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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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Sommelier Shea Zimmerman, The Kitchen Chicago

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Shea Zimmerman of Chicago’s The Kitchen

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After spending time with Chef Johnny Anderes of The Kitchen for an article recently published in the Clever Root Magazine, I was drawn back for an interview with the smart and clever Wine Director Shea Zimmerman  before she departed. This is part two of that interview: the wine tasting portion with two wines Zimmerman loves.

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:

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

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

Wine Tasting Series:

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

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

Catch you next time.

Sommelier Jon McDaniel of Acanto Restaurant

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Sommelier John McDaniel of Acanto

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Sommelier Jon McDaniel has something important to say– he loves his Italian wines. Wine Director at Chicago’s Acanto, along with the rest of Lawless Restaurant Group’s properties (Beacon Tavern, The Gage, The Dawson), McDaniel reaches far and wide with his mostly Italian wine list, which includes approximately 500 wines from all 20 regions across Italy. McDaniel discusses his passion for Italian varietals, even if they may come from regions outside of Italy, such as Virginia and California. The wines we’re tasting today include:

2012 Sartori di Verona, Bianco Verenese IGT, Gargenega– 15-20% of these grapes are produced in “appassimento” style (dried for 40 days), producing a wine with lots of layers. This white wine is a great pairing wine and has decent amount of acidity to work with the pasta and meat dishes at Acanto. It’s a full body white wine made from a classic grape from the Veneto region yet done in a more experimental manner, borrowing a technique more commonly used for red wine, in particular Amarone.

2010 Nebbiolo, Barboursville, Virginia The shorter growing season in Virginia is a challenge, as is the rain. Nevertheless, this volatile area produces stunning Nebbiolo, in a more modern manner with more fruit, moderate oak and a lush mouth feel.

“3 Liter Thursday” are a super fun time to join John at Acanto. Check on their website for the upcoming tastings.

Listen to our last interview with McDaniel on his Sommelier Slam right here. 

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:

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

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

Wine Tasting Series:

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

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

Catch you next time.

Purple Pig Sommelier Liz Martinez Wine Tasting

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Chicago’s Purple Pig Wine Director Liz Martinez

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Virtually sip a few great wine recommendations by Chicago’s fabulous Purple Pig Wine Director Liz Martinez. Hear about the dominantly Old World wine list and how Martinez pairs it to 2014 James Beard Award Winning Rising Star Chef Jimmy Bannos, Jr. Curious about orange wine? Hear how this Pinot Grigio gets that hue and more on outstanding and unusual grape varietals. Today we tasted the following:

2015 Pullus Pinot Grigio, Slovenia Rust in hue, this rose of Pinot Grigio is a fine easy summer sipper. Great with light fish and salads, it could also stand up to one of the seared fish dishes on the menu. The fruit is bright, the acidity moderate to high and the eye appeal amazing.

2014 San Salvatore Aglianico, Campania, Italy  This is one of the many unusual selections across the list at the Pig, hailing from the lesser known but impressive Campania region.  While there’s a touch of oak, it’s mostly bright red fruits shining through in this lighter bodied Aglianico wine.

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:

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

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.

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.

Andrew Algrean Cherry Circle Room Chicago

Dynamic Andrew Algren on Wine at Cherry Circle Room Chicago

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Listen as Cherry Circle Room/ Land and Sea Dept. Restaurant Group Wine Director Andrew Algren reveals the story behind the recently renovated Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and the restaurant on the second floor.

We hear from Algren about the history, the game room and the wine list emulating the turn-of-the-century list, as it continues to evolve at their one year anniversary. Cherry Circle Room & Land and Sea Dept. were also recently received the James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design (75 seats and over). This was an exciting win for Chicago and a well-deserved compliment for the detailed work and ingenuity that went into this renovation.

Algren also recently traveled to Galicia, Spain and brings back knowledge about the well known whites ( Loureiro, Torrontes, Godello and Treixadura ) – but also the reds that are being re-discovered now, such as those from Mencia.

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!

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

 

Israel’s Yarden/ Golan Heights Winemaker Victor Schoenfeld Joins us

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Chicago’s Maple & Ash Wine Director Belinda Chang welcomes Israeli’s Golan Heights Winery Winemaker Victor Schoenfeld for a tasting. Tune in to hear more about the wines of Israel , how the industry is changing and the growing high quality sector producting wines exported mostly to the US and Japan.

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

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

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

Charles Ford, The Bristol Chicago on Wine Inspiration and Teamwork

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

 

Purple Pig Wine Director Liz Martinez

Liz Martinez of Purple Pig Chicago Talks Old World Wine, Godello, and More

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The weather warms up and dining al fresco pops up around Chicago, leading us to a stop at The Purple Pig to speak with Wine Director Liz Martinez. Hear her discuss this expansive Old World wine list, along with passions for unusual wines of Greece, Turkey and Spain.

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

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

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

Charles Ford, The Bristol Chicago on Wine Inspiration and Teamwork

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

Alpana Singh

Dishing on Wine and Life with Restauranteur and Master Somm Alpana Singh

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Get an update on what the accomplished and impactful Master Sommelier Alpana Singh is up to in Chicago these days. With the Boarding House in full swing, she moved into her second restaurant venture Seven Lions and has the third one, Terra & Vine in Evanston, on the horizon. Hear what drives this passionate woman and keeps her motivated. She gives back to the great city of Chicago as well, most recently with the Shakespeare 400 project involving other top restauranteurs such as Rick Bayless and John Manion.

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

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

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

Charles Ford, The Bristol Chicago on Wine Inspiration and Teamwork

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