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by Keith A k e r s
November 30th, 2020, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do world-class California Rieslings exist?
Replies: 104
Views: 4165

Re: Do world-class California Rieslings exist?

A few years ago I participated in a blind tasting of Finger Lakes Riesling versus some QbA and Kabinett wines from Germany. The only Finger Lakes winery that was competitive was Hermann J. Weimer. They make the best dry and off dry Riesling in the USA in my opinion (outdistancing Navarro & Stony Hi...
by Keith A k e r s
November 18th, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 7241

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

What’s the strategy with guests coming over who don’t appreciate/know anything about wine. Do you give them the house red/white and keep a special bottle in the kitchen?? Our do you just ball out and everyone gets the good wine as it’s a holiday? in years past, I'd get a magnum of something that I'...
by Keith A k e r s
November 17th, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 834
Views: 46185

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

He's not closed. He's been open for months (I *think* he closed briefly early on). While 467 might be an exaggeration, he's intimately involved in running the restaurant (and all of the various details therein) as well as the cooking. With Covid, I know that he's very focused on taking care of his ...
by Keith A k e r s
October 31st, 2020, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it too early to bring up BerserkerDay 2021?
Replies: 46
Views: 3005

Re: Is it too early to bring up Berserker Day 2021?

What will also be interesting are the expectations of those on the board who have been bombarded with '$180 for $18' deals recently. Many small producers like me simply don't offer those deals but we do make heartfelt wines for reasonable prices. I guess we'll see what happens . . . I think you’ll ...
by Keith A k e r s
October 24th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Need Charleston restaurants.
Replies: 20
Views: 1044

Re: Need Charleston restaurants.

heh, I don't think the weather will bother me too much. Even if it's in the high-40s and damp, I'll take that over whatever polar vortex shit (I am absolutely someone who has boiled water and thrown it out onto the porch to watch it turn into vapor) that will descend on Chicago in mid/late-January c...
by Keith A k e r s
October 22nd, 2020, 8:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Need Charleston restaurants.
Replies: 20
Views: 1044

Re: Need Charleston restaurants.

Thank you so much!
by Keith A k e r s
October 21st, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Need Charleston restaurants.
Replies: 20
Views: 1044

Re: Need Charleston restaurants.

Scott,

Is there much (if any) outdoor dining available in Charleston? I’m likely going to want to get the hell
Out of Chicago for a minute in January/early Feb
by Keith A k e r s
September 27th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Brunello
Replies: 14
Views: 835

Re: 2014 Brunello

The real irony is that Biondi-Santi declassified their 2014. They were not alone. Last night we enjoyed Produttori dei Barbaresco 2014, a vintage where Cru wines were not bottled and declassified into the Normale . And we drank Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino 2014, a vintage where Riserva was not ...
by Keith A k e r s
September 16th, 2020, 10:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RieslingKenner - Deep Dive into Scharzhofberger
Replies: 12
Views: 747

Re: RieslingKenner - Deep Dive into Scharzhofberger

Took me a bit to get it all together, but here are my notes on the evening: RIESLINGKENNER-SCHARZHOFBERGER STUDY - Oceanique, Evanston IL (9/4/2020) This was the kick-off dinner for RieslingKenner and I was lucky enough to make the cut. A lot of great expression of the Saar across all of the wines a...
by Keith A k e r s
September 14th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traverse City Area
Replies: 25
Views: 1228

Re: Traverse City Area

hi nick, can you shoot me an email? My friend Kristy has a lot of inside connections to Michigan wineries and she does some weekend stuff with Hickory Creek from time to time. I also have a friend doing harvest and working as an assistant winemaker with Modales. I'd be happy to connect you with both...
by Keith A k e r s
September 8th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Chicago and suburbs
Replies: 500
Views: 47370

Re: Chicago and suburbs

Went to Gibson's Italia last night (Saturday) and was informed no outside bottles "due to COVID situation". No big deal, their wine list is ok, but are several reasonably priced bottles. I did ask to speak to the "som" and was informed he was not working, whatever that means. I previously went to R...
by Keith A k e r s
August 30th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10790

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Like many, I subscribe to the wine advocate, along with Vinous and Jeb. Jeb might taste the new releases, but he hasn’t the first idea of what he’s talking about, assuming you like wine not a cocktail in a bottle. dayum and the walk back is even more amusing. I don't subscribe to Jeb, but when I se...
by Keith A k e r s
August 30th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth Year Wine 1980
Replies: 50
Views: 1691

Re: Birth Year Wine 1980

Red Burgs (if you can find them) as mentioned have been really lovely. I've also had success with some Napa Cabs like Diamond Creek and some other classics. This past may I opened a Cappellano for my 40th and it was killer. I've also come across some other Piedmont wines from 80 and have been pretty...
by Keith A k e r s
August 22nd, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hart Davis Hart Auction
Replies: 19
Views: 1754

Re: Hart Davis Hart Auction

People commenting on the reasonableness of the prices weren't looking at the same lots as I was. Or of the champagne lots. It's one thing for rare or older wine to go for a price above market as the bidder might be pricing in provenance, but it's another thing when generally available wine (2008 Bo...
by Keith A k e r s
August 22nd, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Cult Of Champagne
Replies: 53
Views: 2510

Re: The Cult Of Champagne

Lastly, reds-only folk wear it as a badge of pride "I only drink red!" as if that made them superior, which is very odd to me, This is, to me, a huge marker of a wine poser. If you act like you know wine and then "only drink red" it's pretty certain that you have very little actual knowledge or exp...
by Keith A k e r s
August 22nd, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB: 2008 Pierre Peters around Chicago
Replies: 1
Views: 327

WTB: 2008 Pierre Peters around Chicago

Hello,

I’m looking for either the 2008 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons and/or the L’Espirit around Chicago. I’m willing to do some travel to pick them up to hopefully make things easier.


Thanks,

Keith
by Keith A k e r s
August 17th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two "Good Fellows" on a rainy Sunday afternoon
Replies: 7
Views: 567

Re: TNs: Two "Good Fellows" on a rainy Sunday afternoon

[cheers.gif] Thank you for the notes Bob. This is great timing for me as I am planning on opening the 13 Richard’s Cuvée and Durant later today!
by Keith A k e r s
August 14th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 834
Views: 46185

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

La Sardine is now closed. I'm not surprised and I hope this is a move to secure Le Bouchon, but it's still sad
by Keith A k e r s
August 12th, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 4184

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

Blake, I would be interested to know what is your current sweet spot in terms of aging Champagne? Tom, Generally, my maximum sweet spot currently is about 22 years although I'm drinking lots of 8-12 olds and happy with the outcomes. Sounds like you already know your answer champagne.gif I’m basical...
by Keith A k e r s
August 2nd, 2020, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Champagne Suenen Champagne Grand Cru Oiry Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
Replies: 4
Views: 384

Re: TN: NV Champagne Suenen Champagne Grand Cru Oiry Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut

Suenen’s Oiry Village bottling is the only Oiry Village bottling I have ever drunk as far as I recall. Are there other Oiry Village bottlings in the US, and, if so, from whom? Thank you. this is a really good question and I hope that someone who knows can answer with more depth. I think I recall th...
by Keith A k e r s
August 1st, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Champagne Suenen Champagne Grand Cru Oiry Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
Replies: 4
Views: 384

TN: NV Champagne Suenen Champagne Grand Cru Oiry Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut

NV Champagne Suenen Champagne Grand Cru Oiry Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (7/31/2020) Nose: The nose is aromatic and fresh, filled with chalk, lemon peels, crushed rocks, biscuits, ginger, baking spices, apples, peaches, five spice, pears, and melon rinds. The...
by Keith A k e r s
July 28th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 834
Views: 46185

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

bottled blonde is finally closed! Hopefully El Hefe suffers the same fate
by Keith A k e r s
July 26th, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Open Table vs. tock Vs. Resy
Replies: 17
Views: 1499

Re: Open Table vs. tock Vs. Resy

Personally, I’ve loved Tock during this and have been using it a lot more than I did pre-pandemic. If you were in Chicago, I’d say that would be a strong platform to move to. I just wonder though if the customers coming to you are as familiar with Tock as those living in the city. OpenTable may well...
by Keith A k e r s
July 22nd, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 834
Views: 46185

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

in very sad news, the store manager of Calumet Fisheries passed away the other day from Covid. I don't know when I'll next get down there, but it'll be much more somber with Carlos not being there.
by Keith A k e r s
July 15th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 834
Views: 46185

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Bayless leaving Leña Brava and Cruz Blanca. https://chicago.eater.com/2020/7/14/21323892/rick-bayless-randolph-street-departure-lena-brava-cruz-blanca George Interesting. Bayless seems like a gem of a human being, so I tend to think that if there was an issue between business partners, it probably ...
by Keith A k e r s
July 8th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 834
Views: 46185

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

yea, that's no bueno from Alinea. It's even more uncomfortable reading Kokonas defending it
by Keith A k e r s
July 2nd, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary V. Again.
Replies: 79
Views: 8719

Re: Gary V. Again.

My only question is why an early exit. Pressured by investors, promised a juicy earn-out or... just didn't want to deal with the actual headache of running a larger business? my guess is exactly that. Constellation comes in with a bag of money and he's able to bring in a nice windfall for him and h...
by Keith A k e r s
July 2nd, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 834
Views: 46185

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

NYC bans indoor dining indefinitely. How soon until at least Chicago does the same? Difficult to go backwards now that it is open unless data supports the ban. Only time will tell. Hopefully the city can keep things going in a positive direction. George Agreed. Sadly I’m just not hopeful. I’ve walk...
by Keith A k e r s
July 1st, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 834
Views: 46185

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

NYC bans indoor dining indefinitely. How soon until at least Chicago does the same?
by Keith A k e r s
June 30th, 2020, 4:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 834
Views: 46185

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Blackbird is permanently closing. https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-blackbird-restaurant-closing-chicago-20200629-wd6vrgjm4ffejdlahihvauzhji-story.html?fbclid=IwAR1IDoXVgT0v4rWEuG08jHiiTHlRX6wR7_AS98UP3I_q5LQmiUJc1QS4ojo Sadly, it felt like it was a matter of time before a b...
by Keith A k e r s
June 27th, 2020, 10:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Pierre Peters Chetillon
Replies: 4
Views: 500

Re: 2013 Pierre Peters Chetillon

William Segui wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 10:02 pm
Starting to see a few offers on this but very few and even less discussion. Anyone tried it?
I haven't tried it, but they made a beautiful wine out of 2011. I can only imagine that they did a great job with 2013. This is always a buy for me
by Keith A k e r s
June 15th, 2020, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Brunellos
Replies: 57
Views: 4059

Re: Best Brunellos

Ian Dorin wrote:
June 15th, 2020, 11:31 am
No mentions on Stella di Campalto?????

these are not the droids you're looking for
by Keith A k e r s
June 10th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Celebrating Chicago with some great friends!
Replies: 7
Views: 689

Re: Celebrating Chicago with some great friends!

Thomas Keim wrote:
June 10th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Mel Hill wrote:
June 10th, 2020, 8:37 am
original post August 2011
Yikes Mel - didn't see that. Is he back yet?


naw, Shaner is still in Portland. But he's visited a few times and I've seen him in Portland a few times
by Keith A k e r s
May 19th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 154
Views: 11258

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

I wasn’t clear if the OP was restricting to USA or pure Cab. My CA favorites in this range are Ridge and Dehlinger, but if open to France and Cab blends, I would strongly recommend tasting some Bordeaux. There is a bunch of good value between $15 and $75 if you like the style (and recent weather an...
by Keith A k e r s
May 14th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne stoppers/open bottle storage
Replies: 14
Views: 484

Re: Champagne stoppers/open bottle storage

though at the high end for champagne stoppers, this one has worked great for me and has easily held the fizz for several days: https://smile.amazon.com/Cuisinart-CTG-00-CHS-Champagne-Stopper-Stainless/dp/B078YQ3P9M/ref=sr_1_7?crid=1XD1ZJYYU2SL&dchild=1&keywords=champagne+stoppers&qid=1589473426&spre...
by Keith A k e r s
May 6th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 154
Views: 8400

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

Kris Patten wrote:
May 3rd, 2020, 1:59 pm
Chardonnay will take over as #1 and exceed Pinot Gris at some point in next decade.

do you think that price-wise (chard will fetch more for sure, but one can make a whole lot of PG that can turn a quick $ and bring in cash flow) or from a pure tonnage POV?
by Keith A k e r s
May 4th, 2020, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Cristal Go Through A "Lemony" Stage?
Replies: 39
Views: 1536

Re: Does Cristal Go Through A "Lemony" Stage?

Mark Y wrote:
May 3rd, 2020, 11:40 pm
This might be a silly question for Brad.
But where does one go to taste the still wines?

At the winery! The only time I’ve been able to taste Vin Clairs were during visits. It’s possible that Brad has samples sent to him as well.
by Keith A k e r s
April 22nd, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 834
Views: 46185

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I did their burger and a bottle of vino two weeks ago. Definitely enjoyed the burger though I'll be trading the bottle of bojo if there's any takers (it's a good bottle, I just don't like bojo)
by Keith A k e r s
April 17th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 283
Views: 16314

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

i'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can do my trip to France/Spain in late/august-october. I had to cancel it as it was supposed to be now. If I can fly in later this summer, I'm going.
by Keith A k e r s
April 16th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Crayères
Replies: 16
Views: 568

Re: TN: 2014 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Crayères

I don't find these wines short on acidity. ^um, unequivocally this. Champagne itself is as marginal as it gets (and these wines are done without dosage), these wines aren't lacking acidity in the slightest. Legit, have this wine next to a premier cru Chablis and you will be able to see that these a...
by Keith A k e r s
April 15th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2295

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

My question was not whether one can like wine and beer. I see no problem there. I just wondered if, as a man of refined tastes, I'm vulnerable to shaming for liking full-throttled IPAs. Some people out there seem to view these as the ale equivalent of Mollydooker. (FYI, as with wine, I'm generally ...
by Keith A k e r s
April 11th, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 834
Views: 46185

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I’ve been trying to spread the love around as much as possible. I’ve done:

Serai
SKY
Cebu
Kyōten
Smyth
Perilla
Osteria Langhe


There are other places I want to order from, but I am trying to keep it at like 2x per week
by Keith A k e r s
April 3rd, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne is a white wine with benefits.
Replies: 12
Views: 841

Re: Champagne is a white wine with benefits.

Champagne is easily what I drink the most of and I can always find a reason to drink it. I don’t keep as much in my collection though because I can’t keep my hands off of them long enough!
by Keith A k e r s
March 1st, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 834
Views: 46185

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

George,


I fully agree with your take. I’ve only been once and can’t wait to go back. They may need to reduce the wine list a smidge as time goes on, but I was super impressed with the whole experience when I went
by Keith A k e r s
January 31st, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago Feb. 11
Replies: 11
Views: 2567

Re: Chicago Feb. 11

I wanted to bump this to find out if there’s any movement.

Cheers
by Keith A k e r s
January 30th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago: tbd
Replies: 3
Views: 1959

Chicago: tbd

I’m always in the mood for champagne, so let’s get a group together to celebrate fizz. I’d love to get a group of 6-8 people together for this


edit: unfortunately this is at a bad time. I'll try again for march
by Keith A k e r s
January 24th, 2020, 7:11 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Burt Williams Appreciation Dinner Chicago Thu Jan 23
Replies: 36
Views: 3858

Re: Burt Williams Appreciation Dinner Chicago Thu Jan 23

Thank you Clayton for providing the lineup! It’s always a treat when these wines get opened
by Keith A k e r s
January 13th, 2020, 6:51 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago Feb. 11
Replies: 11
Views: 2567

Re: Chicago Feb. 11

Hi Dave,

Would you please be able to put me on the waitlist?


Thanks,

Keith
by Keith A k e r s
December 31st, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Burt Williams Appreciation Dinner Chicago Thu Jan 23
Replies: 36
Views: 3858

Re: Burt Williams Appreciation Dinner: Chicago

Bump.


Clayton, how does the middle of the week of the 13th look or the middle of the week on the 18th look? I’d be more than happy to reach out to SKY to set this up.
by Keith A k e r s
December 21st, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre
Replies: 13
Views: 774

Re: TN: 2012 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

Jesus Christ, I hope so . . I am supremely sure David just picked this up on the secondary market, 6 years after release because he had $360 plus shipping burning a hole in his pocket.... Bought on release for $100. I sometimes want to cry when I look at my lone bottle of this knowing what I paid a...

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