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Sommelier Jon McDaniel of Acanto Restaurant

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Sommelier John McDaniel of Acanto

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Sommelier Jon McDaniel has something important to say– he loves his Italian wines. Wine Director at Chicago’s Acanto, along with the rest of Lawless Restaurant Group’s properties (Beacon Tavern, The Gage, The Dawson), McDaniel reaches far and wide with his mostly Italian wine list, which includes approximately 500 wines from all 20 regions across Italy. McDaniel discusses his passion for Italian varietals, even if they may come from regions outside of Italy, such as Virginia and California. The wines we’re tasting today include:

2012 Sartori di Verona, Bianco Verenese IGT, Gargenega– 15-20% of these grapes are produced in “appassimento” style (dried for 40 days), producing a wine with lots of layers. This white wine is a great pairing wine and has decent amount of acidity to work with the pasta and meat dishes at Acanto. It’s a full body white wine made from a classic grape from the Veneto region yet done in a more experimental manner, borrowing a technique more commonly used for red wine, in particular Amarone.

2010 Nebbiolo, Barboursville, Virginia The shorter growing season in Virginia is a challenge, as is the rain. Nevertheless, this volatile area produces stunning Nebbiolo, in a more modern manner with more fruit, moderate oak and a lush mouth feel.

“3 Liter Thursday” are a super fun time to join John at Acanto. Check on their website for the upcoming tastings.

Listen to our last interview with McDaniel on his Sommelier Slam right here. 

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.

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Tara Patrick, Sommleir at Mourad San Francisco

San Francisco’s Tara Patrick of Mourad Talks Moroccan Cuisine, Oregon Pinot Noir

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The streets of San Francisco have never looked better, especially with the addition of Mourad Restaurant in the gorgeous and historic PacBell Building downtown. Snagging its first Michelin Star doesn’t hurt either. Join us to hear South Carolina native Sommelier Tara Patrick, recently featured in SommJournal for her work at the renowned Quince Restaurant,  discuss the fun she has pairing unique wine to the Moroccan cuisine of the restaurant. While she veers towards old world wines frequently, she is loving Oregon Pinot Noir lately and finds it works well with the cuisine at Mourad.

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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.