Tag Archives: Italian Wines

Gagliole Winery of Chianti Classico

Allesia Riccieri on Chianti Classico Gagliole Winery in Castellina

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We welcome Alessia Riccieri to the show this episode to hear of the Gagliole family wines from Chianti Classico. This 37 acre property, owned by Monika and Thomas Bär, lies in the Chianti Classico region of Italy. One part of the vineyards, totaling 10 hectares, is in Gagliole (Castellina in Chianti). The vines are predominantly planted on age-old terraces, studded with olive trees among the vine rows, a method of crop-cultivation in use since the Middle Ages. The beautiful property produces the following wines, which we taste here in this episode:  Continue reading

Andrea Costa of Marenco Vini

Andrea Costa of Marenco Vini Talks Piemonte Italy, Moscato and Brachetto

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If you love those balanced wines of Northern Italy, you’ll enjoy tuning in this week to hear Andrea Costa of Marenco Vini discuss his family winery in Strevi, a southern province of Piedmont, Italy. This is where Moscato di Asti shines. Andrea is the fourth generation to be involved in his family winery , which is located in the Monferatto region. Costa’s mother and two aunts are also still active in the day-to-day operations.

Hear more about the prized Moscato and Brachetto wines, along with their full range of Piedmontese grapes from still to sparkling, white to light red into deep rich red. Stay tuned for a tasting with Andrea in the coming weeks, as well.

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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

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Dishing on Life and Wine with Somm and Restauranteur Alpana Singh

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SOMMTALKSWine Tasting Series: Parag Lalit of Sixteen in Trump Tower Chicago 

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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 

Catch you next time.

Aldo Zaninotto of Osteria Langhe

Osteria Langhe’s Aldo Zaninotto Talks Piedmont and All Things Italian

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The conversation flowed at Osteria Langhe this week as we spoke with owner and veteran wine expert Aldo Zaninotto. The Italian born Zaninotto talks about his Piedmont focused Chicago restaurant, his background in the world of wine and why this astounding northern Italian region deserves undivided attention.

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Sepia Chicago’s Arthur Hon Talks “Pink” Wine

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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.