite wines to enjoy on days off with his wife, in case you care to stock up on a few Somm favorites.

These include:

 
Occhipinti, Cerasuola di Vittoria DOCG, Sicily, Italy 2013 ( Frappato/Nero di Avola)
Clos du Rouge Gorge, “Jeunes Vignes”, I.G.P. Cotes Catalanes, France 2013 (Carignan)
Hatzidakis, Santorini, Greece 2015 (Assyrtiko)
St. Urbans Hof, Piesporter Goldtropfchen, Mosel, Germany 2014 (Riesling)
Domaine Tempier, Bandol Rosé, Provence, France 2013 (Predominantly Mourvedre)

The Wines we tasted today were via Coravin

Domaine Roulot, Meursault “Luchets”, Cote de Beaune, France 2008

Domaine Thibault Liger Belair, Chambolle Musigny “Les Gruenchers” 1er Cru, Cote de Nuits, France 2012

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:

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

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

Wine Tasting Series:

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

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:

Catch you next time.

https://www.capetown.gov.za/en/Pages/default.aspx

Ryan Baldwin of Blue Crane Imports talks South African Wine

Play

Take a virtual trip to South Africa during this interview with Ryan Baldwin, Director of Education and Business Development at Blue Crane Imports in Chicago. Hear about his background in wine at Girl and the Goat and his passion for the intriguing and ever-changing wines of Cape Town and beyond.

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. Please subscribe here, on iTunes , on TuneIn Radio or on Stitcher.

In case you missed passed episodes, here they are at your fingertips!

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

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

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

Osteria Langhe’s Aldo Zaninotto Uncovers the Beauty of the Piedmont Italy

Visit Seattle’s Altura Restaurant through Somm Ryan Schroeder

Somm: Into the Bottle Director Jason B. Wise Talks Wine in Film

The 2nd Annual Somm Challenge Hosted by Jon McDaniel of Acanto Share the Fun

San Francisco’s Mourad Restaurant Sommelier Tara Patrick Joins Us

Sepia Chicago’s Arthur Hon Talks “Pink” Wine

Jean-Charles Boisset on JCB Lounges Opening in 2016