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Wine Tasting with Sommelier Andrew Algren

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Andrew Algren of Cherry Circle Room in CAA

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Looking for a few amazing wine picks for warmer weather? Listen to the knowledgeable Andrew Algren of Chicago Athletic Association’s Cherry Circle Room introduce us to a gem small producer Champagne from Vallée de La Marne along with a Nebbiolo from Gattinara in the Piedmont of Italy that has grace and elegance, along with freshness. Both are by the glass options at the restaurant, as well.

We tasted:

Bourgeouis-Diaz Brut Trois Capages

Produced by 5th generation Champagne producer Jerome Bourgeouis-Diaz, this biodynamic bubbly has distinct personality and lots of freshness, sophistication and quaffability.

2008 Nervi Gattinara, Piedmont, Italy

One of the oldest wines in the Gattinara DOCG, this Nervi comes from the mineral rich soils at the foothills of the Monterosa mountains. The fruit still shines through, while earthy flavors

Tune in and hear more. In case you missed it, click here to listen to the full interview with Algren.  Looking for more wine tastings at SommTalks?  We’ll be cataloguing them as we grow-see below.

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Michael Muser of Grace on Wines of the 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

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:

Marco Caprai of Arnaldo Caprai on Wines of Umbria, Sagrantino

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.

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.

Sommelier Belinda Chang

Belinda Chang on Bending the Steakhouse Wine Paradigm

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Listen to a captivating interview with top Sommelier and wine buyer Belinda Chang of Maple and Ash, in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Hear a bit on her background, her eight years in the Big Apple and her return to hometown Chicago to open the hottest new steakhouse in Chicago.

Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards, with 30-years Under Her Wine Belt

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

Andrew Mariani of Sonoma’s Scribe Winery Talks Wine, Friends and Community

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

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.