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Winemaker Pablo Cuneo of Ruca Malen Argentina

Bodega Ruca Malen Winemaker Pablo Cuneo of Argentina

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In 1998, two legendary French wine gentlemen Jean Pierre Thibaud and Jacques Louis de Montalembert combined forces to launch their own property Bodega Ruca Malen, producing wines of Argentina. Tune in to hear Winemaker Pablo Cuneo talk about the Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, along with Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir. With head Chef Lucas Bustos heading up their in-winery dining room, the tasting experience is a work of art. They recently made a stop into Chicago’s Rural Society restaurant inside The Loews Chicago Hotel.

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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:

Chef Renee Everett Grows Her Own at Belcampo in Punta Gorda Belize

Chef Greg Wade on Publican Quality Breads and Locally Milled Grains

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

Wine Tasting Series:

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Shea Zimmerman, formerly of The Kitchen, now Acanto

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

Catch you next time.

Swift & Sons Sommelier Meredith Rush

Swift and Sons Sommelier Meredith Rush on Her World of Wine

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Another look at wine in one of Chicago’s newest steakhouses, Swift & Sons. Listen as sommelier Meredith Rush talks about her journey here to Chicago and her new look at wine with steak. She also shares some insights into what the Google crowd veers towards, with the restaurant nestled on the first floor of the new Chicago Google headquarters.

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:

Chef Renee Everett Grows Her Own at Belcampo in Punta Gorda Belize

Chef Greg Wade on Publican Quality Breads and Locally Milled Grains

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

Wine Tasting Series:

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series with Shea Zimmerman, formerly of The Kitchen, now Acanto

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

Catch you next time.

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.

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.

Seattle’s Altura Restaurant Wine Director Ryan Schroeder Shares His Wine Ideas

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Dining in Seattle’s Capitol Hill is generally amazing but our recent trip to Altura exceeded expectations. The five-course tasting menu changed regularly, and Schroeder’s wine pairing is adventurous and exciting. Tune in to hear the interview here.

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

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.

 

GM/ Partner Michael Muser of Grace Chicago

Michael Muser: Michelin 3-star Grace Talks Service Ninjas, Wedding Invitations, Cerebral Chef Curtis Duffy

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Join us for a visit with the magnetic and captivating Michael Muser of Grace, Chicago’s Michelin 3-star dining room. Listen to him discussing the evolution of the Jean Banchet Awards ceremony which he emcee’ed, along with the challenges of running a dining room of this caliber.

General Manager/Partner Muser and Chef/Owner Curtis Duffy made the move from Avenues Restaurant in the Peninsula Hotel several years ago and carefully created their ideal restaurant, detail by detail. Watch that transition, the thought process, the trials and tribulations and the touching stories of Chef Duffy challenging upbringing in the recently released documentary For Grace.

 

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.