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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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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.

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Sepia’s Arthur Hon Shares His Love of Rosé, His Travels to Provence France

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The intriguing Arthur Hon, Beverage Director at renowned Sepia Chicago, shares his love of Rosé and tells of his travels to Provence. He is a big fan of aged rosé, finding the time on it flattering to the wine. He revels about the region, the various micro-climates and the beauty.

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

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

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

Spiaggia’s Top Somm Rachael Lowe Shares Interactive Pairing & Italian Wine Picks

Formento’s Chicago Sommelier Steve Morgan’s Journey from NYC to Alinea to Open This Popular Neighborhood Italian

Joy Sterling on Sparkling Wine at her Family’s Iron Horse Vineyards

Wine Director Ryan Arnold, Lettuce Entertain You

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

Liz Mendez Sommelier at Vera Chicago

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

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Listen to the engaging Liz Mendez share her excitement about her 2016 Jean Banchet Award Top Sommelier award and her love for all things Iberian Peninsula. Portuguese still wines are top of mind for Mendez, along with Sherry and Rhône Valley wines. Hear how she and partner/husband Mark Mendez made their way along the Chicago restaurant scene to open their own quaint and inviting Vera. They caught the wave of the West Loop expansion five years ago when they lead the way in the neighborhood.

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

Charles Ford, The Bristol Chicago on Wine Inspiration and Teamwork

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

Spiaggia’s Top Somm Rachael Lowe Shares Interactive Pairing & Italian Wine Picks

Formento’s Chicago Sommelier Steve Morgan’s Journey from NYC to Alinea to Open This Popular Neighborhood Italian

Joy Sterling, Le dame Extraordinaire, on Sparkling Wine at her Family’s Iron Horse Vineyards

Wine Director Ryan Arnold, Lettuce Entertain You, Tells of Wine Inspiration

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

Sommelier Shea Zimmerman, The Kitchen Chicago

Shea Zimmerman’s Sustainable Efforts with Keg Wine at The Kitchen Chicago

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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.  Just walking into the gorgeous space in the historic Reid Murdoch building is enough to please but hearing about the sustainability and community initiatives of The Kitchen  is a clincher.

Tune in to hear how she runs the wine program in keeping with The Kitchen philosophy of sustainability and close working relationships with producers. Zimmerman brings a fresh list full of gems and has worked to encourage wineries toward efficiency, using eco-friendly wine kegs, rather than bottles.

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

Spiaggia’s Top Somm Rachael Lowe Shares Interactive Pairing & Italian Wine Picks

Formento’s Chicago Sommelier Steve Morgan’s Journey from NYC to Alinea to Open This Popular Neighborhood Italian

Joy Sterling, Le dame Extraordinaire, on Sparkling Wine at her Family’s Iron Horse Vineyards

Wine Director Ryan Arnold, Lettuce Entertain You, Tells of Wine Inspiration

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

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.