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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:

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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

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City Winery Chicago’s Wine Director Rachel Driver Speckan Moves Up

Catch you next time.

Sommelier Parag Lalit Sixteen Restaurant, Trump Tower Chicago

Sommelier Parag Lalit of Trump Tower Sixteen Talks Wine Pairing, Greek Wines, Burgundy

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This episode takes you up Chicago’s Trump Tower to the restaurant Sixteen, the two Michelin star rated restaurant where we chat with head sommelier and globe trotter Parag Lalit. In the US for just over a year, Lalit has established himself in the wine community and expanded the international list, in conjunction with the world-class cuisine of venerable Chef Thomas Lents. Tune in and hear more on his passion for pairing, Greek wine and his favorites.

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

Inglenook Head Winemaker Philippe Bascaules Talk Restraint, Rutherford Dust

Jen Schmitt of Everest Chicago Talks Wines of Alsace, New Wine Discoveries

Israel’s Yarden Golan Heights Winemaker Victor Schoenfeld Takes us Far Away

Napa Valley Then & Now Book Author Kelli White on Her Journey

Liz Martinez of Chicago’s Purple Pig Dishes on Old World Wines, The Menu

**And our newly released SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series Episodes:**

SommTalks Wine Tastings: Erica Wosky of Petit Crenn in San Francisco

SommTalks Wine Tastings: Charles Ford of The Bristol Chicago

Catch you next time.